Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Trump admits his government is the 'worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world'. Hillary agrees.

Mrs. Scriber reports on a tweet by Hillary (from Daily Kos).

Hillary Clinton
@HillaryClinton
They’re from America, and you’re right about one thing: Currently their government is a complete and total catastrophe. Quote Tweet:
Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……

AOC responds to Trump’s denial of being racist at Bloomberg in Ocasio-Cortez Calls Trump Racist as Feud Over Tweets Continues.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez fired back at President Donald Trump’s continued defense of his tweets this week targeting four freshmen House Democrats of color, comments that lawmakers of both parties condemned as racist.

In a tweet Tuesday, the New York freshman called Trump racist and reminded the president that she was born in his hometown of New York City. On Sunday, Trump issued a series of tweets inviting Ocasio-Cortez and her three closest allies to “go back” where they came from. All four women are U.S. citizens, and three of them were born in the U.S.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
@AOC
You’re right, Mr. President - you don’t have a racist bone in your body.
You have a racist mind in your head, and a racist heart in your chest.
That’s why you violate the rights of children and tell the Congresswoman who represents your home borough, to “go back to my country.” https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/1151129281134768128 …

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat…..

All that highlights some of what we know about Trump - does not read, does not listen, does not learn. And he is a racist.

Now, getting serious, here is the morning’s editorial from Sarah Gassen at tucson.com (Daily Star): How long does it take to condemn Trump’s racism? For Sens. McSally and Sinema, an eternity.

We need to talk about “bait.”

I mention it because “bait” is why Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, has not responded, and apparently won’t respond, to Trump’s racist recent tweets aimed at four congresswomen — all women of color, all Democrats, all American citizens, and most saliently, all unafraid of him — telling them to “go back” to the countries they came from.

Let’s pause for a rhetorical question about the white man with the trappings of power telling the four women, all of whom possess the power of their intelligence and elected office, to “go back” to the “crime infested places from which they came”:

Go back exactly where?

We know what he is saying:

You don’t belong in my America. Get out. I decide who is American — and it’s not you.

It’s facile to act as if Trump’s words aren’t xenophobic and racist.

I contacted Sinema’s and GOP Sen. Martha McSally’s offices Tuesday because neither had yet said anything about Trump’s Sunday racist statement, or his subsequent ranting about the four congresswomen dubbed “the Squad”: Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

I didn’t receive, or expect, a response from McSally’s office. She’s kept silent about Trump’s misogynist and racist statements before, and is keen on ingratiating herself to him and his voters.

A spine at this point wouldn’t be politically useful.

Sinema’s spokeswoman Hannah Hurley responded swiftly, only to say that the senator wouldn’t have an on-the-record comment about Trump’s statements.

Hurley referred me to an interview Sinema did with The Arizona Republic in March. In it she explained her personal policy of not responding to Trump’s social-media bombs.

“What he’s doing every day is saying incendiary things about lots of things knowing that different categories of people will take the bait on different things,” she said.

The outrage at hand was Trump’s insults about the late Sen. John McCain, who’d died seven months before.

But I think that this is all of us playing into his hands all the time. It’s not just the media. It’s everyone,” Sinema said. “It’s not just the people running for president. It’s everyone. Which means that we are not paying attention to what he is actually doing.”

I get that. And I agree that we — the public and the media — have to gird against getting sucked into Trump’s distraction factory.

Trump’s nasty comments about his deceased rival John McCain weren’t worthy of a response — they showed Trump for the shallow, fragile and incomplete person he is.

This is different.

Trump is actively defining his vision of a white America, publicly and proudly. He’s not pussyfooting around (if you’ll pardon the reference).

Trump’s “go back” comment isn’t his first racist volley, and it’s not the first time he’s targeted women with an extra level of venom.

Donald Trump saying racist things, purposefully and in public, isn’t news. At this point, and think about what a low point this is and how deep it will become, there is little “Can you believe he actually said that?!” shock left in the world.

But we can’t ignore that there are Americans who hear his racist words speaking their kind of truth, give a cheer and laud him with a “Can you believe he actually said that?!” hearty slap on the back.

Trump’s words are bait to those who see people of color — be they Americans or immigrants — and see people who don’t belong in the United States.

I hope Sinema will join the many who have rebuked Trump and his racist message. I have faith that she can spend a few minutes sending a tweet and still do the work Arizonans sent her to the Senate to accomplish.

A couple suggestions:

  • Donald Trump telling four members of Congress to ‘go back’ to where they came from is wrong.
  • “American” doesn’t mean “white.”
  • The president shouldn’t be racist.

Or, my favorite: A racist shouldn’t be president.

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