The vile, corrupt, angry, coarse Donald Trump appeared in full, disgusting display Thursday night at a rally in front of his dwindling “core” of supporters in Minneapolis.
In just three minutes, he churned out five major lies as his pitiful defense of his impeachable actions against the Constitution, the nation and its people.
He told his remaining rabid — and clueless — “fans” that Joe Biden “as only a good vice president because he figured out how to kiss Barack Obama’s ass.” That, of course, brought raucous cheers from the racists who dominate his base.
His displays of outright bigotry included attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), the first Somali-American in Congress.
Trump also mocked Omar, the first Somali-American in Congress.
“How hell did that ever happen?” he said of her election, adding: “Congresswoman Omar is an America-hating socialist.”
Rep Omar is a frequent target of a bigot like Trump. Earlier this year, he included her in an attack on four minority Democratic female members of Congress, saying they all should “to back and fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”
When Elaine Duke was acting director of homeland security, Trump screamed at for not doing more to “ban refugees from fucking Somalia.”
He ignored that all four of the women are American citizens and three of them were born in the United States.
Trump’s tone at the rally in Minneapolis brought outcries from social media.
“This is the kind hate rally ween in authoritarian and fascist countries,” posted Elad Nehori. “We Jews have seen this before, as have countless other minorities.”
And speaking of “totally broken and crime-infested places,” that description could easily describe Washington, DC, which is ever more so since Trump became this nation’s accidental president and Manhattan, which he is from.
Trump tirades came as more and more facts emerge on his corruption and the criminal actions of his administration. We’ve learned how he tried to get former Secretary of State Tex Tillerson to “intervene” in Ukrainian prosecution of an ally of his lawyer, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
“The modern day Hitler,” said Mara McEwin on Twitter. The red shirts, rec caps are the new brown shirts. Truly terrifying.”
“The special hate that Trump and the alt-right have for Somalis, above and beyond all other immigrant groups, has always fascinated and disgusted me,” posted Noah Smith.
Erin Maye Quade, a former Minnesota state rep, notes that Trump supporters bombed a mosque in Bloomington, MN, made death threats against a member of the Minnesota Congressional delegation and mailed bombs to Democrats.
“Many elected officials (with Somali constituents) were in attendance tonight,” she adds. “They should be asked about this.”
A lot of people should also be asked why they elected such a vile, despicable degenerate for president.
The Trump campaign has a message for its female supporters: It’s time to come out of hiding.
“There’s a lot of people that are fearful of expressing their support, and I want you ladies to know it’s OK to have felt that way, but we need to move past that or the Democrats win,” said Tana Goertz, a Trump campaign adviser, at an Iowa “Women for Trump” event on Thursday.
The Iowa event, held in the back room of a barbecue joint in a Des Moines suburb, was one of more than a dozen in battleground states nationwide as part of a push to make the president’s case on the economy and train volunteers.
The move is a recognition of the president’s persistent deficit with women — an issue that has the potential to sink his chances for reelection. Over the course of his presidency and across public opinion polls, women have been consistently less supportive of President Donald Trump than men have. Suburban women in particular rejected Republicans in the 2018 midterm by margins that set off alarms for the party and the president.
Trump himself called into a gathering of hundreds in Tampa, Florida, and insisted, to cheers: “We’re doing great with women, despite the fake news.”
But polling suggests his challenges persist. The most recent Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found just 30% of women approve of the way the president is doing his job, compared to 42% of men. Notably, there was no gap between Republican men and women — 80% of both groups said they approved of his job performance in the August poll.
At an event in Troy, Michigan, a Detroit suburb viewed as key contested territory, Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox acknowledged that Trump’s style is a turnoff for some female voters. But she told the audience of 100 women to focus instead on what Trump had accomplished during his first term.
“I get it. I say, ‘Listen, you never wonder what he thinks about people,’” she said. “Some people may not like what he says. But he delivers and has a very good track record of deliverables. And that’s what’s important. I try to get people focused on that, not the personality.”
In Iowa, Goertz listed a number of ways that she said women are benefiting from Trump’s presidency, including low unemployment, job creation and “safety” — and she said his immigration policy was a winner there.
“When I lay my head down at night, I want to know that my children are safe, that a terrorist is not going to come into our country,” she said.
Similar events were scheduled in 13 battleground states, including North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Ohio. The events, led by surrogates including White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, sought to train attendees to be volunteers and what the campaign describes as “ambassadors” for the reelection effort.
Among the women in attendance in Troy was Cara McAlister, a sales representative from the nearby suburb of Bloomfield Township. She said Trump’s 2016 candidacy inspired her to get more involved politically, and she became a GOP precinct delegate and canvassed door to door for him.
She has friends who were afraid to reveal their support for Trump because they fear backlash. So she invites them to meetings like Thursday’s gathering.
“They really enjoy being in an atmosphere where they feel free to express their support for the president,” said McAlister, who was wearing a white “Make America Great Again” cap and blue Trump-Pence shirt and who described herself as “middle age.” ″They tend to want to go to another event.”
In Iowa, Joyce Lawson, a 30-year-old barbershop owner from Norwalk, said she finds herself targeted by friends for her conservative views.
“I’m afraid of people saying off-key stuff, like you’re racist, you’re with the Klan, just random uneducated stuff, and name-calling. So I want to have facts to stand up for my views,” she said.
Trump has turned off higher-income, college educated and younger women “because of how he speaks, how he tweets,” said Republican pollster Frank Luntz, while retaining the support of older women and women with lower incomes and without college degrees.
That contrast is evident in Iowa, a state Trump won by more than 9 percentage points in 2016, but one that has historically been seen as a potential swing state.
Some Republican women here, like Des Moines resident Pat Inglis, have become more fervent Trump supporters over his first term.
“He’s helped this country more than anybody else in the last 20 years,” the 70-year-old retiree said. She added that Democratic attacks against the president, and the leftward tilt of the Democratic Party, have made her all the more enthusiastic toward Trump.
Others like Mary Miner, a lifelong Republican and small-business owner from rural Iowa, were driven away from the GOP by Trump.
“I’m astonished anyone could support him,” the 61-year-old Miner said. “If my party is going to support that, I’m done with ’em. I’m a Democrat and that’s it.”
Recent focus groups show that women have dug in on their views, suggesting there are fewer women open to being persuaded, Luntz said.
“It’s become more pronounced where those who don’t like him are overtly hostile and those who do like him will stand up for him aggressively,” Luntz said. “They are even more outspoken than men. They are even more dismissive. It’s spoken with attitude and with venom. And I think it’s because they take it personally.”
As a result, he said, the election is likely to come down to a very narrow demographic — married professional mothers with teenagers, he says — who credit Trump for a booming economy but are turned off by his style.
“They like what he’s done, but they don’t like how he’s done it,” he said. “Do you want to focus on the ingredients, or do you want to focus on the casserole?”
Colvin reported from Washington. Associated Press writers Hannah Fingerhut and Josh Boak in Washington and David Eggert in Troy, Mich., contributed to this report.
Surely, most El Paso residents welcomed the remarks of Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren Wednesday, when joined the ranks of believers that Donald Trump is a white supremacist.
Asked by the New York Times if she thought Trump was a white supremacist, she responded, without hesitation: “Yes.”
He has given aid and comfort to white supremacists. He’s done the wink and a nod. He has talked about white supremacists as fine people. He’s done everything he can to stir up racial conflict and hatred in this country.
Ms. Warren’s comments amounted to one of the starkest condemnations to date from a leading Democratic presidential candidate about Mr. Trump’s language toward minorities and immigrants. She spoke hours after former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas gave the same assessment of Mr. Trump. Asked by MSNBC if Mr. Trump was a white supremacist, Mr. O’Rourke replied, “He is.”
After pushing the “birther” lie about President Barack Obama, Mr. Trump began his campaign for the presidency by disparaging Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals. As president, he sought to bar people from predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States; said there were “very fine people on both sides” of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.; and used an obscenity to describe African nations.
He’s dehumanized or sought to dehumanize those who do not look like or pray like the majority here in this country.
Former Vice President, and candidate for president, Joe Biden says Trump has “fanned the flames of white supremacy in this nation.”
Trump readily, eagerly attacks Islamic terrorism but can barely bring himself to use the words ‘white supremacy. And even when he says it, he doesn’t appear to believe it. He seems more concerned about losing their votes than beating back this hateful ideology.
His low-energy, vacant-eyed mouthing of the words written for him condemning white supremacists this week I don’t believe fooled anyone, at home or abroad.
Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, another presidential candidate, reminds us that Trump “spoke the same words the El Paso murdered did, warning of an ‘invasion”” by Hispanics.
O’Rourke, in El Paso, Wednesday, said Trump must bear responsibility the mass shooting:
To have been so regularly attacked and vilified and demonized by this president, for him to have created the conditions that made an attack like this possible and ultimately likely — it’s very insulting for us that he was here.
Biden sums it up when he says Trump has “more in common with George Wallace than he does with George Washington.”
“Donald Trump has a central message,” Warren says. “He says to the American people, if there’s anything wrong in your life, blame them — and ‘them’ means people who aren’t the same color as you, weren’t born where you were born, don’t worship the same way you do.”
Richard Parker, a Texan and author of “Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America,” wrote Thursday in the New York Times that Trump’s “day of racist comments left him looking small and isolated while the city (of El Paso) united against him.”
Trump, he said, “not only littered (his visit) with petty insults — but just to rub salt in the wound, doses of renewed racism. Yet most striking was how along and outnumbered the president was: rejected, ostracized and told to go home.”
With no public appearances, the president seemed to shrink, ever more alone as he clung to his white nationalist politics and governance. But he and his supporters were grossly outnumbered. For perhaps the first time in his angry, racist and cruel presidency, the tables were turned in smoldering, righteous popular anger — and he was on the receiving end.
While it was bad manners for a nation in mourning, it was more than that: It was a fresh dose of racism. In an era in which minorities are becoming majorities, as in Texas, and intermarrying with Anglos, who is Mr. Trump to judge people’s race and ethnicity based on their names? My last name is Anglo, but I am the son of a Mexican immigrant.
Along the president’s route from the airport to a hospital, people lined the roads to greet him — largely with rejection. “What’s more important?” Asked one man’s sign. “Lives or re-election?” American and Mexican flags sprouted together in the August heat. Signs with quotes bearing his name came back to haunt him: “We cannot allow these people to invade our country.” “Not Welcome” covered a stage at a park where people protested the president. The El Paso Times ran a black front page with this headline: “Mr. President, We Are Hurting.”
Another president might have been sensitive enough to sense the shift, and changed course accordingly — played the convener, the unifier. Instead, Mr. Trump displayed just how small he is, no matter how big his mouth or powerful his office. He never once appeared in public. By 6:01 p.m., after just a little more than two hours, he was safely aboard Air Force One again and it was wheels up into the sky. But he is a shrinking president, stuck in a racist past, flying over a changing America. And I think we — or most of us — are all El Paso now.
Of all the thousands of lies told by corrupt Donald John Trump in his disastrous presidency, the most blatant is his claim that “I am the least racist person in the world.”
Trump has been pushing such claims for years. In 2011, he told CNN Tonight Anchor Don Lemon:
I want to tell you I am the least racist. I am a wonderful person as far as you would be concerned as to race.
Lemon knows better. When Trump referred to African nations as “shithole countries,” Lemon opened his show with: “I’m Don Lemon. The president of the United States is racist. A lot of us already knew that.”
Trump’s racism is on full display today as he attacks House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md), and four liberal minority congresswomen in the House. All five, of course, are not white.
Trump mentioned a break-in at Cummings’ home in Baltimore by tweeting: “Too bad!” That brought Republicans Democrats out of the woodwork to censure Trump.
“This is so unnecessary,” responded Republican Nikki Haley in a tweet that included a “rolling eyes” icon. She served as UN Ambassador for Trump for two years.
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill) told Trump his tweet was “so beneath the office you hold.”
“It’s childish, and yet it’s getting really old,” Kinzinger added in a tweet.
“Applauding a political opponent’s house getting robbed is impeachable, right?” said Democratic strategist Zac Petkanas. “Or it least worth of the 25th amendment?”
That amendment says a Cabinet can remove a president if they consider him incapacitated or unfit. Unlikely, however, with Trump’s cabinet since many of them share his racist views.
Conservative writer David Frum called Trump’s comments “dangerous incitement.”
House majority leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland called out Trump’s “racist and dangerous rhetoric, which divides our communities and could lead to someone getting hurt. Words have consequences.”
“Donald Trump is a racist,” says Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, one of the Democrats seeking to oust America’s racist-in-chief.
When CNN’s Lemon questioned Democrat presidential contenders Tuesday night in on the televised debates, he noted that Trump “is pursuing a reelection strategy based in part by racial division.”
Lemon asked candidate and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn)” “What do you say to those Trump voters who prioritize the economy over the president’s bigotry?”
Such questions resulted in a Twitter rant some Trump:
CNN’s Don Lemon, the dumbest man on television, insinuated last night while asking a debate ‘question’ that I was a racist, when in fact I am ‘the least racist person in the world. Perhaps someone should explain to Don that he is supposed to be neutral, unbiased & fair, or is he too dumb (stupid) to understand that.
Nothing to explain. Lemon is telling the truth while Trump lies.
Donald Trump is a racist. He is a bigot who spouts verbal diarrhea whenever he opens his mouth. His ever-expanding girth spills out over his belt like the blob that he is.
He’s a guttural racist slob, a disgusting white supremacist whose hate disgraces the presidency and America.
For those of us who report what is or is not happening in our government, the time has come to accept one obvious and unreputable fact: America has a racist president who hates this country.
That is the real news that must be reported. Donald Trump is an unrepentant bigot, a white supremacist who sees America in black and white terms where white must reign supreme and black must be driven from our shores.
In Trump’s version, “American” is defined by three propositions. First, to be American is to be xenophobic. The basic narrative he tells is that the good people of the heartland are under assault from aliens, elitists and outsiders. Second, to be American is to be nostalgic. America’s values were better during some golden past. Third, a true American is white. White Protestants created this country; everybody else is here on their sufferance.
Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president. Trump could have used vile slurs, including the vilest of them all, and the intent and effect would have been no less clear. Telling four non-white members of Congress — American citizens all, three natural-born — to “go back” to the “countries” they “originally came from”? That’s racist to the core. It doesn’t matter what these representatives are for or against — and there’s plenty to criticize them for — it’s beyond the bounds of human decency. For anyone, not least a president.
Let’s give that hateful crowd of Trump supporters in Greenville, N.C., some credit here.
With their chants of “send her back,” about a nonwhite member of Congress who happens to be an immigrant, they have laid bare the fact that President Trump is building his hopes for a second term on a foundation of racism.
The spectacle of men and women at President Trump’s rally in North Carolina on Wednesday chanting “ Send her back !” depressed me so much that I could only watch for 10 seconds before turning the channel to a baseball game for mental relief. To see the president intentionally provoke hateful cheers against Ilhan Omar, a Somali refugee, U.S. citizen and elected member of Congress, was a reminder to me that America has been through this too many times in too many ways.
And a lesson for us all. How do you love America? Stand up against narrow-mindedness and racism. Don’t turn away. Stay with it until you have done all that you can do.
The chanting was disturbing and the anger was frightening, but what I noticed most about the president’s rally in Greenville, N.C., on Wednesday night was the pleasure of the crowd.
His voters and supporters were having fun. The “Send her back” chant directed at Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota was hateful but also exuberant, an expression of racist contempt and a celebration of shared values.
This dynamic wasn’t unique to the event. It’s been a part of Trump’s rallies since 2015. Both he and his crowds work from a template. He rants and spins hate-filled tirades; they revel in the transgressive atmosphere. The chants are their mutual release. Sometimes he basks in them.
To watch raucous crowds of (mostly) white Americans unite in frenzied hatred of a black woman — to watch them cast her as a cancer on the body politic and a threat to a racialized social order — is to see the worst of our past play out in modern form.
I first saw what Bouie describes firsthand 61 years ago at night in a field outside Farmville, Va, when I watched and photographed a meeting of the Ku Klux Klan.
I had snuck through the woods and took photos from the woods with a beat-up YaschicaMat twin-lens reflex camera. I sold one of those photos and a story about the meeting to the local newspaper. I was 10 years old and decided on that night that all I ever wanted to be in life was a newspaperman. I would cover other Klan meetings, racist violence and civil rights protests over the next six decades.
Trump, who decries any news that makes him look bad (which most legitimate news reports do) decries anything he disagrees with as “fake news.”
He is a fake president. His racism is not fake news. It’s an accurate portrayal of what he is: A vile racist who gets away with far too much because of a Republican Senate controlled by racists like Mitch McConnell and obstructionist House Republicans like Kevin McCarthy.
Every time that each Republican in Congress looks away and does nothing about Trump’s anti-American racist actions paints them with the same brush of bigotry and hate.
That’s reality, not “fake news” and, from this point forward, this news publication will refer to the president of the United States as the “racist Donald Trump” and refer to those who support his un-American ways as fellow conspirators.
This is war and it is a war for the soul of our nation. We have identified the enemy and now we must work together to rid them from our government.
The vile Donald Trump, the most racist president in modern American history, continues his bigoted rhetoric, cheered on the racists and bigots who voted for and continue to support his destruction of this nation.
Notes Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris, a 2020 contender for president “It’s vile. It’s cowardly. It’s xenophobic. It’s racist. It defiles the office of the President. And I won’t share it here. It’s time to get Trump out of office and unite the country.”
Good points. Why restate the vitriolic hatred that spills out of Trump’s mouth like verbal diarrhea. His words should come out of his rectum. They stink that much.
Responds Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the four targets of Trump’s hate:
I want to tell children across this country . . . no matter what the president says, this country belongs to you and it belongs to everyone.
Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy.
I am where I belong, at the people’s house and you’re just gonna have to deal! You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.
Adds former vice president Joe Biden, also a candidate to unseat Trump in 2020:
These members of Congress — children of immigrants, just like so many of us — are an example of exactly what makes America great. So, Mr. President, I am here to tell you this. This is OUR country: The United States of America. You’ll never understand what makes us strong.
Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy.
Trump depends on the weak minds that pad his “base,” along with hate, paranoia and fear.
“Trump views his racist and white-nationalist provocations as key to his reelection effort,” writes columnist Greg Sargent.
Trump views energizing his base around such tropes as central to his reelection. The Associated Press reports that Trump and his campaign believe that placing “racial polarization at the center of his call to voters” carries “far more benefits than risks.”
A lot is at stake here. As Vox’s Sean Illing notes, the sight of Trump “leading a white mob in a chant” about sending a black Congresswoman “home” will be “featured in history books for decades to come.”
What Trump said on Sunday is not legitimate criticism. It is as blatant an example of racism and xenophobia as we have seen in our politics in my lifetime.
This is the kind of rude imbecility that I have heard in recent years from anonymous Trump trolls. They regularly tell me, a Russian Jewish immigrant, that I should go back to where I come from; their only uncertainty is whether that is Russia (the place where I was born and whose citizenship I lost when we left in 1975) or Israel (a place where I have never lived). Their xenophobic and anti-Semitic intent is clear. So is Trump’s racist intent. It doesn’t matter that all four members of the Squad are American citizens or that three out of the four were born here. (Omar was born in Somalia.) In the world according to Trump, anyone who is not a white, native-born Christian is not a real American.
Trump is a bigot and doesn’t even bother to hide it. In fact — and this is the truly appalling part — he parades his bigotry in the expectation that it will win him votes. And — what is even worse — he may well be right. Such appeals to prejudice might be exactly what Trump needs to mobilize some blue-collar, white voters in swing states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Florida.
All Republicans who stand mute in the face of Trump’s latest racism are telling you who they really are. It’s an ugly picture of a morally bankrupt party that has now embraced racial prejudice as a platform.
I am ashamed to have spent most of my life as a Republican. I have significant differences with Pressley, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez and Omar — perhaps even greater differences on the issues than I have with the president — but they are better Americans than Trump.
The bigotry and racism that Republicans, at large, endorse by ignoring Trump’s vile white nationalism, is a sad testament to what is happening in America.
They choose political desires over the needs of America. Like Trump, the bigot they embrace with cultlike obedience, they are racists and a putrid threat to the nation they are willing to destroy.
As Boot writes: “There is nothing — nothing — more important in the United States than racism. Where you stand on that one issue defines who you are as a human being. Silence is complicity.”
When the Democratically-controlled House voted overwhelmingly to condemn Trump for his racist remarks, four Republicans joined them, along with Republican-turned-independent Justin Amash.
Four. Not that many, but maybe it’s a start. Maybe, other Republicans may learn that putting America first is what matters and that means getting rid of racist Donald Trump and the bigots who support him.
Donald John Trump, the president of more than 10,000 lies during his time in the White House, spews a lot of rhetorical diarrhea about so-called “fake news” by the media that is doing its job to expose his corruption, unethical conducts, and plundering of the U.S. Treasury to feed his overblown ego.
As heretical, extreme right-wingers cheer his every antic and exploit, Trump and his minions drive what once was a great nation closer and closer to the brink.
He lavishes praise on dictators and leaders who kill their own, presides over a failed immigration system that separates children from their families, brags about grabbing women “by their pussies” and fuels a racist, violent segment of America that spews hate and kills.
Trump is a despotic lunatic who unleashes uncontrolled temper tantrums, ignores the Constitution, the law and turns America into a laughing stock on the world stage.
His actions are fed by a mad mob laced with haters, racists, homophobic bigots who promote white supremacy, nationalism and cries of “making America great” through bullying, lies and dishonor.
Trump is a traitor to this country. So is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and most of the Republicans in the House and Senate of Congress. They allow a con artist like Trump and his family of gypsy-land thieves to loot the nation.
At the DMZ between North and South Korea, we sawTrump and the equally-despotic Kim face to face — two fat slobs with bad haircuts.
Fact-checking services find his torrent of lies will soon reach 11,000, his violations of the law are even higher and the foul odor of his presence in Washington permeates the air.
He “communicates” by Twitter tweets filled with misspelled words, grammatical errors and conflicting statements and arguments. He lies and then says he “didn’t say that” when caught, even when video or recordings show he did.
On this Independence Day, it is time to start taking strong action to drive these thugs out of Washington and our government. Trump should be behind bars. So should McConnell and any other member of Congress that helps him.
It is time to free America from the despots in Washington.
A fake president of a fake government in a phony place called Washington, DC.
Time to clean house, particularly that one at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue along with that other House at the Capitol and the Senate too.
Someone on Facebook Wednesday, upset at my criticism of the current corrupt occupant of the White House, claimed that I — and all other Americans — must “support our president, right or wrong.”
As Americans, we have the right — and many would say the duty — to not support any president or elected official who does not do his or her job.
The complainer also said we “must respect the office of the president.”
Hogwash. How can we respect a “president’ who, himself, shows no respect for the law, the Constitution or the office?
Consider just a few of the facts (something Donald John Trump ignores):
Our “president” paid off a porn movie star in an effort to keep her quiet about a sexual encounter he claimed never happened. If it never happened, why shell out more than a hundred grand to keep her quiet?
Our “president” is under investigation by the New York state attorney general’s office for multiple violations of the law for using his “charity” to fund his personal expenses, reward campaign contributors and commit other illegal acts.
The federal special counsel investigating potential conflicts of interest by Trump and his campaign, along with obstruction of justice, is closing in with the help of the “president’s” former personal attorney who knows a lot about the illegal, immoral and unethical actions or the man that some suggest we should “support” and “respect.”
many of his “executive orders” have been deemed unconstitutional by federal courts.
Proven “fact checking” services, including those of CNN, the BrookingS Institution and others, find Trump has lied more than 3,000 times during his presidency, an all-time high, by a huge margin among those who have served in the office.
“The recent disputes over President Trump’s language during bipartisan negotiations over the fate of DACA and his claims about the U.S. trade balance with Canada illustrate his tenuous relationship with the truth,” says James Pfiffner of the Brookings Institution. “When a president continues to insist that his previous false statements are true, the institutions of government become corroded and democracy is undermined.”
The American flag flew upside down at our home on the Fourth of July, a recognized symbol of America in distress. America is in serious distress because of the racist, bigot and hater who is its president.
Incredibly, Trump’s ardent supporters claim he is not racist but how else can one describe a man openly supported by white supremacist and racist hate groups, who said those involved in a racist rally in Charlottesville that left a woman dead were “people of good moral value,” who disparages Muslims, people of color and immigrants.
Trump’s real estate company has been cited multiple times by federal agencies for trying to avoid renting apartments to African Americans. When he owned casinos, he did not want to hired black accountants, saying: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. I think such a guy is lazy and laziness is a trait in blacks.”
“When you lie down with dogs, you get up with fleas,” claims an old saying. Those who endorse and support Trump should be scratching until their skin bleeds.
During my time on the dark side as a political operative, I worked for two presidents: Ronald Regan and George H.W. Bush. I served three Congressman: One as press secretary, another as chief of staff and the third as a special assistant on the House Science & Technology Committee.
For five years, I was vice president for political programs for The National Association of Realtors and supervised what was then the largest political action committee in Washington.
These roles gave me some insight into how government works — and more often doesn’t work — and what might make a good or bad president.
During that time, I only met a few elected officials worthy of support or respect. Too many were bottom feeders.
None, however, reached the depths of corruption, dishonesty or treachery than the current occupant of the White House.
In my considered opinion of one who has been there and served those who ran the government — Donald John Trump is a racist, a bigot, a hater and a corrupt man who is looting America to serve his personal greed and massive ego.
He is a traitor who should be in prison and not destroying America from his perch at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
In The New York Times, a newspaper I honor and respect, the lead editorial raises the question: “America started over once. Can we do it again?”
The editorial focuses on America’s 14th Amendment, which redefined America 150 years ago after the civil war that tore the nation apart.
Noted the Times:
Another truth soon became self-evident: If America was to survive, it would have to be reborn. That rebirth was embodied — after 80 years and a brutal civil war — in the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, which together represented a radical recommitment to our first and highest principles. They outlawed slavery, made the newly freed slaves American citizens and guaranteed their right to vote.
The 150th anniversary of ratification of the 14th Amendment arrives Monday, July 9, also the day that controversial and contentious president Donald John Trump promises to announced his selection as nominee to replace retiring Supreme Court justice Antony Kennedy.
That nominee will be a hard-core conservative destined to turn the highest court in the land into a right-wing body expected to overturn legal abortion in this country, strip the right of same-sex couples to marry and rollback many other rulings in the coming months and years.
During his campaign for the presidency, Trump said “the 14th Amendment is very questionable as to whether or not somebody can come over and have a baby and immediately that baby is a citizen, O.K.?”
American law guarantees “birthright citizenship” but our president routinely ignores laws he doesn’t like if they get in his way, which many often do. He embraces “white nationalism” and is a known racist and bigot. He has worked to pack federal courts of all levels with those who embrace his racist views.
For example, more than half a dozen of Trump’s federal judicial nominees went on record to disagree with the Supreme Court’s landmark decision of Brown v. Board of Education, which outlawed racial segregation of public schools.
As we try to celebrate America’s birthday, let’s remember that Trump, in his campaign, promised to seek removal of the 14th Amendment “in my second term.”
And what does this 14th Amendment say? This:
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Donald Trump wants that amendment removed from the U.S. Constitution. On Monday, he will nominate a man he hopes will make that happen.
In America today, we pause to celebrate a nation currently led by a racist, a bigot, a hater and…a traitor.
We should be in mourning.
Better yet, we must work night and day to drive this traitor from our government our beloved nation and our lives.
That, and only that, will make America great again.
President Donald Trump’s latest blatant example of racism poured out of his obscenity driven mouth this week with he called Haiti, El Salvador and African countries “shitholes,” doubling down on previous claims that all Haitians “have aids” and immigrants from Africa should not visit the United States because the won’t ever return “to their huts.”
“Donald Trump treats black people and Latinos differently than he treats white people,” writes David Leonhardt in The New York Times, “and that makes him a racist.
Leonhardt says Trump fits the classic description “many times over.”
In the 1970s, Trump’s real-estate company openly discouraged renting apartments to African-Americans and said he preferred “white tenants, such as Jews and executives;”
He claimed Barack Obama was not born in Africa, not the United States, which is an outright lied that he has never acknowledged or apologized for;
In 1989, Trump spent nearly $100,000 for full-page ads demanding the death penalty for five black and Latino teenagers accused of raping a white woman in Central Park and continued to make those claims in October 2016, even though DNA evidence cleared he teens more than a decade earlier. Trump never admitted his lie and never apologized;
He retweets white nationalist lies without apology or admitting they were wrong;
He claims prominent African-Americans as “unpatriotic, ungrateful and disrespectful;
He called the white supremacists who marched in the violent parade in Charlottesville last year “very find people;”
Trump routinely lies or exaggerates crimes committed by dark-skinned people and seldom does the same for hate crimes against those of different skin tones;
And he used vulgar words about Haitians and Africans while praising those from Norway, a country that is more than 80 percent white.
Wrote Nick Kristoff during the Trump’s disgusting campaign for president in 2016:
Here we have a man who for more than four decades has been repeatedly associated with racial discrimination or bigoted comments about minorities. While any one episode may be ambiguous, what emerges over more than four decades is a narrative arc, a consistent pattern — and I don’t see what else to call it but racism.
What would you call someone who blasted Haiti as a “shithole,” complained about immigrants from Africa, and wondered why the United States couldn’t accept more immigrants from a European country like Norway?
What about someone who mocked Nigerians as living in “huts?” Or defended white supremacists after they terrorized a city in a “protest” that ended with the killing of a counter-demonstrator? What if he or she described black neighborhoods as essentially fit for animals, portrayed Muslim Americans as fundamentally untrustworthy, and criticized Mexico for sending “rapists”? What if, for nearly five years, that person devoted time and attention to “proving” the first black president of the United States was an illegitimate usurper hiding his true African background from the public?
What would you call this person? At the very least, you would call him or her a “racist,” one with a documented history of bias and contempt toward nonwhites.
This person, obviously, is President Donald Trump. And President Trump is a racist.
The president of the United States is a racist. And another: The United States has a long and ugly history of excluding immigrants based on race or national origin. Mr. Trump seems determined to undo efforts taken by presidents of both parties in recent decades to overcome that history.
About the only ones claiming Trump is not a racist are the Republican members of Congress who put their addiction to political power above patriotism and ignore the oaths of office they recited to protect and serve the nation and the Constitution.
Why should they? Most of them are racists too and should be wearing their white Klan robes in the Senate and House chambers.
Many in this country also swore oaths in their lifetimes to protect America from its enemies — foreign and domestic.
Right now, our nation’s biggest enemies live in the White House and stalk the halls of Congress.