Donald Trump has been off the hook since the day he descended down the escalator. He has painted his own picture of the USA and it is devoid of color. When he sees color he sees terror. Home grown or imported it does not matter. His hatespeak has worked up until now so he was stunned when he finally went a step too far. He insulted a Gold Star family and he is still continuing his No Apology tour but it does not seem to be working like it did in the primaries. The Grand Old Party is in shock, but why? This is the Trump they embraced. He has not changed. He is the candidate they cheered for, winked when he insulted immigrants, disabled and POWs. So why should he change? GOP you got what you deserved.
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Franklin Roosevelt is credited for saying “we have nothing to fear but fear itself”. Last night Donald Trump basically said we need to fear everything and he is the only one who can save us. He told us last night that he is the “law and order candidate”. He received rave reviews which included one from white supremacist David Duke (via twitter). Last night Trump danced with the people who brought him to the dance. Sure he did some lame shout outs to gays and blacks, but he saved his red meat for the already converted. He gave a sincere nod to the law enforcement community and rightfully so, but he did not mention the victims of police misconduct. He expressed his rudimentary understanding of foreign policy by slamming NATO. His remarks in a New York Times article have already set off the nerves meter in Europe. The main message of his speech last night was fear me. He said I have the ability to give you your country back and take you back to the days when you were running things. He played to his base and they salivated as he walked them back to pre-2009. He like all candidates criticized the incumbent, but this campaign started 5 years ago when he questioned the legitimacy of President Obama’s presidency. Trump is a birther and in 2011 he appeared a number of times on the NBC Today show floating his theories. So the campaign started then and is probably one of the things his base loves about him. Listening to Trump last night lets us know who he is and what he stands for and it is more than obvious to me that with him as the leader of the Republican party the tent is closed. Zipped tight and there is truly no room for me.
I have been watching the Melanie Trump saga today. She addressed the Republican convention last nights and some of the lines from her speech were eerily similar to Michelle Obama’s 2008 speech. In fact it appears to be a case of plagiarism. Well at least that’s how most folks see it but not the Republicans. They say she merely used common phrases but its one thing to be commonly used phrases and its another thing to use someone else’s. Those on the right who might concede plagiarism immediately follow that statement by saying Melania Trump had nothing to do with it. Oh that wonderful presumption of innocence. I wonder if the script was flipped would people so readily say I know Michelle Obama had nothing to do with it? We live in a world where the right and the left agree on nothing so why should this be different. All day long videos have been shown illustrating the problem but the Republican operatives keep trotting to the microphone to tell us don’t believe your eyes or ears. There is nothing to see hear but there is and it is the Trump campaign has bullied its way to the top. Trump has been applauded for his efforts and the bullying is not about to stop and no amount of facts will stop this campaign, but we know the truth. Melania Trump delivered last night too bad she did not write it.
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Gretchen Carlson claims she was a victim of sexual harassment by Roger Ailes. She made the claim after her contract was not renewed. Many question the timing but what should she have done? If she made the claim while onboard she would have been subject to dismissal. What would have been the ideal time to make the allegations? Many of Ailes Fox colleagues have come to his defense, but that simply means he did not approach them that does not mean he did not approach Carlson. Women who worked with him years ago have shared stories of sexual harassment. It will be interesting to see how this story unfolds. People were quick to believe the women who spoke against Bill Cosby decades it will be interesting to see if these women are viewed as believable as the Cosby accusers.
Wendy Williams is known for her sharp tongue. She does not take prisoners but sometimes she goes too far, and last week she did. These comments cost her a sponsorship with Chevorolet. Williams should have known better but she didn’t and it cost her.
Black Lives Matters has become the nation’s new pinup for all things racially divisive. They are achieving the status of the Black Panthers of the 1960’s. You would think from listening to Fox News that they actually promote racism. This morning Sarah Palin, failed VP candidate, failed governor of Alaska and one of Donald Trump’s new best buddies shared this on her Facebook page:
Black Lives Matters is a Farce and Hyphenating America Destroys Us Our prayers are with the fallen on that Thin Blue Line in Dallas. America lost heroes last night as men in uniform did their unfathomably courageous job running into danger to protect others from it. Honorable first responders deserve our utmost respect and support. Shame on our culture’s influencers who would stir contention and division that could lead to evil such as that in Dallas. Shame on politicians and pundits giving credence to thugs rioting against police officers and the rule of law in the name of “peaceful protests.” It is a farce. #BlackLivesMatter is a farce. I use her quote because it reflects a lot of the dialogue being articulated on the right. Racism has existed since black people were brought over here in chains. A fact that many on the right dismiss as irrelevant to this conversation but it is still relevant. Many of our ancestors had no choice about being 3/5 citizens. So it is under this cloud that we have famished or in some case flourished. Many of us are blessed and have achieved the dream but achieving the dream does not insulate you from racism. I have a great son. people describe him as a nice polite young man. He is affable and a recent college graduate but how is he perceived by a police officer. Do they approach his car and see a young man who happens to be black or do they simply view him as a potential predator. This is what we black moms worry about on the daily. So this notion of a group standing up and protesting for the rights afforded to all citizens to be cast as the new national boogie man is patently unfair.
My pastor has shared this story with the congregation: You can tie the tales of two cats together and they are unified but they are not in unity.* That is what the call for unity sounds like today. Unity requires an agreement. it is impossible to get an agreement when the two sides view the world from completely different perspectives. Right now we have two camps. One is in despair at what the police have down under the state cloak of protection. The other camp is grieving at the loss of 5 police officers, but there is another camp that shares the grief of both camps. this camp wants answers. they want to know the details of the police involved shootings and they also want to know how a man who served his country would pick up a gun and kill police officers marching with protesters last night. We also know the police were on hand to also protect the Dallas business community. They were doing their jobs and it was pure evil to be killed doing that. So today might not be the day we find common ground but maybe soon.
*Not cats were used for the illustration.