Friday, July 19, 2019

Op-Ed: Trump's race-baiting hasn't produced many policy wins, but that was never the point - Los Angeles Times

Op-Ed: Trump's race-baiting hasn't produced many policy wins, but that was never the point - Los Angeles Times:


By Rich Benjamin
July 19, 2019
3:05 AM

No one could call President Trump’s race-baiting highly successful from a policy perspective.

He has failed to deliver much funding or congressional support for his border wall, and immigrants continue to flow to the United States. The courts handed him a stinging defeat in his attempt to add a citizenship question to the census in order to dilute the voting power of Latinos and boost the voting power of non-Latino whites. His taunts to Democratic congresswomen to “go back where you came from” were roundly mocked and rebuked, and the women certainly aren’t packing to leave the country. What’s more, his recent directive to prevent asylum claims from Central American migrants appears headed for a smack-down from the courts.

But racking up policy successes was never the main point.

  

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Trump is leading a hate movement, and the world is watching - The Washington Post

Trump is leading a hate movement, and the world is watching - The Washington Post:

By Greg Sargent
Opinion writer
July 18 at 10:47 AM

One of the most chilling things about President Trump’s hate-rally in North Carolina — which devolved into chants of “send her back,” directed at a nonwhite immigrant member of Congress — was the profusion of tweets about it from abroad.

Robert Mann, the historian of the civil rights era, lamented from across the Atlantic that it’s “shocking” to be in Britain while “one of the top stories” all over the British media is “just how much of a vile racist my country has for a president.”

Tweeting from Australia, the New Yorker’s Jelani Cobb noted that in Sydney, “many people” have asked him about Trump’s “latest bigotry spree.” Cobb added: “this is a reminder that the entire world is an audience for this abject racist stupidity.”

  

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Racism Is Not a Winning Issue for Trump | The Nation

Racism Is Not a Winning Issue for Trump | The Nation:

By Jeet Heer
July 17, 2019 4:45 pm

Like the proverbial dog returning to his vomit, Donald Trump can be trusted to go back to his racism. Racism has been a running motif of Trump’s life, from his inheritance of a real estate empire that was sued for not renting to African-Americans, to his calls for the execution of the (innocent) Central Park Five, to his Obama birtherism, to his recent Twitter attack on four Democratic congresswomen, all people of color.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” Trump wrote in reference to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. Collectively, these women are known as the Squad. Their outspoken progressivism makes them a thorn in the side of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, which might be why Trump decided that by cruelly insulting them he could stir up trouble among the Democrats.

  

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Luis Ly says:
July 18, 2019 at 12:24 am

I'm afraid the reality is much more problematic. Firstly, there IS a real political division within the Democratic Party. Anyone who thinks there is an easy reconciliation between politics-as-usual of Nancy Pelosi and new politics represented by the Squad and Bernie Sanders is delusional. If anything, this division is truer than that between Pelosi and GOP leadership. Secondly, a neoliberal-conservative Democratic Party might be able to unseat Trump, but it would never "unseat" the toxic and absurd socio-economic conditions that gave rise to Trumpism in the first place.


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Opinion | What Trump Is Teaching Our Children - The New York Times

Opinion | What Trump Is Teaching Our Children - The New York Times:


Charles M. Blow - July 17, 2019

When our children are young, we work doggedly to foster in them a deep and abiding sense of morality, ethics and character. We try to teach them to always tell the truth, to be kind and generous, to be brave enough to do the right thing even if others aren’t as brave. We try to teach them empathy and compassion, that caring about the less fortunate betters society and is also self-edifying. We teach them to be gracious and thankful and not to brag or bully. Also, don’t lie, cheat or steal.

  

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