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Trump’s Latest Tweets Spark Outrage
Donald Trump played the race card on Sunday. He launched nearly three dozen broadsides on Twitter throughout the day, but a trio of his tweets stood out because they demonstrated how casually he likes to uncork his venom and how unwilling the Republican Party is to contain him.
Trump was targeting four new Democratic congresswomen of color (nicknamed “The Squad”) who have become ubiquitous advocates for progressive policies and occasional thorns in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s side: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.
Omar is from Somalia. The other three women were born in the U.S. Pressley is black and was born in Ohio. Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York and is of Puerto Rican descent. Tlaib was born in Michigan and her parents were Palestinian immigrants.
“They’re free to leave if they want. If they want to leave, that’s fine. If they want to stay, that’s fine,” Mr. Trump said on Monday, referring to Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts. On Sunday, he said they should “go back” to the countries they came from.
Central to Trump’s racism is not just the content of the racism itself. It’s also that he’s asserting the right to engage in public displays of racism without it being called out for what it is. A crucial ingredient here is Trump’s declaration of the ability to flaunt his racism with impunity.
After all, the hosts at Fox and Friends contributed on Sunday by just having a few laughs about the president’s tweets. Meanwhile, Matt Wolking, the self-described “Deputy Director of Communications — Rapid Response” for the president’s 2020 campaign, did his part by responding so rapidly to the widespread criticism that he simply pretended the media misrepresented what Trump tweeted. And by my count only one Republican legislator criticized Trump all day. Representative Chip Roy of Texas crossed lines to offer what was ultimately a tepid critique of Trump’s Twitter storm.
Some principled conservatives were willing to step up. George Conway, the husband of a prominent Trump adviser, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted that Trump’s comments were “bigotry, pure and simple.” And, he added, addressing Trump directly: “You are a disgrace to the office you hold, and you are a disgrace to the nation.” David French, a conservative columnist with the National Review, tweeted that he “could think of few worse things for the soul of the GOP or the health and unity of our republic than adopting a strategy of ‘be racist to own the libs.’”
Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, said Mr. Trump’s use of Israel in his comments hurts the Jewish community.
Two Republican senators, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, suggested that the president steer clear of personal attacks and instead focus on policy.
“We all know that A.O.C. and this crowd are a bunch of communists,” Mr. Graham said on Fox News. “They hate Israel, they hate our own country.” But he also pushed back against the president’s suggestion that the women are not American.
“They are American citizens,” Mr. Graham said. “They won an election. Take on their policies. The bottom line here is this is a diverse country.”
He added: “Mr. President, you’re right about their policies. You’re right about where they will take the country. Just aim higher.”
Mr. Trump said he disagreed with Mr. Graham about aiming higher. “These are congressmen. What am I supposed to do, just wait for senators? No,” Mr. Trump said.
Trump expected to take executive action on Census
President Trump is expected to take executive action to try to add a question about U.S. citizenship status to forms for the upcoming 2020 census. It’s the administration’s latest effort in a more than yearlong legal fight to include the question, which has been blocked by the Supreme Court for now.
Defying all odds – Donald Trump Wins White House
In one of the most turbulent and expensive presidential elections in US history, Donald Trump has beaten all odds to become the 45th president of the United States.
Despite various polls pointing to almost certain win for Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump won by a landslide victory, winning big in key states such as Florida, Iowa and Michigan.
While the mainstream media struggle to deal with last night’s shock result, political commentators such as Nigel Farage have never doubted that Trump could win.
Farage, who is largely known as the man who led Brexit. has consistently drawn parallels between the US election and the UK’s decision to leave the European Union last June. He cites a growing anti-establishment movement spreading across the western world in which “people have had enough of ‘party politics’ and are looking for real change”.
Of all the running commentary on where the Clinton campaign went wrong, it was perhaps this tweet that summed it up best:
The Clinton supporters were smug, arrogant, cruel and childish beginning in the primaries. There is nothing sweeter than this #electionnight
— Cassandra Fairbanks (@CassandraRules) 9 November 2016
One big question that remains unanswered in all of this is: How did the media and political analysts get it so wrong? Was Trump right when he called them biased and dishonest? It would certainly explain their unfair, negative coverage of Trump.
At the same time, it could be that secret Trump supporters kept them off their guard. It has been said that the white rural vote was largely overlooked in this election as well as the views of independent voters.