Donald Trump panders to a very racist, stupid base of supporters. It’s why he makes racist comments while being reluctant to criticize racists. When tiki-torch Nazis marched in Charlottesville, it would have been very presidential to criticize Nazis. For Donald Trump, his first instinct was to attack the people protesting Nazis. If you support Donald Trump, he’s afraid criticizing Nazis will make you upset. Fact.
The one positive in this for Trump is since he’s talking to people who aren’t well informed and are also the least educated in this nation, he doesn’t need to be that informed himself or educated on what he’s talking about. He can even lie to his supporters and get away with it, which he does on a daily basis.
When a Muslim shoots up a nightclub in Orlando, Trump can immediately scream it supports the argument for his Muslim ban, despite the fact that specific Muslim was born in New York. Trump did the same thing after another ISIS-inspired terrorist killed eight in New York City with a truck, though this terrorist was born in Russia, a nation not on Trump’s travel ban list. Naturally, he used the 2015 killing of 14 in San Bernardino to support his Muslim ban, though one of those killers was born in the U.S. and the other in Pakistan, another nation not on the list of bad nations. The facts don’t matter when you’re playing to a base xenophobic and Islamophobic base.
As a candidate, Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslims entering the United States until “our country’s representatives can figure out what’s going on.” He said, “Islam hates us.” He talked about surveillance and even shutting down mosques in the United States.
Naturally, whenever a mass shooter is white and publishes a hate manifesto echoing Trump’s rhetoric shortly before shooting up a mosque, synagogue, Walmart, or garlic festival, Donald takes his time in issuing a statement, and he rarely addresses the gun aspect or the fact he inspired the killer. He rarely identifies such attacks as terrorism. So, when a Saudi national killed three on an American naval base this past week, it was another great opportunity for Trump to scream about Muslims and promote his travel ban, xenophobia, and generic bigotry. What did he talk about? Toilets.
A member of the Saudi Air Force was training in Pensacola (We train a lot of our allies’ military personnel in the U.S.) when he went on a shooting rampage that killed three and injured eight others. Being from Saudi Arabia, a nation that has financially invested in Trump and Jared Kushner, and the first nation Trump visited as president where he was the recipient of a sword dance, Trump was very understanding of the Saudi reaction to the shooting.
Trump tweeted, “The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.” Trump also had a slow and defensive response after a Washington Post journalist was killed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey last year.
Florida’s Republican Governor and Trump acolyte said, “Obviously, the government of Saudi Arabia needs to make things better for these victims. They’re going to owe a debt here.” The Republican answer is to take a check and sweep it all under the rug.
If President Obama had responded to a terrorist attack committed by a man from Saudi Arabia, conservatives would have said he was apologizing for Islam. With Trump, they’re fine that he spent less time discussing the shooting on Friday and more time talking about toilets.
On an issue that should resonate as well with his supporters as energy-saving lightbulbs, the remote being across the room, and the missing single sock, Trump lit into low-flush toilets. He railed, “People are flushing toilets 10 times, 15 times as opposed to once.”
First off, if you’re flushing 10 to 15 times, chew your food. Trump included faucets and showers into his rant saying, “We have a situation where we’re looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms, where you turn the faucet on — in areas where there’s tremendous amounts of water, where the water rushes out to sea because you could never handle it — you turn on the faucet, you don’t get any water.” Suggesting that states should be regulated differently, he said, “But for the most part, you have many states where they have so much water that it comes down — it’s called rain — that they don’t know, they don’t know what to do with it.” In case you didn’t know the water coming down from the sky is rain, then you’re probably also wondering why world leaders are laughing at Trump.
Trump said the federal Environmental Protection Agency was looking at the issue at his suggestion. The truth is, and Trump may not even know this, is that because of a 2018 law, Congress is already mandated to look into any water regulations passed before 2012. This includes “specifications for tank-type toilets, lavatory faucets and faucet accessories, showerheads, flushing urinals, and weather-based irrigation controllers,” and before you blame Obama because you have to flush a lot, all those regulations were passed in the early 90s.
Hating Muslims was a big winner for Trump in 2016. Maybe stubborn turds will save the day in 2020.
I’m not suggesting we use what happened in Pensacola to reinforce hatred in our nation. But Trump needs to land somewhere between “they all hate us and they’re coming to kill us” and “they said they’re sorry.” What needs to be examined a lot more than Trump toilets is the vetting process allowing an American-hating terrorist to train on an American military base. We should also examine his legal purchase of a firearm.
Donald Trump being more concerned about toilets than terrorism is another reason to flush him in 2020.
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