Civility

Terrorist Rhetoric


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I’m not saying that if you’re a conservative who is in favor of strong and strict immigration policies, then you’re on the same side as a terrorist or the equivalent. But, if you’re using the issue of immigration to malign people and you use the same talking points and lies that inspired a terrorist to kill eleven people, then you’re speaking the same language. You’re talking the talk. What concerns me is if you’re going to start walking it.

The first argument Donald Trump made after the massacre at a synagogue in Pittsburgh was that more guns will decrease gun violence. His second argument was that the shooter was not a fan of his.

It’s true. The shooter responsible for the killings at a Pittsburgh synagogue wasn’t a Trump fan, but he was a fan of the Trump agenda. His problem with Trump is that he didn’t believe he is really a nationalist, and he didn’t hate enough.

Despite having a Jewish son-in-law and a daughter who converted, Trump is not a friend to Jewish people or any minorities for that matter. The only minority he likes is the one percent of this nation that has the most wealth. While he talks a big game and moves our Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, he defends Nazis who chant “blood and soil” and “Jews will not replace us.”

While calling himself a nationalist, Trump complains about globalists. The Pittsburgh shooter calls himself a nationalist and complains about globalists. When people like that say “globalists,” they’re talking about Jews.

Trump has spent the past few weeks trying to scare Americans about an invasion of immigrants who are walking toward our southern border. The shooter has taken up his mantle and has also complained about this “invasion” on social media posts. The shooter has blamed Jews for funding the caravan where Trump has blamed one Jew.

The shooter wrote in another post that Trump was too soft on the “kike infestation.” He also wrote that Jews and immigrants will prevent Trump from making America great again. He may not have believed in the man, but he believed the message. He repeated it often enough. He used it Saturday as the basis for his attack.

White supremacist Andrew Anglin said that when Trump refused to condemn people like him after Charlottesville, he said, “We interpret that as an endorsement.” According to the Anti-Defamation League, the incidence of anti-Semitic hate crimes jumped nearly 60 percent in 2017, which is the largest spike since they started keeping track in 1979.

Trump may not have ordered Nazis to run people over, or white supremacists to mail pipe bombs or to shoot up synagogues, but he has set the tone.

Trump condemns the atmosphere of hate while continuing to hate. He talks about all sides having a civil tone, and in the same breath, he blames the media for violence. The media are at fault for doing their job. The most hateful rhetoric the media has published over the past three years is when it has quoted Donald Trump.

Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh know this, and they don’t want Trump to visit their city. In a letter signed by over 16,000 people discouraging Trump from visiting, they wrote “For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.”

When you go online and echo Trump’s lies about the media or the migrant caravan, you’re repeating the argument of a white supremacist who killed eleven people in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. Just like the pipe bomber, this shooter isn’t one of you as much as he is you.

The shooter may not have had all the Trump stickers, but he had the rhetoric. If you’re a Kool-Aid drinking Trump sycophant, you have it too.

Before we can remove all this hate and start to heal, we have to remove the source. We have to remove Donald Trump from the presidency. We need a president who doesn’t embolden Nazis and white supremacists.

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Face Punching Civility


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Sometimes an angry conservative reader will tell me that I’m adding to the discourse in American politics and society. My response to that is always, yep. It’s what political cartoonists do, even the ones you agree with. It’s not new. Thomas Nast did it back in the 1800s. But we don’t create it. We’re just riding it.

Republicans and Trump supporters, who often call liberals “snowflakes,” make themselves out to be the most persecuted and victimized people in society. They cry about all the negativity Donald Trump is receiving. They have very short memories.

During the 1990s, a millionaire newspaper owner in Pennsylvania funded investigations into President Bill Clinton’s sex life. Newt Gingrich engineered the GOP takeover of the House in 1992 on a campaign that if Democrats retained control, Clinton would swing by your house, fondle your wife, impregnate your daughter, and his wife, who didn’t know her place, would force health care upon your family. They eventually impeached Clinton because he received oral sex in the Oval Office. They had to go through two GOP speakers during the impeachment proceedings before they got one who hadn’t committed adultery. Of course, we all found out later that Republican was a pedophile.

During the Obama era, they attempted to de-legitimize him by saying he wasn’t born in this country. Ted Nugent, who Donald Trump has hosted in the White House, said Obama was a mongrel and made comments about shooting him. A congressman yelled “you lie” during a State of the Union speech. They freaked out over the president wearing a tan suit and putting mustard on a cheeseburger. They totally lost their minds when Michelle went sleeveless and said kids should eat more vegetables. You would have thought these Democrats were inviting Russians into the Oval Office and giving them classified information given to us by our Israeli allies.

During the 2016 campaign, Republicans claimed Clinton was operating a child-sex-slave ring in the basement of a Washington pizza parlor that didn’t even have a basement. They also told us Clinton was dying, yet she’s still here.

A few weeks ago at an awards show, Robert De Niro said “F Trump,” except he didn’t say “F.” He said the full word. There wasn’t any context to it. Just the “F” thing.

Last week, actor Peter Fonda surprised everyone who thought he was dead by saying Barron Trump should be taken away from his parents and put into a cage with pedophiles. Since Trump has bragged about walking in on teen girls undressing, Fonda could have just wished Barron had to go to that Washington pizza place with his dad.

Also, last week, several people within the Trump administration were either heckled, yelled at, or told to leave while out dining. For two of those, it was their own damn fault for selecting Mexican restaurants during Traumatize A Hispanic Migrant Child week.

Over the weekend, Congresswoman Maxine Waters latched onto the restaurant protests and said, “If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. You push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”

De Niro’s comments were ugly. Fonda’s comments were horrible and not accepted by anyone, and it got him reported to the Secret Service. Waters’ comment, meh. I don’t really have a problem with anything Waters said, only that she said it. I don’t think I could stop myself from telling a Cabinet member the administration is killing America if I ran into one. That probably won’t happen unless they start patronizing the Wawa up the street since that’s the only place I ever go lately. It’s Hoagiefest.

Fonda should be shamed for his comments. Even before you get to the context of his statement, it was bad to bring Barron Trump into his argument. I get his point, but no.

At the very worst, Waters’ comment gave Trump and company ammunition. They were already playing the victim game over the restaurants and had even used the government positions to slander the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia.

Trump attacked Waters, said she has a low IQ, and that she called for harm to Trump supporters. Then, he said she needs to be careful with what she wishes for. Basically, he’s complaining about the lack of civility, insults Waters, and lies about what she said, and then wishes harm to her. He did everything he accused Waters of doing. Can he get away with that? Yes, he can.

On the campaign trail, Trump encouraged his supporters to beat up protesters and even offered to pay their legal fees for assault. Many of them did assault protesters, though Trump never paid for their legal fees. Why should he? He doesn’t pay his own legal fees.

He said the 2nd Amendment people might have a solution to prevent a President Hillary Clinton from appointing Supreme Court Justices.

Let’s not forget how many women Trump has attacked and all the people who he’s given juvenile nicknames to.

And then there was the time Nazis killed a woman and Trump praised them.

Instead of encouraging violence, one Congressional candidate, Greg Gianforte, physically assaulted a reporter. That Republican is now a Congressman who won by aligning himself with Trump. Donald Trump Jr. was campaigning with Gianforte last week.

The sad thing about this is the messaging from conservatives about uncivil and violent Democrats will work with Republicans. Never mind the hypocrisy. These are rules they expect you to abide, but don’t apply to them. It’s the new New.

Waters did not wish violence or harm on Trump supporters. The worst she did was to call for people to call them out, which I guess is a horrible thing for a Trump supporter. Facts are an assault on their senses and everything they stand for. Go to your crazy uncle’s most recent Facebook post and type “Snopes” and watch the reaction.

I’m not making an argument that Democrats aren’t adding to the discourse, but I will argue they’re not as bad, or ugly as Republicans.  Besides, you really don’t have to wish harm on Trump supporters. Isn’t it bad enough for them that they have to live with whatever it is that’s afflicting their brains? Plus, they’re gonna have to clean up the mess Trump leaves behind.

Who am I kidding? They’re gonna leave that for us to clean, and they’ll blame a Democrat for making it.

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