Orlando Shooting

Trump The Alarms


It was over 90 days ago that Trump signed an executive order banning travel from seven Muslim nations, which was supposed to last for 90 days. How much of an emergency was this ban since that time period has expired? How vital was it since during that time there have been zero terrorists attacks in the United States, not counting the terrorist attacks committed by white guys.

Monday morning, a man the media has identified as a “disgruntled former employee” walked into his former workplace and shot five of his former co-workers. It was big news in the a.m. but by noon the story had vanished as the press was busy talking about Donald Trump’s tweets, Kellyanne Conway’s husband ripping Trump’s tweets, the story about Trump editing out the “defense clause” from his speech to NATO, breaking news that the Russians were attempting to hack into companies that sell voter registration-related software, and that the Trump administration is trying to tell us to ignore Trump’s tweets.

Why was the Orlando story pushed into the background so quickly? Oh yeah. It’s because the shooter was white. Trump didn’t tweet about it. He didn’t attack the mayor of Orlando. When five people are killed by a white guy we can all remain calm because obviously, it’s much worse to die at the hands of a brown person than a white person.

Or maybe it’s worse to be killed by a guy who prays to Allah than by a guy who got a poor evaluation from the HR department. Not every day can be casual Friday people, and stop reheating fish in the company’s microwave.

Trump didn’t attack the mayor of Orlando. In fact, Trump hasn’t tweeted about Orlando at all. He did tweet at Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London and the first Muslim mayor of a major western city. Trump distorted Khan’s statement to the public that they shouldn’t be alarmed over an increased police presence. Trump decided to tweet that the mayor didn’t want people to be alarmed over terrorism.

Orlando hasn’t reached Trump’s radar yet, perhaps because he was too busy tweeting. Tuesday morning, he retweeted a Fox News story of a hostage siege in Australia Isis has claimed credit for that killed one person and injured three police officers. He continued to tweet his desire for a travel ban. He tweeted attacks on the media, once again calling them “fake news.” And yesterday, he went after the mayor of London again tweeting “Pathetic excuse by London Mayor Sadiq Khan who had to think fast on his ‘no reason to be alarmed’ statement. MSM is working hard to sell it!” No, Donny. You’re working hard to sell it.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted “Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!” Psst…..Donald, the Orlando shooter used a gun, not a truck.

Despite the Orlando shooting happening on U.S. soil and resulting in the death of five Americans, it’s not as interesting to Trump as Islamic terrorists killing seven people in England, or one person in Australia.

Our president’s inability to comprehend is alarming. His continued insults on our allies are alarming. His penchant for lying and distorting statements and facts is alarming. His continued use of Islamophobic-tinted glasses is alarming.

The fact that Donald Trump is actually president is terrifying.

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Orlando Tragedy


Am I politicizing this?

The United States suffered the worst mass shooting in its history this past weekend. A shooter walked into a gay nightclub and started shooting people. At this point 50 are dead and over 50 are wounded.

The shooter claims he’s affiliated with ISIS. He has a history of homophobia and anger issues. Is it really important he’s citing ISIS and the Boston Marathon Bombers as inspiration?

It’s not about Islam or “radical” Islam. It’s about people being radical. Conservatives love to point out that Islam calls for the death of homosexuals. So does Christianity. Most Muslim governments that are theocracies ban homosexuality which is evidence that we don’t want to tie our government to Christianity or any religion. It’s bizarre that those who hate gays want us to focus on other groups who hate gays.

These conservatives aren’t asking how the shooter acquired his weapons. They’re more concerned with people referring to the AR-15 used as an “assault weapon.” Seriously, they have more sensitivity toward the weapon than to the victims.

Conservatives love to politicize people and use them to advance their agenda. They scapegoat. They create a climate of hate and fear where none previously existed. They do it out of hate hate and to distract from other issues. They scream about bathrooms being unsafe from trangenders though all the raping and pedophilia being done out there is by heterosexuals, and usually by very conservative and religious people. It’s always a great time to politicize someone until their politicizing feeds a tragedy. When the tragedy strikes they offer prayers to those they have been tarnishing, degrading, and dehumanizing.

Am I politicizing this? I could have gone with a memorial cartoon. In fact, the cartoonist who I most admire has already published a cartoon with tears for Orlando. When I’m angry, annoyed, and really pissed off, sentimentality doesn’t come easy to me. I’m not a chicken-soup-for-the-soul type of person.

Am I politicizing this? You bet your homophobic ass I am.

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