El Paso Victims Say No To Trump

Ken AshfordGun Control, Immigration and Xenophobia, Race, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Daily Kos: Donald Trump’s visit to El Paso was packaged with slick videos and pictures of a grinning Trump posing with medical staff. But one thing the White House will not be releasing pictures of is Trump with the shooting victims still being treated at University Medical Center—because none of the eight patients was willing to meet with him. “This is a very sensitive time … Read More

Weekend, Bloody Weekend

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This weekend saw two mass shootings with a total casualty count (so far) of 29 people. On Sunday, Americans woke up to news of a shooting rampage in an entertainment district in Dayton, Ohio, where a man wearing body armor shot and killed nine people, including his own sister. Hours earlier, a 21-year-old with a rifle entered a Walmart in … Read More

Trump’s Weekend Racism Binge

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I just asked my neighbor why he removed the Trump sign from his lawn, where it had been since 2016. He replied, “I couldn’t ignore his racism any longer. My son [10 years old] asked why I still support him, and I had no answer. If you lose your kid’s respect, you’ve got nothing.” — Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) July 27, … Read More

“Send Her Back” Is The New “Lock Her Up”

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It is clear from the Trump rally in Greenville, NC, that Trump is hoping to make Rep. Ilhan Omar the face of the Democrats in 2020, and run against her. The strategy itself is grounded in racism and xenophobism. During President Trump’s Wednesday night rally in Greenville, North Carolina, he took aim at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), one of the … Read More

House Passes Resolution Condemning Trump’s Racist Tweets On (Mostly) Partisan Lines

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That was Trump’s reaction to the House resolution condemning Trump for his racist tweets: Amazing. Rep @ericswalwell verbatim cites 45’s racist remarks—& while refusing to condemn the remarks as racist, GOP demands they be “taken down” b/c they’re “unparliamentary” So they’re not racist when 45 says them but “unparliamentary” when repeated?🤔pic.twitter.com/fRzmDyxEoy — Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) July 17, 2019 Trump … Read More

Smoking Gun: Hard Drive Of Deceased GOP Consultant Shows Census Question Had Partisan Motive

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The move by the Trump administration to add a citizenship question to the census can be traced back directly to the work of a Republican redistricting expert who studied how to create maps that “would be advantageous to Republicans and Non-Hispanic Whites,” according to new evidence revealed in court documents filed Thursday. How the evidence even fell into the challengers’ … Read More

Trump Doubles Down On Charlottesville “Both Sides” Comment

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Trump tries to defend his Charlottesville response by praising Robert E. Lee. He claims the 'very fine people' remark was about people who "felt very strongly about the monument to Robert E. Lee. A great general, whether you like it or not."Via Politico pic.twitter.com/01W4IwGx8y — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 26, 2019 Joe Biden’s presidential launch has again cast a spotlight … Read More

I’m Sick Of The Covington Catholic Teen Incident, But This One Thing I Believe

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Adam Serwer: The incident became a national story in part because of the way the images seemed to confirm first one sweeping narrative, and then another, opposite one: the first, that the heart of Trumpism is prejudice; the second, that anti-prejudice, abetted by the liberal media, has become a malevolent force comparable to racial oppression. But only one of these … Read More

The Squirrel Hill Massacre And The Abhorrent White House Response

Ken AshfordCrime, Godstuff, Immigration and Xenophobia, Racial Homicides, Rightwing Extremism/Violence, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

WaPo: Conspiracy theories are flourishing in America, from the Oval Office to the fever swamps of the Internet. They include the viral notion that the liberal 88-year-old billionaire George Soros, a Hungarian American Holocaust survivor, is funding the migrant caravan slowly making its way from Central America in the direction of the United States. It’s not true, but it has … Read More

Trump Is A Welsher Too

Ken AshfordElection 2020, Immigration and Xenophobia, Race, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

Sen. Elizabeth Warren released the results of a DNA test today that “strongly support” her claims of Native American ancestry, hitting back at President Donald Trump for mocking her and showing her seriousness about a 2020 presidential run. The DNA test, conducted by Stanford University professor Carlos Bustamante, showed Warren’s likely Native American ancestry dates back six to 10 generations. … Read More