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WTF The Racist Card is being used..Who is saying what?..Will it be a rhetorical win for T n' Co..or will saner minds prevail?


This highly charged ‘tool’ of T and the right calling for minorities especially Congresswomen to leave IS being used as an ignitor of the (voting) base. Outright racist statements are not ok, not normal and by allowing them it has opened the door to more ‘fringe’ elements to vocalize and act on it.

Will T get away with it…? Are these authoritarian tactics? betcha.

Will R’s stand by him?. - seems so. Sen Joni Ernst (R -iowa) has condemned him and about a dozen members of Congress.

Seems like AOC is taking him head on…calling T out…
Good for her.

Disinformation spreading

Senate Republican Conference Vice Chairwoman Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) said Monday that she thinks President Trump’s tweets suggesting that minority Democratic lawmakers “go back” to the countries they came from was racist.

Ernst was pressed by reporters about Trump’s tweets from the weekend when she walked into a weekly leadership meeting in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) office.

Asked if she thought Trump’s comments were specifically racist, Ernst acknowledged, "Yeah, I do."


Here are a some comments on how racism has prevailed in politics and for whom the political dialogues can most be effective. History repeats itself, but giving legitimacy to one leader’s POV is surmountable.

8 Takeaways from the recent racist comments per the Washington Post - PowerPost

THE BIG IDEA: The four-page resolution of disapproval that the House will take up this week to condemn President Trump’s racist tweetstorm quotes at length from Ronald Reagan’s final speech in the White House.

“This, I believe, is one of the most important sources of America’s greatness: We lead the world because, unique among nations, we draw our people – our strength – from every country and every corner of the world,” Reagan said in January 1989. “And, by doing so, we continuously renew and enrich our nation. … Thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we’re a nation forever young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge, always leading the world to the next frontier. This quality is vital to our future as a nation. If we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leadership in the world would soon be lost.”

Thirty years later, the man who now occupies the White House tweeted that four minority lawmakers – three of whom were born in the United States – should “go back” to “the crime infested places from which they came.” A reporter asked Trump on Monday, “Does it concern you that many people find that tweet racist?”

“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me**,” the president replied, adding that the four women “hate our country.”

House Republican leadership aides expect few of their members to defect from Trump to support the resolution of disapproval, which could come up for a vote as soon as today. It also says that Trump’s tweets “have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

Trump’s targets held a news conference at the Capitol last night to respond to the president’s comments. Reps. Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Ilhan Omar (Minn.) each took turns speaking. Pressley was born in Cincinnati, Tlaib was born in Detroit, and Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York. Omar was born in Mogadishu, Somalia; her family fled the country amid civil war when she was a child, and she became a U.S. citizen as a teenager.

Ocasio-Cortez, who is of Puerto Rican descent, remembered when she was a girl and her dad brought her to the Reflecting Pool on the Mall. He told her to look around. Then he told her that the monuments she saw, and the nation they represented, belonged to her just as much as anyone else. “I want to tell children across this country,” the congresswoman said last night, “no matter what the president says, this country belongs to you, and it belongs to everyone.”

‘Don’t take the bait’: ‘The squad’s’ full speech responding to Trump’s tweets

Here are eight takeaways from this firestorm:

1) Trump’s rhetoric is creating a more dangerous climate and corroding the public discourse.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) asked the Capitol Police last night to provide extra protection for the four lawmakers, citing a growing threat profile, per Fox News.

There are also longer-term impacts to consider. For better or worse, the president is a role model. Modeling bad behavior sends signals to young people just as much as good behavior.

Conservative columnist George Will argues that this is why Trump is worse than Richard Nixon. “I believe that what this president has done to our culture, to our civic discourse, you cannot unring these bells and you cannot unsay what he has said, and you cannot change that he has now in a very short time made it seem normal for schoolboy taunts and obvious lies to be spun out in a constant stream,” the consistent Trump critic said on a New York Times Book Review podcast last week. “This will do more lasting damage than Richard Nixon’s surreptitious burglaries did."

2) Trump’s “go back” rhetoric is consistent not only with his own long history of attacks on people he perceives as the other but also the nation’s oscillating attitudes toward immigration throughout its history. Marc Fisher traces the etymology: “The Know-Nothings wanted German and Irish immigrants to get out because they were allegedly subversive and diseased people who were stealing American jobs. White preachers and politicians of the 1820s urged freed blacks to move to West Africa, supposedly for their own good. From that drive to encourage blacks to go back where they came from to waves of nativist attacks on Catholics, Jews, Asians and Hispanics in nearly every generation that followed, ‘go home’ rhetoric is as American as immigration itself. …

There is hardly any ethnic or racial group in the country that hasn’t been told to go back where they came from. In collections of voices from the Japanese American internment camps of the World War II era, in diaries of the earliest Italian and Irish immigrants, in Jewish novels and memoirs from the turn of the 20th century, the slur is a mainstay. … From Calvin Coolidge’s warnings in the 1920s that the country was becoming ‘a dumping ground’ and that ‘America must remain American’ to the ‘America: Love it or leave it’ rhetoric that surrounded Richard Nixon’s presidency, the nation’s leaders have struggled for two centuries with a central ambivalence about its core identity as a magnet for immigrants.”

The news media is grappling with how to label Trump’s Sunday tweets, but The Washington Post decided Monday afternoon to use the word racist because of the well-documented history. “The ‘go back’ trope is deeply rooted in the history of racism in the United States. Therefore, we have concluded that ‘racist’ is the proper term to apply to the language he used Sunday,” Post Executive Editor Martin Baron said in a statement.

– Conservative lawyer George Conway, the husband of counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway, explains in an op-ed for The Post why this episode caused him to conclude that Trump is a racist – after years of giving him the benefit of the doubt.

3) White identity politics is driving Trump as 2020 approaches, and the Republican Party that he’s remaking in his image. Trump is making clear that his reelection campaign will feature the same explosive mix of white grievance and anti-immigrant nativism that helped elect him, Michael Scherer explains: “Trump’s combustible formula of white identity politics has already reshaped the Republican Party, sidelining, silencing or converting nearly anyone who dares to challenge the racial insensitivity of his utterances. It also has pushed Democratic presidential candidates sharply to the left on issues such as immigration and civil rights, as they respond to the liberal backlash against him. Left unknown is whether the president is now on the verge of more permanently reshaping the nation’s political balance — at least until long-term demographic changes take hold to make nonwhite residents a majority of the country around 2050. …

Ashley Jardina, a professor at Duke University who recently wrote a book called ‘White Identity Politics,’ said that a majority of white Americans express some racial resentment in election-year surveys. Between 30 and 40 percent embrace a white racial identity. It is the latter group, with concerns about growing immigration threatening their racial status, who gravitated strongly to the president. The feeling of white identity is much stronger among non-college-educated whites than those who went to college, she said. ‘We do know that it is politically mobilizing,’ Jardina added. ‘Those who feel racial solidarity have more likelihood to participate in politics.’ …

A December 2018 Pew Research Center poll found that 46 percent of white Americans said having a majority nonwhite nation in 2050 would ‘weaken American customs and values.’ … Asked whether having a majority nonwhite population would strengthen American customs and values, 42 percent of Democrats said it would, while only 13 percent of Republicans agreed.”

Trump is proposing a giant swap: Republicans can no longer count on suburban women and we will continue to lose college-educated men and women, while we increasingly pick up working white Americans without college degrees,” said Ari Fleischer, who was a White House press secretary for President George W. Bush and who has spoken with Trump campaign advisers about their strategy for increasing turnout. “Nobody knows who will come out ahead in the swap,” he told Scherer. “That’s what the campaign will tell us.”

President Trump walks out of the White House on Monday. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

4) Trump’s increasingly incendiary rhetoric is being met with fading resistance from Republican and corporate leaders.

Making the case that the president’s behavior is being normalized, Toluse Olorunnipa compares the applause Trump got at the White House on Monday to what happened after Trump said Mexican immigrants are rapists, called for a Muslim ban and insisted there were good people on both sides in Charlottesville. “The president, who has grown more comfortable in Washington as he has surrounded himself with assenting voices, has learned over the past three years that there is little consequence within his party or from aligned corporate and religious leaders for embracing incendiary rhetoric and pugilistic attacks,” Toluse writes:

The business world largely shrugged off Trump’s words, a shift from the kind of forceful response that industry leaders provided after Charlottesville. After Monday’s event at the White House — during which Trump accused members of Congress of hating Jews and loving al-Qaeda — business leaders gathered for the event circled around the president as he signed an executive order. Standing with Trump was Lockheed Martin chief executive Marillyn Hewson, one of the business leaders on Trump’s manufacturing council before it disbanded after the Charlottesville violence. Lockheed spokesman Bill Phelps did not answer questions about whether Hewson approved of Trump’s comments before or during the event.”

– The New York Times looks at how senior staffers at the White House have grown emboldened as Trump blusters his way through scandals. After Trump defended the neo-Nazi protesters in Charlottesville, Gary Cohn, his top economic adviser at the time, told the Financial Times that “this administration can and must do better in consistently and unequivocally condemning these groups,”” Annie Karni notes. “On Monday, Mr. Cohn’s successor in the West Wing, Larry Kudlow, steered clear of the latest flare-up of Mr. Trump’s inflammatory language. ‘That’s way out of my lane,’ Mr. Kudlow said when asked about the president’s weekend tweets. ‘He’s tweeted what he’s tweeted,’ Mr. Kudlow said. ‘You’ll have to talk to him about that.’

After Charlottesville, Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and a White House adviser, issued her own statement on Twitter, saying there was ‘no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis.’ It was a notable corrective to her father. On Monday, Ms. Trump declined to comment on her father’s latest remarks. … Administration veterans said they had long ago become immune to thinking anything Mr. Trump said would stick to him for more than one news cycle. Indeed, even a year after Charlottesville, Republican lawmakers who distanced themselves from the president had come back to embrace his tax overhaul and his selection of Brett M. Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court.”

– “Melania Trump is only the second first lady of the United States not born in America; the first, Louisa Adams was born in England. Yet she’s remained silent as her husband tweets racist and xenophobic attacks,” CNN notes .

– Speaking of Charlottesville: Two weeks after being sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge, the avowed neo-Nazi James A. Fields Jr. received a similar sentence in a Virginia court on Monday for ramming his car into counterprotesters during the white-supremacist rally. In ordering terms of life plus 419 years in state prison, Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Richard Moore imposed the punishment recommended in December by a jury that convicted Fields of first-degree murder and nine other charges, per Laurel Demkovich and Paul Duggan.

Small but united: Understanding the four-Congresswoman ‘squad’

5) Trump wants to make “the Squad,” as the four women he attacked call themselves, the face of the Democratic Party.

The president suggested that he’s attacking these women to elevate them. “The Dems were trying to distance themselves from the four ‘progressives,’ but now they are forced to embrace them,” he wrote after their presser last night. “That means they are endorsing Socialism, hate of Israel and the USA! Not good for the Democrats!”

A Trump campaign adviser told Jackie Alemany for her Power Up newsletter that Trump’s tweets “yet again reinforced in the minds of many Americans that the Democratic Party is the party of AOC and Omar.”

– But even if there’s some strategy, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a good one. Trump has united Democrats after they spent a week in disarray. “Inside the White House, there was some frustration that the president had inserted himself into what was an internal Democratic feud, offering Nancy Pelosi a convenient off-ramp from her disagreements — generational, philosophical and tactical — with the four liberal lawmakers,” Ashley Parker, Rachael Bade and John Wagner report.

Dana Milbank notes that Trump’s latest comments made Democratic bickering over Joe Biden’s relationship with James Eastland in 1973 look small in comparison, a dynamic that could help the former vice president.

– Looking forward, this gives some momentum to liberals who want impeachment. There is lots of speculation that Trump welcomes impeachment proceedings because he knows Senate Republicans are not going to remove him from office, and he has said his base would rally behind him if Democrats impeach.

Despite the speaker’s opposition, 85 Democrats have publicly called for starting impeachment proceedings against Trump, more than one-third of her caucus. All four of the lawmakers in question have already called for Trump’s impeachment. Omar mentioned impeachment during the news conference. “It’s time for us to impeach this president,” Omar said. “It is time for us to stop allowing him to make a mockery out of this Constitution.”

Rep. Al Green (D-Tex.) said he plans to force a vote on the House floor this month on impeaching Trump. The House voted 364 to 58 in December 2017, with Republicans in the majority, on a motion to table Green’s previous impeachment resolution. Green said Monday that “the American people are fed up” with his racism and bigotry and that the Sunday tweets brought everything “to a boiling point.”


Am listing a lot on this matter today to get my head around what tactics are being used. Who’s giving T a pass? And who can win the battle for ‘hearts and minds’ on these very divisive positions?

Am sure the ‘identity politics’ (#3 in list) as described above in the Wapo article is surely the motivator. T sees the white, non-college educated disenfranchised voter as his ticket to winning the WH…that’s why he’s gone off on all of this…and because he IS A RACIST.

Facing censure, Trump insists 'not a racist bone in my body.'

The episode served notice that Trump is willing to again rely on incendiary rhetoric on issues of race and immigration to preserve his political base in the leadup to the 2020 election. He shrugged off the criticism.

“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me,” Trump said Monday at the White House. “A lot of people love it, by the way.”

At the Capitol, there was near unanimous condemnation from Democrats and a rumble of discontent from a subset of Republicans, but notably not from the party’s congressional leaders.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said Trump’s campaign slogan truly means he wants to “make America white again,” announced Monday that the House would vote on a resolution condemning his new comments . The resolution “strongly condemns” Trump’s “racist comments” and says they “have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

In response, Trump tweeted anew Tuesday about the four congresswomen: “Why isn’t the House voting to rebuke the filthy and hate laced things they have said? Because they are the Radical Left, and the Democrats are afraid to take them on. Sad!”


Some cracks within the Republican ranks

Republicans Held Together, for the Most Part

Only four Republicans — Representatives Will Hurd of Texas, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan, Susan W. Brooks of Indiana — broke with their party to vote against Mr. Trump. They were joined by Representative Justin Amash of Michigan, a Trump critic who recently abandoned the Republican Party to become an independent. Each had his or her reasons.

And now another Republican Representative from AZ who is calling for Impeachment inquiry…

“I have a responsibility as a Congresswoman, former prosecutor and American citizen to stand up for the rule of law,” Kirkpatrick said. “I have come to the conclusion that the House of Representatives must open an impeachment inquiry on President Donald Trump.”

(David Bythewood) #5

Congressman Ted Lieu: I have served in the Air Force and in Congress. People still tell me to ‘go back’ to China.

When Non-Jews Wield Anti-Semitism as Political Shield

In recent weeks, some Republicans have raised the specter of anti-Semitism as a convenient distraction from detention camps and racist tropes. And the Jews are tired of it.

Somebody on a FB group I frequent noted that if you wouldn’t say it to somebody at work, neither should he, as these are people who he technically works with,.

(David Bythewood) #6

Trump’s base is loving his sudden wallowing in open racism. Trump had a rally tonight. The results are entirely predictable. As predictable as the GOP #Klansplaining that will shortly follow.

#TrumpRally #TrumpKlanRally #KlanRally #TrumpIsARacist #RacistPresident #RacistGOP #RacistInChief

(David Bythewood) #7

Republicans Want a White Republic. They’ll Destroy America to Get It

A friend found this:

"Crazy how CNN’s “randomly selected woman Republican voters” keep turning up the same people ~ Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog)

CNN had a panel of women on defending Trump from accusations of racism. Looked them up and they’re a political coalition that also made media appearances in 2016 to defend him after The Access Hollywood tape."

I added to it.



When Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci sets the moral standard, you know we’re in trouble.

Surprise, surprise. This GOP lawmaker gets the booby prize for moral imbecility.

A Minnesota Tea Party site is spreading a false story about Rep. Omar committing bigamy, marriage fraud, and tax fraud.


From Politico Playbook -
R’s are asking Pence to tell T to tone it down on the “Send her Home” rhetoric per reporting today - but very few if any are saying it directly to camera.

POLITICO Playbook PM: What Republicans are saying in private about Ilhan Omar and ‘send her back’


– NEW, via David Jackson of USA Today, today’s pooler: “Asked why he did not stop chant: ‘I think I did - I started speaking very quickly.’ He added: ‘I was not happy with it - I disagree with it.’”

– MELANIE ZANONA, QUINT FORGEY and JOHN BRESNAHAN: "Republicans press Pence for answers on ‘send her back’ chant": "Republican members are expressing shock and discomfort over the ‘send her back’ chants that erupted during President Donald Trump’s rally Wednesday night, with even some members of House GOP leadership expressing their concerns to Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday.

"During a breakfast meeting with Republican leaders, multiple members said they were disturbed by the chants aimed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and asked Pence to relay their message to Trump, which he agreed to do, according to several members who were present.

"Rep. Paul Mitchell, the sophomore class representative, even asked for a 15-minute meeting with the president so he could directly discuss the issue with Trump. ‘It’s one thing to do chants of “lock her up.” But a chant like [“send her back”] is simply not reflective of our constitution,’ the Michigan Republican told POLITICO.

“And Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) said Pence seemed to share their concerns. ‘He said, “at first I couldn’t even tell what it was.” And he said, “that just needs to not happen,”’ said Cole, ranking member on the House Rules Committee. ‘He seemed as appalled by it as everybody else.’” POLITICO

– SARAH FERRIS, HEATHER CAYGLE and JOHN BRESNAHAN: “House Dems warn Omar in ‘imminent danger’ after Trump rally chants”: "House Democrats erupted in fury Thursday over President Donald Trump’s attacks at freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar at his reelection rally, fearful that crowd chants of ‘send her back’ have personally endangered her and her family.

“Senior Democrats are now calling for authorities to evaluate security for Omar (D-Minn.), as well as the three other lawmakers who Trump called out by name at his Wednesday night rally in North Carolina — warning that Trump has escalated the risk of threats or even acts of violence toward the four minority freshmen. ‘It’s crystal clear to me that her life is in imminent danger,’ said Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), a senior member of the Congressional Black Caucus. ‘He has threatened the safety of a member of Congress. That takes this to a whole different level.’” POLITICO

House Minority Leader KEVIN MCCARTHY said the “send her back” chants had no place in America. He said that this is an ideological fight – it really hasn’t been – and said that the president said “if you don’t love America, you can leave.” "He doesn’t pinpoint any individual."

what total BS

(David Bythewood) #9

He’s up and at it and already had to delete and re-post.


Trump is using another recycled Klan slogan…
Love it or leave it.
America first.
Both are old slogans from the klan. :woman_shrugging:t2:

This is American fascism.

(David Bythewood) #11

Nine months pregnant, standing in line at the grocery store, with her child there, told to “go back to where she came from.” This is what Trump has opened the door to.

(David Bythewood) #12

Omarosa outs Mike Pence’s nephew as a ‘section leader’ who orchestrates Trump rally chants, leading some to ask: if Trump “wanted” the “send her back” chant shut down as he claimed, why wasn’t it done?

Trump launches furious attack on Washington Post for new report about his racist tweet debacle: ‘Presidential harassment!’

The Illinois Republican County Chairman’s Association sent THIS around recently.

A cop said Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot following Trump’s racist targeting of The Squad

CBS cuts off ugly interview with Liz Cheney after she attacks host for asking about Trump’s racism

Chris Wallace burns down Stephen Miller over Trump’s racist lies: He let ‘send her back’ chant ‘go for 13 seconds’

The most bizarre of all of Trump’s defenders on his racism: Stephen Miller. They officially sent Stephen Miller out to claim Donald Trump is not racist. Stephen Miller is the architect of ALL of Trump’s worst, most racist policies. This is like sending Dracula to convince somebody you haven’t turned into a vampire. Here is a whole thread reminding you all of the things that he’s done. I even found some things -I- didn’t know he’d done!

(David Bythewood) #13

N.J. School Board Member: ‘My Life Would Be Complete’ If Rep. Rashida Tlaib Died

Daniel Leonard is refusing to resign despite backlash from community members and the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


:headphones: Podcast

The president’s authoritarian rhetoric, racist tweets, and tolerance for surging white supremacist violence make one question more urgent than ever: Is Donald Trump a fascist?

According to Prof. Jason Stanley, the author of How Fascism Works , the answer is an emphatic yes . In today’s special audio edition of The Long Version, the Yale philosophy professor and I talk about the surprisingly long history of fascism in America, how the president and his Republican allies are unleashing dangerous forces for power, and why institutions from the Democratic Party to the New York Times keep proving themselves so unable to deal with the crisis.

(David Bythewood) #15

Rep. Cummings’ home was robbed.

Donnie responded with typical dignity.



When Facebooks straddles the line on what could be considered ‘free speech’ vs ‘hate speech’, one can see how tied into white supremacy’s platform, and doing little to reject it. And how much will Congress do to regulate these social media companies?

Posts using the word “invasion” to demonize immigrants seem to violate Facebook’s hate speech content policy. So why isn’t Facebook taking them down?

  • Facebook’s current hate speech guidelines in its community standards extend “some protections for immigration status.” The company considers “race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation,” among other things, “protected characteristics” against hate speech. On its policy page, Facebook breaks down these protections into multiple tiers that detail types of “attacks” which are prohibited.

First tier attacks, which are prohibited against a person or group of people on the basis of immigration status in addition to all other protected characteristics, include:

  • “Any violent speech or support in written or visual form”
  • “Dehumanizing speech” that references or compares a protected characteristic to, among other things, violent criminals or “criminals” overall
  • Designated dehumanizing comparisons in both written and visual form”

Second tier attacks, which are prohibited against all protected characteristics including religious affiliation and national origin, but not against immigration status, include:

  • “Expressions of contempt” such as self-admission to Islamophobia
  • “Expressions of hate”
  • “Expressions of dismissal”
  • Other “statements of inferiority”

Even though the company has policies that seem to prohibit most if not all “invasion” content, Facebook still allows it to exist and spread on its platform. In March, Facebook claimed it did not consider a post pushing white supremacist claims about a “Muslim Invasion” in the U.K. to be a violation of its community standards. A year after leaked documents revealed that Facebook allowed praise for white nationalism and separatism on its platform after the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, VA, the company implemented a so-called white nationalist ban. But the auditors Facebook had hired to oversee its goals of “advancing civil rights on our platform” criticized the ban as “overly narrow.”

(David Bythewood) #17

A power message about why this time it is entirely wrong to ignore the shooter in El Paso, because his racism, his manifesto, his hatred, and his horrific goals are key to understanding what Latinos are facing in this country now.

Adrian Carrasquillo:

“I read more than 160 DMs, emails and texts from people who told me they didn’t have a safe space to share these stories. They were from people in red states and blue states, the united states of hating immigrants and people who just look like they might be.”

(David Bythewood) #18

“The greening of hate” – The mainstream environmental movement has embraced social justice, but hate groups are now co-opting green messages as a lure toward racist and nativist agendas.

Two mass killings a world apart share a common theme: ‘ecofascism’

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