Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Our parents said it couldn't happen here. It is

[Further Updated]: 

Trump says immigrants will "infest" the country. 
Critics of Trump’s language argued that it was dehumanizing to use a term traditionally used for pests. 
The conservative Bill Kristol put it best: 

Trump’s statement that immigrants will “infest our Country” probably sounds better in the original German.
[Updated with Walker's no comment today, at bottom] These things had better wake us up.

Trump calls news media 'The enemy of the People.' 
President Trump, in an extraordinary rebuke of the nation’s press organizations, wrote on Twitter on Friday that the nation’s news media “is the enemy of the American people.” 
Even by the standards of a president who routinely castigates journalists — and who on Thursday devoted much of a 77-minute news conference to criticizing his press coverage — Mr. Trump’s tweet was a striking escalation in his attacks.
Asylum Seekers Reportedly Turned Away At US Border 
In recent months, migrant children have been separated from parents, immigration judges have been ordered to speed up cases and federal prosecutors have been instructed to seek criminal charges against anyone who crosses the border unlawfully. 
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Trump uses xenophobia to rile up his base again 
The president's message...is yet another example of the xenophobia he uses to galvanize his white, working-class base. He is showing once again that he lacks both the humanity and perspective that we expect in a president.
 Trump Defends White Nationalist Protesters: "Some Very Nice People, on Both Sides." 
Speaking in the lobby of Trump Tower...a combative Trump defended his slowness to condemn white nationalists and neo-Nazis after the melee in central Virginia, which ended in the death of one woman and injuries to dozens of others, and compared the tearing down of Confederate monuments to the hypothetical removal of monuments to the Founding Fathers.
Blumenthal: End 'inhumane, immoral' border policy on children
 “We are at a moment of reckoning and they must show the backbone and moral compass” to change it, he said. 
He said it is reminiscent of dark moments in American history, such as when Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II.
Listen to Children Who've Been Separated from Their Parents at the Border 
The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like they’re crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream “Mami” and “Papá” over and over again, as if those are the only words they know.
Sessions cites Bible in defense of separating children from families 
In his remarks, Sessions hit back at the "concerns raised by our church friends about separating families," calling the criticism "not fair or logical" and quoting Scripture in his defense of the administration's tough policies.
"Persons who violate the law of our nation are subject to prosecution ... I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes," Sessions said. 
Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims so far 

In the 466 days since he took the oath of office, President Trump has made 3,001 false or misleading claims, according to The Fact Checker’s database that analyzes, categorizes and tracks every suspect statement uttered by the president.

That’s an average of nearly 6.5 claims a day.

When we first started this project for the president’s first 100 days, he averaged 4.9 claims a day. Slowly, the average number of claims has been creeping up.
Indeed, since we last updated this tally two months ago, the president has averaged about 9 claims a day.

GOP candidates are now mimicking Trump's authoritarianism. That's ominous
Around the country, Republicans embroiled in tough primaries are increasingly emulating President Trump — by echoing his xenophobia, his veiled racist appeals, his attacks on the news media, and even occasionally his calls for imprisoning his political opponents.

Wisconsin National Guard troops head to southern border 
Walker's spokeswoman didn't immediately reply to emails Monday. 
"By not immediately condemning (separating children from parents) and reversing course, Scott Walker is putting his political allies in the Trump administration ahead of doing what's right," said TJ Helmstetter, a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.


Anonymous said...

My father, who passed-away a few years ago before the Trump era, fought in World War II against the Nazis. My mother now cannot believe that being a Nazi today is a badge of pride in some U.S. circles and our president has proclaimed them to be "good people".

This is all too disturbing, but we cannot ignore it. It is not hyperbole to talk about the Hitlerian tenancies of the republican party today. Something has gone seriously wrong. But then again, remember, Hitler himself stated that the foundation of his genocidal agenda came from America.

Yes, we fought the Nazis, but we never exercised the demons that spawned them here in the U.S.

Anonymous said...

I have been to Auschwitz, Birkenbau,and Dachau.I still remember the piles of discarded eye glasses, crutches, Jewish Stars, and Pink Gay Stars. I know what the phrase "Never Again Means".Sadly in America we now have a Nazi in charge. The silence of Scott Koch Walker is silence of a collaborator. I am disgusted and ashamed that America is now the Icon of Nazis. The horrible propaganda theater was delivered by Hitler's epitome of a Aryan Nordic Princess, Nielsen. Did people forget the Holocaust? Don't they remember the concentration camps, the Japenese Interment Camps, and the deaths of their family members who fought in WW II. I have worked with traumatized children for years and these children are now victims of the Final Solution.