Thursday, August 17, 2017

How Badly Will Trump's Stroll Through The Garden Of Racism Hurt GOP Candidates In 2018?


Yesterday we noted that Randy Bryce is calling on Paul Ryan to lead the House in censuring Trump for his pro-Nazi, pro-KKK remarks. Up top is the video and yesterday 3 of Congress' most serious progressives, Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) announced a resolution of censure in the House against Señor Trumpanzee for his remarks at Trumpanzee Tower Tuesday re-asserting earlier comments that "both sides" were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and excusing the behavior of participants in the 'Unite the Right' rally. Pramila, in announcing the resolution, noted that "not even a week has passed since the tragedy in Charlottesville. But on Tuesday, the president poured salt on the nation’s wounds by defending those who marched with white supremacists. In an unscripted press conference, we saw the real and unfiltered Donald Trump-- the logical endpoint for a man who has consistently trafficked in racism throughout his career. The American people expect their leaders to condemn white supremacy in unambiguous terms. President Trump not only failed at condemning white supremacists and neo-Nazis, he stood up for them-- for that he must be censured. The president’s conduct is un-American and it must stop." The resolution censuring and condemning Trump is set to be introduced on Friday, August 18, when the House is next in pro forma session. This is it:
Censuring and condemning President Donald Trump.
Whereas on August 11, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, a gathering of white supremacists, including neo-Nazis, Klu Klux Klan (KKK) members, and other alt-Right, white nationalist groups, marched through the streets with torches as part of a coordinated ‘Unite the Right’ rally spewing racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry and hatred;

Whereas on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, a car driven by James Alex Fields, Jr. rammed into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing Heather Heyer and injuring 20 others;

Whereas President Donald Trump’s immediate public comments rebuked “many sides” for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and failed to specifically condemn the ‘Unite the Right’ rally or cite the white supremacist, neo-Nazi gathering as responsible for actions of domestic terrorism;

Whereas on August 15, 2017 President Donald Trump held a press conference at Trump Tower where he re-asserted that “both sides” were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, and attempted to create a moral equivalency between white supremacist, KKK, neo-Nazi groups and those counter-protesting the ‘Unite the Right’ rally;

Whereas President Donald Trump has surrounded himself with, and cultivated the influence of, senior advisors and spokespeople who have long histories of promoting white nationalist, alt-Right, racist and anti-Semitic principles and policies within the country;

Whereas President Donald Trump has provided tacit encouragement and little to no denunciation of white supremacist groups and individuals who promote their bigoted, nationalist ideology and policies;

Whereas President Donald Trump has failed to provide adequate condemnation and assure the American people of his resolve to opposing domestic terrorism: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives--

(1)   does hereby censure and condemn President Donald Trump for his inadequate response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, his failure to immediately and specifically name and condemn the white supremacist groups responsible for actions of domestic terrorism, for re-asserting that “both sides” were to blame and excusing the violent behavior of participants in the ‘Unite the Right’ rally, and for employing people with ties to white supremacist movements in the White House, such as Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka; and

(2)   does hereby urge President Donald Trump to fire any and all White House advisors who have urged him to cater to the alt-Right movement in the United States.
I don't expect many-- if any-- Republicans to go along with this. I bet that not one musters the political courage to vote for it. In fact, it's hard it imagine Ryan and McCarthy even allowing it to come to the floor for a vote. Ryan's own statement, for the sake of concerned Wisconsin voters, who have been catching on to him as an enabler of Trump, was that "We must be clear. White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry is counter to all this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity." And he unambiguously refused to name Trump or his regime.

Ryan appointed Steve Stivers (R-OH) to chair the NRCC whose task is to minimize the GOP's 2018 midterm losses. Trump's stroll into the court of public opinion holding hands with the Nazis and KKK probably won't help that effort and Stivers, clearly frustrated, blurted out "I don't understand what's so hard about this. White supremacists and Neo-Nazis are evil and shouldn't be defended." He forgot to mention Trump.

Texas Republican Will Hurd is one of the most vulnerable Republicans in Congress. Hillary won his south Texas 71% Hispanic district last year 49.8% to 46.4%. Unless the DCCC screws it up by nominating another Blue Dog who residents have already shown they do not want, Hurd will lose next year. He urged someone unnamed to "Apologize. Racism, bigotry, anti-Semitism, of any form is unacceptable. And the leader of the free world should be unambiguous about that." Well... "leader of the free world" might be a clue-- could be Angela Merkel-- but many-- too many-- Trump supporters don't have the bandwidth to put something that abstract together.

There's been a lot of chatter that Ohio Governor John Kasich is planning a primary challenge to Trump in 2020 if he hasn't been removed from office by then. He made a nice meme for his Twitter followers:

Little Marco (R-FL) is also eager to figure out how he can worm out from under his pledge to not run for president again until after serving a full 6 year Senate term. He's starting to get antsy about running against Trump too. He found himself in a tweet storm yesterday, which I can't get a screen shot of because he blocked me: "The organizers of events which inspired & led to #charlottesvilleterroristattack are 100% to blame for a number of reasons. They are adherents of an evil ideology which argues certain people are inferior because of race, ethnicity or nation of origin. … These groups today use SAME symbols & same arguments of #Nazi & #KKK, groups responsible for some of worst crimes against humanity ever. Mr. President, you can't allow #WhiteSupremacists to share only part of blame. They support idea which cost nation & world so much pain. The #WhiteSupremacy groups will see being assigned only 50% of blame as a win. We cannot allow this old evil to be resurrected." Little Marco has certainly gone further than most of the Republicans in the Senate.

But as Politico’s Kyle Cheney and Rachael Bade reported, the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Department of Justice’s handling of domestic terrorism, has no immediate plans to schedule an investigation into the domestic terrorism in Charlottesville, despite calls from Democrats that just such an investigation is essential. And Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has no interest in a Charlottesville hearing either. Maybe another one on Hillary's e-mails? "GOP sources suggested it might be too early to tell whether Congress should get involved. And some question what tangible action Congress could take to help the situation, aside from calling public attention to the issue through hearings."

Barbara Lee (D-CA) had some ideas on that Wednesday morning: "We cannot address the dangerous spread of white supremacy in America without first assessing its influence on our nation's highest office," she explained to her constituents in Oakland and Berkley. "Yesterday afternoon, Donald Trump defended the white supremacists who descended upon Charlottesville this past weekend while insisting there was blame 'on both sides.' As disturbing as his comments are, they should come as no surprise. As long as Trump has senior advisors with ties to white nationalist groups, he will never fully condemn racism and bigotry. That's why I wrote a letter to Trump yesterday calling for the removal of three prominent White House aides who are involved with the alt-right: Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, and Sebastian Gorka. It's time to root out white nationalism at the White House... By placing these three men in his administration, Trump has elevated hate and discrimination to the highest levels of our government. He has signaled to white supremacists that they are no longer a fringe group-- they now have advocates advising the president with their agenda in mind. We have already seen a manifestation of that agenda, from the Muslim ban and a ban on transgender Americans in the military, to raids on immigrant communities and attempts to perpetuate the era of mass incarceration and roll back voting rights. These policies are a result of the far-right extremist ideology held by Trump's top advisors."

John Harwood summed up the predicament the country finds itself in with an essay he penned for CNBC, Trump has a very clear attitude about morality: He doesn't believe in it. "Trump," he wrote, "combines indifference to conventional notions of morality or propriety with disbelief that others would be motivated by them" and noted that the more Trumpanzee "reveals his character, the more he isolates himself from the American mainstream." He was contemptuous of the business leaders who stormed for the exits of his corporate advisory committees and wound up shutting down both committees when it was clear no one would be left except for an embarrassed handful of Nazi and KKK sympathizers.
As president, Trump has emphasized power over morality. Seeking passage of health-care legislation-- which violated his explicit campaign promises-- Trump chided a reluctant GOP senator with a veiled threat.

...When Pope Francis called emphasizing walls over bridge-building "not Christian," Trump ascribed it to political manipulation. The pope, he said, was a "pawn" of Mexico.

Trump touted duplicity in business as a leadership credential, boasting that he once took advantage of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi in a real estate deal. "I screwed him," he said. "That's what we should be doing."

Though Trump cast that talent as an asset for the nation, a Fortune magazine review of his business career found this first principle: "He always comes first."

The president's fellow Republicans learned that to their chagrin in 2016, and reached common conclusions about his character.

"A con man," said. Sen. Marco Rubio. "Utterly amoral," said Sen. Ted Cruz.

"Dishonesty is Trump's hallmark," declared Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee. "He's playing the American people for suckers."

Increasing numbers of Americans have reached that conclusion. In a Quinnipiac University poll this month, 62 percent called the president not honest, up from 52 percent last November.

Moreover, 63 percent said Trump does not share their values. That undercuts his ability to lead average Americans, lawmakers, business executives or foreign leaders toward common goals.

"In a president, character is everything," Republican commentator Peggy Noonan has written. "You can't buy courage and decency. You can't rent a strong moral sense. A president must bring those things with him."

Paul Ryan too. I hope CNN will pay attention to NARAL's message above. No one wants a CNN infomercial from Paul Ryan. Everyone wants a real, honest-to-goodness debate between him and Randy Bryce. Ryan has ducked accountability long enough and hidden behind the Speakers chair. CNN shouldn't be an enabler. He may not be as crude and senile as Trump, but he's the same kind of putrid, unspeakable garbage that needs to be driven out of this country's political sphere-- and soon. And that starts by exposing him as an empty suit, something Randy Bryce should get an opportunity to do on national television. It's up to CNN.

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At 6:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Call me a pessimist; I prefer to think of myself as a realist. A committed-to-the-core voting bloc of deplorables + a cluster (just like an unexpectedly large number of cancer cases) of mind-bendingly deep pockets + 2 census's worth of increasingly effective gerrymandering and voter suppression = virtually assured Republican election success.

I'd love to be proved wrong in 2018, but I can only see it as: We're screwed.

At 8:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

6:08, you are not wrong.

You forgot to factor in the purposeful ineptitude of the DxCCs in running despicable candidates. And the descriptive "deplorables" really soft-sells their qualities.

Since voters cannot think for themselves, they'll have a choice between a neo-Nazi supported fascist imbecile and a FORMER neo-Nazi supported fascist imbecile who was recruited by the democraps.

And if the latter gets elected, the electorate will all collectively heave a sigh of relief that the worser one was avoided... this time.

And the landslide will continue. But people will feel good about it.

At 4:44 AM, Anonymous Hone said...

Listen up - the lesser of two evils would have been a fabulous vote, don't mock it so fast. Noam Chomsky made a strong case for it but not enough people listened. Too many pompous and idealistic rather than realistic people who did not really see what they were passively assisting by not supporting Hillary. Trump turned out to be a MONSTER of historic proportions and this is only the beginning. He has more than three years to go! We will never last that long as a country and our only hope is Mueller and the FBII. iImagine saying this - the joke is on us liberals. I really doubt we will last until 2018. A fascist takeover looms. The Republicans are clearly getting more cowed by Trump and the violent fascists, not less. This will morph into the old civill rights movement with automatic weapons, and domestic terrorism against the groups they hate.They will be waiting outside the voting booths, intimidating people. The Jewish synagogue in Charlottesville asked for protection last Saturday but the police did not provide it - there were Nazis walking back and forth outside with weapons, glaring at the building. The rabbi and others left through the back door and took the torah with them.

I did not vote for Hillary in the primaries but I sure did in the general. And the numbers in the popular vote mattered politically, at least to Trump, even if they did not for the electoral college. While Hillary had many faults and would have been able to accomplish very little with the Republican Congress, she would have generally appointed excellent people to run the various departments and not aimed to destroy them, she would have supported many positives (e.g., the environment) and she would NEVER have been a racist asshole like Trump. The financial world, her achilles heel to many liberals (and highly so), is now just one aspect of the awful Trump organization, not even a blip in the news world at this point (until the next crash, which is surely coming).

This all looks like the build up in Germany and is extremely scary. The line from blacks to Jews is a straight one., the hatred clear to see on the faces of the alt right. All that chanting against Jews was horrifying. Trump completely ignored the focus of the chanting - nothing said about the freaking statues and Robert E Lee. The were there to hate Jews. Should I start looking to move to another country? The German Jews could stop believe it either and left it until it was too late.

At 7:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hone, I'm truly saddened to read your rationalization of lesser evilism. Not terribly surprised. But saddened.

I never thought that $hillbillary would not be just the tiniest bit better, short term, than this asshole. But it's the long game I'm trying to impart here.

If you always only look to today's clusterfuck, you never see that your lesser evilism is an intractable march into the ovens -- maybe literally.

New evils are introduced each cycle that would never have been acceptable before... and then the lesser evil one normalizes it so that it will never be undone.

Reagan cut taxes for the rich for no reason other than the greed of the rich. Clinton refused to address it. Reagan introduced aggressive arbitrary military action. Clinton expanded it (Balkans). cheney took it to the ultimate. Obamanation expanded THAT.
reagen dereg'd S&Ls and dealt with the calamity. Clinton then signed GLBA, CFMA and dereg'd telecoms et al. The calamity occurred 9 years after under cheney/bush who refused to remedy it. Then obamanation also refused allowing the next bubble(s) to start.

This asshole is a direct result and symptom of lesser evilism. If that meme is never challenged, never repudiated, how low will everything go?

Since it was never repudiated before, it MUST be repudiated now or, believe me, all will be lost.

We're on the verge of refighting the civil war, economic collapse from whatever bubble bursts next, banana republic economics, worldwide chaos due to islamist terrorism, world war with Russia and its allies, nuclear war with NK.
But mostly we're a Planck's length away from international pariah status due to our internal stupidity and chaos, economic instability and external violence.

And all because voters always accept lesser evilism instead of going to work making things better.

At 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Trump is wallowing in the muck, like a pig in shit (literally) because that's where republicans get votes.

Aside from the 1% and the terminally stupid, their ONLY base are those who hate. Without them, no R ever gets elected.

How can openly living in that filth hurt their candidates? Especially when the democraps are taking a dive in almost every race.


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