Another Saturday: Today 11 people died inside a Pittsburgh synagogue; sadly few of us are probably shocked. It’s being called the deadliest shooting against a Jewish house of worship in U.S. history. But increasing racial tension with a void of leadership to denounce it has become our new norm.
This is how Trump responded before railing into Democratic opponents at an Illionis rally:
“It will require all of us working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism,” Mr. Trump said to a rally crowd here at an airplane hangar in rural Illinois. “The scourge of anti-Semitism can’t be ignored.” —NYTimes
Seven days into his Presidency–January 27, 2017–Trump enacted what was dubbed a Muslim Travel Ban with a stroke of a pen via an executive order. It was the first real impact we felt from his presidency. Families were torn apart without notice. Attorneys went to airports in droves to help surprised travelers figure out next steps. Protests broke out throughout the world. It was the first glimpse into actualizing a Nationalist agenda in this country that has spread throughout the globe.
Besides acting AG, Sally Yates, speaking-out against it and ultimately getting fired, multiple states filed lawsuits against the President of the United States.
A new Attorney General needed to take a lead on the ban. And during his confirmation hearing another drama played out. At the time, we were still new to the political shockwaves that have become a signature of Mr. Trump’s Presidency. From my post:
Senate Floor, Tuesday, February 7, 2017 #ShePersisted
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) silenced by the invocation of a rare rule last night for reading a letter written by Martin Luther King Jr.’s widow–Coretta Scott King– in 1986 that opposed Sen. Jeff Session’s nomination for a federal judgeship under President Regan. Sessions’ confirmation is expected in tonight’s vote.
Fast forward to August 12, 2017. The man who can’t stop tweeting fell silent following a clash between Fascist and Nationalist protesters with anti-protesters. We waited for our President to speak.
Yet, Trump couldn’t say her name: Heather Heyer. The women who lost her life in the violence that broke-out on a Saturday that had most of us staring at our screens. Again from my earlier post.
Reaction to the Unite the Right Rally and anti-protests that took place on August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, VA. Social Media: Resident voices render scorching opinion.
When asked by reporters what he was thinking, Trump responded with his own sense of shock and awe:
QUESTION: … wait so long (inaudible)?
TRUMP: I didn’t wait long. I didn’t wait long.
TRUMP: I didn’t wait long. I wanted to make sure, unlike most politicians, that what I said was correct, not make a quick statement. The statement I made on Saturday, the first statement, was a fine statement. But you don’t make statements that direct unless you know the facts. It takes a little while to get the facts. You still don’t know the facts. And it’s a very, very important process to me. And it’s a very important statement. So, I don’t want to go quickly and just make a statement for the sake of making a political statement. I want to know the facts. If you go back to my…
TRUMP: I brought it. I brought it. I brought it.
QUESTION: What did you (inaudible)?
TRUMP: As I said on — remember this — Saturday, we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence. It has no place in America. And when I went on from there. Now, here’s the thing. As to — excuse me — excuse me — take it nice and easy. Here’s the thing. When I make a statement, I like to be correct. I want the facts. This event just happened. In fact, a lot of the event didn’t even happen yet, as we were speaking. This event just happened. Before I make a statement, I need the facts. So I don’t want to rush into a statement. So making the statement when I made it was excellent. In fact, the young woman who I hear is a fantastic young woman, and it was on NBC, her mother wrote me and said through, I guess, Twitter, social media, the nicest things and I very much appreciate that. I hear she was a fine, a really — actually, an incredible young woman. But her mother on Twitter thanked me for what I said. And honestly, if the press were not fake and if it was honest, the press would have said what I said was very nice. But unlike you and unlike — excuse me — unlike you and unlike the media, before I make a statement, I like to know the facts.