Charles M. Blow is on target as usual.
Our friend Ernest Hopkins comments:
Wow, as if his disingenuous speech to the 'African American' community wasn't enough, now we see his staff, priming the pump for the racists. It's pretty bad.
Gee, how can you resist a pitch like this: Your schools are crap, you live in squalor, you have no jobs and your kids are in prison! Let's be honest: this is not really aimed at black folks. No one with more dignity than Stepin Fetchit would buy that. Since he is so ignorant, someone should sit him down and tell him about Black Wall Street. About generations of struggle. About everyone from Nat Turner to Clementa Pinckney. About Madam C.J. Walker, Charles Drew, George Washington Carver, and Katherine Johnson. About the self-educated ex slave who became the most powerful speaker in our history. About the courage and discipline that sustained a bus boycott 60 years ago for more than a year despite threats and bombings. Tell him what Barack Obama has had to overcome to function as president. Tell him about Oak Bluffs. If he didn't treat African Americans like exotica, if he actually met with and listened to them, he might have picked up some of this stuff.
Here’s why President Obama isn’t stopping his vacation to visit the Louisiana flooding https://t.co/5gQMhprbsE— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 18, 2016
This is one of the qualities I admire the most about this president, though I do not underestimate the importance of public perception. Obama cares more about the reality behind the image crafting. Let the haters with their cheap shots do their worst. He is head and shoulders above them all.
Someone give Rudy warm milk and put him to bed.
Trump's campaign has now entered the Hospice Phase. He knows he's dying and wants to surround himself with his loved ones. #BreitbartCEO— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) August 17, 2016
The above tweet by conservative radio host Charlie Sykes is the line of the day, responding to the news that Trump has brought Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon on board his campaign. Another on-target tweet below.
The former governor of South Carolina with a novel approach to hiking the Appalachian Trail endorses Donald Trump first, and asks him to do something second. He has obviously not read "The Art of the Deal." Neither have I, to be honest, but I assume Trump recommends a tougher approach to negotiating than that. With his particular experience, I'd have thought Rep. Sanford would know better than to give it away for free. But it seems clear that Trump is not going to release his tax returns, no matter what anyone says.
It became official yesterday, August 15: Vincent Orange is gone from the D.C. Council. This City Paper article from 2010 shows some of the reasons why I consider this good news. In addition to having called his rival mayoral candidates in 2006 morally unfit for supporting marriage equality (he lost badly in that race), he falsely took credit for reforms at Pepco (and wrongly invoked my name while doing so).
Orange did some good things, though one bill he moved for us he only did after another Councilmember (I believe it was Jack Evans) held up one of his bills until Orange marked up the bill we wanted. Orange finally decided to support marriage equality after we had won. But he was the least trustworthy member of the Council, and his self-promotion was endless and exhausting. Democratic At-Large nominee Robert White, who is expected to be appointed to the vacant seat on an interim basis, will be a breath of fresh air on the Council.
Mike Pence Is the Real Extremist on the GOP Ticket—Here’s How He Left a Trail of Victims in Indiana https://t.co/as8Q2Fvpvd— The Influence (@TheInfluenceOrg) August 16, 2016
"The irony is that Trump appears to be the extremist when he is a hollow grifter with a personality disorder. Mike Pence is the real deal."
(Hat tip: Ernest Hopkins)
This would be an impressive achievement, since Obama was a state senator in Illinois when President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Afghanistan in the aftermath of 9/11.
My column this week looks at the odd alliance between the religious right and the utterly heathenish Trump.
Please explain to to me what this means other than encouragement of an assassination. He has sunk to a level we have never seen before in a major-party candidate.
The fun continues! Sean Hannity approvingly tweeted a quote of Ben Carson saying, "It really boils down to one candidate who is of the people & one who is the epitome of the established ruling class." Dear Mr. Hannity, Dr. Carson is a loon. What's your excuse? Grief over Roger Ailes? #StepBackHesGonnaBlow
Obama, what a slob. Could he get Mexico to pay for a wall? Fat chance. He couldn't even get them to pick up a check. I eat at the best restaurants, never pay a cent. I've slept with the top women in the world. I've had more foreign affairs than an airline pilot, believe me. But he reads briefing papers, oh, I'm so impressed. I could take a leak on his briefing papers. I don't need a briefing. Only pussies need a briefing. Oh, Mr. President, our nukes are just for show, you can't really use them. Fuck you! I'm the president. I don't like your attitude, I'll fire a missile up your ass. Hey, look at Mika over here wetting her panties. Don't worry, honey, I'm just joking with you. Where's the band? Play Hail to the Chief again. I love that. First rate theme music. Makes you wanna bomb somebody. Let 'em know who's in charge.
(Pardon me. I was just channeling The Donald. But then I remembered that when you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you, so I stopped.)
Read my column, "Trump Reflects White Male Fragility," and let me know what you think. https://t.co/uef38mbiDT— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) August 4, 2016
Charles M. Blow is right. If you have watched some of Trump's recent rallies, you know that the racism and sexism he is tapping into are real and ugly and frightening.