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Trump echos Hitler and other genocidal leaders
President Donald Trump's lament this week that immigration is "changing the culture" of Europe echoed rising anti-immigrant feelings on both sides of the Atlantic, where Europe and the United States are going through a demographic transformation that makes some of the white majority uncomfortable.
Historians and advocates immediately denounced Trump's comments, saying such talk would encourage white nationalists.
"The way he put this argument about changing our culture ... about Europe becoming less nice than it is, in other words, these people are here and they are making the culture crappy and making the place lesser, that's straight out of the white supremacist/white nationalist playbook," said Heidi Beirich, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Project.
Trump, in an interview with the British newspaper The Sun, blamed immigration for a changing culture in Europe: "I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad. I think you are losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn't exist ten or 15 years ago."
Trump, the grandson of a German immigrant and the son of a Scottish immigrant to the United States, repeated his contention at a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May:
"I just think it's changing the culture. I think it's a very negative thing for Europe. I think it's very negative," he said. "I think it's very much hurt other parts of Europe. And I know it's politically not necessarily correct to say that, but I'll say it and I'll say it loud. And I think they better watch themselves because you are changing culture, you are changing a lot of things."
Beirich called those comments "racist."
Claire M. Massey, a scholar at the Institute for British and North American Studies at Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Universität in Greifswald, Germany, said Trump's comments were "awfully painful," especially for the United Kingdom, where immigration has played a key role in rebuilding the country after World War II. "England and the United Kingdom wouldn't be what it is today without immigrants," she said.
Massey said Trump's comments remind her of the rhetoric coming from neo-Nazis in Germany and Poland. The comments will embolden the far-right in Europe at a time when many European nations are already very diverse.
Lisbon, Portugal, for example, is now home to sizable and visible Brazilian, Cape Verdean, and Angolan populations. The immigrant groups and their Portuguese-born children have helped revitalize areas of the cities once in disrepair and have a presence in everything from professional soccer teams to popular culture.
Portuguese Mozambique-born fado singer Mariza is among the nation's most beloved performers.
In France, immigrants from the Middle East and Africa have settled throughout Paris and have drawn the ire of the far-right and even some moderates over the city's changing makeup. Then-French Prime Minister François Fillon decreed in 2011 that women were banned from wearing face veils outside of the home except in mosques or as car passengers. A European court later upheld the ban, saying the intent was to unify the country, but not before an outcry by human rights activists.
Throughout England, from London to Liverpool, immigrants from Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the former British colonies in the Caribbean have reshaped various neighborhoods, drawing scorn from members of the far-right and some rural residents who blamed the European Union and immigrants for the economic struggles of once-prosperous mining regions.
The United States is also going through a demographic shift. The Census Bureau estimates that the country's population will have more minorities than whites for the first time in 2043, a change due in part to higher birth rates among Hispanics and a stagnating or declining birth rate among blacks, whites and Asians.
Trump's public life has been filled with controversial statements about immigrants.
In the first moments of his presidential campaign in June 2015, he called for the construction of a border wall with Mexico and accused the country of sending migrants who were "bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
He continually used dark imagery to depict immigrants as dangerous invaders. Then, in the aftermath of a terrorist attack that December in San Bernardino, California, that was carried out by a U.S.-born Muslim and his Pakistani wife, who was a legal U.S. resident, Trump called for barring all Muslims from entering the country. The Supreme Court eventually upheld his executive order banning travel from several mostly Muslim countries, rejecting challenges that it discriminated against Muslims or exceeded his authority.
In January, Trump questioned why the U.S. would accept more immigrants from Haiti and "shithole countries" in Africa as he rejected a bipartisan immigration deal, according to one participant and people briefed on the conversation.
In recent weeks, Trump bowed to tremendous political pressure and issued an executive order ending his administration's practice of separating migrant children from their parents when families cross the border with Mexico illegally.
Paul A. Kramer, a Vanderbilt University historian who specializes in the politics of inequality in the United States, said Trump's most recent comments were an intentional attempt to ally himself and his base in the United States with the far-right nationalist movements in Europe.
"The rising tide of white nationalism is something that he embraces, that he sees himself as participating in and that he wants to encourage," Kramer said.
A Winning Ticket for the Next Presidential Election.
Biden for President, Obama for Vice President. Against this, Republicans wouldn't stand a chance.
Mueller indicts 12 more Russians--this time directly tied to Vladimir Putin!
Today, Rosenstein indicted 12 more Russians. This time this time Russian spy's and directly tied to Vladimir Putin and just before DJ was scheduled to meet with Putie making it harder and harder for Trump to deny and go along with his good Russian buddies denial of hacking into the DNC server and trying to help Donnie to become president of the United States.
Now I know you cons could careless about the Russians attempt to help your guy become president. After all, if not for 77,000 votes spread over, three once democratic states, Donnie Boy never would have become president. Don likes to boast about a blowout election but it was closer than any conservative is willing to admit. Now Mueller is still doing his job tighten his noose around DJ's tiny nuts so we don't know how this is going to work out. Just yesterday, Dons henchmen in the house weren't successful in getting what he [DJ] wanted from Pete Strzok--which was some kind of admission--'yes I am biased and it directed effected how I did my work in DJ's investigation!' No, instead Strzok kept his head up and pointed out that there are layers of agents--above and below him--to insure that no bias is demonstrated in the investigation. So Strzok may well think DJ is a POS that he is but the insulation the FBI has against bias wouldn't allow that to come through in his investigation.
Oh, and here's this: just this morning DJ called Muellers probe a witch hunt and then Mueller comes out with 12 more indictments. Now most presidents would get kinda pissed at Russia but for what they have done but DJ hasn't shown a ruffled feather so what gives? Just who's side is Donny Boy on--America or Russia and that slime ball who led's them Vladimir Putin?
And lastly, Wasn't it Donald j Trump who said on July 12 2016 that the American media would love if Russia would find Hillary's e-mails? What did he say: "Russia, if you are listening" and right after that Russia started leaking what they had hacked from the DNC? Was that a coincidence or did that show that collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government was going on? And if not that there is the fact that at the request of the Trump campaign the RNC changed their language regarding Russia's invasion of the Ukraine! Why would the Trump campaign ask for the RNC to change their harsh language towards the Russians to a more conciliatory message towards Putin?
If President Trump will be found NOT GUILTY in Russia Investigation.....
...Will you Democrats agree with Bob Mauller's decision and finally lay of President Trump???
Cost of Illegal Immigration vs Cost of the Wall
The cost of dealing with illegal immigration is $113 Billion by the states and federal government. Cost for the border wall is budgeted to be $33 Billion. If the American taxpayer was controlling the budget, the choice would be simple. A no brainer! The left and the democrats don’t want the wall because they would rather waste taxpayer monies and have the chaos that goes with it. Yes, another Democrat supported debacle whose cost is laid at the feet of the American taxpayer!
Peter Strzok proves to be no punching bag
He was supposed to be a key in the imaginary conspiracy Trump’s congressional lackeys and media fantasists have desperately tried to write as history. He was having none of it.
Rick Wilson, 7/12/18
Those who forget the lessons of televised congressional hearings are doomed to repeat them, which is why the morning segment of the Capitol Hill show trial of veteran FBI agent and former head of the Bureau’s Counterespionage division Peter Strzok turned into a disaster for Republicans.
Donald Trump’s congressional enablers, sycophants, and political suck-ups wanted a punching bag, but Strzok instead delivered one of the rarest of moments: the full Joseph N. Welch.
Welch, the chief counsel for the U.S. Army during the infamous McCarthy hearings in 1954, had reached a breaking point. After McCarthy’s tendentious badgering reached a fever pitch, Welch delivered a famous rejoinder that ended the Wisconsin senator’s career. Watched by millions on live television, Welch went full beast-mode.
“If it were in my power to forgive you for your reckless cruelty I would do so,” said Welch. “I like to think I am a gentleman, but your forgiveness will have to come from someone other than me… You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”
This morning, it was Strzok’s turn. After an hour of drama-queen badgering from Trey “Benghazi” Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte, Strzok issued two passionate statements that will be the takeaways from an otherwise disorganized and contentious shit-show of a hearing before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.
The first was a ringing defense of the FBI, with Strzok showing the kind of real passion that makes for great television. The FBI lifer issued a ringing defense of himself and his agency, punching Gowdy hard in the nose.
“I can assure you, Mr. Chairman, at no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took. Furthermore, this isn’t just me sitting here telling you you don’t have to take my word for it. At every step, at every investigative decision, there are multiple layers of people above me, the assistant director, executive assistant director, deputy director, and director of the FBI, and multiple layers of people below me, section chiefs, supervisors, unit chiefs, case agents and analysts, all of whom were involved in all of these decisions. They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me any more than I would tolerate it in them.”
He closed with this fastball:
“That is who we are as the FBI. And the suggestion that I in some dark chamber somewhere in the FBI would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me. It simply couldn’t happen. And the proposition that that is going on, that it might occur anywhere in the FBI, deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive.”
The second was a shot across Donald Trump’s bow: “I understand we are living in a political era in which insults and insinuation often drown out honesty and integrity. I have the utmost respect for Congress’s oversight role, but I truly believe that today’s hearing is just another victory notch in Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.”
This latest spectacle was designed for one purpose only: the destruction of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Russia ties. Republicans like Fredo Nunes who have tried to present a series of dramatic, table-flipping reality TV moments to reach that goal have failed time and again to derail the Mueller investigation. This morning was yet another swing-and-a-miss for the Trump GOP.
Because Trump supporters live in a hermetic media echo chamber, these hearings are part of a predictable, hokey Kabuki dance. They’re a device for generating a new round of hyperbolic base-only stories that will follow the same dumb arc as all the rest. In the coming days, you’ll see Sean Hannity flirt with apoplexy, coating the camera lens with flecks of spittle as he rants over Strzok’s perfidy. You’ll see pro-Trump columnists herniate themselves stretching to turn flippant text messages into a vast conspiracy. Twitter will be a flood of moronic memes, white-hot takes, and promises that Strzok will soon be in Gitmo alongside Hillary, Obama, Podesta, and Soros.
None of it will deter the Terminator in the Special Counsel's office. None of it will change the facts of Russia's interference in the 2016 election, and Trump's ass-deep ties to Russian money and influence. Trump's unhinged, shithouse-rat-crazy tweets today should tell you how deeply he fears Mueller.
Strzok was supposed to be a key in the imaginary conspiracy that Trump's congressional lackeys and media fantasists have desperately tried to write as history. The idea that his text messages poison the entire Mueller investigation was a pillar of their defense of the president. This morning they were going for a quick kill. They needed Strzok to flail, and wilt. The Gowdy, Goodlatte, and Gaetz types needed their grandstanding, dick-waving mock outrage to leave Strozk shaking and begging for mercy.
Strzok had none of it. In this morning’s round he left the Trumpists of the House staggered in their corner, cut and shaky, wondering where Strzok learned to hit back that hard.
Rick Wilson is a Republican political strategist and media consultant based in Florida who has produced televised political commercials for governors, U.S. Senate candidates, super PACs, and corporations. He has written in The Daily Beast, Politico, The New York Daily News, The Federalist, The Independent Journal Review, and Ricochet.
There are very few grounds for disliking ObamaCare. A majority of the people in this country like it and want it. A few claim their premiums went up, but this number is dwarfed by the number of premiums that stabilized or went down. Having the pre-existing condition requirement seems like a good and compassionate thing. The main objection I have sensed is that Obama, an African-American, was responsible for its inception. Remember that much of ObamaCare was modeled on what a Republican got passed earlier in Massachusetts. Unless you folks panning ObamaCare can come up with valid reasons for hating it so, we have to chalk up the hatred of ObamaCare to ordinary racism and bigotry.
The impact of slavery!
All of us here flapping our gums so to speak ( As we really are using our fingers)
Failure to take in to account how slavery played such a large part in creating the worlds wealth.
How they have turned their back on those whose earlier generations whos toils enriched the forefathers of the wealthy so well.
This is the one of greatest injustice that has ever been.
A long with the treatment of the Native Indians in this country comes close.
The price others paid for our forefathers gain is the biggest sin we all carry.
All that is being ask of us is to treat them with the respect they deserve.
So many whites have let them self be divided on facial issue & have sold their souls for the almighty dollar.
As individuals we are an important part of what ever takes place in life.
We as individuals, if we wish to have all the rights we think we should have.
We need be for the rights of individuals as individuals every where.
All people need to be recognized as being valuable to the whole.
Redressing past sins is in order.
It is our sin that we inherited from our fathers.
It has fallen on us to correct.
The very least we should do is to ask forgiveness for the sins of our fathers.
Then show them the respect they deserve for putting up with the pains they have suffered.
One word i have to describe this Summit.....
It is hard to believe but the liberals believe it!
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