Spreading the gospel of white nationalism, alienating allies, and attacking a woman who isn’t Theresa May… just another day with Trump

This morning, our President, Donal Trump, shared three videos by way of social media that had originally been posted to Twitter by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, an anti-Muslim extremist political organization. The three videos appear to show a Muslim man destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary, an “Islamist mob” shoving a young man to his death from the roof of a building, and a Muslim “migrant” beating up a Dutch boy on crutches. The first of these two videos, it would appear, date back to at least 2013, and the perpetrator of the crime in the third tape, we now know, wasn’t a migrant at all, but a 16 year old who was born in the Netherlands. England’s Prime Minister, Theresa May, after hearing that Donald Trump had shared these videos put on social media by a British extremist group, issued a statement condemning the action. Trump, she said, was “wrong” to have shared this material, which was posted to Twitter by Britain First, an entity, according to May, that seeks to “peddle lies,” “stoke tensions,” and “divide communities through their use of hateful narratives.

Trump, as I suspect will surprise no one, didn’t take this rebuke lightly, tweeting a nasty note back to someone who he thought, based on her Twitter handle, might be Theresa May. [It wasn’t.]

And, now, May, the leader of what has historically been our closest ally, is now facing pressure to un-invite Trump, who is supposed to visit the UK early next year.

As for the damage Trump has done to our standing in England, here’s a tweet from Sam Coates, the deputy political editor at The Times.

Meanwhile, here at home, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders essentially told reporters that, even if the videos weren’t real, it was OK for Trump to have shared them, as they’ve brought our collective attention to the very real problem of Muslim migration. “Whether it is a real video, the threat is real,” Sanders said. “That is what the President is talking about, that is what the President is focused on is dealing with those real threats, and those are real no matter how you look at it.” Sanders then went on to tell the assembled reporters that they were “focusing on the wrong thing” here. “The threat is real,” she said. She then went on to say, “The threat has to be talked about and that is what the President is doing in bringing that up.” Here’s the video.

If you’re struggling with this concept – that, when Trump lies, he’s actually speaking the truth – I’d suggest listening to the episode of Sam Harris’s Waking Up podcast, where he talks with Trump fan Scott Adams about the concept he refers to as “emotional truth”… or this idea that sometimes a lie can contain more truth within it than the truth itself. [It’s absolutely infuriating to hear Adams defend Trump’s lies as “emotional truths,” but, if you’ve got the stomach for it, I’d suggest you give it a listen, as it helps explain to some extent why the President’s supporters seem so impervious to the truth.]

So, just to recap… The President today retweeted videos that were posted by a woman in the UK who not only leads a neofascist organization, but was just recently found guilty of having committed a hate crime under British law. And, in doing so, he earned the public rebuke of a longstanding democratic ally, unlike anything I can remember in my lifetime. [Guess what? The Brits, given their history, apparently don’t take too kindly to people playing footsie with fascists.] Then, to make matters worse, Sanders said it didn’t really matter if the videos were fake, as they pointed toward a greater truth, at which point Trump attacked a woman on Twitter, thinking that she was Theresa May, telling her to stay out of our business… Oh, and this all happened after Trump hinted that his former friend, Joe Scarborough, may have murdered a former intern… Just another day in Trump world.

Oh, and guess what? Britain First loves Putin… Small world, right?

note: I almost didn’t post this, as it crossed my mind that this whole thing may have been orchestrated to keep our attention off the fact that the cruel, dishonest and unfair Republican tax plan is currently making its way through the Senate, but then it occurred to me that maybe, if you haven’t already picked up the phone to call your Senators and demand that they put an end to it, this most recent incident, as outlined above, may light a fire under your ass… This man, if you haven’t noticed, is dragging along with him into a world of madness, and we need to fight him at every turn. We need to kill this tax bill. And then we need to get Doug Jones into the Senate. If we can do those two things, the Republicans, I suspect, may finally turn on Trump and force him from office. And, here’s the bonus. Even if that doesn’t work, and Trump stays in office, we still keep Roy Moore out of the Senate, and stop the Republicans from raising taxes on the middle class to pay for unprecedented give-aways to the wealthy… So, what do you say? Will you CALL YOUR SENATORS and demand they vote “no” on this tax bill?

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14 Comments

  1. Posted November 29, 2017 at 9:52 pm | Permalink

    Reading over his tweet to not-Theresa-May again, I think his biggest lie might be that we’re “doing just fine.”

  2. Posted November 29, 2017 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    I don’t know if this will work, but here – if it does work – are some Brits talking about this in the House of Commons.

  3. Iron Lung
    Posted November 29, 2017 at 11:31 pm | Permalink

    Who voted for this moron?

  4. M
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    We are a laughing stock, and deservedly so. We should be laughed at, mocked and ridiculed. And, then, we should be wiped off the face of the globe. We voted for a reality television con man, and we did so knowing that he was a lying, racist, pussy-grabbing imbecile. The developed nations of the world would be within their rights to wipe us out. We are a cancer. We are not only stupid, but we are dangerous. We are the worst case scenario of what might happen when unlimited corporate money, celebrity culture, and the systematic deconstruction of public education intersect. I hope, once they’ve destroyed us, they remember the lesson for generations to come.

  5. ypsidoodledandy
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 8:34 am | Permalink

    I’m not clear why you think think the Democratic leadership wants this to fail. I suspect they view it as a huge gift to try to get votes in the 2018 election, when they hope to get back in power in Congress (power being the only thing they actually care about).

    And it has the added benefit, from their perspective, of cutting taxes for themselves and their mega-donors.

    What’s not to like? (for them)

    By the way, if anyone does call our Senator Gary Peter’s office. please ask him why he is co-sponsoring the predatory payday lenders relief act (“relief” for the lenders, not the victims):

    https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gwen-moore-payday-lenders_us_5a0c9300e4b0b17ffce214ff

    Please share his answer with the rest of us, I’m waiting with baited breath…..

  6. Eel
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    While the Brits might not be happy about this, god-loving American patriots like David Duke are thrilled.

    hill.cm/n2Ie4bE

  7. Iron Lung
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Stormfront is elated.

  8. Iron Lung
    Posted November 30, 2017 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    Unbelievable that we have a President whose wants to ingratiate David Duke.

    Both liberals and conservatives should be mortified.

  9. Jean Henry
    Posted December 1, 2017 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    With every new assault on our democracy, I keep remembering this song. It’s hummable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwUsuf15P3A

  10. Dave
    Posted December 1, 2017 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    It looks like we are very close to the end now. Once the Republicans get this tax bill passed, it is likely they will throw Trump under the bus.

    I hope they have some kind of containment plan in place when Trump figures out he is a tool and they are done with him. Hopefully it ends with a slow speed chase down one of the local expressways in DC as he makes one last desperate attempt to escape Justice, rather than John Kelly wrestling him away from the launch codes.

  11. Iron lung
    Posted December 1, 2017 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

    Republicans will do nothing about trump.

  12. Lynne
    Posted December 1, 2017 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    I feel really helpless at the moment. I am sure it will pass. One more year until we can really change congress and if that happens, the impeachment can happen.

  13. Jean Henry
    Posted December 1, 2017 at 9:26 pm | Permalink

    Interesting analysis: http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/11/how-gops-contempt-for-democracy-will-pass-trumps-tax-cuts.html

  14. Dave
    Posted December 3, 2017 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    A friend of mine recently took the Naturalization test to become a US citizen. He asked me a few of the questions. After answering them, he told me “you would not believe how many people I ask these questions to don’t know the answers.” He is a high paid professional and was asking these questions of others in his social circles. These are people with masters and PHDs in well paying professional jobs. I was skeptical.

    Then I ran across an article citing a survey by the Annenberg Public Policy Center that found only 36 percent of Americans can name the three branches of government. The inverse of that is more impactful…64 percent of Americans- nearly 2 out of every 3 – cannot name the three branches of government. That is disturbing.

    Yet we have the right to vote and run for office just by nature of being a US “citizen” when 2/3rds of us are actually “idiots” in the original Greek sense of the word ( not civically engaged ) . I am willing to bet Trump could not pass that Civics tests.. and most of the House for that matter. It sounds harsh, but perhaps we need to amend the constitution so that the right to vote and run for office is preconditioned on the passing of a Civics test.. the same one we make a precondition for citizenship to immigrants.. That, in conjunction with the repeal of the Citizens United decision to stop this nonsense of the donors dictating legislation.

    Here is the website with study materials for the Civics Test part of the Naturalization process.

    https://www.uscis.gov/us-citizenship/naturalization-test

    And here is an article about the Annenberg findings….

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/09/18/only-36-percent-of-americans-can-name-the-three-branches-of-government

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