CHARLOTTE, NC: Donald Trump’s weekend firestorm continued yesterday as the newly “reunited” Democratic party revived their impeachment drive and sought to condemn the president for his allegedly racist tweets toward Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib on Sunday.
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
Appearing on Fox & Friends on Monday morning, always outspoken and never shy Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reinforced Trump’s position toward the Squad, though he did call for the president to take a more diplomatic stance.
Now known as the “Squad”, a moniker that is almost certain to stick to the four progressive congresswomen who are at the center of the president’s wrath, Graham made no apologies in the escalating war of words when he said the four “are a bunch of communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own country.”
Later in the interview, Graham did urge the president to
“…aim higher” by adding that the congresswomen “are American citizens. They won an election. Take on their policies. The bottom line here is this is a diverse country.”
Elsewhere in Trumpworld, the president stood his ground rather than backing down, which some analysts now believe is a political strategy rather than the “knee jerk” response it appeared to be at first.
Seemingly unphased by the firestorm of controversy, Trump said,
“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me. All I’m saying, they want to leave, they can leave.”
Trump added in a Tweet:
When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said. So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 15, 2019
Had the president backed off rather than doubling down, it likely would not have come off as the major gaffe it was interpreted to be initially. By sticking to his guns, many pundits now speculate that Trump is “baiting” the opposition into a subliminal rhetorical corner.
Today, the President continued to support his statements. He said that Ohmar, AOC, Pressley, and Talib, the Squad, have all said “horrible things” about the U.S. and Israel. They can stay or go. But if you are going to be in America, love America.
Nancy Pelosi, the previous racist target, responds
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) countered with an angry statement Sunday in which she said Trump “went beyond his own low standards using disgraceful language.”
“The House cannot allow the president’s characterization of immigrants to our country to stand. Our Republican colleagues must join us in condemning the president’s xenophobic tweets,” added Pelosi.
While Republicans were slow to respond in many cases, Rep. Mike Turner (R-Ohio) calls Trump’s tweets “racist” saying he should apologize.”
Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) urges Trump to “immediately disavow his comments.”
“There is no excuse for the president’s spiteful comments – they were absolutely unacceptable and this needs to stop,” said Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).
Another brick in The Squad – Impeach Trump wall
Amid the latest controversy, it appears the impeach Trump movement may have gotten a new life. But it’s not clear yet whether the tweets will compel other House Democrats to publicly endorse the move. One-third of the lawmaking body already supports impeachment proceedings.
Before Trump’s Sunday Tweet-fest, that movement had lost much of its momentum.
For whatever reasons, and there are far too many to recount, statesmanship, diplomacy, and tact have long since disappeared from the “hallowed” halls of Washington’s political scene.
Perhaps it is a frustrated media which has grown weary of the tried and true workaround responses.
It could be the acceptance of the lowest common denominator use of the English language as reinforced by pop culture.
Possibly the 24-hour news cycle, “fake news” and five-second soundbites are all we have time for in the madness of a world turned upside down.
More accurately it’s a combination of all three plus numerous other outside forces which have turned a once content nation eager to pursue the American Dream into an angry polarized and politicized citizenry of virtual victims of viral videos filled with political correctness and hate.
Whatever the reasons, they cannot be good for a country that has so much to offer the world in terms of technology, energy, and creativity.
Our country was founded upon the principles that every person should be free to pursue their individual dreams.
It was based upon the idea that presidential elections held every four years determined the focus of the nation’s resources in the pursuit of finding workable solutions to our own problems as well as those of other countries.
America was not designed to abuse the powers of government but rather to give all citizens a voice.
The current controversy has a shelf-life that will last only as long as the next major crisis that awaits in the wings, but its cumulative effect has long term negative implications.
We can always hope that just as New Year’s Eve brings promises of hope for the future, or making the turn during a round of golf will alter your game for the better, that 2020 will be the harbinger of a new era of political progress.
We can hope but don’t count on it.
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