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jcitybone

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cheyenne-river-sioux-trump-pocahontas_us_5a1eeb16e4b017a311ebcf24

A Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe leader issued a damning response Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s “Pocahontas” slur earlier this week during an event meant to honor Navajo Code Talkers.

Harold Frazier, chairman of the South Dakota-based tribe, said he was “deeply ashamed” of Trump’s “disgusting” treatment of the World War II veterans and appeared to suggest that the president should resign.

“The President of the United States had an opportunity to honor veterans and bridge gaps in the relationship Tribes have with the Federal government,” Frazier said in a statement sent to HuffPost. “Instead, he chose to disgrace himself, his position and the nation he represents.”

Frazier continued, “The President of the United States wanted to utilize an opportunity to honor native warriors who defended this land to make a political attack. I have one for him, leave the office you bought and take your swamp things with you.”

For many Native Americans, Trump’s racist remark was a reminder of the trauma they have faced since European colonization began in the 1600s.

“We have been forced to learn the way of the American life,” Frazier said. “We have learned American religions, language, economy, politics and society. … The President’s comments are another reminder that we are not allowed to participate.”

Frazier also pointed out that sexual assault and abuse, much like the violence that the real Pocahontas endured, affect Native American women at staggering rates.

“What happened to Pocahontas is still happening today to our women,” Frazier said. “Native American women continue to be victims of rape and exploitation by white men. The President of the United States is practicing that by exploiting native women as an insult for political machismo.”

jcitybone

http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a13974149/trump-retweet-britain-first/

In the end, it doesn’t matter what Trump’s intent was or if he knows what he did. In the realm of foreign policy and geopolitics, intentions are secondary to how something is received. This was received, by the most extreme ethnic nationalists of Britain’s far-right, as an endorsement from the President of the United States. It will be perceived, by the many groups “Britain First” would happily persecute, as a threat to their well-being. What a nice diversion from the exploding threat of nuclear war with North Korea. But Republicans have made it clear: It’s all worth it if they can cut those taxes on corporations and the rich.

jcitybone

https://newrepublic.com/minutes/146029/donald-trumps-islamophobia-entered-dangerous-new-phase

This strain of Islamophobia was at the center of Trump’s presidential campaign and his administration’s succession of blocked executive orders banning travel from a number of Muslim-majority countries. But the videos Trump retweeted on Wednesday nevertheless represent a new evolution in his embrace of conspiracy theory–fueled xenophobia. A day after it was reported that Trump is still pushing the lie that Barack Obama was not born in America, and the same morning that Trump suggested that Joe Scarborough murdered an intern, Trump is pushing unverified videos from a racist political party. And that’s terrifying, even for Trump.

jcitybone

http://thehill.com/policy/international/362520-british-mp-trump-should-be-arrested-for-inciting-racial-hatred

British politicians are continuing to slam President Trump the day after he retweeted anti-Muslim videos from a British ultranationalist group.

One Labour MP tweeted that if Trump visits the U.K., he should be “arrest for inciting racial hatred.”

“Trump should be arrested for inciting racial hatred if May allows him to set foot on UK soil,” Paul Flynn tweeted.

The Times reported that several MPs publicly criticized Trump as “fascist,” “stupid” and guilty of “spreading evil.” Another said the president is “racist, incompetent, or unthinking, or all three.”

orlbucfan

Nope, more media hysteria. It’s Maggot Brain’s SOP.

polarbear4

sometimes i wonder if he isn’t crazy like a fox. say something incredibly stupid and racist that will take the focus off the really horrible things that are quietly passing and taking effect.

jcitybone

Robert Reich thinks so

https://www.facebook.com/RBReich/?hc_ref=ARS124gX8pZ4qb0m7N9Peawy5nlvo_ko966NwF7VxxUiUTFhiYrPqldGj7snYP97PQI&pnref=story

Have you noticed that whenever Republicans in Congress are close to doing something that rewards their rich donors and shafts millions of Americans, Trump deflects the public’s attention with his bigotry? That was the story in late July just as Republicans prepared to vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act, and Trump declared that transgender people would not be allowed in the military.

Today, as Senate Republicans prepare to vote on their regressive tax plan, Trump shared inflammatory videos from a fringe British ultra-nationalist party purportedly showing Muslims committing acts of violence. (The videos were frauds. One so-called “Muslim migrant” was born in the Netherlands; the other two showed incidents in Syria and Egypt in 2013 during times of political unrest.)

Stirring up hate has been Trump’s specialty. Republican leaders let him get away with it because his bigotry creates a smokescreen for their dirty work. It’s a cynical and dangerous strategy. Shame on them all.

jcitybone

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magsview

Good morning!

A quick little clip of deliciousness from a couple of days ago:

jcitybone

If true, going from the frying pan to the fire

The White House has developed a plan to force out Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, whose relationship with President Trump has been strained, and replace him with Mike Pompeo, the C.I.A. director, perhaps within the next several weeks, senior administration officials said on Thursday.

Mr. Pompeo would be replaced at the C.I.A. by Senator Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas who has been a key ally of the president on national security matters, according to the White House plan. Mr. Cotton has signaled that he would accept the job if offered, said the officials, who insisted on anonymity to discuss sensitive deliberations before decisions are announced.

It was not immediately clear whether Mr. Trump has given final approval to the plan, but he has been said to have soured on Mr. Tillerson and in general is ready to make a change at the State Department. John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, developed the transition plan and has discussed it with other officials.

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