Food for Thought
It’s the middle of the week and there’s a lot of news flying around so The Blast is going to scan several different stories. Feel free to “comment,” criticize, or throw your own “two-cents” in.
2. When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
Showing Us Who THEY are: #1, #2, #3.
#1. For anyone who still (somehow) believes that Donald Trump will “grow into the job” his performance in Phoenix last night should disabuse everyone of that notion. As reported in today’s Daily Beast:
Speaking in Phoenix, he viciously attacked the news media, left-wing protesters, and members of his own party whom he blames for the stalling of his legislative agenda. At one point, he went on a 25-minute rant against the press, with multiple gestures towards the pen at the back of the Convention Center. He blamed them for misrepresenting his remarks on the terrorist attack in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. And then, when reading from printed copies of those remarks, he misquoted himself, conveniently failing to mention that he had blamed “both sides” for the atrocities.
“Riling up the base” is still Trump’s #1 goal, above all else. After again claiming “they” are trying to “take away our heritage and history," he was, once again, supported by white supremacist Richard Spencer who tweeted: “Trump has never denounced the Alt-Right. Nor will he.” Trump shows us who he is, again.
He had one more piece of red meat for the crowd of Phoenicians: Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was convicted of contempt of court because he would not refrain from his discriminatory policing practices of Latino/Hispanic citizens. Trump (as reported in azcentral.com) said the following:
"Was Sheriff Joe convicted for doing his job?" Trump asked the crowd inside the Phoenix Convention Center. “He should have had a jury trial instead of having a verdict rendered by a federal judge, “Trump said. "But I'll make a prediction: I think he's going to be just fine."
The Chief Executive all but promised a pardon to the racist Arpaio, to the delight of his crowd, showing us who he is.
#2. While we’re looking at people “showing us who they are” how about the Secretary of the Treasury’s wife, Louise Linton? In case you somehow missed this dust-up, Linton released a Tweet Tuesday showing her and Secretary of the Treasury husband, Steve Mnuchin, disembarking a U.S. government plane, specifically noting her outfit (totalling a minimum $13,775) and reveling in her 1% lifestyle. When an Oregon mother of three, Jenni Miller, tweeted “Glad we could pay for your little getaway. #deplorable” Linton went into full out Marie Antoinette mode, asking Ms. Miller (via Twitter):
“Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country? I’m pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day “trip” than you did, Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you’d be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours.”
She then told Ms. Miller she was “adorably out of touch” and then told her to “chill out” and watch Game of Thrones. Need we say more about the people who make up this administration? Her husband, of course, had made the news several days earlier when 300 of his Yale classmates, reacting to Trump’s defense of Neo-Nazis & White supremacists, had sent him a letter stating:
"We call upon you, as our friend, our classmate, and as a fellow American, to resign in protest of President Trump's support of Nazism and white supremacy. We know you are better than this, and we are counting on you to do the right thing,"
Mnuchin’s response was:
"I don't believe the allegations against the president are accurate, and I believe that having highly talented men and women in our country surrounding the President in his administration should be reassuring to you and all the American people.”
Steve Mnuchin --- showing us who he is.
#3. “Michael the Black Man.” If you watched Trump’s Phoenix rally you could not miss the Black gentleman standing behind Trump with a tee-shirt stating “TRUMP & Republicans are Not Racist. Gods2.com.” You may have remembered his from earlier rallies (the Trump handlers give “Michael” preferential seating for the optics, it seems). Today’s Washington Post reveals this about “Michael the Black Man.”
At a number of political rallies over the year, a character calling himself “Michael the Black Man” has appeared in the crowd directly behind Donald Trump, impossible to miss and prompting widespread fascination. He holds signs that scream “BLACKS FOR TRUMP” and wears a T-shirt proclaiming with equal conviction that “TRUMP & Republicans Are Not Racist.” Almost always, he plugs his wild website, Gods2.com, across his chest.
The presence of Michael — variously known as Michael Symonette, Maurice Woodside and Mikael Israel — has inspired not only trending Twitter hashtags but a great deal of curiosity and Google searches. Internet sleuths find the man’s bizarre URL, an easily accessible gateway to his strange and checkered past.
The radical fringe activist from Miami once belonged to a violent black supremacist religious cult, and he runs a handful of amateur, unintelligible conspiracy websites. He has called Barack Obama “The Beast” and Hillary Clinton a Ku Klux Klan member. Oprah Winfrey, he says, is the devil. Most curiously, in the 1990s, he was charged, then acquitted, with conspiracy to commit two murders. But Michael the Black Man loves President Trump.
All you need do is visit Gods2.com (I did & it's quite something) to allow “Michael the Black Man” to reveal himself --- making it no shock he is an avid Trump follower.
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time
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