Saturday, July 9, 2016

In Europe Donald Trump Could Happen

Hillary argued yesterday that 'something is wrong in our country' and she's right.

"As the nation mourned another week of wrenching violence, Hillary Clinton stood Friday evening before a collection of flags in a cavernous, cold convention hall and pleaded with Americans to abandon hateful words and consider their neighbors’ pain."

"Flanked by church leaders, Clinton decided to be the country's loudest voice of all, looking to project the image of the steady hand in contrast to Donald Trump on a day that he largely went silent aside from a morning statement — and while President Barack Obama was in Europe."

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It seems that they locked Trump out of his account and kept him off tv yesterday.

"We need to try, as best we can, to walk in one another’s shoes, to imagine what it would be like if people followed us around stores, or locked their car doors when we walked past, or if every time our children went to play in the park — or just to the store to buy iced tea and Skittles — we said a prayer, ‘please God, don’t let anything happen to my baby.’"

“Let’s put ourselves in the shoes of police officers, kissing their kids and spouses goodbye every day and heading off to do a dangerous job we need them to do,” she added in a week punctuated by the shooting deaths of two black men, one in Louisiana and one in Minnesota, by police officers on consecutive days. “When gunfire broke out yesterday, and everyone ran to safety, the police officers ran the other way, into the gunfire. That’s the kind of courage our police and first responders show every single day."

"White Americans need to do a better job of listening when African Americans talk about the seen and unseen barriers you face every day,” she told the almost entirely black crowd, just hours after she spoke with Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings to offer her condolences and help after a gunman targeting police officers — specifically white ones — killed five and left seven more injured."

“We do need police and criminal justice reforms, to save lives and make sure all Americans are treated as equal in rights and dignity,” she said, returning to a topic that has peppered the 2016 landscape since before Clinton dedicated her first campaign policy speech to it — and which repeatedly popped up in the primary within the context of her husband Bill Clinton’s legacy. Continuing, she acknowledged the apparent conflict in calling for criminal justice reform just one day after the attack on police officers."

“We do need to support police departments and stand up for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to protect us. We do need to reduce gun violence. We may disagree about how, but surely we can all agree with those basic premises. Surely this week showed us how true they are."

“Something has been unleashed in our nation,” said an anguished-looking Clinton, “where people are saying cruel and hateful things about each other, from all vantage points."

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Still, in Europe maybe Trump really could get elected-we saw the Brexit vote.

In the US this is much less likely to happen-and we largely have minority voters to thank for that.

"The West has inspected Trump’s rise with morbid fascination, as if it were gazing at a smoldering crash site, the charred wreck of the GOP circled by the ashen corpses of its passengers — Ted Cruz, Jeb Bush, Chris Christie et al."

Cultural sneering abounds from Europe: “Look at what those silly Americans have got themselves into now.” Only British snobbery has waned, the country chastened by its vote to hobble economic prosperity in protest at Polish car washers."

Again, the irony is he'd have a better chance in Europe. After Brexit, the Brits sure can't laugh too much now.

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