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Debate Opinion: Trump’s Insults Towards African-Americans Continues

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Tonight during  the first 2016 presidential debate – Donald Trump continued to insult African-Americans.  He did so via  attempting to justify the infamous “stop and frisk”  policy of  the New York Police Department. The insult was that his assertion in their defense was because  they were trying to get “bad people”. Since the majority of  persons stopped during that period of time were African-Americans – he was insinuating that African-Americans are “bad people” who all had guns and were all criminals. Yet, the statistics show that a minimal amount of weapons were found – 1% out of 100% – and  that figure included knives. His response to that issue was an insult. He then went on to deny that the policy was unconstitutional, and added insult to injury as he went on to disparage the judge by calling her  an “against police” judge.

The other insult came when he said that African-Americans are “living in hell”. African-Americans would disagree with that description of their lives, no matter where they live. This clearly shows just how out of touch with the reality of the lives of the African-American people.

Then there was his inexplicable pride in having President Obama provide his birth certificate. This too, was an insult. Why would a birth certificate even be necessary? Trumps own parents were not born in America, while Obama’s mother and grandparents were born in America. Yet no one is crying out for Trump’s birth certificate.  So the only conclusion is that Trump’s motive and  purpose was to attempt to  de-legitimize the presidency of the first African-American president.

Trump was defiant when asked by the moderator regarding his ‘birther‘ attacks against the President as follows:

Lester Holt : “What do you say to African-Americans …”   Trump: “I say nothing.”

Apparently, he believes that African-American voters are also stupid as he attempted to blame Hillary Clinton for his ongoing attacks on President Obama’s birthplace. Not true. She did not do that – and there is the fact that he continued making those assertions until earlier this year, and did not admit he was wrong about his ‘birther lies’ until September, 2016! But, there are doubts that he believes he was wrong, and only said that for political reasons – hoping he would get some African-American votes.

Hopefully, Trump’s disrespectful remarks  will come back and bite him on election night.  And, even though he is surrounding himself with African-Americans such as Omarosa – his disrespect will not be ignored nor will it be forgotten.  And clearly – his insults will be remembered by the majority of the African-American community on election night.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-birther-debate_us_57e95e11e4b0e28b2b554f53

http://www.salon.com/2016/09/27/i-say-nothing-trump-refuses-to-apologize-to-african-americans-and-president-obama-for-his-birtherism-during-first-debate/

Donald Trump Claims Black and Hispanic People Are ‘Living in Hell’

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Radar Recommends: “The West Wing”

 

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In this, a presidential election year, it is highly recommended that you watch “The West Wing” – a mesmerizing inside view of exactly what happens within the White House and during presidential election campaigns. You may respond with: “But it is just a fictional television drama.” No – it is not. It is a television show that was written and produced by former White House employees and staffers, from both parties. And the consultants were former press secretaries and aides – making it the most accurate television show about the White House – ever. The credits themselves are jaw-dropping.  And – there are even former presidents, White House aides, press secretaries, (from both parties), who took the time to provide insight in episodes which provided veracity and credibility to the show. It is no wonder that the show and the actors won numerous awards, Emmys, golden globes, for their work as individual actors, producers,writers, episodes, and as an ensemble as well. It is admittedly one of the stellar shows within television history. There are too many to list here – but this link lists them all:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_and_nominations_received_by_The_West_Wing

It begins with a newly elected president, portrayed by actor Martin  Sheen, during his first year in office. His staff consists of  his chief of staff, John Spencer,(Leo) whose job it is to make sure that everyone else is doing their job – and to act as a filter as to what comes to the President.  The character played by  Bradley Whitford  (‘Josh‘), is the deputy- assistant chief-of-staff, a character who is everywhere that the west-wing-remember-860x442Chief-of-Staff is not. There are the Communications Directors, Rob Lowe (Sam) and Richard Schiff,(Toby) whose job it is to not only write speeches, but provide the press secretary with what can or cannot be said. Then there is Allison Janney , (C.J.), who plays the role of the female press secretary,  who is the voice of the administration to the press, and through her character, (with the input of former press secretaries as consultants) that you understand why it is a position which has a constant change of  press secretaries. Also even staff administrative assistants  such as Janel Moloney, (Donna), and special assistant to the president, Dule Hill, (Charlie), are fleshed out into full human beings – a tribute to excellent writing. And, the First Lady is portrayed as a strong woman in her own right by Stockyard Channing .        It is during the first episode that one starts to wonder why anyone would even want the job – and explains why, American presidents seem to age 10 years for  every year there.  And eventually one might begin to decide that, not only would they not want the job, but would not want to work there in any capacity.  Recently, President Barack Obama said, in response to what he would say to presidential candidates of both parties: “Make sure of why you want this.” Leaving the listener to understand that it is not about ego or power – it is indeed a tough job. The West Wing tells the stories as only people who once worked there could  tell,  but also shows what a well-oiled machine it is that changes the persons who run it every four to eight years, without a public hiccup. 

It is also during the first episode that you become mesmerized and hooked – and begin to binge without even thinking about it.  The insight into the behind the scenes of actual election campaigns  is priceless.

Sam Seaborn and Josh Lyman converse in the hal...

Sam Seaborn and Josh Lyman converse in the hallway in one of The West Wing ‘ s noted tracking shots. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The show provides insight into the hierarchy of the offices of the U.S. Presidency – but the characters are not ‘cookie cutter’ characters. Each character is remarkably fleshed out so that you truly get to know and love, (or hate), each one of them. And it mirrors current events of the time – but does not cross the line between fiction and reality. One does wonder when – and how – anyone who works in the White House gets the time to have a life of their own – or for that matter, even sleep.

It is a show that has a mixture of  mystery, intrigue, intense drama, comedic moments, sadness, exhilaration, and literally runs the gamut of every single human emotion. And a viewer seat belt is required.

As stated above – it is a presidential election year, and this show should be must-watch for those who want to see where their candidate might be headed and for one’s own personal edification. It is not a White House ‘beauty pageant‘ – it is a portrayal of life in the White House – with all of its flaws included.  The office of the President – the Oval Office and the office of his staff – the west wing – never sleep.

The actors and writers should always be proud of the fact, that for one moment in television history, they were part of a shinning moment in that history and contributed to one of the brightest and best moments in television history. It should be required  in high schools, and also required for political science majors in colleges.

All seven seasons are streaming live on Netflix.  Would love your feedback once you watch it.

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