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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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Opinion:Should Netanyahu Address Congress?

Tomorrow Mr. Netanyahu is scheduled to address the United States Congress on the floor of the house, in advance of upcoming elections in Israel.  Some have voiced concern, and others feel it is much ado about nothing.  To those who fall within the latter group, perhaps there are some things you should consider.

First of all, the established protocol for foreign affairs and visits to the U.S. by heads of state, has always been via invitation of the sitting President of the United States.  In this instance, President Obama was neither consulted nor involved. It appears as if some of the more juvenile members of Congress only issued this invitation as a tool to publicly disrespect the President of the United States.  It seems that they need to feel as though they have elevated another head of state to the same level as the President, thereby, in their minds, diminishing the importance of President Obama’s State of the Union Address. It is as if they are saying to their base: “See? Anybody can do this. We are in control. Not Obama.”  However, what some see,  is a shameful disrespect for the President’s unique right to handle foreign policy. And, clearly, this is an issue of foreign policy. Netanyahu has been clear that he disagrees with President Obama’s determination to work with Iran and its nuclear policy via diplomacy, sanctions, and pressure from other countries in the region.  Whether or not President Obama’s choice is the correct one is not the issue here, but rather his role as President of the United States, to make that choice.

What should Netanyahu do? It is not too late for him to decline the invitation on grounds of respect for our president.

What is he hoping to gain via the speech? Some say that he feels that he can convince Congress to put pressure on President Obama to take a more forceful stand regarding Iran. Seriously? Has he not been watching U.S. politics? This Congress will not work with President Obama, only against him.  Foreign policy is within the purview of the President.  Others say he is only doing it to elevate himself in the eyes of those back at home. Why? So that he can win the upcoming election.  White House policy is not invite leaders of countries who are facing an immediate election bid… period.  This is to make certain that it is clear that America does not have a dog in the fight of other countries’ election process. And, in this way, if a new leader is re-elected, then there are no negative feelings or grudges between the U.S. president and that new leader. Recently, NSA Director Susan Rice publicly denounced the visit/speech which is indicative of the White House displeasure.  http://news.yahoo.com/obama-aide-calls-netanyahu-visit-destructive-relations-115835398–politics.html

What will he gain? Not much. His speech will have no impact upon how President Obama directs his cabinet to proceed.  He will lose even more access to the White House.  And, his failure to understand the disrespect which is intertwined with his speech, will diminish his own standing in the minds and hearts of many American people.  He will have cooperated with a divisive, obstructionist congress who seem to be hell-bent on disrespecting our president.  As for the invitation itself,  Congress has dedicated too much energy trying to do things to thwart the  success of the current administration instead of what they are paid to do for the American people.  They seem to still be smarting over President Obama’s stunning re-election victory, and remain in denial.

So, should Netanyahu address the U.S. Congress? No. Should the American people watch it? No. Should those opposed to him speaking attend? No.  Poetic justice would be for him to lose the upcoming election.

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