Friday, September 16, 2016

Their Father's Children

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  Charlie Peters caught this from The Hill:

Cosmopolitan reporter Prachi Gupta appeared to rattle the 34-year-old daughter of Donald Trump when she asked her in a phone interview to clarify whether the GOP nominee's plan would address paternity leave or cover leave for gay couples when the parents are both men. "So it's meant to benefit, whether it's in same-sex marriages as well, to benefit the mother who has given birth to the child if they have legal married status under the tax code," Trump said. "Well, what about gay couples, where both partners are men?" Gupta asked. Trump responded that the "intention" of her father's plan was to "help mothers in recovery in the immediate aftermath of childbirth." The reporter did not let up, once again asking her to clarify how the plan would cover gay couples "where the two parents are both men." Gupta asked if the policy would not allow leave for fathers "because they don't need to recover for anything?" "Well, those are your words, not mine," Trump responded, laughing, according to Cosmopolitan. "The plan, right now, is focusing on mothers, whether they be in same-sex marriages or not."

And this from the Los Angeles Times:

But when the Cosmo interviewer challenged Trump over whether the plan would cover fathers, as well as Donald Trump's 2004 comments calling pregnancy an inconvenience, she ended the phone call. "It's surprising to see this policy from him today. Can you talk a little bit about those comments, and perhaps what has changed?" interviewer Prachi Gupta asked. "So I think that you have a lot of negativity in these questions, and I think my father has put forth a very comprehensive and really revolutionary plan to deal with a lot of issues," Ivanka Trump responded. "So I don't know how useful it is to spend too much time with you on this if you're going to make a comment like that."

She might be a little too sensitive or a little too focused on her own greatness, which far exceeds that of the proposal itself. The plan provides for an income tax deduction rather than a credit, thus benefitting the wealthy far more than the working class or the poor. It appears to apply only to biological mothers, whch would exclude the likes of fathers, gay couples, and single parents and would be funded (as best as can be discerned) by cuts in the unemployment compensation program. Other than that, it's a fine proposal; and other than that unfortunate incident, "Our American Cousin" was a great play, Mrs. Lincoln.

Ivanka Trump, however, faces stiff competition from her brother, who on WPHT 1210 AM on Thursday morning remarked

The media has been her number one surrogate in this. Without the media, this wouldn’t even be a contest, but the media has built her up. They’ve let her slide on every indiscrepancy, on every lie, on every DNC game trying to get Bernie Sanders out of this thing. If Republicans were doing that, they’d be warming up the gas chamber right now.

When some people "apologize," they merely say something bland and meaningless. Not so Donald Jr, who according to Politico claimed he

didn't say anything about the Holocaust. I was talking about media bias. I was talking about if you're a conservative, it's essentially capital punishment," Trump Jr. told George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "Good Morning America," noting that he made similar comments to CNN's Jake Tapper about the "electric chair."

"It was poor choice of words, perhaps..."

Then he got patronizing, in the manner of the "some of my best friends are colored" defense of the 1950s and 1960s, when he added

but in no way, shape or form was I ever even remotely talking about the Holocaust. I wouldn't do it. I think that's disgusting. It's not my style," Trump Jr. said, later referencing his sister Ivanka, who converted to Orthodox Judaism upon her marriage to husband Jared Kushner.

Trump Jr. then added, "half of my best men in my wedding and the bridesmaids of my wedding were Jewish. I would never do that."

Nor only was I right, Trump's son went on to maintain, I've been proven right because

"... what it really, unfortunately, it almost proves the point," he continued. "I say something, rather than the media asking me about it, rather than saying, hey, Don is this were you talking about the Holocaust, they jump, oh, my God, you were talking about the Holocaust."

In a less politically correct time, a time to which candidate Trump would have us return, we had a word for people like Donald Trump Jr. or Ivanka Trump: creep. The Trumps should be thankful we live in such a "politically correct" era.

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