Saturday, December 16, 2017

What's The Matter With Trump (Part Infinity)

Fresh off denouncing the Federal Bureau of Investigation,Donald Grump spoke at the graduation ceremony at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, declaring "what the hell is going on in Chicago?"

Whatever is going on in Chicago, we know what is going on with Donald Trump, as it always is: demagoguery.

Ingratiating himself with police officers (as he does with everyone when face-to-face), Trump blustered

I want to send a message today to those who threaten violence against our police:  We will protect those who protect us.  And we believe criminals who kill police officers should get the death penalty.  (Applause.)

Scenario 1:  Police officer who repeatedly engages in domestic violence assaults his wife when she, using the pistol registered to her husband, shoots and kills him.

Scenario 2: Man who repeatedly engages in domestic violence assaults his wife- who in this case, happens to be a police officer. She uses her revolver and finishes him off.

Donald Trump says both women should get the death penalty, presumably after a fair trial. Both individuals, one of them herself a police officer, were longtime victims of domestic abuse.  Perhaps either or both should be punished, which a jury generally determines. But the President of the United States of America believes both women, including the police officer, should be executed.

He wasn't done. He boasted

To any member of MS-13 listening, I have a message for you: We will find you.  We will arrest you.  We will jail you.  We will throw you the hell out of the country.  (Laughter.)  I mean, somehow, I like it better than jail.  Jail we have to take care of them.  Who the hell wants to take care of them?  (Applause.)  You know the jail stuff is wonderful but we have to pay for it, right?  (Laughter.)

Tough guy. He wants murderous gang leaders arrested and thrown out of the country, after which they can return to to the USA to deal drugs, rape women, and force children into prostitution. Of course, given Trump's distaste for most things American, that might appeal to him.

The President remarked also that

The Department of Justice has also announced more than $98 million in grant funding to help your local police departments hire desperately needed new officers.  Also, just as I promised, we are allowing our local police to access surplus military equipment — something the previous administration, for some reason, refused to do.  (Applause.)  Explain that one.  Explain it to me, please.  Never understood that one.  Somebody out there can explain.  Anybody want to stand up and explain it?  It’d be tough.  (Laughter.)

I can explain it, and I don't even have to stand up to do it.  American cities, already beset by strained, contentious relationships between the minority population and the police, shouldn't have to confront the likes of battlefield rifles, grenade launchers and tracked armored vehicles.  Such things have their places, such as in catastrophic climactic events (which are never, ever caused by climate change). However, if police have them, they will be used, as they were against Iraq war veteran Jose Guerena, a former Marine.

So what the heck is going on with Donald Trump? The usual demagoguery with with a cup of ignorance and a dash of bravado.

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