Saturday, November 12, 2022

Opportunity Beckons

Responding to a bad idea, Democratic and Republican

state legislators accused Shelley Luther, a Dallas salon owner who’s running to represent state House District 62, for perpetuating anti-Asian sentiment after she tweeted last week that Chinese students should be banned from “attending all Texas universities” and called for “No more Communists!”

While the tweet has since been deleted, Luther doubled down on the sentiment with two other separate posts, saying that taxpayers “should not be subsidizing the next generation of CCP leaders,” and that it’s “common sense” that “CCP members should not have access to our schools,” in reference to the Chinese Communist Party.

In an ugly bid to divert attention from newly (and easily) re-elected Ron DeSantis of Florida, Donald Trump/Dan Scavino on November 11 posted an, uh, "interesting tweet" on the ex-president's Truth Social platform":

If I didn't know President 45 is a bigot, I'd conclude that he issued the tweet as a put-down of Youngkin. However, Trump says the governor "admits it" (Trump's pivotal role in Youngkin's victory) and asserts "he'll get it done" in Virginia. That's not terribly insulting.

The tweet served three purposes for Trump: the aforementioned attention-grabber; sending the message to potential rivals that he's still on his name-calling game; with "Young Kin," reminding the GOP street that he's still a bigot.

Nonetheless, Donald Trump could turn his penchant for attention and instinct for anti-China bigotry to good use.  Before President Biden meets with the President of the People's Republic of China (mainland China), the former President should urge his successor to do the right thing:

Donald Trump repeatedly blasted the "Deep State" and never fully described it. One of the great ironies of his presidency and post-presidency is that while there may be some sort of deep state- whose primary bias is toward secrecy- it was never one Trump acknowledged nor was concerned about. Trump's "Deep State" always meant nothing more and nothing less than the institutions and individuals he didn't like.  And despite his apparent distaste for mainland China, he continually praised its President for his response to the coronavirus.

Over a million Americans have succumbed to Covid-19 and its variants, and we still do not know whether the coronavirus emerged from a wet market or a library. Determining its origin has nothing whatever to do with anti-Chinese or anti-Asian bias. That may be why Donald Trump remains totally disinterested.

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