Thursday, May 23, 2024

Lady Liberty At Risk

News flash! Donald Trump is a bigot.

This is reminiscent of Louie in Casablanca declaring "I'm shocked! Shocked to find that gambling is going on in here." And so

Donald Trump once again attacked Judge Juan Merchan, who is presiding over the former president’s criminal trial in Manhattan. This time, he urged those watching to “take a look at where” the Colombia-born Merchan “comes from.”

Trump emerged from court on Tuesday after the proceedings concluded for the day and again addressed the media. As he has done in other post-court appearances, the ex-president read legal analysis from sympathetic pundits such as Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett, who has seldom found a Trump argument he didn’t find to be airtight.

“‘This trial is now officially a sad and pathetic joke,'” Trump said, quoting Jarrett. “‘It’s a crime. Merchan and Bragg are the head clowns. It should be patently obvious to all that the leading Republican candidate for president is on trial not for what he’s done, but for who he is. Trump is the potential nemesis of the Democrats.'”

Jarrett’s analysis went on to say that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg “loathes” Trump, as does Merchan. Trump then did some editorializing of his own.

“The judge hates Donald Trump,” the former president insisted. “Just take a look. Take a look at him. Take a look at where he comes from. He can’t stand Donald Trump. He’s doing everything in his power.”

Merchan was born in Bogota, Colombia, and moved to Queens, New York at the age of six. He attended Baruch College and received his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law.

Trump’s broadside against Merchan was reminiscent of his attacks on U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who presided over a civil fraud case against Trump University in 2016. Then-candidate Trump claimed the judge was biased against him because of the judge’s Mexican ancestry

That was when he told Jake Tapper in 2016."Let me just tell you, I’ve had horrible rulings, I’ve been treated very unfairly by this judge. Now, this judge is of Mexican heritage. I’m building a wall, OK? "

In 2024, Trump wants us to "take a look at him. Take a look at where he comes from." And where Merchan comes from is Queens, New York, where he was raised after his parents brought him to the USA.  Also: "take a look at him." He was born in the wrong country and doesn't look like Trump believes Americans should look like. He must be one of those immigrants "poisoning the blood of our country."

Joe Biden has spoken of America as an "idea," as "the only nation in the world built on- noton ethnicity, religion, geography" but on enduring principles memorialized in the Declaration of Independence. Evidently, Donald Trump instead believes in America as a people, the type of individual spanning the globe from Norway to Finland. 

He has asserted that the country is "rigged, crooked, and evil." When Paul Simon wrote "And I dreamed I was flying. And high up above my eyes could clearly see the Statue of Liberty sailing away to sea," it was meant as a lament, almost a nightmare. For Donald J. Trump, it is a wet dream.




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