Once Again, We Are Deeply Ashamed …

The United States has had cause for shame more than a few times in its history.  The internment of Japanese-American citizens and others during WWII comes immediately to mind.  Turning away over 900 Jewish refugees fleeing from Hitler and his Nazis on the ship St. Louis in 1939. Our treatment of Native Americans throughout history.  Slavery. And the list goes on.  Likely most nations have their own list, for none are without fault.  But today, we should hang our heads in shame at the response of the so-called leader of this nation to the horrific events in London last night.

Two separate things stand out here.  Immediately after hearing of the attacks, Trump, in his usual bombastic fashion, made use of the tragedy to propagandize his travel ban:

“We need to be smart, vigilant and tough. We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety!”

“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don’t get smart it will only get worse”

And he apparently couldn’t resist using the tragedy of Britain to taunt those of us in the U.S. who support more rigid gun regulations:

“Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That’s because they used knives and a truck!”

Gun control advocates noted that the number of casualties would almost certainly have been much higher if firearms had been involved.

Mr. Trump, do not use the heartbreak and tragedy of others to promote your own agenda!  This is immoral, unconscionable, and proves once again that you are not a leader, not a kind or good man, and have no morals, no ethics, no conscience.  You are turning our nation into a pack of thugs and hooligans.

The second faux pas came as a response to London Mayor Sadiq Khan, after Mr. Khan said the following to the citizens of London:

“Londoners will see an increased police presence today and over the course of the next few days. No reason to be alarmed. One of the things, the police, all of us need to do, is make sure we’re as safe as we possibly can be. I’m reassured that we are one of the safest global cities in the world, if not the safest global city in the world, but we always evolve and review ways to make sure that we remain as safe as we possibly can.”

Please note that he was telling the good people of London that there was “no reason to be alarmed” over the increased police presence in the following days.  But Trump, in his usual brash, inept manner, misunderstood, or simply chose to ignore, the meaning of Mr. Khan’s statement and tweeted:

“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is “no reason to be alarmed!””

The reply from Mayor Khan’s office was dignified and put Trump in his place:

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan

“He has more important things to do than respond to Donald Trump’s ill-informed tweet that deliberately takes out of context his remarks urging Londoners not to be alarmed when they saw more police — including armed officers — on the streets,”

It was not the first time a member of the Trump family criticized Mr. Khan, the first Muslim mayor of any major Western capital. In March, after a terrorist attack in London, Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, posted a link to an article in Britain’s Independent newspaper from the previous September quoting Mr. Khan about terrorism.   Then, as now, the mayor’s remarks were taken out of context and unjustly critiqued by a Trump:

“You have to be kidding me?!: Terror attacks are part of living in big city, says London Mayor Sadiq Khan”  wrote the junior Donald.

Proof, I suppose, that the apple does not fall far from the tree. Then, as now, Mr. Khan’s response was eloquent, given the circumstances:

“I’m not going to respond to a tweet from Donald Trump Jr. I’ve been doing far more important things over the last 24 hours.”

Frankly, I think Mr. Khan is a much more qualified individual to lead a nation than Donald Trump.  He obviously has a more even temperament, does the right thing when the situation is critical, and doesn’t wallow in the muck with the likes of Trump.

So once again, my friends, Donald Trump has given us a reason to hang our collective heads in shame. And to apologize, once again, for the behaviour of the man-child who temporarily occupies the Oval Office.

54 thoughts on “Once Again, We Are Deeply Ashamed …

  1. Dear Jill,

    He is still spinning away his fake news story based on the Drudge Report. His spokeswoman continued today to spout the same foolish made up story. It is a world where facts don’t matter.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I presume you’re referring to Kellyanne? I read a transcript of what she said and it didn’t make one bit of sense! How can these people, in good conscience, keep defending him and making up more lies in order to do so??? Oh … wait … I said ‘in good conscience’ and they have none. Silly me, yes?

      Hugs!!! ❤

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    • Ah … well, you would be right if the repeal were to be put into law, but I think there is no chance of that happening this year, if ever. But yes, if it is, many more will die from lack of medical care than from terrorist attacks. And in the U.S., what terrorist incidents there are, are largely the work of U.S. citizens … white supremacists. Sigh.

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      • Depends on who you ask 🙂 If you ask me, or most of my friends, yeah, they are acts of terrorism as much as any perpetrated by Muslims. Think of Dylan Roof, think of Sandy Hook, the Portland train episode just last week. But, if you ask Trump or any of those who are so bloomin’ eager to ban all Muslims, then no, it only counts if it is perpetrated by a person of Middle-Eastern origin. Double standard? Sure.

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  4. Thoughtful and compassionate as always Jill, thank you. At least the storm-tossed Atlantic keeps him at a distance from us – you never know when he might swoop on a town near you! I am just hoping he doesn’t decide to come and watch the British Open ….

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    • Thank you, Mary. Yes, I remember being furious a month or so ago when he came to the city I live just outside of and held a rally. I wanted to tell him to stay out of my state, my city! And more infuriating were the masses that went to cheer him! Will people never awaken??? As re the British Open … the UK needs to ban him! 🙂

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  5. We do know that the American people aren’t like the Trump clan. They’re full of kindness and empathy that are foreign to The Donald’s. It doesn’t surprise me tat she seems to bat his hand out of the way at stairs, she’s probably hoping he’ll fall like the rest of us.
    The man is insensitive at a time when you need a diplomatic leader and I hope that nobody panders to him by reinstating his travel ban though I fear they will if there is an incident over there.
    xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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    • Thank you for remembering that we are not all like Trump, my friend. I fear that many will judge us all by his words and actions. And I fully agree that I hope his bigoted, pointless ‘travel ban’ is not reinstated. I really want to trust the Supreme Court to put an end to it once and for all, but … I just don’t know any more. The man who would be king seems to have far more power than he should.

      xxx Cwtch Mawr xxx

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  6. And Lady Liberty shed tears of shame and embarrassment even as she bowed her head remembering that the American people elected the one sitting in the Oval Office.

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘Today, we should hang our heads in shame at the response of the so-called leader of this nation to the horrific events in London last night. … once again, my friends, Drumpf has given us a reason to hang our collective heads in shame. And to apologize, once again, for the behavior of the man-child who temporarily occupies the Oval Office. …. SAD!!

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  8. Well I have tried to maintain a basically analytical approach to my criticisms of the current administration. And at times these might have come across to some as a bit cynical by seeming to push the line ‘it’s ok if you do it professionally’. That’s because I tried to keep personality out of the debate.
    However, today after the president’s ridiculous attack on our Mayor Khan of London, I must say categorically:
    “USA I am sorry for you that you have boob for a President”

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      • Mayor Khan’s response was that he had more important things to do than respond…..that says much about the way a Mayor of a Major city views the current President of the USA, who in theory is far higher up the ‘Oh Gosh’ scale of executive awe and majesty.

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        • What Trump actually accomplished was to show that Mayor Khan is a man of grace, dignity and intellect … all those things that Trump is not and never will be. He is far more ‘presidential’ than the president. Sigh.

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          • Regarding the Mayor of London.
            Once is a severe blunder. Twice is the inexcusable action of a complete and utter oaf!
            The man has moved to a new level of crassness and thus not worthy of the title President of The United States of America.
            As a UK citizen I am personally affronted by these asinine and ignorant comments. From now on, as far as I am concerned the USA may have a president in the legal status but does not have one in the moral sense.

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            • Just what I’ve been saying since January 20th. You might notice that in my writing, I NEVER refer to him as is proper, with the word ‘President’ in front of his name. Only when I have to because it occurs within a quote, and even then I am driven to nausea from having to copy it. To me … he is not a president. I said long ago he is nothing more than a clown … and I feel badly saying that, for it is rather an insult to clowns!

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              • Hi Jill.
                Out of a sort of British ‘It’s The Way We Do Things’ and being an outsider I was referring him as a president, because he was voted in.
                However since he has consistently shown he has not the capacity or inclination to live up to the moral demands of the office I no longer feel that obligation.
                The remarks about the Mayor of London shows a littleness of spirit that is quite contemptible

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                • Yes, and until last year I would have agreed with you. Voted in = president … like it or not, it’s only 4 years. But this … is an abomination. And you know what? Next time somebody has the unmitigated gall to compare him to President Obama, saying, “well we put up with Obama, so you can put up with Trump”, I hope some of my friends can scrape together bail money to get me released from jail! 😀

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                  • Well since the former head of the FBI is saying ‘things’ today, as in the case of our General Election….’We shall see’
                    As for the folk who say such inane things….Hit them with irony……
                    With much gravitas and softness of tone say “poshol na khui , durak!” ( Russian for ‘f*** off, fool’) and walk away.
                    (In a month of so they might get it).😉

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                    • Yes, I just remembered that your election is today! A month ago, I thought May was a foregone conclusion, but apparently that is no longer the case. I shall be watching tomorrow. Please, dear Roger, do NOT punch anything tomorrow … er, rather, today. 🙂

                      THANK YOU for that Russian phrase!!! I copied it onto a postie note on my computer so I will have it at my fingertips! I think I will be using that often … quite often! And on a related note … one of the Significant Seven bit me this morning as I was giving him his morning pets, and I said, after he released his teeth from my arm, “FRIB FRIB FRIB”. You have taught me well! 🙂

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                    • Hi Jill.
                      It’s a funny day. By convention the media doesn’t talk UK politics on voting day. So they’ve had the chance to focus in on the testament of a certain FBI ex-employee!
                      IN the meantime, the voting finishes at 10pm, and then we wait.
                      The heart is hoping for a sort of get together of all the parties except the Conservatives and the odious UKIP. The head has a bad feeling the Conservatives might just squeak back in…. OH WOE!
                      Meanwhile…bad cat! 😿.
                      (Even though FRIB FRIB FRIB does cover most situations)

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                    • I was hoping to stay awake for final results, but … not likely. My late hours of late have caught up with me and I am falling asleep with fingers on keyboard. I am hoping for a favourable result for you and my other UK friends as … I … zzzzzzz.
                      Yes, Sir Boo is a bad cat, albeit one of the gentlest of the Significant Seven, which is why is surprised me so much! But we have made amends today and I shared my fish with him tonight, so all is well. 🙂

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  9. Jill, in simple terms, Khan is the best example of the fight against Islamic terrorism. He is a Muslim
    Mayor of one of the largest cities in the world. He shows you can be successful as a Muslim in a western country. On the flip side, the US President is a walking recruiting poster for ISIS. His words make us less safe. A “wise” leader would hold up a Muslim Mayor of London as an exemplar. The word “wise” is emphasized with intent as a contrast.

    Keith

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    • Yes, I have come to believe that the word ‘wise’ should never be used in the same sentence as ‘Trump’. And you are quite right … from what little I know of Mayor Khan, he is a shining example and the only reason I can think of that Trump & Trump Jr. have intentionally mistaken his meaning and criticized him unjustly is because he is Muslim. Says a lot about them, doesn’t it?

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      • Khan is a good Mayor. He is responsible, fair and an example to everyone how real Muslims (not the fake ISIS types), contribute to overall society regardless of creed or colour. I rather like him (I am not a political animal, but rather a ‘humanist), and his refreshing brand of governance. He does not revel in old hatreds like DT and his gang of thugs, but rather has focused on new beginnings for a more ‘inclusive form of governance. I have not heard of a single Britain engaged in mud slinging at this

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            • 🙂 🙃 🙂 …. it may not have anything to do with anything intellectually … but sometimes we are allowed to just be women and appreciate a good-looking man! And he is good looking, charming, and intelligent, so … I can certainly appreciate it! I felt much the same about President Obama! Trump? The epitome of ugly, inside and out! 😣

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        • Yes, I am definitely impressed with Khan! And he has made DDT look like even more of an imbecile than he already did! Sure would be nice to have an adult in the White House! Some mornings I awaken and for just a minute think Obama is still president … and then reality comes crashing down on me … makes it hard to get out of bed! 🙂

          Did you arrive back in the UK safely?

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          • Yes thanks, although still not quite home. Jet lagged!
            And for anyone who might think travel in Europe & UK i(we flew in via Paris) s fraught after recent attacks, think again. We had no hold ups, delays or hassles. Everything was very relaxed and efficient as usual. Major airports over here deal with massive numbers of travellers from all over the world. Peaceful people. Police presence is evident but so low key as to be reassuring that the authorities are not going to descend on you because you might be wearing your traditional attire from a world culture. America’s airports are much more intimidating!

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            • Glad you are (almost) home safely! Now to rest and recuperate … I am happy to hear that the airports are not in chaos. You are correct when you say U.S. airports are much worse. Even in the best of times, airports here are difficult. I stopped flying long ago, and I understand that today, with all the security regulations, it is even more of a trauma just to get to the gate.

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