Yet Another Jaw-Dropping Moment

I think I may soon need jaw surgery, for mine has been dropped so many times in the past two years, especially in the past six months, that there is now an oddish clicking sound when I chew.  Today I had at least two of those jaw-dropping, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’ moments.  The first was Anthony Scaramucci’s rant to a reporter at the New Yorker.  I considered writing a post about that one, but on further consideration I felt it was just too raunchy for even me.  However, feel free to read it for yourself. I warn you, it is quite … vulgar in spots, but worth the read, for it provides a great deal of insight into Mr. Scaramucci.

The second of those moments came this afternoon when I saw this Washington Post headline:

President Trump Tells Police Not to Worry About Injuring Suspects During Arrests

Speaking at the Suffolk County, New York, Police Department, Trump said, “When you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over?” Trump said, miming the physical motion of an officer shielding a suspect’s head to keep it from bumping against the squad car. “Like, don’t hit their head, and they just killed somebody — don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?”

I shouldn’t be surprised, right?  Remember some of those times back on the campaign trail when he promoted violence at his rallies?

August 2015: Trump attacked Bernie Sanders for letting Black Lives Matter protesters hijack his stage and said that kind of thing would be physically stopped at one of his events. “I don’t know if I’ll do the fighting myself or if other people will.”

November 2015: “Get him the hell out of here, will you, please?” Trump said of a protester. “Get him out of here. Throw him out!” The next day, after video emerged of the protester being treated roughly, Trump said the man was “so obnoxious and so loud” that “maybe he should have been roughed up.”

February 2016: Trump said after someone threw a tomato at a rally: “If you see somebody with a tomato, knock the crap out of them.”

March 2016: “Get him out. Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it.”

And the list goes on, but you get the idea.  Can anyone imagine what would have happened if President Obama had spoken like that?  To suggest to a group of police officers that they should treat suspects more roughly is an abomination, and one that cannot be tolerated.  I was pleased to see the response of the International Association of Chiefs of Police saying officers are trained to treat all people with dignity and respect.

“Managing use of force is one of the most difficult challenges faced by law enforcement agencies. The ability of law enforcement officers to enforce the law, protect the public, and guard their own safety, the safety of innocent bystanders, and even those suspected or apprehended for criminal activity is very challenging. For these reasons, law enforcement agencies develop policies and procedures, as well as conduct extensive training, to ensure that any use of force is carefully applied and objectively reasonable considering the situation confronted by the officers.”

The Suffolk County Police Department also responded, saying, “we do not and will not tolerate roughing up of prisoners.”

In recent years, there have been a spate of shootings of unarmed African-Americans by police officers.  Consider the case of Freddie Gray, who died in Baltimore in April 2015 after a spinal injury that occurred in the back of a police van. Prosecutors said Gray had been given a “rough ride” in the van, causing the injuries that would kill him a week later. Trump, by the way, sided with the officers in the case.

There have been far too many … Philando Castile, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Alton Sterling, Walter Scott, Freddy Gray, and so many others.  At least 2,528 people have been shot and killed by police since January 1, 2015.

When the person who is supposed to represent ALL citizens of a nation, who is supposed to set an example, encourages more violence, it speaks volumes about that ‘man’ and his character. I believe that most police officers are dedicated and do not abuse the use of force.  However, there will always be some who are not as honourable.  Donald Trump just gave them permission to become our worst nightmare.

Annotated transcript of speech

54 thoughts on “Yet Another Jaw-Dropping Moment

  1. When I read about it in the news here I knew you would be writing about it! – In my opinion the police has to be extra careful BECAUSE they are surrounded by violence. Of course they need to take appropriate measure to protect other citizens and also themselves. But they always need to bear in mind that when they wear their uniforms, they are representing the government and the constitution. My point is they are not supposed to let all the violence around them affect their impartiality and their judgment. – Yes, I know, that may be hard to achieve sometimes, but at least the president should encourage it – and not brute force!

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    • You know me well, my friend!!!

      Yes, there is a lack of trust in the police as a whole today, and it is fueled by the actions of the few who let their power go to their heads in recent years. I remember as a child being told that the policeman is your friend, and if you are ever in trouble you should go to him. But these days, especially among African-Americans, people see the police as the enemy with a gun. We will not change that image by having the ‘leader’ of the nation telling police to abuse people! The frightening thing was that some of the police in attendance at Trump’s speech cheered and applauded when he said that! 😦

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  2. Dear Jill,
    I am hoping General Kelly will be able to contain the fall out from all of his impulsive, self destructive behaviors.

    The Boy Scouts officials shouldn’t have to issue an apology for having invited DDT to speak. What were the parents doing, clapping at DDT’s comments. The military shouldn’t have to issue a statement that transgender personnel will be able to continue to serve and that a tweet doesn’t count as an order. And then Suffolk County NY police and other county chiefs shouldn’t have to issue a statement spelling out that police in their departments will follow the law and not rough up suspects, and what were the policemen doing clapping to his words. He needs someone to sit on him.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • You are so right! The image that comes to mind is a whole bunch of people following behind Trump, carrying brooms and dustpans to clean up after him! I was at Barnes & Noble this afternoon and there is a large display featuring Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and Orwell’s 1984. Is it any surprise that those books are extremely popular these days?
      Hugs!!!!

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  3. Every day Trump confirms my suspicion that people in the U.S. are still underestimating the lethal goal of Putin’s attack. Trump continues to besmirch the rule of law as he dismantles our government and our ability to defend ourselves against enemies. Trump is the equivalent of a nuclear device dropped into the heart of our democracy.

    This bomb explodes every day and it will continue to explode until Putin is ready to demand surrender.

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  4. The police are not above the law, neither are the judges, the armed forces, politicians, or presidents. At least not outside of Banana Republics and North Korea. On the other hand, anarchists, rioters, looters, and protesters are not above the law either.
    As far as I know the only person who ‘may’ be above the law is the Queen or King of the United Kingdom ~ and that point may be open to some debate.
    But, can anyone imagine our Queen acting like the prize buffoon who is your would-be dictator of a president? Not bloomin’ likely.
    Kudos Jill. ❤

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    • I fully agree … if anybody can be above the law, then of what use was the law in the first place? And no, I cannot imaging your Queen so much as dropping a paper on the sidewalk! You guys respect your monarchs because they earn respect. I do NOT respect our “president”, for he has not done a single thing to earn respect. Sigh.

      Love ‘n hugs, dear Jack! ❤

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  5. Jill, the best article to sum up our man-child President was just written by Peggy Noonan of The Wall Street Journal, which would not be confused with the liberal media. Our friend Gronda covers this in her blog today. She defines said man-child as “weak and whiny.” This is yet one more conservative writer – Will, Brooks, Gerson, Douthat, Krauthammer to name a few – who have been highly critical of this President. Noonan’s piece is quite accurate in my view and the most damning. As I mentioned to Gronda, cue up the inevitable Twitter hissy fit from the White House.

    Keith

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    • Thank you so much for your support and for sharing this post!!! You hit the nail on the head when you said there is ‘white trash’ in the White House. When they finally leave, I think we should just burn it to the ground and start over, for there isn’t enough Lysol in the world to get rid of the stench they will leave behind!

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  6. My jaw has been dragging along the ground this week with lots of things…not just DT.
    The World has just ticked very close to a milli-fraction off the stroke of midnight on the Doomsday clock. We may not have to worry very much about the absolute degradation of human rights and freedoms if N. Korea gets its nose any more out of joint. I have no doubt that the bully boys are quite capable of pushing the ‘red button!’

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    • Quite so, but I don’t expect it anytime soon, for I see him as the cat playing with the mouse, and what fun is that once you kill the mouse? I could be wrong … I’m no expert, for sure. But you are right in that there are many other things to worry about in addition to the buffoon-in-chief. Far too much to keep up with, for me. I want to go live in the forest for a while. 🙂

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    • Actually, the definition of Anarchy has nothing to do with violence, but rather to do with fighting governmental controls and maintaining freedom. Our governments have hijacked the term to denote any act of violent reaction against society so that we all see it as something bad, when its very principles are to resist coercive acts which are bad for people and society.

      “anarchy/ˈanəki/
      noun

      1. a state of disorder due to absence or non-recognition of authority or other controlling systems.
      2. absence of government and absolute freedom of the individual, regarded as a political ideal.”

      In this particular case of Lord Voltomort, (sorry, DT) assigning violence to law and order protocols for the police force, I’d say anarchistic protest would be quite in order!

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      • Ahhhh … I might argue that anarchy usually comes as a result of overthrowing the government, which usually involves at least some level of violence. And then, anarchy also typically leads to violence, for human nature is greedy and needs rules to control that greed. Just my humble opinion. 🙂

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        • Well, there are people who certainly throw everything into disorder and violent instability when protesting in the streets against government, police, whatever the problem of the day. These are not technically anarchists but rebels, revolutionaries and terrorists. Anarchy has become a word that people throw into that mix, but it is a rather unfair view of anarchic principles. As I said before, government prefers to hold up an erroneous view of anarchy as anarchists are dangerous protagonists against government control.

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          • Well … I do not remember much of the Kant I studied some 40 years ago, but I am of t! he opinion that the few true anarchies have not lasted more than 2-3 years, And now I am shaking my head and wondering … how did we get on this subject, anyway? 😀 I’ve got to start sleeping more than 2-3 hours a night … it’s making my brain fuzzy! Anyway … I think humans need rules, for human nature is often reckless and always greedy. I remain a borderline democratic-socialist 🙂

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            • I can’t say that I am anything at all. I was rather swayed by the Queen Guitarist, Brian May’s attempt to form the ‘Common Decency’ movement. It advocated for voting in (locally) any party member that offered a sensible, environmentally sound, and socially caring form of government. And yes, I do agree that we need to live by some rules. I can’t say that I am a believer of Anarchy, any more than I believe other political platforms, because none have worked for everyone. Perhaps we have to accept defeat on the matter and accept that social order will never be perfect l, nor equality given to all. But I really do resist that notion of a ‘Brave New World’ ideology.

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              • Agreed. I think we ultimately settle for the lesser of all evils. If we (humankind) have not found the perfect balance, the perfect solution, in thousands of years, I think it is unlikely that we ever will. The Chinese believe that history is cyclic, and I am inclined to agree … except … with the introduction of the weapons that can destroy all life within a matter of hours, the cycle may be coming to an end. But, it is late, and I really do not want that to be the thought that I take to bed with me, so ….

                There was a Young Lady whose chin
                Resembled the point of a pin:
                So she had it made sharp,
                And purchased a harp,
                And played several tunes with her chin.
                – Edward Lear

                🙂

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                  • I’m going … I’m going! When I begin to get on even my own nerves, I know it is time to go up those 15 steps and into my lovely, soft bed! Still have things to do … need to order tobacco, test strips, eye drops and insulin, fold towels, write to li’l bro, answer approximately 2,056 eamails, and … zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz … G’nite! 😀

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    • This is true, and it is also true that in the long term, violence rarely, if ever, solves any problem. But, throughout history man has yet to learn that lesson. Doesn’t look like we ever will. 😦 Hugs to you, my friend!!!

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  8. I now understand why DT admires dictators. He was born into the wrong country, even the wrong century. I’m glad the intelligent and sensible people are speaking up and Congress is waking up and acting. It’s about time. Maybe they were in shock. —- Suzanne

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    • In my current mood, I would say that the very fact that he was even born was a mistake. But yes, I am glad to see that Congress may be coming out of their trance and realizing that this ‘man’ actually poses a grave danger, both internally and externally. Now if somebody would just make a motion to impeach!

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  9. The great problem the police have is they move continuously amongst violence. The reason is that we are by nature violent in certain circumstances and this is particularly true of the young and fit who often throw there weight around. Ever been caught up in a pub brawl? Ever seen driving rage in action? Because I had difficulty parking a young man leapt from his car and shouted ‘ you are not fit to be on the road ‘. Outside the club the bouncers stand : they know they must strike first and ask questions later , they are picked for size and menacing appearance. Ever been in a stampede to buy the goods you must have at all costs ? Manners are wonderful in refined society , among the well educated and well-heeled but when the chips are down everything changes. Migrants throwing others overboard to save themselves , the rush for lifeboats on the Titanic; it all adds up to human nature in action and is a world away from ‘ turn the other cheek.’ Donald Trump is among the bare knuckled fighters not among the nurse maids of humanity. Charlie Gard , poor flickering flame of humanity had no chance to make his mark.

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    • While I agree that human nature is not always kind and is often prone to violence, I do not think that more violence is the solution. Granted, there are times that police must use violence in order to protect the citizenry, however I think that in a number of cases it is carried too far. So, when the president, the ‘man’ who is supposed to bring this nation together, to heal the rifts, encourages police to abuse suspects … and remember that a ‘suspect’ is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law … then it is opening doors for even more abuses of power than we currently see. There are better ways … I am not an expert, but there are better ways.

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      • It is possible that the police service attracts those prone to violence or with a threshold lower than normal . Maybe that is a good thing for perhaps we could be to soft . Having been in violent situations I do know they are not positions of well adjusted reason. I have four children one girl and three boys now of course middle aged and sensible most of the time. Two of the boys fought like demons and I was once injured in separating them it was a family moment fraught with tension. Those same boys now run a business together. Men being the stronger sex are sometimes tempted to threaten women and dominate their lives. Such behaviour is disgraceful. Law and order is a difficult area but we know that the police are nearly always on the dominant side.

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    • Your guess would be right! Sigh. Where does it end? This week has been nothing but one hit after another … I cannot keep up at all, and, as you see by the fact that I am just now getting around to answering comments at 4:30 A.M., I am keeping busy! I wouldn’t mind a dull moment or two. My hope is the Idiot-in-Chief will play golf all weekend and give us a chance to catch our breath! 🙂 Hugs, dear Mary!!!

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