A Total Lack of Conscience …

Donald Trump was planning to use Mollie Tibbetts as a poster child for building “The Wall”, but Mollie’s family wants no part of it.  Hats off to them!

The story:

Mollie Tibbetts was a Psychology student at the University of Iowa in Iowa City.  She was a cross-country runner, and a state-level competitive public speaker; she was active at church and was spending her college summer vacation working at a day camp helping children with literacy and crafts.

On 18 July, Mollie went for an evening run and disappeared until this week, when her body was discovered hidden in a cornfield about 12 miles from town.  Charged with her murder is 24-year-old Cristhian Bahena Rivera who, we are told, is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico who has been in the country since at least 2014.  There appears to be sufficient evidence that Rivera did, in fact, murder Ms. Tibbetts, but in this country, there is a presumption of innocence until guilt is proven in a court of law. Neither the media nor Donald Trump are a court of law, nor am I.  However, Trump has already convicted Mr. Rivera in his mind, on Twitter, and in the media, and now is determined to politicize Ms. Tibbetts’ death to serve his own ignoble purposes.

Within hours, Trump created a short (1:06) video clip that he posted to Twitter.  It begins, “Mollie Tibbetts, an incredible young woman, is now permanently separated from her family.”  He then goes on to denigrate Democrats, claim that the wall is being built, claim that we have the worst immigration laws and border security, etc., etc., etc.  It is almost as if he orchestrated Ms. Tibbett’s death to give him this very platform.

While I have no desire to minimize Ms. Tibbetts’ tragic death, I question why Donald Trump is not as disturbed by the hundreds of people who die by the hand of angry white men each and every week in this country?  Where is the empathy, Mr. Trump?  Those murders don’t support your warped theory, do they?  Facts, people … focus on the facts.  While Ms. Tibbetts’ death is tragic, it is the anomaly rather than the norm.

Since his initial video clip, Trump has invoked Ms. Tibbetts name and the tragedy of her murder multiple times.  But the members of Mollie Tibbetts’ family are having none of it.  Her aunt, Billie Jo Calderwood, wrote on Facebook:

“Please remember, Evil comes in EVERY color. Our family has been blessed to be surrounded by love, friendship and support throughout this entire ordeal by friends from all different nations and races.”

I wish I could hug this woman!!!

However, if you think that respect for the family or for this tragedy will stop Trump & Co from politicizing it, from using it to promote their own agenda, think again.

“If Mollie Tibbetts is a household name by October, Democrats will be in deep trouble. If we can be blocked by Manafort-Cohen, etc, then GOP could lose [the] House badly.” – Newt Gingrich

Don Trump, Jr., also had to get his say in, only he couldn’t be bothered to spell Ms. Tibbetts’ name correctly.Don JuniorOn the flip side, one of Fox News’ own contributors, Geraldo Rivera, apparently found a bit of a conscience lying on his dresser, for he said, “This is a murder story. It’s not an immigration story.”

For Donald Trump, or anybody to use this tragedy to promote an agenda, even if the agenda were legitimate, which this one is not, is unconscionable.  It is crass, it is crude, it is unfeeling and unthinking.  The Tibbetts family deserve better than this.  They deserve compassion, they deserve privacy, they deserve respect.  They do not deserve seeing their name on every news site and television news show.  They deserve much better than the fake sympathy Trump uttered in his photo-op video clip.

And once again, I would remind people that the vast majority of murders in this country are committed by U.S. citizens, not immigrants.  And there are literally hundreds every day.  In 2016, there were approximately 17,250 murders in the United States.  That is an average of 47 per day every day.  That is an average of 329 every week.  Have you heard Trump’s outrage over the murder rate statistics?  No, me either.  Did you hear him call for stricter gun laws after the Parkland mass school shooting in February?  Nope, me either.

Mollie Tibbetts’ death was, as so many deaths are, unnecessary, tragic, and sad.  But it was one … one … of tens of thousands that happen every year in this nation of unlimited and unrestricted gun ownership.  Almost without fail, most murders are committed by U.S. citizens, mostly male.  They are not typically committed by immigrants.  Let’s get the facts straight and leave the poor family of Mollie Tibbetts to grieve in private.

Mollie Tibbetts

Mollie Tibbetts  —  R.I.P.

57 thoughts on “A Total Lack of Conscience …

  1. Dear Jill,

    Let’s just pray that this minority who backs men like President Trump and what he and his sycophants represent, are relegated back to that fringe minority who can yell and scream all they want, while the rest of us will move this country in a better direction where all its peoples will have a real chance to attain the American dream.

    Hugs, Gronda.

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  3. Are you sure the evidence against this person is real? Are you sure he is undocumented? Are you sure Trump didn’t arrange this murder himself just so he could exploit it? Seems too convenient to me.
    Maybe it is all true, but I wouldn’t put any money on it. Nixon never had anyone murdered–that we know of. Trump is ten times worse than Nixon ever was…

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    • The facts seem valid, and he had at some point placed her body in the trunk of his car, and there is evidence to support that. Did Trump have anything to do with it? Nah, I cannot say that he wouldn’t if he had the opportunity, but as it stands, I think it was just a situation that happens to fit well with his hateful rhetoric. But I certainly agree that Trump is far worse, maybe 1,000 times worse, than Nixon. Nixon did a lot of good during his time in office, while Trump has done none. Trump acts solely on his own behalf, where Nixon acted on behalf of the nation. Nixon got greedy and over-confident, arrogant, but he was not evil. Trump is truly, I believe, evil.

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  4. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words say it better than I could : “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” Trump’s decision is crystal clear! After reading the post and not being able to talk myself into watching the video, I left without commenting. Now, upon returning and forcing myself to watch…it enrages me and makes me ill!! If the WALL would keep Trump out, I’d help to build the darn thing! Mollie Tibbetts was a beautiful young woman with unlimited potential for the future. Her family was robbed of the gift of Mollie by another senseless murder, not because of immigration. They should be able to mourn their loss free from Trump’s agenda of exploitation. Thank-you!

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    • I agree with all you say, my friend, and I am also enraged, even more so after the news I read tonight that Trump nixed the idea of a tribute to McCain. Stay tuned for tomorrow afternoon’s post.

      Tell Benjamin I’m sorry about the toast. 😉

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  5. tRump & crew know his deplorables are bigots and hate brown people. To them immigrants are brown people. They also know facts mean little to the deplorables and emotions are king. So he gives them a boogieman how killed a nice wonderful church going family girl. Let the nashing of teeth begin and get out the torches and pitchforks. I hate that we have some people so gullible in our country. They wont care about any other facts, they only hear they are correct in keeping those people out. Now they have even more emotional reason to support their hero tRump who is the only one to hold back the hoards of brown invaders coming to kill and rape ( maybe not in that order ) their women folk. Heck maybe even their sisters. Get pitchforks quick.

    One other thing. Has it been verified this guy was an illegal immigrant? In some reports I read it said he was in the country legally. Hugs

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    • He has been in the country since at least 2014, and has worked for the same company for 4 years, but apparently falsified his information in order to get the job. Frankly, it looks like he did murder her, and yes, I don’t think his immigration status is in question … I think he entered the country without papers. But that doesn’t make this a ‘crime wave by immigrants’ … and in fact, I’m betting this is the first murder by an immigrant since Trump took office, else we would have heard about it ad nauseaum. The closest thing was the Pulse nightclub, which Trump tried to exploit, for the shooter’s parents were Afghani, but Mateen himself was born in the U.S., so Trump’s rhetoric fizzled.

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  6. Does this man never ask permission before using and abusing their details like this. It would seem to be natural to go to the grieving parents and asking permission to lay their mourning out across the country like this. Does he never ask pop-stars if he can use their songs at his rallies or does he believe that anything in the public eye is his to use as he will?

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    • No, my friend, he doesn’t. Why? Because he honestly seems to believe that the title of “president”, albeit illegitimately bestowed, gives him ownership rights to the nation and every thing and every person in it. It is, in his mind, his kingdom as far as the eye can see. If he wishes to use and abuse one or more of us, he will do so at his leisure. PAH!!!

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  7. How the mighty have fallen! Where conscience goes, the rest follows. America in “reverse exceptionalism” – I should feel some sorrow for Americans for being so blind and ignorant in following their creepy crawly president, but I cannot. Yes, there are an abundance of murders within the borders, but they are as nothing compared to the murders committed in America’s endless and POINTLESS wars or I should say wars for profit. The chickens always come home to roost. Violence begets more violence until the entropy caused by violence ends the cycle in death. Trump is a violent psychopath who managed to make himself guard dog then convinced his handlers to extend his political leash. Worry if he manages to bite through it and go free.

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    • While I agree with most of what you say, you know I’m going to argue about “Americans for being so blind and ignorant”, for there are more of us who see clearly, than those who are blind and ignorant. Our voices are not listened to much by the people in power, but we are here, trying to make our voices heard. Otherwise,though, you are quite right. And him biting through the leash, or simply wresting it from the hands of whomever is holding it, is a constant worry! I am betting I’m not the only one who cannot sleep at nights for worrying about it.

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  8. This was much more likely a crime against a woman because she was a woman, but of course the GOP can’t score political points with this, especially given their own Cheeto in Chief’s personal attitude towards women. He should be stopped from using people’s tragedies for his own twisted agenda.

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  9. Jill, I was reminded of the following which applies to the President watching a movie about a common and decent man who gave a lesson in character to a wealthy Brirish aristocrat. You cannot buy or inherit character. A man of character died yesterday. He was a hero who truly fought for democracy and his beliefs. It should not be lost on anyone that the President is a man of few convictions. Keith

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    • I fully agree. McCain was 1,000 times the man of honour that Trump could ever be. Actually, McCain was much more a man of honour than most any I can think of either in Congress or the administration. A dying breed? Maybe.

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  10. I always understood and accepted the existence of the sub culture of twisted thinking, morally confused, small-minded, obviously illiterate humans, but thought of them as the odd group and minimal in numbers. The firghtening thing is to realize just how many people in this country are happy to be led by the nose, thinking they are leading this freak show parade of “American Patriotism”. How many women and children suffer or die at the hands of spousal and child abuse every day and NO ONE ever addresses it. Remember The Stepford Wives? That is the kind of ‘Great America’ that he and his cronies envision as Eutopia. Such a hypocrisy to use a young woman’s death for political agenda when clearly what is being said is so disrespectful to her family’s grief.

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    • Like you, I always thought of those backward-thinkers as a fringe group, an annoying, yet tolerable minority. I am still pondering how it suddenly grew, but remember that they are still a minority, albeit much larger than we originally thought. They say that Trump has charisma that wins people over, although he only makes me ill. They say he promised the masses what they wanted … or thought they wanted. Border security in this case is just another name for bigotry … they are seeking a lily-white, Christian nation with no Muslims, no Jews, no Latinos or Middle-Easterners. They forget that their ancestors were once immigrants who came here and acted a thousand times worse than any of today’s immigrants. Sigh.

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      • Exactly. Some of that attitude can be blamed on the rose-colored view of history that has been spoon fed to children since enough time passed that real living memory couldn’t argue with it. A collective amnesia that made the real world less frightening, while the Boogey Man stayed hidden in the closet, waiting…now he waits on Capitol Hill. 😞

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  11. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Aside from the unmeasurable tragedy of the unnecessary loss of this young woman … this nation’s tragedy is that the FIDIOT in the Oval use this for his own servile and disgusting use!!
    I stand with the family … demanding that this young woman NOT BE used for political games!!

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  12. If anyone doubts the subtle cleverness of Mr Trump then consider the brilliance of this concept. He has latched onto a truthful fact and seen the potential propaganda for his cause. Unfortunately this is a far to frequently seen political ploy and it often works . The media must take some responsibility for this deliberate abuse of the facts but sadly they also are ready to start the snowball rolling.
    The Tibbets will not allow themselves to be used as political pawns to waste billions of dollars.

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    • You are so right … what comes to mind is the quote attributed to Machiavelli: “The end justifies the means”. Doesn’t matter whom he steps on or kicks aside, so long as he gets his wall. Opportunistic. I’m proud of the Tibbetts and hope that without their support, Trump’s rhetoric amounts to naught.

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  13. What dignity and courage at a tragic time; The Tibbetts are true Americans, they deserve better than that despicable, odious creature who occupies the Whitehouse.
    (That explains the ‘odd headline’ I saw on one post along the lines of ‘How Many More of our Women & Children Must Die’…. you’ll know the kind of thing…..name of poster withheld- they must live in a very weird world)

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