Sunday afternoon seems a perfect time to share a bit of snarkiness, don’t you think? As usual, I didn’t have to look far to find some targets for my sharp tongue.
Don’t believe it for a minute
On Thursday, this headline appeared in The Washington Post:
Racial prejudice has declined as a reaction to Trump’s presidency, a new study suggests
Racial prejudice has not increased among white Americans since the explosive 2016 election, argues political scientist Daniel J. Hopkins. It has actually decreased by some measures, he found, possibly as a reaction to Trump’s unexpected ascension to the White House.
… Hopkins believes the study provides evidence that the racially incendiary rhetoric and policies issuing from Trump’s White House have pushed the majority of Americans in the opposite direction.
Unbelieving, my jaw dropped. Sorry folks, but I’m not buying this one. Look at the number of people clamoring for Trump’s horrendous border wall to keep out Mexicans and Central Americans … is that not racism? Look at the people pushing for laws to remove protections from LGBT people … is that not homophobia? Look at the people who denigrate Muslims … is that not Islamophobia? And then this from the Associated Press …
Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest
White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans espoused hate and violence for years.
In 2018, at least nine hate groups operated in the region of Spokane and northern Idaho, including Identity Evropa, Proud Boys, ACT for America and America’s Promise Ministries, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Keegan Hankes, a researcher for the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the number of hate groups is growing across the U.S., driven in part by a toxic political culture. The human rights group counted 784 active hate groups in the U.S. in 2014 and 1,020 in 2018. In particular, white supremacist groups are growing because of fears that the country’s racial makeup is changing.
That is an increase of 30% in just four years. But racial prejudice is declining? I think not.
How quickly they forget …
Remember back in November when I wrote about Cindy Hyde-Smith, the junior United States Senator from Mississippi who had said that if she were invited to a lynching, she would be “in the front row”? It was discovered at that time that she has a history of making racist comments, and had posted this picture, captioning it with “Mississippi history at its best!”
When that news broke, a number of companies requested a refund of campaign monies they had previously donated to Ms. Hyde-Smith.
However, memories are short and this is, after all, the era of Trump, the era of white supremacy in the United States. Hyde-Smith won her special election last November, despite her racist ways, and is now campaigning for re-election in 2020. And the following companies are lining up to contribute to her campaign:
- ExxonMobil ($5,000), the fossil fuel behemoth
- National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors ($5,000), the trade association for distribution companies
- National Chicken Council ($5,000), the trade association for the poultry industry
- National Association of Realtors ($3,000), the trade association for real estate agents
- American Waterways Operators ($2,500), the trade association for the tugboat, towboat, and barge industry
- T-Mobile USA ($2,500), the telecom giant
- Genentech ($2,500), the biotech company that makes Tamiflu and Boniva — now a subsidiary of Roche
- Foley & Lardner ($1,000), a large legal and lobbying firm
- General Dynamics ($1,000), the defense contractor and aerospace company
- Resolute Forest Products US ($1,000), the American branch of a Canadian pulp and paper manufacturer
Hyde-Smith also received the legal maximum donation of $10,000 from Dirigo PAC, the leadership PAC controlled by Senator Susan Collins of Maine. I’ll leave you to make of that what you will.
I though Japan had better sense …
Trump traveled to Japan this weekend (on our tax dollars) and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe rolled out the red carpet. Understandable, I suppose, given that Japan is currently experiencing an economic slowdown and Abe is hoping for a lucrative trade deal from Trump. Still …
It began with a round of Trump’s favourite activity, golf. I wonder if he cheated? Silly me, of course he did!
Then there was the sumo wrestling “basho”, complete with a special new trophy, a 60-pound ‘President’s Cup’ trophy designed just for Trump to present to the tournament winner, Asanoyama.
Dinner was a lovely affair … wait!!! We paid for Melania to go too??? I can’t afford a weekend trip to the Smokies and … Sheesh!
Presumably Trump and Abe managed to find some time to talk business, as Trump said …
“The prime minister and I talked lot today about trade and military and various other things. I think we had a very productive day.”
Your tax dollars hard at work.
On that note, I shall leave you with something to ruin your appetite so you don’t eat too much this holiday weekend …