He has again lied about the killings, trying to blame someone else or something else, “mental illness.”
No, it’s not someone or something else. And all of you out there who support him like the shameful crowd at the Greenville, NC, Trump rally are to blame, too, because you show him that that you agree with his hateful, dangerous, and un-American message.
A friend sent me an old photograph of Adolph Hitler at one of his rallies where he’s strutting in his knee-high leather boots and jodhpur like pants. There is a gaggle of military officers behind him but the action in the photograph is the “sieg heil” salute raised by thousands of fanatic followers in the stadium crowd. You can almost hear the chants. My friend put in the topic line of his email, “The Rally Last night at Dowdy Ficklen Stadium at East Carolina.”
And the chants this time were “Send her back! Send her back!” Which has replaced the revolting “Lock her up! Lock her up!”
And the response at a May Trump rally in Florida to his question about what are we going to do about all the illegal immigrants, “Shoot ‘em!”
And that is what two of his followers did this past weekend. They shot people, and the racist killer in El Paso drove 10 hours from Dallas because he thought he could murder more of the illegal Mexicans and Hispanics in that border city.
What is infuriating even more is that was a muted response from Democratic presidential candidates. It took most of them a day to point the finger, and his toady “acting” Chief of Staff and former Tea Party fraud Mick Mulvaney trotted out on the Sunday talk shows to whine that Trump was “saddened by this and he’s angry about it.”
Trump, as per his coward inclination, stayed out of sight instead of going on national TV immediately to express his “sadness” and “anger.”
Presidential candidates and political leaders throughout the nation should say that Trump is to blame and say it loud. Trump is to blame!
Then, Trump finally goes on national television Monday morning, 48 hours after the El Paso shooting started, and what does he do? He lies. He lies again and again.
He talks about “precious little children” being murdered which immediately reminds one of his inhumane treatment of the precious little children of thousands of immigrants awaiting in cages the decisions on their asylum pleas. He talks about two “evil attacks” and “wicked men” who committed the horrors but nothing about the evil and wickedness of the man who encouraged them to do this, Donald Trump.
What are we going to do about these invading and disease infested people? “Shoot ‘em!”
Trump blamed video games. He blamed the Internet. He blamed slow acting police at the murders at Parkland High School in Florida. He blamed illegal drugs. He blamed social media. He blamed human trafficking. He blamed white supremacy…finally.
In one of the most outrageous statements, given his calls for his rally supporters to beat up hecklers and his many, many racist and horrible comments to Blacks, disabled people, and Mideast genocide victims, he says this: “Racism, bigotry and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated. Hate has no place in America. Hatred warps the mind, ravages the heart and devours the soul.”
One wonders who wrote that. It certainly wasn’t Trump.
Does anyone out there believe him when he promises—like he promised the best national health care and the best people to work in his administration—does anyone believe him now when he calls for bipartisan, Republican and Democratic solutions to these mass murders he has prompted?
No. No one believes you Mr. President. We blame you and we will blame you for the next one, which is sure to come as long as you are president.
Barlow Herget is a Raleigh writer and former N&O editorial writer, Raleigh City Councilor and Nieman Fellow at Harvard.