Pretty Please Stop Isn’t Enough

Trump Swaz It’s been a feature of thin skinned conservatives to cry for apologies whenever they feel their feelings have been hurt.  Democrats and liberals have been asked to apologize for a myriad of comments, but when the tables are turned – they turn the tables.  Secretary Clinton was called upon to apologize for calling some  ___ supporters “deplorable.” Now they’re proving her correct.  “President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton have been told to “keep their followers under control;” no more of that marching in the street business.  So, we’d have to ask – aren’t some apologies now in order for the behavior of Trump supporters?  Here are some recent examples:

“CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A local West Virginia official said she has been placed on leave after she made a racist post on Facebook about first lady Michelle Obama.

Clay County Development Corp. director Pamela Ramsey Taylor made the post following Republican Donald Trump’s election as president, saying: “It will be refreshing to have a classy, beautiful, dignified First Lady in the White House. I’m tired of seeing a Ape in heels.”

Clay Mayor Beverly Whaling responded: “Just made my day Pam.”

Taylor told WCHS-TV on Monday night that she was put on leave.

Clay’s town council planned to discuss the issue at a previously scheduled meeting Tuesday evening.

The post, first reported by WSAZ-TV, has caused a backlash and prompted calls for Taylor and Mayor Whaling to be fired. The post was shared hundreds of times on social media before it was deleted. The Facebook pages of Taylor and Whaling couldn’t be found Monday.”  [AP/Yahoo]

“Last week in Kentucky, Republican Dan Johnson defeated incumbent Democrat Linda Belcher in Bullitt County in a race for the state House of Representatives despite a series of Facebook posts that depicted President Barack Obama and his wife as monkeys. Republican officials, including likely new House Speaker Jeff Hoover, had called on Johnson to drop out of the race. But Hoover declared last week that Johnson would be “welcome in our caucus.” [AP/Yahoo]

“The Westchester County mom who grabbed a bittersweet picture of herself with Hillary Clinton, a day after the election, said Monday she’s been getting threats because of the viral snap.

Margot Gerster was out hiking in Chappaqua on Wednesday when she ran into the former secretary of state and Bill Clinton walking their dog on the same trail — leading to the popular, post-election image snapped by Bubba.

Reached by The Post and asked if she had received any threats via phone, mail or email, Gerster said, “yes,” but then refused to elaborate.

“I don’t want to discuss this anymore,” said Gerster, 30. “This story needs to go away. It got a lot of positive feedback from a lot of people, but I don’t want this to add on to this (blowback), I don’t want to fuel the fire.” [Fox]

And there are more:

“When the rector at the Episcopal Church of Our Saviour in Silver Spring, Maryland opened the church on Sunday morning, he found that a sign advertising Spanish services had been ripped and vandalized with the words, “TRUMP NATION WHITES ONLY.” The same message was written on a brick wall near the church’s memorial garden.” [Time]

Swastikas were drawn on several doors in a residence hall at the New School in New York City on Saturday. Three Jewish women live in the suite where one of the swastikas was drawn, according to a tweet from one of the students who lives there. [Time]

Anti-Semitic graffiti—including a swastika and the words “Heil Trump”—appeared at a bus stop at the University of California at San Diego on Thursday. In a statement, Hillel of San Diego said it worked with the office of Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Campus Police, and the Anti-Defamation League to ensure the graffiti was removed. [Time]

In a separate incident on Thursday, students at Royal Oak Middle School in Royal Oak, Mich., chanted “build that wall!” during their lunch period, echoing Trump’s promise to build a wall on the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration. [Time]

The list kept growing – see Fusion timeline.

So, 20 hours ago – several days AFTER the election – Mr. _____ finally got around to saying “stop it.”  After there were some 300 incidents around the country. [KTLA]

“The President-elect said he was “so saddened” to hear about vitriol hurled by some of his supporters against minorities.

“If it helps, I will say this, and I will say right to the cameras: Stop it,” Trump said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” [CNN]

Too little Too Late?  Vitriol? That seems a mild way to describe a man threatening to burn a Muslim lady for wearing an hijab.  Or, this:

“CAIR-MN says the family of the Northdale Middle School student reported that their child is feeling emotionally and physically distressed after she was allegedly assaulted on Friday by a classmate who came up behind her and violently pulled off her Islamic head scarf (hijab) and threw it on the ground. The classmate also pulled on her hair and let it come down in front of other students. The Muslim student now feels unsafe in the school and has yet to return to school.” [CAIR]

And, it’s not just Muslims:

Spray-painted swastikas, racist graffiti  and references to Donald Trump and Nazi Germany have appeared on a South Philadelphia storefront and elsewhere.

The graffiti was spotted at Broad and Wharton streets a day after a bitter presidential election and on the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht (or the Night of Broken Glass) attacks on Jews in Germany in 1938. 

“That makes this singular event all the more distressing and horrifying,” said Nancy Baron-Baer, regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. The ADL’s full statement is here.

The children were watching:

Fraser (Supt Council Rock PA) says someone drew three swastikas, wrote a derogatory comment about people who are gay, along with the words “I Love Trump,” on a paper found hanging in the girls’ restroom.
In another girls’ restroom, Fraser says someone wrote, “If Trump wins, watch out!” directly onto a toilet paper dispenser.
In a boys’ restroom, two swastikas were reportedly drawn directly onto a restroom stall.
Fraser says a Latina student found that a note had been placed in her backpack telling her to return to Mexico. [6ABC]

Isolated incidents? Not quite. Anti-Muslim hate crimes are up by 67% [ABC]

“Hate crimes in the United States ticked back up in 2015, after a 20-year low the year before, fueled in part by a 67 percent increase in crimes against Muslims, according to an FBI report released today.

Crimes against religious groups overall were up by 23 percent since 2014 and anti-black, white and LGBT incidents were all up last year as well. Most incidents — nearly 30 percent — in 2015 were anti-black crimes, the data show.

Crimes ran the gamut from simple assault to murder and rape.

In 2015, there were 257 anti-Muslim hate crimes, compared to 154 the year before, the data show. Overall hate crimes were up just under 7 percent, to 5,850 reported incidents.” [ABC]

This isn’t the time for “pretty please ‘stop it.’”  Somehow, saying “Stop It,” and then hiring a well known white nationalist as your number 2 man in the Oval Office doesn’t send a very positive message to women and members of minority ethnic groups in this country.   Steve Bannon isn’t a “populist,” and no amount of whitewashing by the corporate media is going to make him the successor of William Jennings Bryan.  There’s this bit of circumlocution associated with Mr. Bannon and his ilk:

“Bannon once described Breitbart News as the “platform for the alt-right,” or alternative right. It’s a brand of far-right conservatism that generally embraces and promotes white nationalism, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia and misogyny.

People who identify as alt-right reject those descriptors as overly simplistic. They believe that what they define as intellectualism and rational thought should guide policy.

According to Breitbart’s own “guide to the alt-right,” they aren’t racist, they’re “unapologetically embracing a new identity politics that prioritizes the interests of their own demographic.” They aren’t misogynist, they “incorporate masculinist principles.” (Breitbart does concede in that same article that neo-Nazis, or “1488ers,” make up part of the alt-right.)” [LATimes]

Your BS meter should have just blown over the top.  Calling excrement “bodily emissions” is still excrement.

No, I’m not going to “get over it.” Not as long as sexist, racists, anti-Semitic, thugs (young and old) find themselves ‘empowered’ by the president-elect’s horrific rhetoric.  He let this Jinn out of the bottle – it’s up to him to put it back in the gutters where it belongs.  Until then, he can be ‘the President’ but is isn’t going to be ‘my President.’

Perhaps he could take a lesson from some Baylor University students, whose actions help remove some of the stains they’ve suffered recently.  This is the story we should be telling:

“Amid all the physical and verbal attacks, hundreds of Baylor University students rallied behind Natasha Nkhama to make sure she felt safe leaving class.  Nkhama said she was walking to class last week when a guy “went out of his way to bump into me and shove me off the sidewalk.”

“He said, ‘No n—— allowed on the sidewalk,’ ” Nkhama said in a video posted to Twitter last Wednesday. “I was just shocked, like I had no words.”

Nkhama said two men she did not know defended her, asking the student what he was doing. “The guy said, ‘Dude, like what, I’m just trying to make America great again,’ ” Nkhama said.

The university said it was “aware of a student who was pushed and subjected to racially offensive language,” an incident it describes as “deeply disturbing and does not in any way reflect Baylor’s faith or values.”

Nkhama’s video and #IWalkWithNatasha quickly spread across social media. When Nkhama walked out of a class Friday, about 300 students stood by the door, waiting to walk her to her next class, according to campus police.  Nkhama broke down in tears.

“I just wanted to thank everyone for being here, and I want everyone who sees this to know that Baylor is a campus of love,” Nkhama said. [DallasWeekly]

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