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Sat Apr 20, 2019, 02:06 PM

Trump -- and his rally crowds -- lay bare their cruelty

By Sid Schwab

Herald columnist

William Barr chose to lie, blatantly, about the Mueller report. Taking time to digest that, letís change the subject.

Donald Trumpís idea of transporting refugees to ďliberal sanctuary citiesĒ and releasing them onto the streets fills all the squares we need to understand him and his most unwavering enthusiasts. It shows he views those desperate people as pawns, cruelty to whom he counts on to please his supporters; it explains his obsession with our southern border, not as an immigration issue, but as a reliable arouser of his flock. After all, if his aim is to keep refugees out because theyíre rapists and murderers ó whom liberals would turn into voters using the kind of dark magic only liberals know ó setting them loose in our cities exposes the lie for what it is.

In addition, it shows his vengeful attitude toward those who disagree with him; and it confirms a theory posited by many writers, including this one, about why the most devoted among Trumpists love him: They have in common their hatreds. In this case, immigrants and liberals.

Itís immaterial whether the hauling away and dumping of refugees was Trumpís idea or, as has been said, came from Stephen Miller, the most evil inhabitant of Trumpís lowest circle of Hell. That itís seriously considered is all one needs to know. And it follows a well-worn pattern of ill-conceived policies that have, or would have, the opposite of intended consequences. Like tariffs and trade wars, shutting down the government, closing the border, cutting or eliminating taxes on corporations.

Itís easy to imagine a conversation in the White House that followed the proposal: ďThatíll stick it to those treasonous liberals. Hah. Hah. Low five.Ē We can be sure Trumpists of the rally-attending sort love the idea, for exactly that reason. Imagining refugees wandering the streets, getting what they deserve for huddling beside the golden door, yearning to breathe free. While liberals shrink away, their hypocrisy exposed.

In fact, itís certain that people in those cities, and their governments, would scramble to do right by the refugees. Governors and mayors have already said so. Itís equally certain that Trump would fail to recognize such empathy and traditional Americanism for what itíd be. Not his oeuvre.


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Sun Apr 21, 2019, 01:57 PM

1. Thank you for posting that opinion piece.

Not only do I agree with the writer, but his use of the word, "oeuvre" makes me want to have his babies.

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