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Trump: The Long Emergency

So, the President of the United States tweeted something obnoxious, even by his disgraceful standards:

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This is a correct take on that tweet:

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The young woman in question was an intern for Scarborough when he was a Congressman. The medical examiner said she collapsed because of an abnormal heart rhythm, and hit her head in the fall, causing her death. [4]But today, the President of the United States is suggesting that Scarborough had something to do with killing her.

Our president was a busy beaver on Twitter today. He retweeted three clips of Muslims doing bad things (ISIS members throwing a teenager off a building, a Muslim destroying a statue of the Virgin Mary, and what is purported to be a Muslim migrant teenager in the Netherlands beating up a young white man on crutches). Jayda Fransen is a leader of the far-right British First movement, and was thrilled by Trump retweeting her material:

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Fransen has a lot of these kinds of videos on her Twitter feed, it turns out. Already plenty of Trump critics have been calling these videos “white supremacist” and “Islamophobic.” Sorry, but the events they depict really happened, and pointing this out does not therefore make you white supremacist or Islamophobic. As we saw in the Rotherham case [9], there is a certain sort of liberal who would rather turn a blind eye to rape and other atrocities than stand accused of Islamophobia.

That said, it is beyond reckless bordering on insane for the President of the United States to retweet these things. If the president of Egypt tweeted out video of that Florida pastor burning the Koran, the blowback on Christian churches and monasteries in Egypt could be severe. Similarly, ordinary, peaceful Muslims in this country who would have nothing to do with the hateful acts caught on video now have to worry that some Muslim-hating hothead will have been inflamed by the President’s tweets, and may commit an atrocity against them or their mosques.

And for what? Why did Trump do this? What does he gain by it? For that matter, what does he gain by encouraging people to believe that a TV news host he doesn’t like might have killed a girl?

The conservative British commentator Melanie Phillips is hard on Islamic extremism, but she is horrified by what Trump has done. [10] Excerpt:

If [Trump did send out those tweets], this is beyond stupid, reckless and reprehensible. Trump has given an enormous boost to a group that should be treated as totally beyond the pale.

Britain First, which campaigns against the Islamisation of the UK, was founded in 2011 by former members of the neo-fascist British National Party. Earlier this month, Fransen was charged with using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour” during speeches she made in Belfast. She will appear at Belfast Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 14 December.

Behind Trump’s tweets lie two essential points that many Americans fail to grasp. First, while Islamist extremism is a legitimate cause for concern many Muslims have nothing to do with it and it is simply wrong to tar all Muslims with the same brush.

Second, although campaigning against Islamic extremism, intolerance and religious fascism is not just acceptable but necessary some groups which do so are totally unacceptable because they themselves promote extremism, intolerance or fascism. Britain First is squarely in that category.

What a shameful president. What a shameful time we live in. It’s possible too that Trump might be mentally ill: [11]

Shortly after his victory last year, Donald J. Trump began revisiting one of his deepest public humiliations: the infamous “Access Hollywood” tape of him making vulgar comments about women.

Despite his public acknowledgment of the recording’s authenticity [12] in the final days of the presidential campaign — and his hasty videotaped apology under pressure from his advisers — Mr. Trump as president-elect began raising the prospect with allies that it may not have been him on the tape after all.

Most of Mr. Trump’s aides ignored his changing story. But in January, shortly before his inauguration, Mr. Trump told a Republican senator that he wanted to investigate the recording that had him boasting about grabbing women’s genitals.

“We don’t think that was my voice,” Mr. Trump told the senator, according to a person familiar with the conversation. Since then, Mr. Trump has continued to suggest that the tape that nearly upended his campaign was not actually him, according to three people close to the president.

There are other things he’s claiming too. What drives me nuts is those in the Republican Party who know better, but who still carry water for him, refusing to speak out when Trump flat-out lies. Here’s GOP Sen. David Purdue of Georgia:

“He’s nobody’s choir boy, but neither were people like Winston Churchill, for example,” said the senator. “This guy, I think, is a historic person of destiny at a time and place in America when we’ve got to make a right-hand turn here.” Asked if the truth still matters, Mr. Perdue said: “Oh, absolutely. Facts are what you base decisions on.”

Donald Trump, a Winston Churchill of our time, according to a Georgia Republican senator. Disgraceful. The Republican Party is going to reap the whirlwind, you watch.

Last night, I began reading The World Of Yesterday, a memoir by the exiled Austrian Jewish writer Stefan Zweig. He published it in English in 1943, the year he and his wife killed themselves, unable to face the loss of everything they held dear. In the opening pages, Zweig, born in 1881 to a prosperous Viennese family, writes about how solid and secure everything seemed in the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of the 19th century. He calls fin-de-siècle Europe “the World of Security,” because people were growing more prosperous and healthy, science and technology were improving the lives of the masses, democracy and liberalism was spreading within European societies, and everybody was sure that a Golden Age was at hand. Zweig writes:

One began to believe more in this “progress” than in the Bible… . There was as little belief in the possibility of such barbaric declines as wars between the peoples of Europe as there was in witches and ghosts.

And then, in 1914, it all came crashing down.

It can happen here. We have a president who cannot govern himself and his impulses. He is no respecter of norms or persons; he cares only about himself. And he is incapable of understanding his own best interests! There is a lot of good news he could be tweeting about this morning, news that would serve him well politically, and advance the causes he claims to care about. Instead, though, he’s going to retweet British fascists and puff a crackpot conspiracy theory about how a journalist he hates might have killed somebody.

This is dangerously crazy. When are we going to wake up one morning and find that Trump’s Twitter insanity has caused a genuine diplomatic crisis, possibly leading to war? What if some thugs tonight burn down a mosque in the US, goaded on by the president’s tweets? What then, Republican Party? What then of your American Churchill, Sen. Perdue?

With great power comes great responsibility. The most powerful man in the world is a petulant child who has no sense of grounding, of wisdom, of prudence. We are headed toward a national emergency. And Trump has more than three years left in office.

UPDATE: Not everybody is discouraged by Trump’s tweets:

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Like the Republican Senator from Georgia said, a Churchill of our times.

I know how this guy feels. [15]

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158 Comments To "Trump: The Long Emergency"

#1 Comment By Janwaar Bibi On December 3, 2017 @ 10:59 am

There have been several cases of honor killings in Sikh families in places like Canada. Hound of Ulster

The subject was grooming gangs. You have no evidence that Sikh grooming gangs are a major problem in the UK, so you are off on a tangent. In any case, Muslims commit 90% of all honor killings in the world.

Don’t get me started on what Myanmar is doing to the Royhinga.

OK, then I won’t start on what Muslims in Bangladesh just across the border from Myanmar are doing to Hindus and Buddhists there. Here is an article from the Dhaka Tribune about the plight of Hindus and other aboriginal people there:

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You don’t like Islam, don’t become Muslim. Don’t like Christianity, don’t become Christian etc. it’s really that simple.

It’s a pity you weren’t around during WWII to tell the Nazis “You don’t like Jews, don’t becomes a Jew. It’s really that simple.” We would be making movies about you titled “Hound of Ulster’s List.”

But it’s not too late for you – you can still go to Syria and Iraq and tell ISIS “If you don’t like Yazidi, don’t become a Yazidi. It’s really that simple. Don’t be jerks.” Let me know how that works out for you.

#2 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On December 3, 2017 @ 3:06 pm

To claim that “South Asian” gangs are responsible for the grooming and rape of white British children is to obfuscate the truth

True. It doesn’t matter that the gangs are south Asian, it matters that they are grooming and raping children. It also doesn’t matter if the children are “white” or British. It also doesn’t matter that Meyer Lansky was Jewish, not Italian.

I don’t know of any “immediate material causes” that make people rape and groom little girls.

Then you really haven’t studied the cultures of Asia, not excluding traditional samurai culture in Japan, or for that matter, many of the traditions of European culture toward females of whatever might be the disfavored class. It has nothing to do with Islam. Read a detailed account of the cultures Alexander the Great encountered in that region.

#3 Comment By Hector_St_Clare On December 3, 2017 @ 5:54 pm

To claim that “South Asian” gangs are responsible for the grooming and rape of white British children is to obfuscate the truth in a fog of political correctness.

Um no, it’s the very opposite of political correctness. It’s saying that the statutory rape problem in England is disproportionately the fault of one group. You just don’t like the way I phrased it because “South Asian” is a group that includes you (and me), and “Muslim” is a group that doesn’t.

I’d suggest that the average Indian Hindu community has more of a rape problem than the average Kazakh or Bosnian Muslim (if you read Indian news, you’re aware of the national chatter about rape and sex assault that happened around January 2013, so you don’t need me to remind you). That suggests that insofar as we’re going to talk about politically incorrect stuff (and we should), ethnicity and geography matters more here than religion does.

Indians were treating women as the property of their husbands long before Islam arrived on the scene, so it seems to me like islam isn’t really the causative factor. The Laws of Manu have some very interesting things to say about husbands ‘guarding’ their wives, here:

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And in case it needs restating, 1) I’m not a liberal, nor a multiculturalist, nor an advocate of global mass migration, and 2) liberalism isn’t ‘winning’ worldwide. If it’s winning in the US, that has a lot to do with trump being such a terrible president.

#4 Comment By Janwaar Bibi On December 3, 2017 @ 9:35 pm

Indians were treating women as the property of their husbands long before Islam arrived on the scene, so it seems to me like islam isn’t really the causative factor. The Laws of Manu have some very interesting things to say about husbands ‘guarding’ their wives, here

This is getting hilarious. So according to you and Siarlys, the reasons why there is an epidemic of Muslim gangs preying on white girls in the UK are (i) the Hindu laws of Manu from 200 BC, (ii) the Bushido code of the samurai from 17th century Japan, and (iii) cultural practices encountered by Alexander the Great circa 350 BC.

But this rape epidemic cannot have anything – anything – to do with Islam even though these gangs are almost exclusively Muslim, there are many verses in the Koran promoting the sexual slavery of infidel women, sharia law promotes Islamic supremacism, and Muslims have the wonderful example of the “prophet” and his “righteous companions” who raped and enslaved their way through Arabia!

Got it.

By the way, the laws of Manu you linked to talk about wives being the property of their husbands but where do they say men can enslave and rape other women? (Let me know if you need links to verses from the Koran promoting this.)

You have nothing – no links to Hindu/Sikh/Buddhist/Zoroastrian rape gangs in the UK and neither does Siarlys nor All Maia nor Hound, so you guys blow smoke about everything from samurai to Manu to divert attention from the obvious.

You may not be a multikulti but you seem to have swallowed this “Islam is the perfect religion that cannot be criticized” swill, and that is every bit as reprehensible in my book.

#5 Comment By Ras Al-Ghoul On December 3, 2017 @ 11:44 pm

We’ve been at this before at lengt, so I will not begin again. There is no way to argue against an illogical person who knows what he wants to conclude from the outset and uses any kind of absurd fallacy or distorted fact to reach to that conclusion. So, I will have only this short answer and let Janwaar lose his time to rant against it again.

All lies:

“there are many verses in the Koran promoting the sexual slavery of infidel women, sharia law promotes Islamic supremacism, and Muslims have the wonderful example of the “prophet” and his “righteous companions” who raped and enslaved their way through Arabia!”

#6 Comment By Siarlys Jenkins On December 4, 2017 @ 10:46 pm

You just don’t like the way I phrased it because “South Asian” is a group that includes you (and me), and “Muslim” is a group that doesn’t.

I’d say Hector replied in advance to Janwaar’s latest attempt to rehabilitate his argument. I note that Hector is not a friend of Islam — he just looks at the complete context of a problem.

As I never tire of pointing out, there are Christians in east Africa who affirm that female genital mutilation is part of their Christian faith. All widespread religions acquire a good deal of syncretism as they advance. Christianity and Islam are no exception. I expect many Hindu practices in North America are syncretic compared to the pure practice in India.

#7 Comment By Janwaar Bibi On December 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

I’d say Hector replied in advance to Janwaar’s latest attempt to rehabilitate his argument.

And I note you guys still have produced zero evidence that Hindu/Sikh/Buddhist/Zoroastrian rape gangs are a problem in the UK, in spite of this rubbish about “South Asian” gangs from Hector.

I note that Hector is not a friend of Islam

Then you should have no problem pointing me to three criticisms of Islam by Hector.

#8 Comment By Saldin On December 31, 2017 @ 3:08 pm

Janwaar goes on about Muslim rape gangs in Europe.

He is obviously one of those hindu nationalist hate mongers, who has no answer to the rape and lynching problem by his kind in India.