Saturday News: Unrepentant “Birther” Trump Yet Again Raises Possibility of Violence Against...

Saturday News: Unrepentant “Birther” Trump Yet Again Raises Possibility of Violence Against Hillary Clinton; President Obama Tells GOP Congress to Do Its Job

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by Lowell

Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Saturday, September 17. Also check out President Obama’s weekly address, in which he returns to a common theme – “the Republicans who run this Congress aren’t doing their jobs.”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Dan Rather nails it:

    Donald Trump’s disdain, mockery, and antagonism of the press, whose freedoms are enshrined in the Bill of Rights and whose presence has provided ballast to our democracy since its inception, raises very serious questions about his fitness for the presidency of the United States.

    For a long while, these thoughts have been coursing through my veins with concern and disbelief, and yet my abiding loyalty to the notion of fair, accurate and unbiased journalism held me in check from saying it out loud – much as I suspect it has muzzled the true feelings of many of my colleagues. But we must remember that Donald Trump knows this and cynically plays the press corps’ deep desire for fairness to his undeserved benefit. The latest, barring the traveling press from covering an event and using them as ridicule in a speech, are but the most recent chapters in a novel full of outrageous acts. And this sentiment apparently extends to members of his own family as witnessed by his daughter Ivanka’s actions in an interview with Cosmo.

    I am well aware that I will be met with bile and venom for saying this, called a communist, a liberal in bed with Hillary Clinton, a washed-up joke. To quote Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind, “frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Let others attack my motives. My conscience is clean. This is not about partisan politics, about who is right on immigration or gun control. This is about the very machinery that has allowed our American experiment to persist and thrive, a machinery which is far more fragile than we would like to believe.

    Trump’s relationship with the press is at the heart of so much that is troubling about his candidacy – the secrecy, the lack of transparency on something as normal as tax returns, the flaunting of the very rules by which we elect our leaders, the appeasement of hate groups. And his embrace of Roger Ailes and Breitbart, institutions who have polluted press freedoms, is a further dangerous sign of decay.

    And yet when presented with this challenge, too much of the press has been cowed into inaction. This is a man who can be fact-checked into obscurity by any second grader with an Internet connection. And yet when he issues a mealy-mouth non-apology about President Obama’s obvious pedigree as an American, here we are with too many in the press not acknowledging his years of lies (check your Twitter feeds about how the New York Times initially covered this event). All of this of course sets the stage for Trump to lie again about somehow birtherism being Clinton’s fault.

    I fear that this mindset will infect the debates. Trump is already setting the stage for that. If you are moderating and are not going to fact check him, you might as well just roll campaign speeches live – far too many of which have been shown on television without being subjected to journalistic context. If these debates will be debates in name only, another opportunity for Trump to flout fairness by spewing his venom and bullshine, I say cancel them.

    Enough is enough. It is a reality that every reporter must come to grips with. Trump is not a normal candidate. This is not a normal election. He will set a precedent that other demagogues will study and follow. Fear, combined with the lure of ratings, views, clicks and profits, have hypnotized too much of the press into inaction and false equivalency for far too long. I am optimistic the trance is being broken. Fear not the Internet trolls. Fear instead the judgement of history.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Crazy extremist EW Jackson’s bizarre spin on “birtherism”:

    https://c2.staticflickr.com/8/7526/29738016135_0b52ab51ab_o.jpg

  • Quizzical

    It’s prettylear now that Trump’s tactic is going to be to hug Clinton on the issues, when he can. I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he comes out with a climate change policy, and calls himself an environmentalist in the first debate.

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Only 10% of Virginians want McAuliffe to appoint himself to Kaine’s Senate seat if vacancy occurs; 17% want Bobby Scott, 12% Mark Herring, 8% Don Beyer ,8% Gerry Connolly, 37% don’t know, 13% “none of them”

    https://c1.staticflickr.com/9/8060/29736324335_c3f43dc92f_b.jpg

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  • Quizzical

    The Trump birthers say they don’t get why Democrats are furious.
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2016/09/17/after-trumps-reversal-prominent-birthers-want-to-move-on/

    Bernie Sanders campaigned saying that we needed a political revolution, but the thing is, we had the political revolution in 2008 when President Obama was elected. Remember the crowds back then at campaign rallies? And this birther nonsense was just one of the ways that the tea party Republicans undermined President Obama, at a time of true national crisis, and took back the Senate in the 2010 mid-term elections, and then were able to stonewall most of President Obama’s agenda for the next 6 years. And now, they want to just say, oh we don’t care about that anymore, we were wrong so what’s the big deal, let’s move on.

    This same group of people have made a habit of intentionally or recklessly spouting falsehoods to gain political advantage. There has to be political accountability when they admit that’s what they were doing; otherwise, we are going to have a system where first elections and then major policy decisions are based on lies.

    • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

      Just don’t say that they’re “deplorable,” that’s not politically correct plus their delicate fee-fees will get hurt. 😉

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    From the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence

    DONALD TRUMP’S CONTINUED EMBRACE OF INSURRECTIONISM IS DEPLORABLE

    Once Again, GOP Candidate Hints at Violence Against his Democratic Opponent.

    Washington, DC (September 17, 2016)—Friday evening, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump once again speculated about violence against his Democratic counterpart, Secretary Hillary Clinton.

    Echoing decades-long talking points from the National Rifle Association and pro-gun extremists, Trump suggested disarming Secret Service agents protecting Clinton. “She doesn’t want guns, take their – let’s see what happens to her,” Trump said. “Take their guns away, okay? It will be very dangerous.”

    The thinly veiled intimation that gun owners could take up arms against Secretary Clinton is nothing new. Last month, Trump alluded to the possibility of Clinton’s assassination, saying “Second Amendment people” could do something to prevent a President Clinton from choosing Supreme Court Justices.

    “Trump’s pattern of inciting violence is deplorable — plain and simple,” said CSGV Executive Director Josh Horwitz. “This type of language is dangerous and irresponsible. It has no place in the American political process and should be repudiated immediately by Americans of all political stripes.”

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Video: Elizabeth Warren rips Donald Trump as a “twisted bully who can’t fight his own fight”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3TZ34ol4Ic

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Video: Bernie Sanders Rallies for Hillary Clinton in Akron, Ohio

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-yv0XUkQw4

  • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

    Video: Bernie Sanders Rallies for Hillary Clinton in Kent, Ohio

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a0mqKxryb0

  • Quizzical

    Colin Powell email about Israel’s nuclear arsenal is leaked
    http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/colin-powell-leaked-email-reveals-israel-has-200-nukes-all-pointed-iran-1581825

    Real events again remind us that there have been true security breaches exponentially worse than anything Hillary Clinton ever did with her emails.

    • http://www.bluevirginia.us/ lowkell

      Yep, not even close.