Immigration

You're Making Me Look Like An Idiot

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So, there was a #TrumpMeltdown today and that’s probably not even going to be the biggest story of the day because we are on an hourly news cycle now. This evening, there will likely be something as awful as you can imagine that will be shotgunned into the waiting gullet of this terrorized nation.

Lost in the shuffle here is a newfound appreciation for how many Trump staffers have decided to start unloading their worst stories about daily life in the White House:

Donald Trump reportedly told aides and cabinet members they were making him look like an “idiot” in an expletive-laden rant over his failure to clamp down on the nation’s southern border. 

In a March Oval Office meeting in which he called for entry to the US from Mexico to be completely shut down, the president is said to have berated officials including secretary of state Mike Pompeo, aide Stephen Miller and former homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

“You are making me look like an idiot,” he said, according to an excerpt of a new book featured in The New York Times, which said the statement also included an expletive.

Border Wars: Inside Trump’s Assault on Immigration by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D Shear, also claims that Mr Trump considered a range of increasingly bizarre border policies – including fortifying the wall with a moat filled with snakes or alligators.

The week ended with the firing of Ms Nielsen after the 45th President said he wanted a cement wall on the Mexican border, despite contracts having already been secured for a steel barrier.

Trump is unhinged and he’s going to burn down the United States government around him in order to prove to these staffers that he’s not the problem, you’re the problem. It’s all well and good that they’re continuing their noble tradition of trying to curry favor with the Beltway media complex by leaking juicy secrets, but, at the end of the day, none of these people should be allowed near the halls of power again. We need a thorough removal of marginally capable politicians, and we need to establish some standards for conduct in office.

President Obama was as capable, thoughtful, competent and as professional as any president we have ever had, probably the finest ever. If you can’t meet the Obama standard, you can’t be president.

This is Being Done in Our Name

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People are getting sick in the cages that Donald Trump put them in:

More than 2,000 people in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody are being quarantined amid an outbreak of mumps and other diseases.

The numbers of immigrants in custody with a contagious diseases has spiked in the past year. For the previous two years, the agency has not encountered a single case of mumps among its detainees. 

"As of March 7, 2019, there was a total of 2,287 detainees cohorted for exposure to a detainee with a contagious condition," said ICE spokesperson Brendan Raedy in a statement. 

In the past 12 months, there have been health investigations at 51 ICE detention facilities for mumps, chickenpox and influenza, according to Raedy. 

There have been 236 reported cases of mumps, with another 16 suspected cases during this time period.

When they write the story of this era of madness and corruption, one of the things that is going to stand out is, how did we let them run concentration camps on American soil like this? These camps are intended to gather a vulnerable population of people together so they can become ill, and die off.

It’s that simple, and it’s that evil. These people are being sent to their deaths because of the choices being made. When do we put the real criminals in jail? Should we show them as much mercy as they are showing the babies and children and mothers in cages?

I used to be able to write all the time. Shit, nowadays, I can’t even remember why I keep posting this stuff. It’s outrageous. It’s searing and it reminds me of the craziest days of the George W. Bush era. How do you keep going? What can you do to actually help people?

I don’t know anymore. I just can’t believe any of this is happening. I wish I had the answers.