The Twit Universe went wild this week when Trump unleashed yet another distracting war of words, this time targeting MSNBC hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough:
“I heard poorly rated Morning Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” (1)
Apparently, the customary crassness of Trump’s cyberbullying crossed some invisible line with the Mika Tweet and the media, along with a host of indignant celebrities and politicians—even some Republicans—unleashed on Trump. Words like “shocking,” “horrific,” and “crude” peppered headlines in major media outlets; politicians favored sound bytes like “inappropriate,” “beneath the office of the President,” and “sexist and offensive.”
Coverage of the Mika Tweet and the resulting outrage over Trump’s escalating sexism dominated news coverage during a week when Mitch McConnell and the Senate Republicans tried to force feed a truly sexist piece of legislation down the throats of the American people—“The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017.” In it, women could lose coverage for maturity care, birth control and access to the dignified health care provided by Planned Parenthood.
Defunding Planned Parenthood, because safe, nonjudgemental abortions are one of the many services provided at these welcoming, neighborhood women’s health clinics, has been the rallying cry of indignant right-to-lifers since the Reagan Administration, even though no public monies fund abortions, even though abortions account for only 3% of services offered. (2)
The sexist tone of Trump’s tweets and public statements pale when compared to the blatant sexism of Republican legislation designed to send women back to the 1950s.
Also, while we as a nation obsess over Trump’s attacks on poor Mika and Morning Joe, Trump’s newest fascist tool, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity, has allowed VP Pence and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to launch an inconceivable attack on our democracy by requesting sensitive voter information from all 50 states, including partial social security numbers and the candidates that We, the People voted for in every election since 2006–just in time for Independence Day!
The following 12 states have refused to comply as of July 4, 2017:
Another 29 states have declared that they will only release information available to the public. Two states, Texas and New Hampshire, have agreed to comply with Kobach’s request and the remaining states are either mulling it over or have not yet received their request letters. (3)
Bravo to the leaders of the above 12 states who have outright refused to comply with this thinly veiled assault on our democracy. These leaders, representing a surprising cross-section of very red and very blue states, deserve our admiration for their courage in the fight to preserve voter privacy and confidence. All states should refuse this request outright as a matter of principle.
And while I deplore the classlessness of Trump’s latest Twitter attacks on the free press, to focus on these obscene missives while our democracy hangs in the balance, while the dastardly effects of McConnellCare threaten our health care, while the Russian election investigations get swept under the Congressional rug, will only help Trump and Congressional Republicans to destroy all that is good in America.
“Clever gimmicks of mass distraction yield a cheap soulcraft of addicted and self-medicated narcissists.”– Cornel West
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- Derespina, Cody; Trump Attacks ‘Psycho’ Joe Scarborough, ‘Crazy’ Mika Brzezinski in Twitter Tear; Fox News, June 29, 2017: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/29/trump-attacks-psycho-joe-scarborough-crazy-mike-brzezinski-in-twitter-tear.html
- Goldschmidt, Debra & Strickland, Ashley; Planned Parenthood: Fast Facts and Revealing Numbers; CNN, January 17, 2017: http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/04/health/planned-parenthood-by-the-numbers/index.html
- Hendri, Erica R. A Trump Commission Requested Voter Daya. Here’s What Every State Is Saying; PBS Newshour, June 30, 2017: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/trump-commission-requested-voter-data-heres-every-state-saying/