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At Least Chuck Todd Is Asking the Important Questions

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | June 24, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | June 24, 2019 |


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Several days ago, the President was credibly accused of rape by E. Jean Carroll, a respected veteran journalist, who told two other journalists about the rape around the time it happened in the 1990s. Trump denied the charges, gaslit E. Jean Carroll, and why not?! he threw a threat in there, too. And here’s the crazy thing: Most people believe E. Jean Carroll. People do not doubt her account. They just don’t care. The story did not even appear on the front page of any publication.

At this point, two-and-a-half years into his presidency, rape accusations are met with a shrug. His supporters are like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, so the President rapes? Big deal! Who among us hasn’t pinned a woman against the wall of a department store dressing room and forcibly penetrated her?

And the thing is: There’s not a goddamn thing we can do about it, other than to vote the man out of office. There’s not even a cursory he said/she said debate. The media is just like, “Yes! He probably did it. So what? He ‘tells it like it is’ and that’s what’s important!”

E. Jean Carrol is as frustrated as everyone else, and I don’t blame her.

How many stories from the border do we need to force change? Remember in the first month of the Presidency when we all ran out of our houses in the middle of the day to protest the Muslim ban? Or Trump’s attempt to overturn Obamacare? We’d be scrolling through social media around lunchtime, and we’d see that a protest was being put together at City Hall, and we’d just put down whatever we were doing and run out there because we were furious and we wanted to do something. Anything.

And now? Two and a half years later, five kids and 26 adults have died in U.S. custody at the border. Kids are sleeping on concrete floors with only aluminum blankets. They have inadequate food and water. They’re not bathing. They don’t get soap.

From the NYTimes:

Children as young as 7 and 8, many of them wearing clothes caked with snot and tears, are caring for infants they’ve just met, the lawyers said. Toddlers without diapers are relieving themselves in their pants. Teenage mothers are wearing clothes stained with breast milk.

Most of the young detainees have not been able to shower or wash their clothes since they arrived at the facility, those who visited said. They have no access to toothbrushes, toothpaste or soap.

“There is a stench,” said Elora Mukherjee, director of the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Columbia Law School, one of the lawyers who visited the facility. “The overwhelming majority of children have not bathed since they crossed the border.”

I read one account where, after an outbreak of lice, guards gave kids two lice combs and told them to take care of it themselves. They lost one of the lice combs, so even though there were cots available, the guard punished the kids — six, seven, eight years olds — for losing the lice comb by making them sleep on the concrete floor.

And what are we doing? Tweeting! And the goddamn media is having a debate about whether we should call them “concentration camps” or not, and we’re arguing about it on Facebook. Who the hell cares what we call them? The Trump Administration is arguing, in courts of law, that kids don’t need soap or blankets. That’s what matters. Watch this. It’s insane:

Meanwhile, did you see Trump’s tweets this morning? Can you believe this sh*t?

I absolutely do not think that we should go to war with Iran, but this? It’s frogballs. He’s like, “Who the hell cares if Iran blows up Chinese and Japanese tankers? Not our problem! I don’t care about anyone but Americans, and by that, I mean, I don’t care about anyone other than white male Americans, and by that, I mean, I don’t care about anyone else other than myself. And Iran didn’t blow me up in the strait, so it’s not my problem!”

We live in a terrible, horrible place where the leader of our country rapes women without consequence, tortures children, and turns a blind eye to the death and destruction of others. But at least Chuck Todd is asking the important questions.



Dustin is the founder and co-owner of Pajiba. You may email him here, follow him on Twitter, or listen to his weekly TV podcast, Podjiba.


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