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Now Is Not the Time, Donald Trump ...

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | March 15, 2019 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | March 15, 2019 |


This morning, 49 people were killed in two mosques in New Zealand in a horrific act of violence perpetrated by a shooter clearly radicalized by social media. Soon after the shooting, the President of the United States offered his “best wishes.”

Not 22 minutes later, Trump tweeted this:

That was followed by a series of screeching tweets about the Mueller report.

On the day that 49 people were murdered in a mosque — 22 minutes after tweeting about it! — Donald Trump made a calculated political ploy partially inspired by Islamophobia to reach out to Jews using a made-up term.

I am trying to temper my anger and frustration given the horrors of this morning, but it bears repeating: The killings that took place in the Mosque; that were committed in a Black church in South Carolina; that killed 11 in a synagogue in Pennsylvania; and that killed another 49 people in a mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub were all perpetrated by men who hated Jews, Black, Muslims, Hispanics, gay people and lesbians.

The religious beliefs of Jews and Muslims may differ, but along with a host of other marginalized groups, there is a common enemy, and that is white nationalism. The majority of mass shootings are carried out by white men, many of whom are aggrieved white nationalists, some of whom have even cited Donald Trump as an inspiration. Donald Trump, in his actions, in his words, and in his deeds, sympathizes with many of those white nationalists causes.

To say that the Democratic Party is imperfect is a wild understatement. But we all stand in solidarity against the common enemy of white nationalism, and for Trump to endeavor to elicit the support of Jews 22 minutes after tweeting about attacks on two Mosques is sickening. I don’t even know what else to say about that, except the President of the United States is attempting to take advantage of the very divisions the shooting this morning was designed to create.

While Democrats may not be able to agree on everything, we can all at least agree that Donald Trump is a rotten human being.

Also, dude … Jexodus?

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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