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1. Vinnie Longobardo is a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music and art.|
The following are excerpts from Vinnie Longobardo's July 17, 2019 article headlined "Trump just held a disgustingly cynical summit to try to do damage control for his racism".
The meeting was not on President Trump’s daily schedule.
Nonetheless, there he was at the White House this afternoon — meeting with an apparently hastily assembled group of 27 people from 17 different countries...in an attempt to “reaffirm his Administration’s commitment to religious liberty.”
In actuality, the last-minute assemblage was a fairly transparent ploy to use the occasion to renew his attacks on the four progressive Democratic congresswomen who have been the subject of his racist “go back to where you came from” Twitter blitz.
....Trump attempted to paint himself as the crusading savior of religious freedom, trying to contrast himself with the false picture he’s peddling of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) as anti-Semitic supporters of terrorism....
As a method of excusing his racist tweets by now declaring that it was all done in the name of protecting religious liberty — a concept he likely defines as the ability to legally discriminate against others who don’t share one’s own belief systems such as the immorality of baking cakes for same-sex couples — Trump’s stunt summit seems like an act of desperation after his aides broke the fact to the president that his explosion of racist sentiment had actually backfired on him....
How ironic that Trump would try to pass himself off as a defender of persecuted religious minorities as he does everything in his administration’s powers to disenfranchise and disempower America’s own minority populations.
This is, after all, the man who as one of his first acts upon taking office tried to institute a ban on Muslims entering the country after repeatedly calling for just such a ban while on the campaign trail.
If there were an Oscar for acting hypocritically, President Trump would be a shoo-in. (End excerpts)
2. Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM's weekly program "The Dean Obeidallah Show," a columnist for The Daily Beast and editor of the politics blog "The Dean's Report".
The following are excerpts from Dean Obeidallah's November 21, 2015 commentary headlined "Donald Trump's horrifying words about Muslims".
....Shockingly, Trump told Yahoo News that he would consider requiring Muslim-Americans to register with a government database, or worse, mandating that they carry special identification cards that note their faith....
There's no doubt that making Muslims carry special religious identity cards or having to register with the government sends a clear message to other Americans that Muslims are different. That we, simply because of our faith, are less than fully American. I shudder to think where this may lead....
But Trump was not done in painting the hellish nightmare that awaits Muslims, and our country, if he's elected president. The GOP frontrunner explained that he was open to wholesale surveillance of Muslim-Americans and warrantless searches of mosques. He even praised past NYPD policies that spied on the New York City Muslim community as "great," despite the reality that this controversial program did not yield any leads or arrests. This means that under a Trump administration, Muslims would have fewer rights than other Americans simply because of our faith, which is no different than advocating for racial profiling of blacks or Latinos.
And Trump then doubled down on his recent proclamation that he was open to shutting down American mosques, noting he'd have "absolutely no choice" if "some bad things happen" in a mosque. Consequently, if two or three people in a mosque of say 500 did "bad things," the entire mosque would be shuttered. It would be as outrageous as closing down a mega church because two or three members firebombed an abortion clinic. Our system of justice punishes specific wrongdoers, not all who simply share the same faith or race of a criminal....
Trump has shown us in this campaign that he has no qualms about stoking the flames of hatred for minorities in his quest for power. He has already done this to the Latino community with his despicable comments that Mexico is sending us "rapists" and other criminals.
So it's not surprising that Trump would use Muslim-bashing to score points because it plays well with GOP voters. In fact, a poll released earlier this week found that three-quarters of Republicans believe Islam is "at odds" with American values....
All of us want Americans to be safe from ISIS. But Trump's plan is both morally repugnant and ineffective. It doesn't make us safer, it simply demonizes Muslim-Americans and could help ISIS recruit. That's truly a losing combination for America. (End excerpts)
3. Jim Carrey penned some poetry for his latest artistic takedown of President Donald Trump.
The actor, famed for using his politically themed cartoons to criticize the Trump administration, shared a poem on Wednesday (April 24, 2019) alongside his newest taunting image. In it, Carrey describes Trump as “the new king of lies” and likened him to the power-crazed character Jack from William Golding’s 1954 novel “Lord of the Flies.”
Let’s all drink a toast to the new king of lies,
and the minions who help him while democracy dies,
and our kids who’ll be taught that the wicked are wise
because Potus was Jack from ‘Lord of The Flies’.
How much poison are you willing to swallow?!
4. Donald Trump issued a proclamation declaring January 16, 2018, as “religious freedom day.” This date was chosen as it is the 223rd anniversary of Virginia’s enactment of the Statute for Religious Freedom.
5. In conclusion, given his notorious anti-Islamic stance and disregard for the truth, it is truly "the lie of the century" for Donald Trump to claim that the US is the “paramount champion” for religious freedom worldwide.