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It was Thursday, August 18th that Donald Trump smirked as he apologized for offensive remarks of the past. My post yesterday suggested that Trump should apologize for his apology.
The day after the apology, Friday the 19th, Trump made more offensive remarks, for which even an apology would not be sufficient. In his bigoted view of the world he said to Blacks in America:
” What do you have to lose by trying something new, like Trump? You’re living in poverty. Your schools are no good. You have no jobs. Fifty-eight percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”
He continued, “I will produce for the African-Americans. And the Democrats will not produce. All they’ve done is taken advantage of your vote. If you keep voting for the same people, you will keep getting exactly the same result.”
Before even providing the facts to show that Trump lied about statistics in America, notice the fact that Trump is making reference to people based on their skin color. The fundamental observation is that when Trump refers to Blacks,he group all Blacks into one group, repeatedly referring to the “group” as “you” and”your”. He then reveals his racist attitude that all Blacks are living in poverty. Black children attend poor schools. Blacks are unemployed.
The truth is that the majority of Black Americans are not “living in poverty” . The unemployment rate in the Black community is higher than that in the white community, as it has been since the Department of Labor started keeping track. Among young blacks, though, the figure is not 59 percent — unless (as PolitiFact noted) you consider, not the labor force, but every young black American, including high school students. Many young black high school students are unemployed. This isn’t a metric that Labor typically uses, for obvious reasons, but calculating the rates for young whites gives you about a 50% unemployment rate.
More importantly, Donald Trump’s history of bigotry results in the inevitable conclusion that even an apology would be insufficient to remediate his latest racist rants. Consider:
- Trump was president of Trump Management corp in 1973 when the Justice Department sued the Management corporation for racial discrimination. The suit specifically alleged racial discrimination against Blacks. The Justice Department alleged that Trump’s company was quoting different rental terms for blacks. The Justice Department also alleged that Trump’s management corporation lied to Blacks about apartments being unavailable. Trump settled the case, agreeing not to discriminate in the future. Years later the Justice Department had to file suit again for discrimination against Blacks.
- Trump’s casinos were fined $200,000 in 1992 as a result of the practice of removing Black dealers if a gambler requested it.
- At the Trump casinos, if Donald came to floor, managers would order all Blacks off the floor.
- Trump helped ensure the wrongful conviction of 5 Blacks in New York who were charged with rape of a Central Park jogger. Trump was so personally willing to play judge and jury over these young Black men that he took out full page ads in 4 New York City newspapers calling for return of death penalty. The five young black men served several years in prison before they were proved to have been wrongly convicted by DNA evidence. Trump didn’t feel the need to apologize to them.
- It was Trump who made the Obama birth-certificate an issue in America. To suggest that a Black American isn’t a citizen is un-American.
6. Trump would not reject the endorsement of David Duke, the leader of the KKK.
7. Trump called a Black employee “lazy” and said he probably couldn’t help it because laziness is a trait in Blacks.
The same day that Trump insulted Blacks in Michigan he made a stop in Louisiana to visit flood ravaged residents. He could make that stop because he flew on his private jet.
It’s almost 1000 miles from Michigan to Louisiana and takes at least two hours of flying time. The cost to Donald Trump to fly in his private jet to Louisiana was over $10,000. Even though the Governor of Louisiana asked Trump not to come for a photo op, that’s just what he did. The spokesman for Gov. John Bel Edwards, said: “consider volunteering or making a sizable donation to the LA Flood Relief Fund to help the victims of this storm.”
Instead, Trump fastened his 24 ct gold plated seat belt ,in his private jet, and flew to Louisiana at a personal cost of over $10,000. He didn’t make any donation to the relief fund. The only volunteering he did was to help unload a truck for a photo op. Unfortunately he’ll have to make another apology. This time it will be to the people of Louisiana for giving them play-dough instead of food and fresh drinking water.
Today Rick Perry proudly announced his solution to the economic/ unemployment crisis facing the country. Drilling for oil was the novel solution presented by Governor Perry. His proposal was labeled “Drill Baby Drill.” Perhaps he got that idea from Sarah Palin since it was so successful in the 2008 election. Perry said he would create energy-related jobs by allowing new permits in the Gulf,
and he would encourage additional drilling to increase domestic oil production by 25 percent. Among other places, he would allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The reason that we tend to select potential candidates for President from those who have served as Governor of a state, is that serving as the Chief Executive of a state is supposed to educate the candidate, and give him experience upon which he may rely while serving as President. If Rick Perry should govern the United States as he has done while serving as the Governor of Texas, unemployment would likely be reduced by the killing of more Americans. This is no joke!
While Governor of Texas, the Texas City Plant owned and operated by BP, had a catastrophic explosion killing 15 people and injuring 170. The explosion was not the only thing about the event that was catastrophic. The human error, the failure of B.P. to follow safety standards, and failure to correct known safety infractions each constituted a catastrophic failure of both BP and the Government. The Texas City explosion occurred while Rick Perry was governor. This video explains the multiple failures of BP and OSHA that were specifically identified in a lengthy 2007 report.
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf was a well owned and operated by B.P. It flowed for three months and was the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. That explosion occurred on April 20, 2010. Eleven people were killed and 17 were injured.
B.P. was determined to be solely at fault in the explosion based on 21 out of 35 specific problems, and jointly responsible for 8 other infractions. Rick Perry’s response was that the explosion was simply an “ act of God.” He also defended BP by explaining that they had a “very good safety record.”
Based upon BP’s actual record of heinous safety infractions, and long history in Texas of death and injury, Rick Perry was a)ignorant, b)oblivious, c)corrupt, or d)all three. The fact that BP paid Governor Perry $250,000.00 to help restore the Governor’s mansion after it burned would be an indication that the correct answer is “d” “all three.”
Rachel Maddow highlighted the error in reports by Governor Perry that the state of Texas, under his administration is responsible for creating jobs. Errors included:
a. For one, state lawmakers have spent much of the year grappling with a budget shortfall that left them $27 billion short of the money needed to continue current state services. In addition, while the national unemployment rate is 9.1 percent and the Texas unemployment rate is 8 percent. Twenty-three states, including New York, have lower unemployment rates, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
b. Perry often talks about the robust growth of jobs during his tenure. But jobs grew at about the same rate during Democrat Ann Richards’ four years as governor. And they grew at a much faster rate during Republican George W. Bush’s six years in the office than they have in Perry’s 10. Even before the national recession hit in 2008, jobs grew at a slower rate in Texas under Perry than under Bush.
a. The unemployment rate in Texas has risen from 7.7% to 8.0%. Texas has done worse than the rest of the country since the peak of national unemployment in October 2009: that month the U.S. rate was 10.1% and Texas was 8.2%. Texas peaked at 8.3% last December, dropping to 8.0% in April, while the national rate has dropped a point since it’s peak to 9.1%
Texas has by far the largest number of employees working at or below the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour in 2010) compared to any state, according to a BLS report. In 2010, about 550,000 Texans were working at or below minimum wage, or about 9.5 percent of all workers paid by the hour in the state. Texas tied with Mississippi for the greatest percentage of minimum wage workers, while California had among the fewest (less than 2 percent). Even Mitt Romney reported that Perry’s “own state’s unemployment rate has doubled on his watch.”
Perry has repeatedly criticized the federal government for intervening in business by attempting to impose regulations designed to protect the safety of the environment and human life. He has even filed suit against the federal government for the efforts of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases.
Perry has cut funding for education and protection from fires that have taken the lives of Texans. He has ignored the extremely dangerous practices associated with drilling for oil, and when confronted with the loss of life caused by infractions, he declares the explosion to be an “Act of God.” Now he advocates more of this dangerous drilling.
Under the guidance of Rick Perry, Texas is the “killingest” state in the entire union, having executed more than four times as many prisoners as the next state. It seems that in Rick Perry’s Texas his idea for reduction of unemployment is characterized by reducing the work force. Given his lack of respect for the environment, health care, and safety considerations in business, it is clear that he is not a proponent of regulation or life.