President Donald Trump’s long racist history will gain another notch on his belt when he resumes holding his official campaign rallies by flying to the city of the “single worst incident of racial violence in American history” on a Juneteenth, a sacred day celebrating the end of slavery.
Trump was to deliver a speech on race relations, but that may have been canceled after a report by journalist April Ryan revealed the address was being crafted by Stephen Miller, a top Trump White House advisor and a white nationalist.
Trump now will deliver a speech Thursday on law and order and policing.
Next week, on Friday, June 19 – which just happens, coincidentally, to be Juneteenth – the President will board Air Force One and jet off to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where 99 years ago this month anywhere between dozens and hundreds were horrifically slaughtered in the Tulsa Race Massacre.
“The Trump campaign’s choice of Tulsa on Juneteenth is curious given the city’s history,” The Washington Post noted. “The worst single incident of racial violence in U.S. history occurred in Tulsa in 1921, when mobs of whites killed dozens of African Americans, injured hundreds and destroyed a black neighborhood. Trump’s announcement comes as thousands protest racial injustice across the United States.”
In addition to the lives lost, nearly 7000 were wounded and had to be hospitalized or housed in large facilities. 35 square city blocks of what was called at the time “Black Wall Street,” for its affluent population, were burned to the ground, at a loss of wealth in modern day terms of over $30 million.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, is a day celebrating the end of slavery. On that day in 1865, Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation was finally read to slaves in Texas, the last Confederate state to announce the proclamation – two and a half years after it had been signed.
Some reactions to the news:
So…Juneteenth. In the city where the Tulsa Massacre took place in 1921. As he’s pushing back against anti-racism that he sees as a threat to his presidency.
This symbolism sucks. https://t.co/ZyLf5FfQ4P
— Hayes Brown (@HayesBrown) June 10, 2020
TRUMP: Hey black people, what have you got to lose?
TRUMP (3 yrs later) Hey black people, I’m going to host a white supremacist pro-police brutality rally in Tulsa on Juneteenth during a global pandemic I made worse through ignorance and which is disproportionately killing you
— Ken Tremendous (@KenTremendous) June 10, 2020
You want proof that trump HATES “The Blacks?”
He just selected Tulsa, OK — the site of the Tulsa Massacre that killed 300 Blacks — for the site of his 1st rally in months.
On June 19th.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) June 10, 2020
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) June 10, 2020
So Trump is returning to the campaign trail on Juneteenth with a MAGA rally at the site of the Tulsa Race Massacre, one of the most horrific acts of racial violence against black people in American history…🤔 https://t.co/xFbXKZBlxj
— Maya Harris (@mayaharris_) June 10, 2020
Trump is holding his first campaign during the corona virus outbreak and BLM protests in Tulsa, Ok.
Is it a coincidence Tulsa is the site of one of the worst race riots in American history, nearly 100 years ago? Or is this calculated?
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) June 10, 2020
Tulsa, scene of the worst white on black race riots in this country’s history. Hundreds of blacks lynched, thousands of black businesses destroyed. The cops sided with the whites and strafed defenseless black women and children with airplanes.
— Alex Cole (@acnewsitics) June 10, 2020
So @realDonaldTrump wants to do his first campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. on JUNETEENTH?! Really?This is also the 99th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Riots. He better be prepared for a MASSIVE protest rally. Bank. On. It. It’s gonna happen.
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) June 10, 2020
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Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Trump Request to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants From Census Counts
The U.S. Supreme Court late Friday afternoon announced it has agreed to review President Donald Trump’s appeal to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 U.S. Census, and count only citizens and those in the country with visa or other government documentation.
“The Supreme Court said Friday that it will hear arguments next month on an appeal by the Trump administration that seeks to exclude the tally of undocumented immigrants in the United States from the Census data used to calcuate the apportionment of congressional districts,” CNBC reports.
Article I, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states the number of people residing in the country shall be determined by “counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed.”
If Trump is successful at the increasingly conservative Court, millions of U.S. residents who are undocumented would not be counted when Congress determines the number of Representatives to allot per state. Those numbers are also used to determine how much in federal funds are allotted to each state.
The Supreme Court earlier this week allowed Trump to shut down the Census two weeks early, time desperately needed to ensure the counting is complete and accurate.
Trump: Cops Who Shoot Americans in the Back Are Just Like Golfers Who ‘Choke’ on a 3-Foot Putt (Video)
President Donald Trump says police officers like the one in Kenosha who shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man, in the back seven times at point-blank range are just like golfers who “choke” on a three-foot putt.
“You know a choker, they choke,” Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham in an interview inside the White House Monday night.
“Shooting the guy, shooting the guy in the back many times. I mean, couldn’t you have done something different?” the president asked rhetorically. “Couldn’t you have wrestled him, you know, I mean, in the meantime, he might have been going for a weapon and, you know, it’s a whole big thing here, but they choke.”
“Just like in a golf tournament, they miss a three-foot putt, and I’m saying people choke, people choke.”
The president made the remarks to Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, one of the networks’ most extreme prime-time hosts, who immediately tried to warn and correct him.
Trump will visit Kenosha, Wisconsin Tuesday, where the shooting of Jacob Blake took place, despite pleas from Governor Tony Evers and Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian to not come for fear of inciting more violence.
Earlier Monday Trump refused to condemn Kyle Rittenhouse, offering an excuse to the AR-15-wielding 17-year old who is charged with shooting two protestors to death and wounding a third.
Trump: You know a choker they choke. Shooting a guy in the back many times couldn’t you have done something different… in the meantime he might have been going for a weapon… but they choke just like in a golf tournament they miss a 3 foot putt…. pic.twitter.com/HkzEX9ghZj
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) September 1, 2020
Trump Dogwhistles to White Voters ‘Living Their Suburban Lifestyle Dream’ With Lie About ‘Low Income’ Housing and Crime
From Air Force One on his way to a high-dollar Texas fundraiser President Donald Trump Wednesday afternoon tweeted lies about Americans who live in affordable housing. Contrary to numerous studies, including those from the Dept. of Health and Human Services, Trump is falsely claiming “low income” housing causes housing prices to drop and crime to increase.
“I am happy to inform all of the people living their Suburban Lifestyle Dream that you will no longer be bothered or financially hurt by having low income housing built in your neighborhood,” Trump tweeted.
“Your housing prices will go up based on the market, and crime will go down. I have rescinded the Obama-Biden AFFH Rule. Enjoy!” he added.
The nation is in great need of much more affordable housing, especially as Americans are being evicted at increasing rates during the coronavirus pandemic.
On Tuesday night Trump held a “tele-rally” with Iowa voters, during which he shared a similar message, although even more racist than the one he just tweeted.
Trump declared Democrats “don’t mind if low-income housing is built in a neighborhood, in a beautiful suburb of Iowa, but a beautiful suburb anywhere in the country. They want low – and this has been going on for years, Obama made it much worse, and now they want Cory Booker to run that program, Cory Booker of New Jersey, to run that program and make it many times worse than it is right now.”
Senator Booker has nothing to do with affordable housing.
Trump had been trying to court Black voters but after he fired Brad Parscale and installed Bill Stepien as his new campaign manager the plan now appears to try to appeal to white suburban women, who has left him in droves.
Trump in fact did roll back an Obama-era fair housing rule last week – a rule he’s never enforced.
“In a move squarely aimed at courting white conservative suburban voters,” ABC News reported, “the Trump administration on Thursday officially dismantled an Obama-era rule that sought to lessen the impact of decades of racial segregation in America’s neighborhoods.”
The Dept. of Health and Human Services found that the opening of an affordable housing development in Mount Laurel, NJ, “was not associated with trends in crime, property values, or taxes, and discuss management practices and design features that may have mitigated potential negative externalities.”
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