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Broken Laughter is an occasional blog by a middle aged Midwesterner. It will include posts and articles about politics, current events, arts, and anything else that the Broken Laughter editor chooses to post.

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Trump Blames News Media For Mass Shootings

On the prevalence of gun violence in general and mass shootings in particular in the United States: Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, blamed mental illness and social media on television on Sunday, August 4. Kevin McCarthy, the US House Minority Leader, blamed video games, also on a Sunday morning news talk television program. Trump blamed the news media through… Read more The post Trump Blames News Media For Mass Shootings appeared first on Broken...

On the prevalence of gun violence in general and mass shootings in particular in the United States: Mick Mulvaney, Donald Trump’s Chief of Staff, blamed mental illness and social media on television on Sunday, August 4. Kevin McCarthy, the US House Minority Leader, blamed video games, also on a Sunday morning news talk television program. Trump blamed the news media through a Twitter tweet Monday morning, August 5, 2019.

All these comments were made in response to mass shootings in El Paso, TX, and Dayton, OH, on August 3 and 4, 2019.

Unfortunately, none of these imagined “causes” are in fact the primary cause of the high number of mass shootings and gun violence in America.

We can quite quickly rule out two of the most popular among members of the Trump administration: video games and mental illness. All of the countries in the developed world have access to the same video games as people in the United States, but none of those nations have mass shooting rates as high as the mass shooting rates in the United States. So clearly, the cause is not video games.

Similarly, there is no logic that leads one to think that the vast, vast majority of people in the rest of the developed world are mentally sane, and the greatest majority of violently mentally ill people are in the United States. No reason or evidence exists to support the notion that rates of mental illness in the United States are higher than in the rest of the developed world.

Trump’s claim that the news media organizations are somehow responsible for mass shootings is so ludicrous it doesn’t even deserve refutation.

The main feature regarding gun violence — and mass shootings in particular — that sets the United States apart from the rest of the industrialized world is the great ease with which someone can buy a gun, along with the sheer number and variety of guns available in the Unites States.

The other thing that sets the United States apart from other industrialized countries is that the United States has a president who, during his campaign and since his election to office, has and continues to foment and encourage white nationalism and violence. In that regard, the United States is unique among industrialized nations in the world.

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Enduring Trump

Enduring Trump Example 1: American Conservative rhetoric — expressed as dialogue —goes like this: Conservatives: Immigrants need to assimilate into our country, learn our history and language, and contribute to our society. Ilhan Omar: I have a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I speak, read and write English, and I serve the people of Minnesota’s 5th District as a Congresswoman.… Read more The post Enduring Trump appeared first on Broken...

Enduring Trump Example 1: American Conservative rhetoric — expressed as dialogue —goes like this:

Conservatives: Immigrants need to assimilate into our country, learn our history and language, and contribute to our society.

Ilhan Omar: I have a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. I speak, read and write English, and I serve the people of Minnesota’s 5th District as a Congresswoman.

Conservatives: No, not like that.

Conservatives at Trump’s Rally July 17, chanting about Rep. Ilhan Omar: “Send her back! Send her back!”

Fun fact: Rep. Omar has been a US citizen longer than Melania Trump has.

Another fun fact: Trump rails against “chain migration” as something that needs to end.

A few months ago, Melania Trump’s parents became US citizens.

“How?” you might ask.

Melania Trump’s parents became citizens
through chain migration.

Enduring Trump Example 2: In July 2019, Trump said “If they don’t like it here, they should leave,” referring to 4 non-Caucasian members of the United States House. 

Trump hates these US Representatives because they have criticized him and his actions.

Neither I — nor millions of people like me — can send Trump back to where he came from, because he was elected to the office he now disgraces. I have to wait until he’s voted out of Office or convicted of crime and impeached, or until he resigns to avoid impeachment.

In the same way that I — and millions like me — have to tolerate him until he’s gone, no one can “send back” Rep. Ilhan Omar — or Rep. Occasio-Cortez, Rep. Pressley, or Rep. Tlaib — because the members of their districts elected them to their offices in the U. S. House of Representatives.

Apparently neither Trump nor his rabid supporters understand that.

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The Immigration Incompetence Of Donald Trump

President Obama’s administration deported a record 2.5 million people who were in the US illegally. The Obama administration did this without theatrical ICE raids or holding people in concentration camps across the southern border. Ice raids and concentration camps are very popular tactics with Donald Trump, who has demonstrated tremendous immigration incompetence. And let’s please remember that the numbers of… Read more The post The Immigration Incompetence Of Donald Trump appeared...

President Obama’s administration deported a record 2.5 million people who were in the US illegally. The Obama administration did this without theatrical ICE raids or holding people in concentration camps across the southern border. Ice raids and concentration camps are very popular tactics with Donald Trump, who has demonstrated tremendous immigration incompetence.

And let’s please remember that the numbers of people apprehended while crossing the southern border during the Trump administration are much lower than they were during the GW Bush administration, and are comparable to the numbers during the Obama administration.

According to reporting by The New Republic, “And while Trump himself said he would remove as many as possible during the 2016 election, his campaign said it would try to deport two to three million instead. The George W. Bush administration, by comparison, deported roughly two million people over his entire presidency, while Barack Obama oversaw the deportation of a record two and a half million.”

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Trump Independence Day 2020 Campaign Rally

Why are my tax dollars paying for today’s Trump 2020 re-election campaign event? The Republican National Committee doled out tickets to high-value donors, though none were distributed through members of Congress, as has been the custom. Trump gave a big political speech — the one he always gives — from the Lincoln Memorial. It’s nothing but another big Trump campaign… Read more The post Trump Independence Day 2020 Campaign Rally appeared first on Broken...

Why are my tax dollars paying for today’s Trump 2020 re-election campaign event?

The Republican National Committee doled out tickets to high-value donors, though none were distributed through members of Congress, as has been the custom.

Trump gave a big political speech — the one he always gives — from the Lincoln Memorial.

It’s nothing but another big Trump campaign rally (he’s held more than 60 of them since Jan. ‘19) masquerading as a national celebration — and Trump has so far refused to say how much he’s bilking us taxpayers for.

There is no reason that taxpayers should pay one thin dime for this Trump 2020 Presidential Campaign event.

The Trump 2020 Campaign organization should pay 100% of all costs associated with the event.

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Worth Of Jamal Khashoggi, Per Trump

According to the New York Times on June 23, 2019, “President Trump on Sunday shrugged off the brutal dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, just days after a United Nations report described how a team of Saudi assassins called Mr. Khashoggi a “sacrificial animal” before his murder. “The U.N. report urged an F.B.I. investigation into the slaying. But in an… Read more The post Worth Of Jamal Khashoggi, Per Trump appeared first on Broken...

According to the New York Times on June 23, 2019, “President Trump on Sunday shrugged off the brutal dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, just days after a United Nations report described how a team of Saudi assassins called Mr. Khashoggi a “sacrificial animal” before his murder.

“The U.N. report urged an F.B.I. investigation into the slaying. But in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Trump said the episode had already been thoroughly investigated. He said the Middle East is “a vicious, hostile place” and noted that Saudi Arabia is an important trading partner with the United States.

“I only say they spend $400 to $450 billion over a period of time, all money, all jobs, buying equipment,” the president told Chuck Todd, the show’s moderator. “I’m not like a fool that says, ‘We don’t want to do business with them.’ And by the way, if they don’t do business with us, you know what they do? They’ll do business with the Russians or with the Chinese.”

“Just days after pulling back from striking Iran for its downing of an American surveillance drone, Mr. Trump also said he was ‘not looking for war,’ but added that if the United States went to war with Iran, ‘it’ll be obliteration like you’ve never seen before.’ ”

I wonder if Trump would respond the same way if the Saudis murdered Melania Trump. Or Ivanka. Would either of them be worth the same price as Khashoggi?

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Democrats Should Not Impeach Trump in Summer of 2019

All the Democrats screaming to impeach Trump now are getting ahead of themselves. No one should move to impeach Trump in summer of 2019. It is too early to pursue impeachment, and there is not enough damning evidence available. Redaction riddles too much of the Mueller Report; too many investigations are still pending. Mueller farmed out those investigations to places… Read more The post Democrats Should Not Impeach Trump in Summer of 2019 appeared first on Broken...

All the Democrats screaming to impeach Trump now are getting ahead of themselves.

No one should move to impeach Trump in summer of 2019. It is too early to pursue impeachment, and there is not enough damning evidence available. Redaction riddles too much of the Mueller Report; too many investigations are still pending. Mueller farmed out those investigations to places like the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of Virginia, and to other jurisdictions. Those investigations will yield important and valuable evidence. As Nancy Pelosi has said, an impeachment process can only succeed with an airtight case.

If Democrats begin impeachment proceedings in summer of 2019, more than 18 months would pass between the start of impeachment and Trump’s re-election opportunity in November of 2020.

The process plays out like this: the House of Representatives votes on one or more articles of impeachment. If at least one gets a majority vote, the president is impeached — which in practical terms means being indicted. Historically, the House Judiciary Committee considered the matter first in both the Nixon and Clinton impeachment cases.

Next, the proceedings move to the Senate, which holds a trial overseen by the chief justice of the Supreme Court.

A team of lawmakers from the House, known as managers, play the role of prosecutors. The president has defense lawyers, and the Senate serves as the jury.

Serving as the jury, the Senate would exonerate Trump in 20 minutes. In six to 12 months, all that impeachment activity would start and finish, from the start in the House to the exoneration by the Senate.

This would give Trump three or more months to scream “No Obstruction! No Collusion! The U.S. Senate Exonerated Me.” He would sail to re-election victory.

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