As I covered previously, on Wednesday, actress-turned-activist Alyssa Milano laid out a reason the 2016 election — despite democratic principles — must be undone: Some international leaders at the NATO summit appear to’ve had a laugh at Trump’s expense.
See below (Language Warning):
.@JustinTrudeau, @EmmanuelMacron, @BorisJohnson and other VIPs shared a few words at a Buckingham Palace reception Tuesday. No one mentions @realDonaldTrump by name, but they seem to be discussing his lengthy impromptu press conferences from earlier in the day. (Video: Host Pool) pic.twitter.com/dVgj48rpOP
— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) December 3, 2019
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 5, 2019
As if that weren’t enough, on Saturday, Democratic Texas Representative Al Green provided an additional Why for the Commander-in-Chief’s utter yanking: We have to make up for slavery.
Al’s been talking impeachment, it seems, since he was knee-high to a grasshopper. Yet, most of Congress has been all crickets. Now that the House is all in, he’s buggin’ out.
MSNBC posed the following:
“So, I know that you introduced one of those first impeachment resolutions against Trump, and let’s look at how that went down. It actually lost 364-58. How do you think this process ends if more evidence is revealed, and are you concerned at all that Americans are having a waning interest as this process drags on?”
To Al, things are looking up:
“Well, it was yesterday, in fact, that we celebrated in a sense that we had something that was brought to the floor. Maybe I shouldn’t say celebrated. Let me just say that we brought to the floor the articles for vote, and we received some 50-plus votes. And then the second time some 60 plus and a third time 95 votes. So, I believe that the American people understand that this is something that we must do at this point.”
“Americans,” including those who voted the President into office?
Oh, wait — here he goes:
“I don’t speak for all of the American people, but a majority seem to think so.”
And prudence? Check:
“And I think that we’re moving forward in a very cautious and prudent way, which is what is expected, but I also think that if we don’t include some of the things that are important to people of color then I think that our business won’t be finished with.”
Why’s Al separating people by the 1940’s-era designation of white and non-white? He appears to be more specifically speaking of America’s black population. And he thinks the impeachment of Donald Trump is mandatory due to events which occurred hundreds of years ago:
“I do believe, ma’am, that we have to deal with the original sin. We have to deal with slavery. Slavery was the thing that put all of what President Trump has done lately into motion. It’s insidious…racism. The President has played on racism, and he’s used that as a weapon to galvanize a base of support to mobilize people.”
That’s quite a mouthful.
South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott might diagree; here’s what he had to say in August:
“Well, there’s no doubt that President Trump is not a racist, and the facts are very simple: that the same folks that voted for me [also] voted for President Trump because President Trump made promises to the voters, and he’s keeping the promises. So without any question, if you look at his legacy, it will be his accomplishments in office — frankly, helping in many, many ways African Americans. … President Trump has been able to deliver policies that have promoted, encouraged, and inspired growth in the African American community, economically in a way that no president has done in the last 40 years. This president is not a racist.
“Look, if you were running on the Left, would you run on the Green New Deal? Would you run on the 70% new income tax? Would you run on a 4% wealth tax? Would you run on a financial transaction tax? No. What else would you run on? Well, you’d run on some tired narrative that the President, because he’s a Republican, has to be somehow a racist.”
To Al, it’s more than just a “somehow”:
“We cannot overlook what happened when he came down the escalator and just demeaned people of color when he talked about the s-hole countries. He has found a way to use ugly words to his benefit and to the detriment of the people who are the object of his words.”
Then out of nowhere, Rep. Green quoted Emily Dickinson.
I like this guy:
“Emily Dickinson said, ‘A word is dead when it is said, some say. I say, it just begins to live that day.'”
But then it was back to:
“His words take on life and meaning, and they hurt, and I know the people who are being hurt, and I came to Congress to represent them, and I cannot let it go.”
Al’s ready to deal with all of Trump’s phobias, his sexism, racism and anti-gay discrimination, as well as his terrible anti-Semitism:
“So I appreciate whatever we will do, but until we deal with the issue of invidious discrimination as it relates to [the] LGBTQ community, the anti-Semitism, the racism, the Islamophobia, the transphobia, and also the misogyny that he has exemplified, I don’t think our work is done.”
It certainly sounds like he’d better get to work.
Good to know; it oughta be an interesting next-half-decade.
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