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Serves you right, bitch. Work for Trump, you deserve everything you get.


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« on: April 09, 2019, 09:40:45 pm »


from The New York Times…

Cancel Kirstjen Nielsen

Her role in terrorizing children should make her a permanent pariah.

By MICHELLE GOLDBERG | Monday, April 08, 2019

Former head of the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen. — Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters.
Former head of the Department of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen. — Photograph: Joshua Roberts/Reuters.

ON SUNDAY EVENING, news broke that Kirstjen Nielsen was leaving her job as head of the Department of Homeland Security. The New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that according to people close to Nielsen, one reason she hung on as long as she did was because “she was aware how awful life would/will be for her on the outside,” given her role in defending Donald Trump's policies.

Let's make it so.

Nielsen did not create Trump's monstrous policy of separating migrant families, but she should be known forever as the person who carried it out. She put babies in cages, traumatized children for life, and then appears to have lied to Congress about what she had done. She did this evil work with either blithe incompetence or malicious sloppiness, failing to create a system to properly track kids who were ripped from their families. On Friday, the Trump administration said it could take up to two years to identify thousands of separated migrant children.

Now Trump is gearing up to do it again. According to NBC News, for months the president has “urged his administration to reinstate large-scale separation of migrant families crossing the border”. Nielsen reportedly resisted, citing court rulings and Trump's own 2018 executive order ending his administration's family separation policy. Trump's choice for acting homeland security secretary, Kevin McAleenan, apparently is more open to the idea.

Should this happen, Congress and some judges will try to intervene. But Trump is growing ever more lawless and autocratic. “There is a near-systematic purge happening at the nation's second-largest national security agency,” a senior administration official told CNN on Monday, speaking of D.H.S. The president is filling positions with acting officials, circumventing Senate confirmation. Some senior members of the administration, like Wilbur Ross, the commerce secretary, are flatly refusing to cooperate with congressional oversight. CNN reported that Trump told border agents to ignore judges when taking steps to keep migrants out. We should not assume that government institutions will restrain the president before he visits anguish and terror on thousands more of the world's most vulnerable children.

What happens to Nielsen now can serve as an example to other people in the administration as they decide whether to just follow orders. By this, I don't mean that people should scream at Nielsen in restaurants. Rather, those horrified by family separation should do whatever they can to deny Nielsen the sort of cushy corporate landing or prestigious academic appointment once customary for ex-administration officials. The fact that she evidently didn't go as far as an erratic and out-of-control Trump wanted is immaterial; she should be a pariah for going as far as she did.

Coincidentally, the day before Nielsen resigned, a coalition of progressive groups signed on to a petition asking corporate America to blacklist senior people in the Trump administration, including Nielsen, who took part in crafting, enacting or defending family separation. “Allowing her to seek refuge in a corporate corner office or a boardroom, university, speaking agency or elsewhere poses a significant reputational risk for those involved,” said Karl Frisch, a spokesman for Restore Public Trust, the group organizing the campaign.

How much of a risk will depend on decent Trump-hating Americans. The Resistance has been flagging recently, even if abhorrence of Trump's degenerate administration has not. Many people, having worked frantically to deliver the House to Democrats in the mid-terms, are exhausted. The crackup of the Women's March, and the resulting tensions between some black and Jewish activists, has been deeply dispiriting. The beginning of the Democratic presidential primary has reanimated old intra-left animosities. And relentless outrage is hard to sustain, no matter how justified.

But with the possible return of family separation, the Resistance needs to regroup, and demanding a boycott of Trump officials tainted by baby-snatching is a good place to begin. Such a boycott would take advantage of one of the central asymmetries in American life. Rural voters, who tend to be conservative, have disproportionate political power; it's why Trump, who lost the popular vote, is president in the first place. But cosmopolitan progressives have disproportionate economic and cultural power, which is why we have the faintly absurd phenomenon of woke capitalism. That power should be deployed to force the sort of accountability Nielsen reportedly fears, and to serve as a warning to others that the Trump stink never washes off.

On Monday,  Henry Farrell, a professor at George Washington University, wrote that he will boycott any university or think tank that employs Nielsen, and refuse to be on panels with anyone from such an institution. He invited others to join him. It's a small start, but a start. Nielsen should not be permitted to launder her reputation through a fellowship at Harvard, like Corey Lewandowski or Sean Spicer did. She should not get to follow H.R. McMaster to Stanford.

There are plenty of places that will hire a disgraced child-torturer — private prisons, which often hold undocumented immigrants, are a big business. And Henry Kissinger's storied social life shows that America's elite is far from inhospitable to ghouls. But as the country hurtles into a dangerous new phase of unbound Trumpism, those who want to say no need to muster whatever leverage they can, including public shame and economic sanctions. Either the leaders of corporate America and academia want to be associated with terrorizing toddlers, or not.


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• Michelle Goldberg became an Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times in 2017 and was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2018 for public service for reporting on workplace sexual harassment issues. She is the author of three books: Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, The Means of Reproduction: Sex, Power, and the Future of the World, and The Goddess Pose: The Audacious Life of Indra Devi, the Woman Who Helped Bring Yoga to the West. Her first book was a finalist for the Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism, and her second won the Ernesta Drinker Ballard Book Prize and the J. Anthony Lukas Work-In-Progress Award. Previously she was a columnist at Slate. A frequent commentator on radio and television, Ms. Goldberg's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Newsweek, The Nation, The New Republic, The Guardian and many other publications. She has reported from countries including India, Iraq, Egypt, Uganda, Nicaragua and Argentina. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and children.

• A version of this article appears in The New York Times on Tuesday, April 09, 2019, on Page A27 of the New York print edition with the headline: “Cancel Kirstjen Nielsen”.

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Related to this topic:

 • Jamelle Bouie: Who Is Left to Say No to Trump?

 • Letters to the Editor: U.S. Policies Toward Migrants at the Border

 • New York Times Editorial: Kirstjen Nielsen Enforced Cruelty at the Border. Her Replacement Could Be Worse.


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« Reply #1 on: April 09, 2019, 10:13:17 pm »


from The Washington Post…

Trump takes an honor of a lifetime and turns it into a black hole

His appeal to inner demons above better angels proved easier than many of us hoped.

By MICHAEL GERSON | 5:03PM EDT — Monday, April 08, 2019

Now-former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen talks with President Donald J. Trump in Calexico, California, last week. — Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters.
Now-former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen talks with President Donald J. Trump in Calexico, California, last week.
 — Photograph: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters.


THE OUSTER of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen — the implementer of some of the most unjust immigration policies since the internment of citizens and non-citizens of Japanese descent during World War II — is further proof of President Trump's ratchet-wrench theory of loyalty. It goes only in his direction.

In the end, the burnt offering of a staffer's character is not enough. After trying to enforce and anticipate Trump's cruel or irrational whims, he or she is generally packed off without ceremony, with diminished professional respect and, presumably, with diminished self-respect. Trump has taken what should be the honor of a lifetime — serving the country at the highest levels of the executive branch — and turned it into a reputational black hole.

A few — think former defense secretary Jim Mattis and former ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley — have managed to serve without self-immolation. But this is only because they skillfully established some distance between their views and those of the president. Did anyone doubt that Mattis respected NATO, or that Haley was concerned about human rights?

Nielsen, however, took another route. After a career generally characterized by competence, Nielsen chose to reflect Trump's priorities. Maybe she reasoned to herself that she was implementing the president's agenda more humanely than others would have done. Aristotle once defined human beings as rational animals. They are, at least, rationalizing animals.

But the separation of crying migrant children from their parents as a deterrent, and the housing of children in prison-like conditions, will be some of the most enduring political images of the Trump era. It says something about Nielsen that she took part in such practices. It says something about Trump that such actions were apparently too moderate and restrained for his taste.

The status of immigration as Trump's defining issue is still confusing. He returns to this topic in nearly every time of political stress. Yet it is difficult to imagine that his convictions are deeply rooted. Trump has a long history of hiring illegal immigrants, whom he clearly did not regard as potential terrorists or rapists. And it wasn't too long ago that Trump criticized Mitt Romney for intemperance on the topic as the Republican presidential nominee. “He had a crazy policy of self-deportation, which was maniacal,” Trump said following the 2012 presidential election. “It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote. He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.”

But Trump now seems to find a message of exclusion positively invigorating. In his stump speech, he does not raise legitimate issues related to immigration. Instead, he easily outpaces Romney, who now represents Utah in the Senate, in the maniacal and crazy department. At the White House, he humiliates staffers who don't share his enthusiasm and fires people who are not creative enough in their severity. Even a hint of reluctance is taken as betrayal.

The explanation cannot be purely political, at least from a Republican perspective. Trump carried a simplified version of these ideas into the 2018 mid-term elections — claiming that brown people were invading the country and suggesting that they should be shot by the U.S. military. One outcome was the loss of 40 Republican House seats.

But Trump — the ultimate political narcissist — cares not one whit for the political fortunes of the Republican Party. He cares only about his political standing within the GOP. It is 85 to 90 percent support among Republicans that ensures the servility of senators and House members in opposing various investigations of Trump and his administration. And this support forestalls the possibility of a serious nomination challenge in the upcoming presidential election.

I have no doubt that Trump is using the issue of immigration in a cynical way to solve political problems. But the implications are disturbing. The president clearly regards resentment against migrants as the common, binding purpose of the Republican Party. And, so far, he has not been wrong. The success of Trump's cynical ploy depends on the existence of genuine enthusiasm for exclusion within his party. His play only works if the party's nativism is broad and authentic.

In the recent political past, these convictions were usually latent. Anti-immigrant Republicans such as Pat Buchanan and Tom Tancredo were generally viewed as cranks. And more visionary Republicans such as Jack Kemp or George W. Bush emphasized the economic contributions and positive social values of recent migrants.

But Trump's appeal to inner demons above better angels proved easier than many of us hoped. And that makes the political and moral damage harder to repair.


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Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Washington Post. He is the author of Heroic Conservatism: Why Republicans Need to Embrace America's Ideals (And Why They Deserve to Fail If They Don't) (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era (Moody, 2010). He appears regularly on the “PBS NewsHour”, “Face the Nation” and other programs. Gerson serves as senior adviser at One, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of presidential speech-writing and assistant to the president for speech-writing and policy adviser.

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 • The Washington Post's View: Why Trump's ‘help wanted’ administration erodes public service

 • Greg Sargent: Kirstjen Nielsen just revealed how Trump's pathologies and lawlessness will get worse

 • Fred Hiatt: ‘It could have been worse’ is the foundation of Trump's presidency


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Are you sick of the bullshit from the sewer stream media spewed out from the usual Ken and Barby dickless talking point look a likes.

If you want to know what's going on in the real world...
And the many things that will personally effect you.
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AND WAKE THE F_ _K UP
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« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2019, 07:46:28 pm »


Yep ... Trump sure spouts a load of bullshit alright.

He sprays liar accusations around all over the place, yet in reality HE (Donald J. Trump) is the liar.

He seems to think that if he accuses everybody else of being liars, that his own lies will disappear.

Except that it doesn't work, because only the terminally stupid are gullible enough to believe his accusations.

Including a terminally stupid person from Woodville, NZ.
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