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Donald Trump is showing the leadership one would expect in the aftermath of the racist murder of Indian engineers in Kansas.

At some point, embarrassingly late begins to verge on something more disquieting.

President Donald Trump has silently planted himself in that space.

Nearly a week has passed since two India-born engineers were singled out and shot at an Olathe bar, presumably because they were immigrants, darker in skin tone and possibly viewed by the shooter as unwanted foreigners.

People around the world were immediately and rightfully horrified.

But our president?

Mum. Not a word has been spoken, tweeted or prepped for Trump’s teleprompter.

Trump has offered no words of condolence for the grieving widow of Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who died from his gunshot wounds.

The president has expressed no sympathy for Kuchibhotla’s best friend, Alok Madasani, who continues to recover from bullet wounds and the trauma.

Trump usually loves to celebrate all-American heroes. But he’s passed on commending Ian Grillot, a bystander who leapt to take the gunman down before anyone else was harmed. Grillot was shot, too.

Surely the White House team could have cobbled together a statement of some sort, a response to at least address growing fears that the U.S. is unwelcoming of immigrants, or worse, that the foreign-born need to fear for their lives here. The deadly incident in Olathe has resonated across the country and even around the globe.

During such moments of crisis, people look to the president for strength and guidance.

They need to hear their moral outrage articulated, the condemnation of a possible hate crime and the affirmation that the U.S. values everyone’s contributions, whether you’re an immigrant or native-born. For Trump, this was a crucial opportunity to condemn such hateful acts and to forcefully declare that this is not who we are.

Others grasp that role. On Monday, Hillary Clinton tweeted a Kansas City Star story recounting the plea from Kuchibhotla’s widow for a U.S. response to hate crimes.

Clinton goaded Trump, writing: “With threats & hate crimes on rise, we shouldn’t have to tell @POTUS to do his part. He must step up & speak out.”

On the other hand, EMAILS!!!!!!

But hey, Trump is responding is his own way:

The White House has announced six guests who will sit with the first lady during President Trump’s first address to a joint Congress. They include Megan Crowley — a college sophomore who is the daughter of a health care entrepreneur, Jessica Davis and Susan Oliver — widows of California police officers killed by an undocumented immigrant in 2015, Denisha Merriweather — a woman who was the first in her family to graduate from high school and college, late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s widow Maureen McCarthy Scalia, and Jamiel Shaw Sr. — a father whose son was shot by an undocumented immigrant in 2008.

Traditionally, the president and the first lady guests’ are personifications of policy initiatives that that administration wants to focus on from the president’s speech.

The right kind of murders are OK, I guess.

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  • Mike in DC

    This was weapons grade snark:

    Sarah Lazarus‏ @sarahclazarus

    My Jewish high school got a bomb threat today but thankfully the police were able to assure everyone that Ivanka is a Jew
    1:46 PM · Feb 27, 2017

    • Yeah, the JCC at the end of my street has received two bomb threats in as many months. I’ve lived here almost 20 years and these are the only bomb threats that have happened there in all that time.

      Donald Trump really is a hate crime against America. He truly is.

  • Sly

    Trump usually loves to celebrate all-American heroes. But he’s passed on commending Ian Grillot, a bystander who leapt to take the gunman down before anyone else was harmed. Grillot was shot, too.

    Look on the bright side: its a small victory that dead-eyed Miller wasn’t sent out to call Ian Grillot a white knight beta male cuck.

    • ThresherK (KadeKo)

      Without having read the story, lemme guess: The only difference between Grillot being a “white knight beta male cuck” and an “All-American Hero” is that Grillot didn’t use a firearm while taking down the gunman.

      If I turn out to be wrong, I will buy you cookies, or a beer.

      • tsam

        There’s no way you’re not right about this. If he’d pulled out his 44 Mag and rattled off some witty (LOL) one liners and then BLEW HIS FUCKING HEAD OFF LIKE GOD INTENDED, he’d be getting the Congressional Medal of Freedom tomorrow.

        The only problem with this scenario is who got shot and who got saved. Icky brown immigrants walk away, psychotic white guy dies. One less vote for Trump.

      • Sly

        No, it’s because Real American Manly Men don’t put themselves in mortal danger to protect brown people, with or without a gun. They do things like complain on Reddit about feminism and tweet photos of gorillas at Leslie Jones.

    • The Great God Pan

      I did see Grillot dismissed as a “white saviour” in one forum by an excessively woke commenter.

      • tsam

        Jesus. The fucking guy got shot trying to stop a murderer.

      • Abbey Bartlet

        They probably wrote in Jill.

  • N__B

    Politico’s editors need to learn how to use commas and parenthetical statements. That’s gibberish in terms of punctuation.

    • Nigel Tufnel

      Some semicolons wouldn’t go amiss, either.

      • rea

        No; they would not.

      • Howlin Wolfe

        Thank goodness no apostrophes were harmed.

  • Crusty

    “Surely the White House team could have cobbled together a statement of some sort, a response to at least address growing fears that the U.S. is unwelcoming of immigrants, or worse, that the foreign-born need to fear for their lives here. The deadly incident in Olathe has resonated across the country and even around the globe.

    During such moments of crisis, people look to the president for strength and guidance.”

    He doesn’t know that and even if he did, he wouldn’t care. He isn’t interested in talking about anything but himself. He’s a grotesque human being.

    With the Trump admin, we waiver back and forth between having no president and having a malevolent one.

    • brendalu

      a response to at least address growing fears that the U.S. is unwelcoming of immigrants, or worse, that the foreign-born need to fear for their lives here.

      He doesn’t know that and even if he did, he wouldn’t care.

      Third option, the current WH is perfectly fine with that message.

  • This is utterly revolting.

  • NewishLawyer

    I have nothing to add really. The op-ed set the tone of what is going to happen for the next four to eight years, maybe more. The violence will just go ignored and/or left to local police forces to deal with.

    • Redwood Rhiadra

      The police forces will be the ones *doing* the violence soon enough.

  • charles p pierce

    Economic insecurity takes the unlikeliest forms.

  • jim, some guy in iowa

    “health care entrepreneur” is malevolent in its own lesser way

  • witlesschum

    Idiocracy is racist, eugenicist nonsense that’s only somewhat funny, but it seems to me that this graphic is managing to demean the movie and the wonderful Terry Crews-played character unfairly. President Camacho was a WWE champion, if I remember the plot correctly. What’s Trump ever done to equal that accomplishment? And President Camacho also conducted himself with a presidential dignity that Trump has yet to match. For shame, Loomis. For shame.

    • BigHank53

      Idiocracy had to tell a story, even if it wasn’t a very good one. Reality suffers no such burden.

    • Jordan

      Well, Trump hasn’t been watering our crops with gatorade … yet.

      But ya, came to this post for a comment like this, had my expectations exceeded.

    • libarbarian

      Idiocracy is racist,

      The dumbest people in that movie were white.

      • Rob in CT

        eugenicist fits, though.

        I liked the movie, but it really only works if you think of it as a critique of our current culture. The idea that things are going to go to hell because the stupids out-breed the smarts is not a good one.

        • D.N. Nation

          I’ve found the best way to enjoy a Mike Judge satire is to stay with it skin-deep and enjoy the one-liners, elsewise it falls apart.

          Plus we almost had a labor secretary who was literally Brought To You By Carl’s Jr.

          • tsam

            It works for really facile people. I’ll bet you money that most Trump voters would love it to death.

          • Jordan

            Truth on beavis and butthead. But I liked King of the Hill quite a bit (haven’t watched the silicon valley show).

            • Lost Left Coaster

              Silicon Valley is brilliant. It is not merely a shallow series of laughs at computer geek culture but rather goes right after the heart of the corporatism, ego, and self-absorbed hypercapitalism at the heart of Silicon Valley. It benefits immensely from a superb cast.

              • Jordan

                Yeah, I’ve heard that, and have it on my “to watch” list.

                I mean, I think the same thing basically for King of the Hill, but with everything switched to white working class texans, but with a non-masculine kid, a woman who doesn’t take shit from anyone (and is totally awesome), neighbors who are nonwhite, a complete asshole as a grandfather who no one likes or accomodates more than necessary, and a patriach who accepts it all eventually with a sigh.

                But ya, I gotta watch Silicon Valley at some point.

                • Hogan

                  a complete asshole as a grandfather

                  Who’s a decorated WWII veteran! And still a complete asshole!

                • Q.E.Dumbass

                  Peggy got derailed into a pretentious dumbass about four seasons in; if memory serves, it only reversed once she lost the substitute teacher job.

          • witlesschum

            Plus we almost had a labor secretary who was literally Brought To You By Carl’s Jr.

            Point.

        • Crusty

          Take out the concept of out-breeding. Do we presently find ourselves in a troublesome situation because lots and lots of ignorant, uneducated people wanted a racist ignoramus person to be president, and/or were taken in by the con of a racist ignoramus? I’d say yes.

          • Rob in CT

            Yep.

          • Linnaeus

            because lots and lots of ignorant, uneducated people

            Aided greatly by not a few “educated” people.

          • witlesschum

            Do we presently find ourselves in a troublesome situation because lots and lots of ignorant, uneducated people wanted a racist ignoramus person to be president, and/or were taken in by the con of a racist ignoramus? I’d say yes.

            Nope. The less educated typically vote Dem. What we have is a troublesome situation because we have too many white people who think they should be on top just for being white, a notion that cuts across class and educational lines.

            • Crusty

              In the last election, college graduates backed Hillary 52-43 and those without college degrees backed Trump 52-44 according to Pew.

              • Linnaeus

                Break that down by race, however, and you see that, according to Pew, college-educated whites preferred Trump 49% – 45%.

                • Robespierre

                  And non-college-educated whites by how much?

              • witlesschum

                What Linnaeus said and point being, education has not yet and I predict will never, ever solve racism.

                Educating a racist just gets you an educated racist. Charles Murray, Richard Spencer and Jeff Sessions probably won’t attack any black people’s birthday parties brandishing a shotgun, but all their education didn’t make them better people than the folks who do.

                • CP

                  Yep.

                  All the conservatives I know are college educated. Doesn’t make them more tolerant, doesn’t make them less likely to believe in fantasies. All it does is teach them to use convoluted sentences and a thesaurus.

          • sigaba

            Leaded gasoline in their formative years

          • Abbey Bartlet

            and/or were taken in by the con of a racist ignoramus?

            Fuck that noise. There was no con. I have no interest in the “we were conned!” argument.

        • tsam

          I’m betting that initial inspiration came from a class angle. Around that time, it had been shown that wealthier, more stable families have fewer children. It makes sense that a clueless thinker–a small guy with small ideas would try to make the case that us smarty smart cosmopolitan types are going extinct because of the rising population among (ew) poor people.

          • Rob in CT

            And I’m pretty sure that when I first saw the movie I didn’t notice or mind that implication at all.

            I got clued into the problems w/it later.

          • Ramon A. Clef

            When I saw it, I thought the premise was inspired by the classic sci-fi yarn, “The Marching Morons.”

            • Hob

              Whether Judge was deliberately referencing that story or not (I don’t think he’s ever said one way or the other), it was already pretty well known – and wasn’t unique in its own time either; Kornbluth was arguably riffing on an already-familiar pop-science concept just as much as Judge was.

              I think what made the story memorable wasn’t the premise itself so much as the particular satirical spin Kornbluth put on it: i.e. the culture of a dumbed-down world is basically the same as what advertisers are already aiming for, cranked up to 11. He also gave equal attention to the clever ruling-class characters, and portrayed them as pretty creepy people who basically hate everyone (I think it’s kind of implied that the super-crass abrasiveness of the future mass media isn’t necessarily an authentic product of everyone’s innate dumbness, but an expression of how bitter and miserable the propagandists themselves are), and are trying to find ways to murder their citizens without feeling guilty about it– a pretty pointed critique of the idea of the altruistic technocrat that was very big in the early 20th century.

              As for the inverse correlation between SES and family size, I’m pretty sure tsam is incorrect in thinking that that was a recent finding “around that time” (i.e. 2006). That trend has existed in Western countries since the late nineteenth century if not earlier, and it didn’t go unnoticed.

          • Whirrlaway

            But lookit all of them Kennedys. It appears that rich people are just as fond as multiple progeny as the poor folks; it’s only the tedious middle class that minds their gametes. Beta stuff.

          • Abbey Bartlet

            Around that time, it had been shown that wealthier, more stable families have fewer children.

            Can’t imagine why.

    • D.N. Nation

      President Camacho was a WWE champion, if I remember the plot correctly. What’s Trump ever done to equal that accomplishment?

      Taken a Stone Cold Stunner?

      • Jordan

        Plus, Trump literally shaved Vince Mcmahon’s head in a wrestlemania that one time. (or something like that idk). Thats pretty good, wrestling wise.

        • witlesschum

          That is something, if my vague memories of my dorm mates watching 90s WWF are accurate.

    • wengler

      I said it once and I’ll say it again, President Camacho is an unfair comparison because he actually wanted to do the right thing, he was just too dumb to figure it out.

      • Gareth

        It’s possible that Camacho is just as intelligent as the protagonist, but he’s spent his entire life pandering to stupid people and has no useful education. Which makes him even more relevant to real politics.

  • DrDick

    No victims of inner city violence? Obviously he needs to up his game if he wants to keep all those dog whistles blowing.

    • BiloSagdiyev

      They’re still looking for the right kid of victim. If you know what I mean.

  • PohranicniStraze

    An Indian-born coworker mentioned that two of his cousins were visiting recently, and while they were walking through downtown Fort Worth someone yelled at them to “Go back to your country!” from a car stopped at a light. This part of the Indian community (Keralite Christian) seems to be pretty heavily Republican, so maybe it will be a wake-up call for some of them.

    • BiloSagdiyev

      Are you wondering how Dinesh S’Souza is faring lately?

      (I’m not mulling that over with any empathy, just as an intellectual excercise.)

      • Colin Day

        Are you wondering how Dinesh S’Souza is faring lately?

        No

        • witlesschum

          Empathy is an unlimited rescource but c’mon.

          • Abbey Bartlet

            Empathy is an unlimited rescource

            No.

            • witlesschum

              Yeah.

      • Little Chak

        I imagine if Dinesh were the victim of a white supremacist who didn’t know who he was and that he was on his side, the right wing would have a bit of trouble coming up with the right way to frame it.

        • sigaba

          Gun cleaning accident.

        • CP

          “The white supremacist was a liberal. Just like Hitler.”

          • los

            “…a black muslim brotherhood in reverse blackface, a member of the liberal race-card dealing KKK…
            LockHerUp111”

            • los

              Another Soros Bowling Green Massacre11!

        • njorl

          I imagine that many on the right would think it was funny and would be glad he was hurt. He shouldn’t expect his approval of racists to be reciprocated.

        • The Great God Pan

          If he survived, D’Souza would apologize to his attacker for frightening him by looking foreign.

          • BiloSagdiyev

            Maybe he could hire one of Bobby Jindal’s portrait painters to help with improving his image.

    • ThresherK (KadeKo)

      I am old enough to remember the Iranian revolution, as played here in the USA.

      Part of me fears that the only difference for the “man in the street” reaction between now and 1979 is that there are a lot more first- and second-gen folks from all over (Morocco to Myanmar) now in the USA, spread over a bigger area, and in the last 40 years, spread into RealMurka places where they didn’t used to migrate.

      One year I had three Iranian college roomies, in the 1980s. I wasn’t worried about them. I was worried for them, in my little suburban private college. They were world-travelers whose families either got out a step ahead of the revolution, or were away and stayed away. Before schlubs like me even saw the TV ads, they were wearing Benneton, before they were 20 they had passports and been on three or four continents.

      The movie Persepolis nailed this. It showed Iranian families chafe against constraints of living under the Shah, have hope for the Revolution, and watch the Revolution turn into merely another form of totalitarianism. The only difference seemed to be which oaths to swear, clothing and hairstyles required, and which names to rotely pledge to in school.

  • BigHank53

    I think we’re all being a bit hasty. How could Trump possibly know how to word Adam Purinton’s pardon before he was formally charged?

    • PohranicniStraze

      “General pardon for all alleged crimes committed in defense of the Homeland”

      • Hogan

        It is by my order and for the good of the state that the bearer of this has done what he has done.

        • CP

          Oh, nice Dumas reference.

        • Colin Day

          He? Wasn’t that paper originally given to Lady DeWinter?

          • CP

            To be a huge geek on a thread that’s dead anyway:

            Yes, but that’s the book’s problem. The original text reads “C’est par mon ordre et pour le bien de l’Etat que le porteur du présent a fait ce qu’il a fait.” Even though yes, it was meant for Milady.

            The last Three Musketeers film I saw was the steampunk version from a few years ago, which translated that as “it is by my order and for the good of the state that the bearer of this has done what has been done.”

  • libarbarian

    Why do so many Liberals say “Racist” instead of the more accurate “Subhuman Trash”?

    • sonamib

      Because no human is subhuman? I mean, it feels nice and all to distance ourselves from those terrible people by saying they’re totally unlike us. But, like it or not, stupidity and racism are two ills that are very prevalent in our species. We have to find ways to change this.

      • Jordan

        Sure, but extending empathy to people like that probably doesn’t work. At the point you are willing to point a lethal weapon at a child because they are a different race and doing something that makes them (the kid) happy, you are rightly and truly fucked off.

        I mean, it feels nice and all to think that every person has a reservoir of general universal consideration. That they can be reconciled to good general citizenship with some words or some time or whatever.

        But, like it or not, lots of people don’t. They are selfish, racist assholes. They’ve made their choices and those choices make them complete pieces of shit.

        • Linnaeus

          Saying that someone is a shitty person is not the same as saying they’re not a person.

          • sonamib

            Yes, thanks, that’s exactly what I meant. Shitty, monstrous, horrible people are still people.

            If they weren’t lazy and closed in their bubble, if they made an effort, they could become less shitty. Conversely, I could become a horrible person if I got lazy and just accepted the prejudices running rampant in (part of) my family and my workplace.

            And remember, some white supremacists do come around.

            But it’s probably hard to do anything to the already grown-up and set-in-their-ways racists. It’s better to focus on the younger generations, and make sure that the cultural atmosphere they grow up in is less racist. That looks like it’s happening successfully in the US, but in France the youth is no less likely to vote for Le Pen than their elders…

        • Whirrlaway

          I think you’re confusing EMPATHY with TOADYISM. Toadying to a bully only works in the short run: it is known.

          If you want to FIX the problem, you have to UNDERSTAND the problem. “Extending empathy” is the way the grownups in the room identify themselves. Slim pickings!

          • Lost Left Coaster

            Thank you. Many people don’t really understand what empathy is. It’s not the same as sympathy. I have no sympathy for Trump voters. None whatsoever. But as a social scientist I understand empathy to be a research tool — put yourself in another person’s shoes and try to understand their point of view.

            If the goal is defeating them, then you will be all the more effective at defeating them if you understand their point of view.

            • BigHank53

              Some decades ago I commented that we–as a society–should probably put more effort into understanding men who abused their partners and children. My female companion frostily pointed out that forgiving them wouldn’t help the people they hurt, and I replied that who gave a shit about forgiving them? If we didn’t figure out how they were made, we were just going to keep making more of them.

  • Cash & Cable

    Related: Emily Bazelon’s piece on the future of the DOJ is terrifying. It starts with a chummy meeting between Bannon and Sessions (with Farage and Miller in attendance) and only gets darker from there.

    • Crusty

      I’m too scared to click the link.

    • Cash & Cable

      Now the police have an attorney general who has been unwilling to give credence to their critics. Confronting Gupta in November 2015 at a Senate hearing called the War on Police, Sessions suggested that the civil rights division was going “beyond fair and balanced treatment” of law enforcement. Sessions has also called court-monitored consent decrees, which the Justice Department has used to settle school desegregation cases in addition to police investigations, “one of the most dangerous, and rarely discussed, exercises of raw power.” The problem, in other words, isn’t what the police are doing. It’s that the federal government is interfering.

      It falls to immigration agents at the Department of Homeland Security, not the Department of Justice, to pick people up. But Sessions has a major role to play. To begin with, he oversees the nation’s immigration courts. The Feb. 20 guidelines call for the Justice Department to send a surge of judges to the border to turn people around with a type of speedy removal, entailing only the barest form of legal process — a practice that Trump just expanded far beyond what any president has authorized (and which now applies in the interior of the country as well). Sessions also has the authority to streamline appeals, by expanding a cursory form of review used during the Bush years, and to overturn Obama-era decisions that have made it easier to receive asylum or get legal counsel.

  • Warren Terra

    The attack in Olathe was on Wednesday, and not only has Trump so far refused to mention it his press secretary has so far claimed not to know anything about its motivation. Whether it might have been a racist attack, or perhaps an anti-immigrant attack, is supposedly a complete mystery to him, despite the testimony of multiple eyewitnesses and even the shooter.

    Note that the horrible attack on worshippers at a Quebec mosque happened more than four weeks ago now. It left six dead, the shooter was a well-known “right-wing troll” and Trump supporter – and Trump still hasn’t mentioned it. I don’t even know if anyone in his administration has.

    On another chilling note, though this far without human injury, Trump hasn’t mentioned the hundreds of bomb threats against Jewish institutions, nor the perhaps a thousand Jewish graves desecrated in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

    But, he’s going out of his way to mention individual murders committed by undocumented people, some a decade ago – tragedies indeed, but that are not reflective of undocumented immigration more widely (immigrants are less likely than Americans to commit serious crimes here), and that unlike the anti-Muslim murders and anti-Jewish terror and vandalism are not part of a wider political movement.

  • tsam
    • witlesschum

      Norton apologized for her role in the incident saying, “I want you all to know that is not me. That is not me, that is not him. I would never walk up to you and say those words to you. I’m so sorry that happened to you. I am so sorry.”

      That is something, is what that is.

      • D.N. Nation

        I would never walk up to you and say those words to you.

        “I’m merely a coward, that’s what!”

        • BigHank53

          “On the other hand, if I’m seated in a pickup truck and holding a shotgun, I will shout them at you. See? Totally different!”

      • FMguru

        I’m digging the passive voice in “I’m so sorry that happened to you”. The thing “that happened” was the speaker’s own actions and not, as the phrasing implies, something done by someone else or perhaps an act or God.

        These people are such cowardly trash.

      • Hogan

        I want you all to know that is not me.

        Well, except in the true and literal sense.

        (See also the zombie in “RE: Your Brains”: “I’m not a monster. Well, technically I am.”)

      • tsam

        I’m so sorry that happened to you

        This is the most telling. Not “I’m sorry I did this to you”–I’m sorry this happened to you. Disassociation. Neat trick, lady, but you’re still only sad because you’re being held to account for your shitty actions.

  • Abbey Bartlet

    Related: Emily Bazelon’s piece on the future of the DOJ is terrifying. It starts with a chummy meeting between Bannon and Sessions (with Farage and Miller in attendance) and only gets darker from there.

    Not just DOJ.

    Everything here was entirely predictable, and many of us warned it would happen.

    But I’m the overreacting bitch for suggesting that people who did nothing to stop, and even aided, the rise of this administration (1) are despicable; (2) are worthless; and (3) deserve to just fucking die, since they (a) provide no value to society (but do contribute to the death of the planet [which Scotty P is going to accelerate]); (b) are quite literally going to get other, innocent people killed; and (c) knew what would result from their votes.

    NONE OF THIS IS A SURPRISE. THIS IS ALL EXACTLY WHAT HE (AND WE) SAID WOULD HAPPEN. FUCK ALL THOSE PEOPLE. THEY DESERVE NOTHING BUT PAIN AND MISERY AND SUFFERING AND I SINCERELY HOPE THEY GET IT.

    And you’re goddamn right I’ll enjoy watching it, and I would like to cordially invite anyone who has a problem with that to suck the dick I will grow just for this purpose.

    Stay. Woke.

    • witlesschum

      But I’m the overreacting bitch for suggesting that people who did nothing to stop, and even aided, the rise of this administration (1) are despicable; (2) are worthless; and (3) deserve to just fucking die, since they (a) provide no value to society (but do contribute to the death of the planet [which Scotty P is going to accelerate]); (b) are quite literally going to get other, innocent people killed; and (c) knew what would result from their votes.

      You’re not wrong. (ETA) Except about the overreacting part, just to be clear.

    • MyNameIsZweig

      I approve this message.

  • Dr. Ronnie James, DO

    Perhaps he’s still mourning the Sweden attacks.

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