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Structural Racism: Thug Trump Eager to Shoot Minneapolis Protestors

Donald Trump told Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer she should give in to the demands of armed white protestors who want to ignore public health precautions. Donald Trump tells Minnesota Governor Tim Walz he’ll send in the military to shoot the Twin Cities residents who want cops to stop killing black people:

Jason Kint, tweet, 2020.05.29
Jason Kint, tweet, 2020.05.29.

Barack Obama said today that we must address the structural racism that George Floyd’s death at the hands of police exemplifies. “This shouldn’t be ‘normal’ in 2020 America,” said President Obama. “It can’t be ‘normal.’ If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better.”

Nor should it be normal that the man occupying the White House should sound eager to start shooting protestors. I am deeply ashamed of Donald Trump and of my country for making his reign possible. Donald Trump is a thug. His looting/shooting tweet demonstrates he wants to kill Americans.

We must remove Donald Trump from office at the earliest legal opportunity.

Barack Obama, tweet, 2020.05.29.
If Martians or angels come and say, “Take us to your leader,” please, take them to Barack Obama’s house. Barack Obama, tweet, 2020.05.29.


  1. o 2020-05-29 14:48

    The President finally chooses to notice the death of a black man at the hands of over-policing ONLY as a means to more racial dog whistling – “thugs” and political posturing – Mn is a blue state. Even without taking the President up on escalating the military response, the armed (conservative, white) protesters in Michigan were not sprayed with gas and shot with rubber bullets; the black unarmed protesters in Minnesota were.

    People of color are forced to play by a different set of rules in the United States: a set of rules that deny opportunity and freedom that whites enjoy without question. The past three years has especially seen this problem move in the wrong direction.

    I am also concerned about the over-policing. How is it that so many crimes are elevated to capitol offenses on the spot by police? How is deadly force warranted when dealing with the crime of forgery, compliance . . .

  2. Ryan 2020-05-29 15:08

    I think pretending that racist killers and racist dog walkers “are normal” is misleading and divisive.

    The vast majority of people who heard about that stupid women calling 911 on the bird watcher immediately sided with the bird watcher. The vast majority of people who saw the cop kneeling on the guy were immediately disgusted with his behavior. The vast majority of people who watched those idiots in the pickup kill the guy in the street immediately recognized that as murder. Most people – white, black, or any other shade – think racism is bad and certainly don’t condone those behaviors in the least. But what happens is when one violent or stupid white person does something, it goes viral online and then you get people who want to drive racial animosity latching on to those things as if they are normal, or as if these people represent their race in some way. It’s horse crap. People should be judged for their actions, not for the actions of others who happen to share some characteristic with the actor. I am white, and I think cops who hurt people for no reason are terrible, regardless of their race. I think hicks who chase people and pretend to be some vigilante posse are terrible, regardless of their race. Most people think this way and feel this way.

    If you look at numbers on death-by-cop, it shows that this isn’t a white cop problem, it’s a bad cop problem. A lot more white people are killed by cops than any other race. And when a “minority” is killed by a cop, it’s more likely that the cop was a “minority” than that he was white. There are many bad cops of all shapes and sizes and ethnic backgrounds, and bad cops victimize people of all shapes and sizes and ethnic backgrounds. Pretending our country is white-versus-black or cops-versus-black is not helpful in the least.

    I want cops to stop killing people, too, unless they deserve it. Some people deserve it, honestly. But I don’t think most of the people rioting in minneapolis are protesting anything. They are rioting. They are looting. They are destroying public and private property because they think they can get away with it. That’s not a good way to achieve anything. Cory, I think the difference between the stupid covid protests in michigan and the “protest” in minneapolis is that the covid morons didn’t damage dozens of private businesses and residences; they didn’t start any public offices on fire; they didn’t smash cash registers at target.

    I have agreed with pretty much nothing that trump has said or done in my entire life, but shooting looters is not a bad idea. Isn’t that the job of the government and their surplus of guns? Protect the innocent from the violent and dangerous through use of force.

  3. Robin Friday 2020-05-29 15:38

    I’m sure that’s just what the governor of the state of Minnesota wants to hear, that the president is ready to send the military into Minnesota’s cities to “take control” and start the shooting. All it takes is one shot and we have war in our cities. I forget whether it was Walz or someone else who said that they hoped the Guard would be a “calming influence” rather than an antagonistic one. This is a BAD COP. Get him off the streets. how does a Minneapolis cop get a second home in Florida?

  4. Robin Friday 2020-05-29 15:43

    Jason, Amy Klobuchar had no part in this 2006 murder you’re talking about. It didn’t go to a grand jury until 2007 after she was sworn into the U.S. Senate. So there was no offiical case until after she was no longrer prosecutor. Know your facts.

  5. o 2020-05-29 15:46

    Ryan, the whole point of structural/institutional racism is the acknowledgment that although you are correct, not all of “us” are bad, we are still the system. The fact that we are not ACTIVELY dismantling this hateful, biased, traumatizing system is on “us.”

    I give you some acknowledgment that this is not just a white cop problem, but it is a black/brown defendant problem. Therein lies the rub. Therein lies the institutional nature of the issue. The institution of police/courts/legal is bent against people of color.

    I will also say that the difference between the Michigan protesters and the Minnesota protesters is that the Michigan protestors came to that protest from a position of influence and status and went home afterward to that position of status — the Minnesota protesters came from repression and diminished status and knew they would go home to that afterward. I do not condone the violence or the looting, but t pretend that we are comparing apples to apples in the status of those protesters and the institutions that they come from is missing THE point of this issue.

  6. John 2020-05-29 16:02

    “qualified immunity”, like “corporations are citizens, is a judicial wholly lacking in statutory law.
    Bar “qualified immunity” to get more accountable policing. In fact, cops should be held to a higher standard. Instead the Supreme Court essentially gave cops a free pass to, too often be cop, prosecutor, judge, jury, and executioner.

  7. Robin Friday 2020-05-29 16:32

    The president’s way of doing things and this cop’s way of policing amounts to the same agenda–abuse of power with white supremacy thrown in as an exacerbator.

  8. Robin Friday 2020-05-29 16:35

    Debbo, and from what I’ve heard from people who live there, the Third Precinct stinks from in-house fumes of white supremacy. Maybe that’s why they let the precinct burn.

  9. Robin Friday 2020-05-29 17:13

    I just have to say that I don’t think that in general, white middle-class Americans are as ready to accept institutional racism as “normal” as they used to be. The people I hear from are appalled at the death that started this and ready to clear out the precinct which has been a problem all along and nobody has cleared it out and started over. It took this. It’s time for us all to recognize that institutional racism and white supremacy are NOT normal and not acceptable and can no longer be tolerated.

  10. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-05-29 18:08

    Trump is more interested in inspiring racists than in leading and healing and improving the entire nation. A real leader would not chant violent rhymes in the midst of a violent crisis. He would speak coolly and calmly, ask everyone else to adopt a similar calm, promise to help see that justice is done, and explain how we can achieve that justice through the rule of law. A real leader would look for ways to calm tempers, not enflame them.

  11. Scott 2020-05-29 18:20

    Corey, 100% true. Your 4 sentences sum this up very well!

  12. o 2020-05-29 18:42

    Cory, to be fair, addressing institutional racism is not “calming.” It certainly is needed to move healing forward, but getting “the system” to acknowledge its white privilege and institutionalized racism is a TOUGH discussion — getting REAL reform is even more difficult. Re-norming all our social/economic institutions will not come without some serious stress and disruption. Many of those rioting believe that “speaking calm” is no longer enough — that calm whitewashes the problems and continues to suppress the reform, the disruption of “norm” so desperately needed.

    Robin, but are officials who promise to reduce prison populations or deescalate police the ones who win elections? How often does “get tough on crime” win — only to calcify these racist processes? When white privilege is actually encroached with a policy like “quotas” how often does the “reverse-racism” trigger get pulled? Giving up the advantage is tough – easier to say than do (when you are the one with the power).

  13. Debbo 2020-05-29 18:42

    I’ve lived in Minnesota 13 years and the overall feeling, which I share, is grief and anger. The anger is at the murdering cop. The grief is about the rioting in our city.

    The Gov. is Tim Walz, Democrat and a good man. He has called in the National Guard, 500 troops right now. They’re protecting the capitol building in St. Paul. Rioting has occurred in StP as well.

    Jacob Frey, Democrat, is the mayor of Minneapolis. He called off the cops when the attack on the 3rd precinct, where the murderer was stationed, could only be stopped by police violence. Mayor Frey said he prioritized people over buildings.

    Bruce Arondondo is the relatively new police chief and is generally thought of as a good guy who’s trying to reform the department.

    Bob Kroll is the president of the police union and a white scumacyst. It’s not a hard proven fact, except in everything he says and does. He is a cancer on the MPD and needs to be the first out the door. I am pro union, and some serious reforms are needed in the Minnesota police unions so bad cops can be fired and stay fired.

    White scumacysts have deliberately infiltrated the police and military and the murderer was obviously one of them. In addition, rightwing instigators arrived in town quickly. They are white scumacysts who want to start a race war.

    One was seen in high quality tactical gear, professional gas mask, heavy umbrella/shield to protect his head, every inch of skin covered. This was no outraged protester. He had a hammer and was videoed calmly and systematically smashing windows of an auto parts store. It was apparent to protesters that he didn’t belong. When they tried to question him, he walked away. The videographer and the questioner followed. He tried to snatch the camera. At that time a very good image was made and chances are he will be IDed.

    A restaurant owner watched his place burn. When asked about it, he said, “Let it burn. This is bigger than my place.” He was a Muslim Arab immigrant.

    Steve Carell and other Hollywood types are sending bail $ for protesters.

    Police in other cities are becoming aware that their silence is interpreted as acquiescence, so they are speaking up. 4 cops from big cities have tweeted videos of themselves condemning the murderer’s actions and speaking of regret for the death of Mr. Floyd.

    If you have questions, feel free to ask me. You can also check the Minneapolis Star-Tribune website, but there is a paywall. is free, as is and Unicorn Riot has been providing live streaming coverage from the heart of the unrest.

    I have joined many other Minnesotans tears over this. It is heartbreaking and past due.

    I used to live in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, but now I live in Northfield, 35 miles south of the metro. It’s quiet here. My friends and loved ones in the metro tell me they are safe.

    Please send hopes, prayers, good vibes, whatever you can. Thank you.

  14. Francis Schaffer 2020-05-29 18:58

    Well clearly the POTUS has not been briefed on Posse Comitatus.

  15. Richard Schriever 2020-05-29 19:23

    8% of the “Minneapolis” Police Department lives outside of Minneapolis. EIGHT percent. That’s even worse to the 20% of LAPD officers and 16% of LA Firefighters who actually live in LA. MPD may be the least representative of and tied to the community they police of any city in the US. It’s an armed outsider force.

  16. Richard Schriever 2020-05-29 19:32

    Oops – verbal error – 8% of the MPD lives IN Mpls., not outside of.

  17. Debbo 2020-05-29 20:06

    These are organizations you can contribute to if you’d like:

    Voices for Racial Justice

    Black Visions Collective

    Black Immigrant Collective

    Reclaim the Block

    Minnesota Voice

    Take Action MN


    NAACP Minneapolis

  18. Caleb 2020-05-29 20:31

    Ryan, if you haven’t looked into it, please study the FBI’s concern over white supremacists infiltrating and trying to dominate police forces across the country, a concern over a decade old. As Debbo said, people with power have for years deliberately aimed at inciting a race war.

    On what police are for, to my knowledge “police” came to exist as a product of slave patrols. Clearly their function has diversified dramatically since then, so I only share that for context supporting o’s comment to you.

    Even if “Protect[ing] the innocent from the violent and dangerous through use of force” were their chief function, shooting looters would remove no direct threat to any innocent one’s existence. Further, in my opinion if looting can be considered even an indirect threat to anyone’s existence, that merely suggests we live in a failed economic model (as in one designed for only a portion of the population). Shooting looters won’t change that, and might even hinder progress away from such a failure. Sincere question: since you can justify shooting looters, do you also suggest we shoot white collar criminals that plunge people into poverty, corporate executives that snuff information that could have prevented people dying of cancer, officials whose decisions allow collateral damage that kills civilians in war, etc?

    Lastly, I hope you’ll reconsider the notion that what anyone “deserves” has any weight in the law meting capital punishment, as that’s a subjective notion.

  19. Debbo 2020-05-29 23:57

    Very well stated, Caleb. I find it shocking when commenters in the newspaper or anywhere are outraged over property destruction, but not human destruction.

    Most of the metro has an 8pm curfew tonight. Protests and riots are occurring in other cities too.

  20. grudznick 2020-05-30 00:04

    No curfew here in Rapid City. No riots. All is calm. People can sleep safe from the covids and the mob, here in South Dakota. We’re proud we’re not Iowa, or Minneapolis.

  21. Richard Schriever 2020-05-30 06:22

    grudz – you’re white, and you’re proud to point out that means you feel safe and secure and distant from distress. Let’s be clear.

  22. Tim Higgins 2020-05-30 06:32

    Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has made a request to the Pentagon for military police to be sent to Minneapolis / St. Paul. I guess he is a racist too.

  23. John 2020-05-30 06:36

    Please take out your rage on your legislators, judges, and justices who excuse and green-light blue-on-us killing. The judges and justices go to extremes inventing excuses and covers after-the-fact excusing murders. Instead those activist right-wing barristers should be charged as accessories after the fact. Our cops must be held to a higher standard. Our cops should not have a free pass to kill.

  24. Tim Higgins 2020-05-30 08:25

    Bill, saw a press conference that was held around 1:30 am this morning. He did in fact make the plea.

  25. o 2020-05-30 08:43

    This is the narrative loop that has to be stopped: the bad protesters have to be stopped by the good police and that is the end of the story. It is like there is a pot boiling on the stove, and the response is to be sure the lid is firmly clamped on so that it does not boil over. That is not a long-term solution. At some point, after “order” has been restored, there has to be progress on that heat boiling the pot.

    If we only ever look at the “what,” we will never resolve the “why” of the disenfranchising the communities and people of color deal with every day. These reactions are not just to Floyd’s death; they are to the system that perpetuates the diminished status Floyd and others who look like him live with. Commenters who say things like “this does not honor Floyd’s life” could not be missing the point more.

    To Tim’s quip about Walz’s racism, the test will be when we get to a point to act; will steps be taken to raise up people and communities of color? This best not be focused only on Walz — or again, the scope of this issue has been missed.

  26. jerry 2020-05-30 09:18

    In South Dakota, the failed Queen NOem blamed the workers at the meat plants for the virus because they are poor and live in the slums of Sioux Falls. Not once has anyone addressed the horrific living conditions that landlords allow, and that poor slave wages will afford, for their housing. She sent out the dog whistle that these people don’t live like white folks because they don’t know any better and for that, we white people are punished for a virus she herself perpetuated. Our racist governor sends the signal that it’s all the poor wretches fault with no blame going on to the slave drivers. Essential workers are poor folks mostly of color, that either have to be sick on the line or die to put a damn pork chop in the dinner pot that they themselves, cannot afford to buy.

  27. Bill Goehring 2020-05-30 09:29

    Tim, I just saw Walz in a press conference (about 9 am central time) say he is calling on the Minnesota National Guard to keep the peace. He is also talking to governors of bordering states about the possibility of seeking assistance from their guards. Again, this is NOT a mobilization of the US military, as it would be unprecedented and illegal, but, rather, the troops of a « well regulated militia » as it is called in the Constitution. There is a difference, and, according to the Posse Comitatus Act: « The purpose of the act – in concert with the Insurrection Act of 1807 – is to limit the powers of the federal government in using federal military personnel to enforce domestic policies within the United States… The act does not prevent the Army National Guard or the Air National Guard under state authority from acting in a law enforcement capacity within its home state or in an adjacent state if invited by that state’s governor. »

  28. Donald Pay 2020-05-30 10:08

    It sounds as if the people Trump would shoot would be his own supporters. Some of the “fine people on both sides” groups in Charlottesville may be doing the arson, rock throwing and property destruction in Minneapolis. This is similar to what the Italian and German fascists did in the 1920s and early 1930s.

  29. mike from iowa 2020-05-30 10:57

    From Stars and Stripes: Minnesota Governor Tim Walz ordered 500 of his National Guard troops into Minneapolis, St. Paul, and surrounding communities.

    But a Pentagon spokesman said Walz did not ask for the Army to be deployed to his state.

    “The Department has been in touch with the Governor and there is no request for Title 10 forces to support the Minnesota National Guard or state law enforcement.” Title 10 is the U.S. law that governs the armed forces, and would authorize active duty military to operate within the U.S.

    Alyssa Farah, the White House director of strategic communications said the deployment of active-duty military police is untrue.

  30. jerry 2020-05-30 12:07

    It appears that the black community is not doing the looting but white agitators are. They do want a race war and trump hopes like hell to give it to them. More chaos.
    “White supremacy groups are hoping to leverage George Floyd’s death into their longed-for ‘race war'”

    So the protests are peaceful until outside agitators come in, foreign nationalists are suspect in this as well.

  31. Debbo 2020-05-30 12:25

    For those of you who are condemning the protesters, keep in mind their grievances. People like them are being killed for traffic tickets, for jogging, for relaxing in their own homes, etc. What would you do if you’d tried all the right things for years, but your uncles, brothers, cousins, etc, were still being killed for these things?

    Take your time and think about this. Develop some empathy, rather than insisting on your white POV.

    My friends on the ground in Minneapolis say there are more whites than POC involved and the large majority are in support of the protests. However, some are the white scumacyst instigators. Destruction and looting are carried out by people of every color.

    There are nurses in scrubs and clearly marked as medical personnel. They’re volunteering their time to help anyone in need. The cops shot them with rubber bullets and threw flash/bangs at them anyway. There was a medical tent set up in a parking lot and clearly marked. The cops knocked that down, forcing them to leave.

    You’ve seen the video of the Black CNN reporter arrested. If it wasn’t videoed, would he have been released? We don’t know, but they did get to arrest and humiliate him first, though they ended up humiliating themselves.

    First thing in the morning thousands of people of all colors show up on Lake Street to help the shop owners clean up damage. Shops on Lake are mostly small, independent businesses, the majority are minority owned.

    Minnesota Sen. Tina Smith is suggesting donations to this site if you’d like to help those small businesses:

    I urge you to go to YouTube and search “Unicorn Riot.” It’s live, unedited, independent reporting.

    Don’t fall for the typical white scumacysts misdirection of “Look at what those lazy ass people are doing. It’s just an opportunity to steal stuff.” Instead, remember this. “Look at the unpunished murdering that’s been perpetrated against them by those evil white racists.”

  32. Debbo 2020-05-30 12:31

    The murderer has made bail and his wife has filed for divorce. Good for her and the children.

  33. jerry 2020-05-30 12:41

    Louisville, Kentucky, last nights direct assault attack on television crew by police.

    The black community already knows how the suppression of news works, now, white folks can see why the anger and the protests. Change must happen for the communities or these cities will look like Stalingrad during the Nazi occupation.

  34. Debbo 2020-05-30 12:53

    St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter says every single rioter they arrested last night was from out of state.

    The white scumacysts are loving this. They are destroying businesses owned by POC and and looting POC neighborhood post offices, banks and grocery stores.

  35. Debbo 2020-05-30 14:56

    AG Bill disBarr goes on tv to blame the Left for the riots, but cites no evidence of same. He does not mention the white scumacyst instigators, despite video evidence of that.

    Atlanta white rioters damaged CNN. Let’s see. Who is it that passionately hates CNN? 🤔🤔🤔🤔🤔

  36. Debbo 2020-05-30 15:08

    Only about 20% of the protesters are Minnesotans per local ABC News.

    “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey along with other local officials, said that the violence and destruction are from outside elements. ‘We are now confronting white supremacists, members of organized crime, out-of-state instigators, and possibly even foreign actors to destroy and destabilize our city and our region,’ Frey tweeted on Saturday.”

    Notices on white scumacyst websites are urging them to get here to fight.

    Gov. Walz is activating another 1000 Guards troops.

    Chief of Minneapolis Police Medario Arrodondo agrees that white scumacysts are many of the trouble makers and arrestees.

  37. grudznick 2020-05-30 17:20

    Let us hope the SD Libbies can keep their insanest under control, so they don’t attack the reporters or bloggers like the libbies did when they attacked the Fox News professional journalists.

  38. mike from iowa 2020-05-30 17:42

    Fake Noize is a large part of the problem of falsely reported, “alleged” facts and plain old made up Grudzilla swill.

  39. Debbo 2020-05-30 17:54

    Local tv stations are KARE 11, WCCO, KSTP, MPTV, Fox 17.

    Jason’s link is best for completely unfiltered news on the ground.

    Racists are trying hard to proclaim innocence, but it’s not coherent with the facts on the ground.

  40. Debbo 2020-05-30 17:57

    Local tv stations are KARE 11, WCCO, KSTP, MPTV, Fox 17.

    Jason’s link is best for completely unfiltered news on the ground.

  41. grudznick 2020-05-30 18:19

    Mr. mike, I realize you are from Iowa, where there are no more goats and no doubt few people who are not lilly white, but do you imagine more flat screen TVs have been looted by registered Democrats or Registered Republicans or people who libbies sympathize with but who just don’t vote out of laziness?

  42. Tim Higgins 2020-05-30 18:48

    Bill, ok so he changed his tone. I saw the early AM press conference and he called for assistance from the US government.

    From your post he mobilized the Minnesota National Guard. That is military intervention. So as this post points out President Trump is a racist for suggesting this very same thing.

  43. mike from iowa 2020-05-30 19:20

    Grudz, you being from someplace where wingnuts roam free, would ignore the reasons the looting takes place to try to blame one side for all the injustices done to them ever since they were first kidnapped and brought here.

    The rarified air you inhale is rarified due solely to the locale your head is up when you breathe.

  44. Debbo 2020-05-30 19:45

    Tim, trump is racist for many, many reasons. He’s never signed a document attesting to his racism, but his words and actions have made it so clear that all the racists claim him as one of their own. In fact, they pledge allegiance to the entire GOP.

  45. jerry 2020-05-30 20:00

    Soon, we’re gonna be running out of troops. Either fix what ails this country’s racism issue or bring back the troops from South Korea, Japan, Afghanistan, Germany and wherever. This is what happens when racism rules the land, change it or lose it.

  46. grudznick 2020-05-30 20:01

    Democrats were kidnapped and brought here? Maybe in Iowa, Mr. Mike, but not in South Dakota. I know a bunch of Democrats who were born here, they are real South Dakotans and proud of it. But you could be onto something with the rarified air up here in the Black Hills. It’s clean and crisp and not a hint of hog farm or Iowegian slaughterhouse.

  47. Robin Friday 2020-05-30 20:03

    Debbo, seems Trump can hardly wait until Walz gives him the green light to send in the military. He may indeed, not wait and pull the trigger without Walz’s go-ahead. Trump can hardly wait.

  48. jerry 2020-05-30 20:32

    Robin, we don’t have the troops. The national guard has been pulling double duty since 2001. The national guard are the national troops. Pay no never mind to the fraud behind the curtain. He is all smoke and mirrors.

  49. Debbo 2020-05-30 20:38

    Robin, I think you’re right that Cadet Bone Spurs would like to appear like the big hero. I don’t think it’s legal.

    There are dozens of rumors flying around about tonight. My friends on the ground in Minneapolis tell me there are for sure a lot of looters and arsonists here who are not locals. I’m worried about what will happen. Around 2000 Guard will be available, plus all the cops. 😥

  50. Richard Schriever 2020-05-30 21:25

    “Fox News professional journalists.” Oh look – grudz told a funny.

  51. jerry 2020-05-30 21:30

    Rapid City, today.
    “Those in cars raised their fists in the air as a sea of people walking down North 5th Street raised signs and chanted, “No justice, no peace. Say his name — George Floyd.”

    Floyd’s name rang throughout Memorial Park, from the Band Shell to 5th Street and down toward Omaha Street during the Walk/Stand Up for George event Saturday afternoon.” Rapid City Journal, like now.

  52. jerry 2020-05-30 21:33

    Mr. grudznick is having a sad. His beloved republican party has now become the party of trump racism.

  53. grudznick 2020-05-30 21:39

    I do hate Mr. Trump, Mr. jerry. Little he does surprises me or makes me sad. Tomorrow, at the Conservatives with Common Sense Socially Distanced Breakfast, from my table I will deliver the Opening Rant and it will be about menageries.

  54. jerry 2020-05-30 21:45

    Chubby has even threatened to literally turn the dogs out on protesters in front of the White House.

    “The President cannot direct U.S. military involvement, which includes the military police, in domestic law enforcement actions without the approval of Congress.

    In 1878, Congress passed and President Hayes signed into law the Posse Comitatus Act, which limits the power of the federal government in the use of federal military personnel to enforce U.S. laws and domestic policies within the borders of the United States. As originally enacted in 1878, the Posse Comitatus Act applied only to the U.S. Army but was amended in 1956 to include the Air Force. In addition, the Department of the Navy has enacted regulations intended to apply the Posse Comitatus Act restrictions to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.”

    Pay no attention to trump. Listen to what is being said by grownups.

  55. Jason 2020-05-30 21:46

    Late stage American Empire is really ugly.

  56. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-05-31 07:22

    Trump is accelerating the accelerationists, who recognize that our strong civic institutions check their racism and thus are determined to destroy our civic institutions.

  57. Clyde 2020-05-31 08:09

    ” Late stage American Empire is really ugly” Jason has got it. I only see it getting much uglier. Biden sure as hell isn’t going to save it.

    Racism is obvious but the problem is deeper, IMO. This country needs to spend more money on much larger police forces and less on gorilla training. Instead of arming the police force with the latest in assault weapons they need more body cams. As in so many cases, money is the root of the problem. Instead of a police cruiser every now and then through problem neighborhoods there needs to be a cop on every corner. Or, perhaps, instead of the national guard policing Baghdad, they ought to be policing American cities.

  58. Clyde 2020-05-31 08:53

    Sounds as if Klobuchar is off the short list now because of this. Its getting down to Kamala, who is just as flawed as Klobuchar but is a friend to big banking and the Oligarchs who really, in the end, do all the appointing anyway.
    I’ve been saying it would be Harris since Biden announced he would pick a woman for VP. Of course she will be up for President after Biden throws in the towel because of Dementia in four years and I will likely go to my grave before there is any hope for this country.
    Of course, there is still that very likely chance that Trump will get re-elected in which case my prediction is out the window.

  59. leslie 2020-05-31 09:01

    Clyde, Jason and grdz deserve no accolades here for their racist sentiments, which, ‘remain regrettably entrenched in the high echelons of state government,’ that they cloak in equivocation (“Police terrorizing people of color…is supported by BOTH political parties”), fear stoking over-kill (“… Biden sure as hell isn’t going to save it. Racism is obvious but the problem is deeper…through problem neighborhoods there needs to be a cop on every corner. Or…national guard policing…American cities.”) Our impeached Trump and obstructionist McConnell have singlehandedly reignited race war on the streets in a single day. “I do hate Mr. Trump” hypocrites and trolls bugle. Let police and national guard protect the nation from white supremacy. “Riot-booster”and “out-of-stater” is the Republican SD-coined dog whistle. Democrats and progressives and independents of good conscience have NOTHING in common with racist stigma of the GOP, RAGA, think-tanks, neo-cons; and a sometimes foot-in-mouth yet honorable Joe Biden WILL save us. VOTE BLUE at every possible opportunity. That sure as hell will save the world. One baby step at a time. For that is where religion and conservative politics have devolved to. Racism.

  60. bearcreekbat 2020-05-31 09:22

    That is a very perceptive comment leslie, thanks!

  61. leslie 2020-05-31 09:43

    All in the fingertips;)

  62. Clyde 2020-05-31 09:50

    leslie and BCB, I’m afraid that until you folks and your ilk are willing to see the problem and address it that this country has little hope. Yes, by all means, support the lesser of the two evils. As we are asked to do in every election while the bar continues to be lowered.

  63. jerry 2020-05-31 12:39

    Good on you leslie! The ilk are clear in their thinking and processing. We are where we are thanks to no nothing supporters of a no nothing television personality. There are no retakes in real life though. So now we await the time clock. This is from Charles Pierce at the Esquire. Damn good and spot on.

    “The entire country has been on the edge of a crack-up since the returns started rolling in on the first Tuesday of November, 2016. An actual president would have been aware of that and worked to calm a country that his election had so caught by surprise. But, at almost every turn of his presidency, this president* has worked to keep the country on edge, to disrupt the “domestic tranquillity” that is a stated purpose of the Constitution he swore to preserve and protect. Where there is hatred, he sows anger. Where there is injury, resentment. Where there is doubt, uncertainty. Where there is despair, poison. Where there is darkness, destruction. And where there is sadness, desperation. There’s something that feeds his soul in feeding the soul of the country to the flames. He has nothing else. He can’t conceive of another way to live. He belongs to another entirely different species of parasite.”

  64. o 2020-05-31 13:15

    Clyde, I see your criticism and get what NOT to do, but what is the non-lesser-of-two-evils pathway?

  65. Caleb 2020-05-31 17:18

    Even having absorbed relatively little information regarding Biden’s record on racism and racism-related issues, and even agreeing with leslie that “Democrats and progressives and independents of good conscience have NOTHING in common with racist stigma of the GOP, RAGA, think-tanks, neo-cons”, I do not believe Biden would save much of anything (and least of all those suffering under racism) if elected. What little context remains in my memory and prompts that belief:

  66. jerry 2020-05-31 17:43

    Absorb the fact that Biden was Obama’s vice president for 8 years. For the record, President Obama is a black man.

  67. Debbo 2020-05-31 18:57

    That’s a great link to the “accelerationists” Cory. I had not heard that title before. Y’all should read it.

    I don’t know what will happen tonight, but MSP was a mixed bag last night. They dispersed protesters who ignored the curfew by using primarily tear gas. I don’t fault them for that. It was a nonlethal way to enforce the law and destruction was greatly reduced.

    On the other hand, there were troubling moments too. A cop who ordered one of the troop to “light up” family members standing on their own porch on a quiet, residential street. There was simply no point.

    Around the nation a cop drove right through protesters in his police SUV. Another cop clearly and openly flashed a white supremacist hand sign. A cop in a SUV viciously doored a protester as he drove past. Several clearly marked members of the media with permits to be there were shot with nonlethal weapons or gassed. Protesters complying with orders were gassed and shot anyway.

    These protests are about cop crimes. At the very least and most generous interpretation, those unnecessary actions were stupid and counterproductive. At worst, they reinforced the narrative of cruel, racist cops out of control.

  68. Donald Pay 2020-05-31 20:39

    Last evening we had some vandalism on State Street in Madison, WI, and at two malls after a peaceful afternoon rally and march. Liz and I watched it on three local TV stations from 7-11 pm. It was quite a show. Most people were just down there watching about 150 of Trump’s “fine people” go nuts. I’m sure there were some lefty looneys down there, too, but so far we haven’t heard of them being actually arrested.

    At any rate, the TV coverage showed one young woman kick out two windows, one in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in the beautiful Overture Center on State Street, where Liz’s daughter works. Liz happened to know this woman as a frequent commenter on various local on-line platforms, where she has been a staunch defender of Donald Trump, as well as a pretty viscious racist. Her father is employed in a local community as a cop. She has been arrested.

    This woman should have known, being local, that the State Street area is blanketed in video surveillance. Aside from that there were hundreds of people filming from their cameras, not to speak of wall-to-wall TV coverage. This woman needs to do some serious time, but since we are liberals around her she’ll probably get off much lighter than she should. Still, I’m sure she will sue for interfering in her constitutional right to kick out windows.

  69. grudznick 2020-05-31 21:05

    If a “Jacob Peterson” walks down St. Joe’s smashing windows, I expect The mob will assemble quickly, and once assembled The Mob will proceed to deal with said “Jacob Peterson” the way rioters should be dealt with.

    The Mob, once assembled, is hard to stop, and generally The Mob rules. Let us not assemble The Mob.

  70. jerry 2020-05-31 21:17

    Minneapolis police are ignorant of the history of the city and of the state of Minnesota.

    “Minnesota, as the free-state home of Dred Scott, played a critical role in one of the national events that led to the Civil War.

    Before the war, Minnesota had been the temporary home of Dred Scott, a slave at Fort Snelling. This detail factored prominently in a landmark Supreme Court decision that would portend the eventual conflict. Minnesota, admitted as a free state in 1858, helped to elect Abraham Lincoln, who won the state’s electoral votes in 1860 and again in 1864 with the help of many, including St. Cloud newspaper publisher and abolitionist Jane Gray Swisshelm.”

    This is what happens when history is not taught and remembered. Minnesota has a storied historical reason to be proud of it’s commitment to abolishing slavery as a free state. Moreover, the commitment of Minnesota soldiers in the civil war made for the crushing defeats it gave the confederates at Vicksburg and at Gettysburg along with other battles throughout the civil war.
    Now Minneapolis police want to go back to Dred Scott to stain the honor of those who sacrificed so much to save this union.

  71. grudznick 2020-05-31 21:22

    Mr. jerry, is not Mr. Scott more noted for the decision being made in St. Louis? While I understand Minnesota’s desire to try and latch onto some of Mr. Scott’s fame, let us not forget that the courthouse there by the big arch thing in St. Louis is really the heart of Mr. Scott’s history. Plus, he had a real neato first name, of that there is no doubt.

  72. jerry 2020-05-31 21:38

    Not when Jacob Peterson is a cop.

  73. jerry 2020-05-31 21:40

    Indeed it was, but as you read, Minnesota also as well as Illinois, figured prominently in the case. The case ended so badly we went to war with ourselves.

  74. jerry 2020-05-31 23:02

    Biden meets with protesters while trump cowers in his bunker like Adolph. Wonder if Eva was with him. All the while whimpering “I’m gonna let the dogs out”, Where’s my republican senators?? Shorty?? Johnny??? Where are ye??” When will these senators finally put a tent over this circus called trump and actually defend this country?

    “President Donald Trump was reportedly taken by the Secret Service to an underground bunker beneath the White House that’s intended to defend against terrorist attacks as protesters gathered outside the White House, according to a report in The New York Times.”

  75. Debbo 2020-06-01 00:19

    Good research Jerry. I’ve toured Fort Snelling, where Dred Scott’s cabin is proudly highlighted. Indeed, racist cops and all Minnesota racists are besmirching a great state’s wonderful history of equality. There are many monuments to the Minnesota First, a valiant entry in the Civil War.

    Racists are only focused on their own fear and startling ignorance.

    Joe, I read HC Richardson’s columns regularly. She also offers frequent videos. She’s very smart, lucid and clear. She usually helps me feel more hopeful.

  76. leslie 2020-06-01 01:11

    Smithfield/Kristi/Trump muzzled CDC two days after it required the Greeley packing plant to test, and numerous related reopening/operating requirements. Peoples’ lives are at risk in Sx Falls and neighboring Sx City. Does Kristi think people are not angry? She says SD will not tolerate mob violence, wearing her White Supremacist/Militia Camo Tactical cap with velcro patches just like the Idaho III%ers wore rolling up on the FBI at the Harney wildlife refuge takeover, as she was addressing on statewide TV coverage of Sx Falls violence tonight related to thousands who organized protesting police violence against POC. She’s just joking I am sure, like Trump’s twitter “jokes”. I am certain Putin is immensely enjoying the division he created in the USA. Where will Trump hide out after the election?

  77. Caleb 2020-06-01 02:15

    “Absorb the fact that Biden was Obama’s vice president for 8 years. For the record, President Obama is a black man.”

    No thank you, Jerry, for patronizing me with nothing I didn’t know. For the record, the 2008 election was the first in which I could legally vote, but before that I had registered independent and decided against voting in a federal election under the belief both dominant parties were against the people (much like the whole political system), and that if I didn’t want anyone to control my choices and thoughts, I shouldn’t do anything to control theirs.

    Nonetheless I was, in hindsight, a young and dumb idiot and “closet” Democrat who fell for the “hope and change” Obama campaign built primarily upon social media manipulation, as in I was so happy when Obama was elected. As a result of that campaign the world suffered a massive bank bailout and increased drone strikes (among more tragedy), including the murder of a US citizen. You acting like Biden being his vice president means anything about Biden’s possible racial sentiment is similarly asinine to anti-black racists citing Obama’s presidency as justification for their ideas that this nation has swung too far left in that a black president is no guarantee of any new racial justice, and a white vice president beside a black president is no guarantee of that vice president holding any particular racial view.

    Anyway…you likely didn’t read the patronizing comment, within the article I linked, that Biden made against Obama long ago. Please check that out, and question your faith in the spectacle that is our politics and most candidates involved.

  78. mike from iowa 2020-06-01 08:20

    Caleb, which changes under Obama did you not see? Did you not see him save the auto industry and all those jobs? Did you not see the unemployment numbers go down as new jobs were created? Did not the stock market increase by 150% under Obama? Did we finally claw our way out of dumbass dubya’s second recession? Did not millions more citizens obtain health insurance, many for the first time? Did Obama sooth foreign relations that wingnuts tend to trample on and dismiss?

    Did you miss all the wingnut obstruction for 6 of Obama’s 8 years in office? Obama did a superb job while having to drag the entire party of Russia lovers forward into the 21st cdentury.

  79. leslie 2020-06-01 10:22

    Debbo: wasn’t Northfield the site of The James Gang or Bonnie and Clyde? I read with dismay it is a pandemic hotspot. Keep up the good fight!

  80. Debbo 2020-06-01 13:45

    Leslie, the James Gang tried to rob both Northfield banks at once. They got neither because the citizens fought back. Jesse James and a few of his outlaws escaped, in part, by jumping across a narrow part of the Pallisades near Garretson. Every September Northfield hosts a 4 day fest, Jesse James Days. It’s big.

    Rice County has 2 sizable towns, Northfield and Faribault, with Faribault having a couple hundred more people. My town is quite liberal. Faribault is known for being conservative. Faribault has 90% of the COVID-19 cases. We’re up to about 50 here. Faribault has 400+/-.

  81. Caleb 2020-06-02 03:56

    mike from iowa, I saw all the changes you mentioned, and then some. In response:

    -I forget how the auto industry bailout went, but I recall thinking it was primarily a matter of perception management. Please explain what you believe about it.

    -Part time jobs shorting people of benefits and living wages decreased unemployment after the 2008 recession.

    -The stock market, like GDP, is barely a reflection of how the working class in this nation suffers or thrives, so I don’t give a damn whether it rises or falls, let alone believe either direction points to any benevolent intentions by any administration.

    -Some have recovered from the 2008 recession, while others have not.

    -The ACA was aimed more at preserving the parasitic insurance industry than at truly helping the impoverished, no matter how many more signed up for insurance since its inception. I say that not only as a relatively enthusiastic reader, but also as one who trusted his mother (a banker for over 30 years) promoting it the same exact way you praise it, and who therefore optimistically embraced it early on, only to find that because my self-employed income is below the federal poverty level despite my working well over 40 hours per week, I qualify for no federal assistance, and would therefore spend about half my annual income on health insurance through the program.

    -For a long time I believed Obama soothed those foreign relations you mentioned. I still am troubled by the Trump administration backing out of the Iran nuclear deal, for instance. Even so, I’m not convinced the headlines and article bodies leading me to believe he soothed those tensions were accurate. I’m pretty sure the thousands of civilian deaths by drone strike in the middle east and Africa under Obama soothed little, especially considering child accounts of fearing what comes from the sky. Further, the Stuxnet virus destroying Iranian centrifuges under Obama’s term, even if designed and deployed before it, reduces my faith in him soothing tensions. Plus, under Obama the US continued its long standing efforts toward containing Russia, and ramped up containing China, both of which make me doubt any true soothing intent.

    -Like anybody fractionally attentive throughout Obama’s presidency, I noticed the Republican congressional obstruction. As it unfolded I thought the obstructionists and their victims were all sincere, but having learned some history since then, I lean toward believing the “gridlock” was instead a coordinated effort between all involved, including the Obama administration.

  82. leslie 2020-06-02 07:19

    Yes caleb, please explain how you can be so obtuse and provocative. Troll much?

  83. leslie 2020-06-02 07:30

    Conspiracy Caleb: “coordinated effort between all involved, including the Obama administration.”

    Bullsheit ACA misinformation. “…my self-employed income is below the federal poverty level despite my working well over 40 hours per week, I qualify for no federal assistance”.

    Who are u? Why r u here? Moar Putin’s puppets on display. (C)mfi (:

  84. Clyde 2020-06-02 08:40

    You go, Caleb…..
    Lets seee….I remember Obama going to Flint Michigan and drinking the water….I remember him bailing out all the big banks when not only should they have been allowed to fail but should have been forced to.
    The ACA did just placate the insurance industry, big “Pharma”, and the medical industry. At the time something had to be done because the many uninsured in the country were about to collapse the entire system. I remember at that time disoriented patients in hospital gowns being dumped on the streets because they couldn’t pay for their stay.
    I voted for Obama because of the “hope and change” I agreed with and wanted to see. Didn’t see much.

  85. mike from iowa 2020-06-02 09:37

    Might I suggest Clyde and Caleb are willfully uninformed or unconscious while Obama and Dems fixed the wingnut broken economy again>?

    The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, often called the “bank bailout of 2008,” was proposed by Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, passed by the 110th United States Congress, and signed into law by President George W. Bush.

    The economy gained a net 11.6 million jobs. The unemployment rate dropped to below the historical norm.
    Average weekly earnings for all workers were up 4.2 percent after inflation. The gain was 3.7 percent for just production and nonsupervisory employees.
    After-tax corporate profits also set records, as did stock prices. The S&P 500 index rose 166 percent.
    The number of people lacking health insurance dropped by 15 million. Premiums rose, but more slowly than before.
    The federal debt owed to the public rose 128 percent. Deficits were rising as Obama departed.
    Home prices rose 20 percent. But the home ownership rate hit the lowest point in half a century.
    Illegal immigration declined: The Border Patrol caught 35 percent fewer people trying to get into the U.S. from Mexico.
    Wind and solar power increased 369 percent. Coal production declined 38 percent. Carbon emissions from burning fossil fuel dropped 11 percent.
    Production of handguns rose 207 percent, to a record level.
    The murder rate dropped to the lowest on record in 2014, then rose and finished at the same rate as when Obama took office.

  86. mike from iowa 2020-06-02 09:42

    We can nip this one in the bud before you two get started on it….. Obama did not destroy the coal industry with EPA regs. That would be this wingnut crook who should have been impeached

    The primary use of coal in the U.S. is for electricity generation, and the main environmental law affecting coal combustion for electricity generation is the Clean Air Act of 1970, signed into law by Richard Nixon. The law imposed significant restrictions on sulfur emissions from new coal-fired power plants.Mar 17, 2017

    My apologies for going into the rabbit hole and hijacking the thread.

  87. Caleb 2020-06-05 20:52

    leslie, I said I lean toward believing in that coordination. It’s a suspicion, not a belief. I believe the Republican party’s complete refusal to work with Obama was a purely strategic choice rather than one based on any principles or values, they made knowing they had the requisite base and power. Similarly, I meant my comment to suggest the gridlock resulted from the Democratic party putting up no sincere opposition to that resistance.

    I acknowledge a ton of ACA misinformation exists, and it saddens me, but my application result through is what told me I don’t qualify for federal assistance. I admit I don’t know if that’s how the program started, or if it changed since Trump took office, because last year was the first year whichever department operating could verify my identity, despite my having a drivers license, SS card, birth certificate, and passport since the beginning. I haven’t had health insurance since 2014. Regardless, I agree with Clyde’s perception that the federal government made a concession to public perception using the ACA.

    mike from iowa, the idea that Obama destroyed the coal industry with EPA regulations is one that never crossed my mind. I’m all for those EPA regulations, and super bummed at the Trump administration wiping out every bit of progress the Obama administration made in the EPA.

    Also, I believe you are mistaken, in that looking at sources which dug deep beneath the ostensibly positive points you raised are what prompt my views. I once looked to all those statistics as reasons to feel positive about what was happening and optimistic about the future, too. Then as I was exposed to certain facts, both in media and the communities where I lived, and realized my ignorance made me feel and think that way. I speak from memory of years of study and corresponding reflection upon my entire life. I don’t have time to find those facts, but I don’t at all expect you to believe me, anyway. That’s okay.

  88. Debbo 2020-06-05 20:54

    This is a thoughtful consideration of looting and what is behind it.

    There isn’t a simple story about looting

  89. Donald Pay 2020-06-05 21:10

    Debbo, My daughter was at Carleton College in Northfield, so I got interested in that bank robbery. The James Gang, at least some of them, escaped from Northfield and had a long and arduous escape through what was then mostly forested region in southwest Minnesota . They probably made their way into eastern South Dakota before going into Iowa or Nebraska and thence to Kansas. They may have come through or near Sioux Falls. The local legend is that Jesse James and his horse jumped over a particular cliff in the Palisade Park area. Garretson has an annual Jesse James Day.

  90. Debbo 2020-06-05 21:31

    Good for Jesse. He’s still creating revenue! Northfield’s festival is the second weekend of September so it may still happen.

    Carleton is a great college and your daughter certainly sounds smart enough to have been successful there.

  91. jerry 2020-06-05 21:33

    Caleb, the only reasons you could have been denied marketplace subsidy are because you don’t have enough income or you have too much income. When you said passport, they don’t require that unless you have recently become naturalized and you don’t have those papers (like you should). Those have always been the rules since 2010. There are of course other rules, like you can’t have a subsidy if you have employer health insurance that is affordable. Or you might be incarcerated.

    You can always purchase your own healthcare through either Sanford or Avera as they are the only ones who provide insurance in the state of South Dakota according to what an agent told me. That has to be done during open enrollment though. Talk to a health insurance agent and they can help you out.

  92. Caleb 2020-06-05 21:39

    jerry, I understand marketplace subsidy is denied from having too much or too little income, which I thought was evident in my specifically stating the reason was I made less than the federal poverty rate. I also knew a passport wasn’t needed. I mentioned it only to suggest the federal government should damn well know me.

    I’ve intended following the route you suggested, but for reasons I can’t really explain, just haven’t yet managed. Thanks for the supportive comment.

  93. jerry 2020-06-05 22:14

    Absolutely welcome Caleb. NOem and the republican lockstep brown-shirts in Pierre, have not allowed Medicaid Expansion, which would’ve taken care of you. South Dakota kissed well over a BILLION DOLLARS down the drain by not expanding Medicaid. But like they say in Pierre, a BILLION DOLLARS is just chump change for the way they roll.

  94. Caleb 2020-06-05 23:29

    jerry, I noted that foregoing of Medicaid expansion with disgust when it happened. Even so, I hope you will refrain from so easily brandishing incendiary words and phrases like “brown-shirts”. I recall one exchange within the last year when someone else called me one because I questioned their opposition to tax reform, wealth redistribution, or something along those lines, as if I was militantly (or at all) demanding such a thing. Please trust I look at Noem as an enemy of the people, but that I worry we erode the meaning of sharply defining terms when we so loosely use them.

  95. leslie 2020-06-06 00:36

    Caleb, cursorily, there are many misperceptions you have back to 08 or before and yet didnt vote. I dont kno where to start. Allowing media misinfo to justify this is a major failure. Jerry and mfi are grounded in reality of those days battles. Me thinks (which ryan stole from me last week :) you blame Dems too much based on swill rightwing press too easily sling. Perhaps one issue at a time.

  96. Caleb 2020-06-06 03:23

    leslie, I am terrified by a belief the US polity has shifted far right across the last four plus decades while those leading us have convinced us it has shifted far left. Please stop presuming you know the sources informing my statements, or that you fully, or even mostly, understand why I didn’t vote on a federal election until 2016. Please state the misperceptions you believe I hold. I was alive in those days’ battles, too, and considered them from as many angles as I could find, not just then but in all the years since. I studied media production at the collegiate level in the mid 2000s – I don’t believe I’m the simpleton you suggest I am. That I don’t provide careful and comprehensive one-issue-at-a-time accounting of my understanding of things now doesn’t mean my sentiments aren’t informed by such careful study in the past when I led a life allowing me such privilege.

  97. Jenny 2020-06-06 07:54

    Caleb, I agree with you with everything you say about Obama. Obama was, unfortunately, just another establishment Democrat that fooled a lot of us true progressives with his dazzling hope and change speeches. I voted for him but was very unimpressed and let down at the end of eight years.
    Obama will be remembered as being the first black president, that it.
    I actually have more hope now with what is going on in the demonstrations across the US – MN has banned knee to the neck tactics.Keith Ellison, a real Progressive has taken over as lead prosecutor in the Floyd case and future cases, the NFL actually admitting they were wrong about kneeling and actually apologizing. This is a good start and the chains are moving to stop police brutality. It is just too bad it had to take yet another death of a black man.

  98. Debbo 2020-06-16 17:50

    A prof at the University of Minnesota was working on this syllabus before George Floyd was murdered. He’s finished it and is offering it to everyone. I think it might be especially helpful for educating white people. It includes books, videos, podcasts, articles, etc.

  99. Debbo 2020-06-19 13:58

    SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor disagreed with a portion of Roberts’ DACA opinion. While Robert’s tried to cover Rancid Racist’s butt, Sotomayor said, yes indeed. He is racist.

    Roberts, joined by liberal Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan, concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to believe that the decision to undo DACA was motivated by “animus” and thus violated the constitutional guarantee of equal protection. This is where Sotomayor broke with Roberts’ opinion. Though not conclusive, she found that there was sufficient reason to believe President Donald Trump’s animus toward Latino immigrants may have motivated the policy. She would have remanded the question of animus and equal protection back to lower courts to adjudicate.

    This is particularly notable because Sotomayor is the only Latina justice to ever serve on the court, and she charged her colleagues of “overlooking the strength” of the allegations that Trump’s animus motivated the policy.

    In particular, she says they dismissed “the statements that President Trump made both before and after he assumed office.” These include his allegations during the campaign that “Mexican immigrants are ‘people that have lots of problems,’ ‘the bad ones,’ and ‘criminals, drug dealers, [and] rapists,” and Trump’s claims in 2017 “comparing undocumented immigrants to ‘animals’ responsible for ‘the drugs, the gangs, the cartels, the crisis of smuggling and trafficking, [and] MS13.'”

    In his opinion, Roberts argued that “the cited statements are unilluminating.”

    “[These] statements—remote in time and made in unrelated contexts— do not qualify as ‘contemporary statements’ probative of the decision at issue,” he wrote. He also noted that they didn’t come from the attorney general or the DHS official who were directly involved in winding down DACA.

    Sotomayor, however, said this view represented a “blinkered approach.”

    Trump’s statements “bear on unlawful migration from Mexico—a keystone of President Trump’s campaign and a policy priority of his administration—and, according to respondents, were an animating force behind the rescission of DACA,” she wrote. “Taken together, ‘the words of the President’ help to ‘create the strong perception’ that the rescission decision was ‘contaminated by impermissible discriminatory animus.'”

    She added: “At the motion-to-dismiss stage, I would not so readily dismiss the allegation that an executive decision disproportionately harms the same racial group that the President branded as less desirable mere months earlier. ”

    National Memo

  100. Debbo 2020-06-25 20:39

    This tells the story of Ahmaud Arbery, the boy he was, the man he was stopped from becoming.

    Twelve Minutes and a Life

    If you’re tired of hearing about racism and want to move on, this is why you should not.

  101. Debbo 2020-07-06 14:41

    I read most of the article Mike. It will be interesting to see where the dirt falls.

  102. mike from iowa 2020-07-06 15:22

    I read yours and must say the afterfacts make a mockery of the before facts. Such a sad story except it happens all the time all over drumpf’s racist America.

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