Now that we have the unpleasantness of Samantha Bee out of the way, your gorge is safe. Well, sort of…
2. Short version: “Grow up!” If the long-time theater friend who just defriended me on Facebook is reading (yes, I know who you are), this is a message for all the people who can’t tolerate, or remain friends with, anyone who challenges their anti-Trump fanaticism by pointing out–nicely!– that they sound like lunatics. I know you assume that you are in the warm, comforting womb of a left-wing echo-chamber, but friends don’t let friends write stupid, or shouldn’t. You, let me remind you, stated in black and white that Al Franken was the best hope to defeat Trump in 2020 (See how nice I was? I didn’t even challenge that nonsense!) until Republicans secretly engineered his destruction. I wrote in response that this was tin foil hat stuff, which it is; that implicitly accusing Kristen Gillibrand of being in cahoots with the GOP was bonkers, which is accurate, and that you should get help, which you should.
Your response was defriend me. Nice.
This has happened with about five theater friends, and in all cases over hysterical assertions that would be only acceptable from a 12-year-old. They, like you, are used to making ridiculous, hyper-partisan statements without being challenged, and regard a dissenting argument as a personal affront as well as the mark of Satan. You should not want to remain deluded, you should want to be called out when you write something idiotic, and you should not react with hostility to a friend who does so in good faith.
What I have learned about the resistance is that their logic, facts and debate skills are fatally flawed or absent. Their only defense against rebuttal is to censor it.
You really should not want to hang out with this crowd, my friend. Get well soon. I mean it.
And shame on you. I don’t deserve that.
3. Google is your friend, Mr. President. Yesterday, President Trump floated the idea of pardoning the late Muhammad Ali, who was famously convicted of draft-dodging during the Vietnam war. Ali, however, needs a pardon as much as I do. (Less, really, since he’s dead.) His conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional. There is nothing to pardon him for.
This kind of thing is an unforced error that justifiably undermines trust in the President. It’s just inexcusably sloppy—typical, I concede, but sloppy. I don’t blame Trump for not knowing that Ali’s conviction had been reversed: I had forgotten that myself. Making impulsive statements based on flawed information and snap decisions, however, suggests that the President might take impulsive actions based on misunderstandings as well.
Well, he does that, too.
More on pardons: I have seen several news sources, including the New York Times, contrast President Trump’s political “celebrity” pardons with President Obama’s pardons of less high profile Americans. Fake news. At this point in his administration, how many pardons do you think Obama had issued?
None. Zero. Zilch.
682 days into his presidency, Barack Obama, the slowest Democratic president in history to exercise the pardon power, has finally discovered the dark corners of Article II of the Constitution and, you know, the whole “checks and balances” thing. Yes, today, the President hasgranted 9 pardons. Why, even William Henry Harrison, who only served 32 days before having the poor taste to die, found a way to grant 3 pardons!
Trump just passed the 500 day mark. so he is a full half-year ahead of Obama in issuing pardons. Any pardons are better than no pardons. The mainstream media, however, intent upon bashing Trump and facts be damned, compared his pardons in less than two years in office with Obama’s in eight.
I repeat: you cannot trust these people.
5. Another “good illegal immigrant” story. The Times is pumping these out almost every day. Let the Times tell it:
Pablo Villavicencio Calderon, 35, an undocumented immigrant [Psst! He’s an illegal immigrant…] , was making a delivery from a brick-oven pizza restaurant in Queens to the Army base next to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Friday before lunchtime.
According to his wife, Sandra Chica, he presented a New York City identification card, as he had done in the past. The card, provided through a program called IDNYC, was supposed to give undocumented immigrants a method of proving their identification when dealing with city agencies, including the schools system and the Police Department, neither of which is allowed to ask about immigration status.
But on that day, Ms. Chica said, it was not enough for the military police officer on duty, who said Mr. Villavicencio needed a driver’s license, which he did not have. A background check revealed an open order of deportation from 2010. Military personnel detained him and called Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, who took him into custody, an official for the immigration agency said.
He is scheduled to be deported to Ecuador next week, his wife said.
He was a fugitive. The Times, in this and follow-up articles, keeps saying that he had no criminal record. He not only is in the country illegally, he is defying a deportation order.
More from the Times:
“The arrest of Pablo with a municipal ID is sending shock waves throughout the immigrant community because they were told they would have some form of living in this city without harassment,” Eric Adams, the Brooklyn borough president and a Democrat, said at a news conference on Wednesday outside the Army base. “Now everyone with those IDs are afraid what will happen.”
So they “were told” that they were no longer accountable for their illegal presence here, we they? Who did that? I suppose it’s the Mayor and the pro-open borders progressives who cal the shots in New York. Unfortunately (for them), the President supports enforcing our immigration laws. “Is this city, state and nation safer because they took a pizza delivery guy off the street?” asked Justin Brannan, a Democratic city councilman representing Brooklyn, at the news conference. Now that’s pretty typical of the pro-illegal immigration crowd’s illogical, emotion-based arguments. Is that the standard we should use for whether to enforce laws in individual cases? If it doesn’t make the nation safer, then let the law be defied?
Do illegal immigrants really think they have a right to stay here? If they “were told” that, then they were cruelly deceived, thought it appears that the news media and the Democratic Party is, in fact, telling them that.
Predictably, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the arrest “an assault on New York’s immigrant families.”
It was an outright lie.