The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, people say. In the Trump family tree, it’s fermented fruit—before it even hits the ground. Or perhaps rotten apples are more descriptive. Just as racist, just as uninformed, just as lying—well, you get the idea. The tagline of this blog says, Seeing things as they really are, without the illusions or delusions. So today’s post isn’t just about politics, it’s about the sad truth of the Trump family.
It’s a family unlike that of Warren Buffet, Bill Gates or other rich but charitable people. It’s also unlike the Bush or Clinton families as well. Trump’s children follow in his footsteps–get richer anyway you can. Spend those riches on yourselves. Use OPM (other people’s money) to give to charity–not your own. Run for the White House on both narcissistic motives and to further feather the family fortunes. To do so, Trump, Sr. has appealed to the basest instincts of America, lied continually as he does in his private business dealings and offered illegal or impractical solutions to nonexistent problems. Why bring up the family? Because they’re adults, involved in the campaign and will be both the beneficiaries and the managers of family’s ill-gotten wealth.
First up, Donald Trump, Jr. Rotten apple number one. He recently tweeted a meme comparing Syrian refugees to poison skittles. You have no doubt seen the graphic.
Seriously? All part and parcel of the Trumps’ core xenophobic trope that immigrants, especially Muslim ones, are dangerous terrorists. No, they’re not. But facts and logic mean nothing to the Trump family. Here’s the reality, from a Cato Institute report dated September 13, 2016 (The Institute is a Libertarian think tank funded by the very conservative Koch brothers).
“The chance of an American being murdered in a terrorist attack caused by a refugee is 1 in 3.64 billion per year while the chance of being murdered in an attack committed by an illegal immigrant is an astronomical 1 in 10.9 billion per year. By contrast, the chance of being murdered by a tourist on a B visa, the most common tourist visa, is 1 in 3.9 million per year. . . The hazards posed by foreign-born terrorists are not large enough to warrant extreme actions like a moratorium on all immigration or tourism.”
The twitterverse and the web erupted in outrage at Junior’s terrible tweet. The refugees, of course, are the victims of the war in Syria–not terrorists. They may be Christians or members of any number of faiths other than Muslim. Some have been injured by ISIS, more probably by Bashar Al Assad’s forces and many no doubt injured by Russian airstrikes ordered by the Trump BFF Putin. Here’s just one example of the massive critical response. This one comes from Jon Favreau, President Obama’s chief speechwriter.