Saturday, July 20, 2019

The 50th Anniversary Of Humans Walking On The Moon


The Popularity Of Each Senator In His/Her Home State

The charts below are from the Morning Consult Poll. It shows the approval and disapproval of each U.S. Senator in his or her home state. They questioned 487,234 registered voters in the 50 states between April 1st and June 30th. The margin of error varies from state to state (depending on population and amount of voters questioned). The range is from 1 point to 8 points.






The Teflon Racist

Political Cartoon is by Jimmy Margulies at jimmymargulies.com.

The Most Admired Men And Women In World And U.S.



The YouGov Poll has released their annual list of the most admired men and women in the world, and in the United States.

Bill Gates was the most admired man in the world, followed closely by Barack Obama. Mr. Obama was the most admired in the United States.

Michelle Obama was the most admired women in both the world and the United States.

Methodology

In December YouGov gathered open-ended nominations from panelists across 41 countries, asking them simply: “Thinking about people alive in the world today, which [man or woman] do you most admire?” These nominations were then used to compile a list of the 20 men and 20 women who received the most nominations and were nominated in at least four countries. An additional 10 popular local figures were added to the lists for individual countries. 

In January we then used the lists to poll each of the 41 countries asking two questions: “who do you truly admire?”, where respondents could make multiple selections, and “who do you MOST admire?”, where they could only pick one. These two numbers were combined into a percentage share of admiration, displayed to the right of each name in the graphic above.

The Squad vs. The Fraud

Political Cartoon is by Jim Morin in the Miami Herald.

The Field Is Set For The Second Democratic Debates



It looks like the first night is shaping up to be a battle between the leading progressives (Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders), while the second night will be a battle between the leading moderates (Joe Biden and Kamala Harris).

Wanted

Political Cartoon is about Deb Milbrath at milbrathdraws.com.

Rep. Ilhan Omar Gets A Hero's Welcome In Minnesota


Donald Trump has done his best to demonize four women representatives of color, and turn the public against them -- especially Rep. Ilhan Omar (who came to this country as a refugee 27 years ago, became a citizen, and now represents Minnesota's 5th district in the U.S. House of Representatives).

Trump has appealed to the racism of his supporters, telling Rep. Omar to go back to her country. He also basked in a chant of "send her back" at a rally of his supporters. But Trump's racist efforts are not impressing the people in Minnesota.

On Thursday, she returned home to Minneapolis -- and a crowd of supporters gave her a hero's welcome. Here's part of how ABC News reported it:

Congresswoman Ilhan Omar received a warm welcome back home in Minneapolis Thursday, with supporters cheering her on at the airport and at a health care town hall event after a week of racist attacks from President Donald Trump, who told four Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back " to where they came from, and from supporters at a Trump campaign rally, who chanted "send her back" on Wednesday night.

"I know there are a lot of people that are trying to distract us right now, but we are not going to let them," she said at her "Medicare for All" town hall event with Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., after the crowd of 500 constituents and supporters gave her a standing ovation. . . .

More than 100 supporters warmly greeted Omar at the airport. Speaking with a megaphone at baggage claim, Omar teed off on Trump, who attempted to distance himself from his attacks and the cheers at his Wednesday rally.

"Everybody is talking about that he is threatened because we criticize him," she said. "But the reality is that he is threatened because we are inspiring people to dream about a country that recognizes their dignity and humanity."

"We are not deterred, we are not frightened, we are ready," she said. "We are in the ring, we are in the people’s house ... we are going to continue fighting until we have the America we all deserve."

Where You Came From

Political Cartoon is by Mike Stanfill at ragingpencils.com.

"Trickle-Down" Is A Hoax


Friday, July 19, 2019

Trump Statement Was Racist, Offensive, And Un-American


House Raises Minimum Wage To $15 - McConnell Will Block It


Democrats kept their word on Thursday. They had promised to raise the minimum wage to a livable wage, and in a 231 to 199 vote they did just that. 228 Democrats voted to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 (and they were joined by 3 Republicans -- Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Rooney of Florida, and Smith of New Jersey).

Sadly, six Democrats joined 193 Republicans in voting to keep the minimum wage a poverty wage. Those Democrats are Brindisi of New York, Cunningham of South Carolina, Horn of Oklahoma, McAdams of Utah, Schrader of Oregon, and Torres-Small of New Mexico. Gabbard of Hawaii did not vote.

The bill would raise the minimum wage in stages:

$8.40 hr. in 2019
$9.50 hr. in 2020
$10.60 hr. in 2021
$11.70 hr. in 2022
$12.80 hr. in 2023
$13.90 hr. in 2024
$15.00 hr. in 2025

It's a good bill, and it would raise the wages of over 30 million workers. And that extra money will be spent since it goes to people who need it -- and that will boost the economy, which will help businesses.

But don't celebrate yet. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wasted no time in saying he would not allow the bill to come to the Senate floor for a debate and vote. This bill will just join over a hundred others passed by the House which McConnell has blocked.


Of course McConnell is LYING. The bill would not depress the economy, but would boost it significantly. And most legitimate research has shown raising the minimum wage is NOT a job killer. He's just trying to repay his corporate donors (who are afraid raising the minimum wage will put upward pressure on all wages).

This whole thing makes it very clear. Republicans are the party of the rich and corporations. Democrats are the party that cares about American workers.

Voters should remember that in November of 2020.

Inflaming The Base

Political Cartoon is by Adam Zyglis in The Buffalo News.

Two-Thirds Of Public Supports Statehood For Puerto Rico



The people of Puerto Rico have been American citizens for many decades now. But they cannot vote in our presidential elections, and do not have a voting representative in either of the houses of the U.S. Congress. In other words, they do not enjoy the same rights as other American citizens.

There is a simple solution to this. Puerto Rico should be made the 51st state in our Union. It should have happened a long time ago.

It isn't the American public that prevents it. About 66% of the public (about 2 out of every 3) supports statehood for Puerto Rico. It is Congress standing in the way -- especially the Republicans who fear Puerto Rico will increase the number of Democrats in Congress (and considering how this Republican administration failed Puerto Rico with disaster relief after they were hit by two hurricanes, they may be right).

But that is just wrong. Politics should not prevent Puerto Ricans from enjoying the full rights of American citizens.

The charts above are from a recent Gallup Poll -- done between June 19th and 30th of a national sample of 1,018 adults, with a margin of error of 4 points.

The Cowardly Apologist

Political Cartoon is by Dave Whamond at cagle.com.

Rand Paul Puts Politics Over The Lives Of First Responders

I truly believe that Rand Paul is one of the biggest hypocrites to ever walk the halls of Congress. He claims to be worried about the deficit and the national debt, but only shows that when it comes time to help real Americans.

He did not worry about the national debt when he voted to significantly increase an already bloated defense allotment. He increased the military appropriation with no regard for the national debt (which it increased).

And he did not worry about the national debt when he and his Republican buddies gave corporations and the rich massive tax cuts. He knew that would massively increase the national debt (to the tune of about a trillion dollars a year), but had no problem voting for it.

But now that a bill has come to the Senate to provide for helping 9/11 first responders fight the health problems rising from their brave actions, Paul is suddenly worried about the national debt. The bill passed the House overwhelmingly, but Paul says we can't afford to help those first responders (unless we cut funding for other hurting Americans).

Paul's stand against helping 9/11 responders is worse than just hypocritical. It is mean-spirited and stupid.

Jon Stewart is a supporter of the 9/11 first responders (as we all should be) and he has fought for the funding to help them. After Paul's atrocious delay of the bill, Stewart went into the belly of the right-wing beast (Fox News), and blasted Paul in an interview with Bret Baier. He said:

“Pardon me if I’m not impressed in any way by Rand Paul’s fiscal responsibility virtue signaling.”

“Bret, this is about what kind of society we have. At some point, we have to stand up for the people who have always stood up for us, and at this moment in time maybe cannot stand up for themselves due to their illnesses and their injuries. And what Rand Paul did today on the floor of the Senate was outrageous.”

“He is a guy who put us in hundreds of billions of dollars in debt. And now he’s going to tell us that a billion dollars a year over 10 years is just too much for us to handle? You know, there are some things that they have no trouble putting on the credit card, but somehow when it comes to the 9/11 first responder community — the cops, the firefighters, the construction workers, the volunteers, the survivors — all of a sudden we’ve got to go through this.”

“It’s an abomination.” 

Apology ?

Political Cartoon is by Mark Streeter in the Savannah Morning News.

Demographic Change (& Trump) Should Terrify Republicans


Donald Trump has recently made obviously racist remarks (about women of color in the Democratic Party). It was not a mistake. Trump is proud of his racist remarks, and continues to repeat them. He has decided he does not need votes from anyone but racist whites. he is going to campaign on his racism in 2020, and believes he can scare enough white voters into re-electing him.

And that seems to be OK with congressional Republicans. They have been remarkably silent about Trump's racism, and most House Republicans refused to vote to condemn the racist remarks. It looks like they are going to be happy to go into the 2020 election being led by a racist -- even though the leader of their party brands all party officials with his beliefs.

That, combined with the changing demographics of this country, should terrify all Republicans. That did not work in the 2018 election, and I believe, it is unlikely to work in 2020. And even if it could work for one more election, the changing demographics (see chart above) will very soon insure that it never works again. This is a diverse and multi-cultural nation -- and it becomes more so with each passing day.

If Republicans were smart, they would change their policies to appeal to the growing diversity. But they haven't, and are unlikely to in the future. I'm not sure their largely racist base would let them anyway.

They have tried to protect their party by gerrymandering, putting a citizenship question on the census, building a wall on our Southern border, denying refugees entry into this country, and voter suppression of minority voters. None of those efforts will succeed for long. The demographic change is overwhelming and unstoppable.

Here is how Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen describe this threat to Republicans at Axios.com:

The single biggest threat to Republicans' long-term viability is demographics.
The big picture: The numbers simply do not lie. America, as a whole, and swing states, in particular, are growing more diverse, more quickly. There is no way Republicans can change birth rates or curb this trend — and there's not a single demographic megatrend that favors Republicans.
Why it matters: President Trump’s short-term calculation to stir up white voters with race-baiting rhetoric might very well echo for a generation. . . .
For any Republican thinking past 2020, here are numbers to fear, reported by Axios' Stef Kight:
  • The Hispanic share of the population has grown in every state since 2000, according to Census data.
  • Hispanic people now make up a quarter of the population in Florida, almost a third of the population in Arizona and 39% of Texas — all Trump states in 2016 that are becoming more winnable by Democrats.
  • Florida and Texas, two of the big electoral giants that voted for Trump, are witnessing the fastest non-white population growth. 
This wave is only accelerating, as Stef reported in "America's majority minority future":
  • Next year, the entire under-18 population will be majority non-white, according to Brookings demographer William Frey.
  • In less than a decade, the under-30 population will be majority non-white.
Between the lines: Trump clearly thinks this is good short-term politics.
  • Truth is: It's unknowable, though highly debatable.
  • Long-term, it seems unambiguous: If you need more African American and Hispanic voters, maligning and marginalizing them strikes even some inside this White House as stupid politics.

Some Agree With Him

Political Cartoon is by Dave Granlund at davegranlund.com.

The Most Warlike Nation


Thursday, July 18, 2019

A Dose Of Truth


Latest YouGov Poll On The Democratic Presidential Race



These charts reflect the results of the latest weekly results of the Economist / YouGov Poll. It was done between July 14th and 16th of a sample of 572 Democrats/Leaners nationwide.

The top chart asked respondents which candidates they were considering voting for. They could choose as many candidates as they wished.

In the second chart they were asked who they would vote for if they had to choose today.

On The Shoulders Of Cowards

Political Cartoon is by Tom Toles in The Washington Post.

4 In The GOP Were Brave/Decent Enough To Oppose Racism

(This photo of the Republicans voting against Trump last Tuesday is from The New York Times.)

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives took a stand against racism. They voted to condemn Donald Trump for his obviously racist remarks about four women members of Congress, Ever Democrat (and 1 Independent) voted for that condemnation resolution.

Only 4 Republicans had the decency and courage to take a stand against Trump's racism. They were (clockwise in the photo above) Fred Upton of Michigan, Susan W. Brooks of Indiana, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, and Will Hurd of Texas.

Although I'm sure I disagree with these four representatives on most issues, I commend them for taking a stand against racism. It took some courage to oppose Trump on his racism, and they are probably now on his enemies list. They also probably angered many in the Republican base (who seem to be OK with racism).

The other 187 Republicans in the House voted to support Trump. They voted to support racism.

It's a sad day for this country that 43% of the members of the House think racist comments coming out of the White House are acceptable. They have shamed themselves, their party, and this country.

The Assault

Political Cartoon is by Darrin Bell at darrinbell.com.

Kamala Harris Has Taken A Slim Lead In California

NOTE -- The zeros just mean that candidate did not get at least 1% support.

The chart above reflects the results of a new Quinnipiac University Poll -- done between July 10th and 15th of 519 Democrats/Leaners in California. The margin of error is 5.7 points.

The good news for Kamala Harris is that she has taken the lead in her home state of California. The bad news is that she's going to have to do a lot better than 23% in that state. She can't afford to lose 77% of the vote there. She needs California Democrats to help her make up the deficit she has in other states.

Wrong Sheet

Political Cartoon is by Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Trump Is Counting On Racism To Get Him Re-Elected

(This cartoon image is by Lalo Alcaraz at pocho.com.)

Much has been made of Donald Trump's obviously racist attack on four women representatives of color in the media. It has generally been covered as a mistake by Trump. But was it a mistake? Or was it a carefully planned strategy that Trump believes will help him score another razor-thin victory in the 2020 election?

Here is how Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen at Axios.com see Trump's actions:

It might seem like improvisational madness when President Trump tells American citizens in Congress to "go back" where they came from, but those close to Trump say there's a lot of calculation behind his race-baiting.
Why it matters: It’s central to his 2020 strategy, they say. Trump's associates predict more, not less, of the race-baiting madness.
The rough calculation goes like this: 
  1. Trump knows that in 2016, he won the white vote by 20+ points. 
  2. He hopes he can crank their turnout even higher, especially among older, white evangelicals. He knows most of those voters are unlikely to ditch him, no matter how offensive his comments.
  3. He watches Fox News and knows AOC, in particular, is catnip to old, white voters, especially men. She is young, Hispanic, female and a democratic socialist — a 4-for-4 grievance magnet. Last week, AOC got nearly as much online attention as all 2020 Democrats combined.
  4. Trump believes he did better than Mitt Romney among Hispanic voters because many who came here and went through the legal process agree with his views. 
  5. Axios sat in on a focus group in Michigan where white swing voters agreed with Trump on immigration. Carlos Algara, a political scientist at UC Davis, told the N.Y. Times that a forthcoming analysis of the 2018 midterms found that even without Trump on the ballot, "white Democrats with high levels of racial resentment were likely to vote ... Republican."
  6. Facebook is often his incubator. He has spent three times more than all Democratic contenders combined on Facebook, with a mix of message-testing immigration lines to appealing to Hispanics who seem susceptible to his worldview. 
  7. So Trump calculates that (white voters + some Hispanic voters) * (tough immigration rhetoric + race-baiting language) = narrow 2020 win. 
The bottom line: Trump sees the four progressive women in The Squad as perfect foils until he gets a Democratic nominee to run against.
  • N.Y. Times: "He has told aides ... that he is pleased with the Democratic reaction to his attacks, boasting that he is 'marrying' ... Pelosi and the Democratic Party to the four congresswomen known as 'the Squad.'"
  • Then, he will try to do the same to the nominee.

The Racist Assumes

Political Cartoon is by Joel Pete in the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Modern GOP


Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Road To Tyranny


House Passes Condemnation Of Trump's Racist Remarks


Here is the powerful speech by Rep. John Lewis in favor of the House Resolution:

“I rise with a sense of righteous indignation to support this resolution.”

“I know racism when I see it. I know racism when I feel it. And at the highest level of government, there’s no room for racism.”

“It sows the seeds of violence and destroys the hopes and dreams of people.”

“The world is watching. They are shocked and dismayed because it seems we have lost our way as a nation, as a proud and great people.” 

“Some of us have been victims of the stain, the pain, and hurt of racism. In the 1950’s and during 1960’s, segregationists told us to go back when we protested for our rights. They told ministers, priests, rabbis, and nuns to go back. They told the innocent little children seeking just an equal education, to go back.”

“As a nation and as a people we need to go forward and not backward. With this vote, we stand with our sisters, three were born in America and one came here looking for a better life. With this vote, we meet our moral obligation to condemn hate, racism, and bigotry in every form.”

"Thank you for the time. Do what is right, what is fair, and what is just."

And here is the Resolution passed by the House of Representatives:

RESOLUTION

Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress.
Whereas the Founders conceived America as a haven of ref- uge for people fleeing from religious and political persecution, and Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison all emphasized that the Nation gained as it attracted new people in search of freedom and liveli- hood for their families;

Whereas the Declaration of Independence defined America as a covenant based on equality, the unalienable Rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, and government by the consent of the people;


Whereas Benjamin Franklin said at the Constitutional con- vention, ‘‘When foreigners after looking about for some other Country in which they can obtain more happiness, give a preference to ours, it is a proof of attachment which ought to excite our confidence and affection’’;

Whereas President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, ‘‘Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists’’;
Whereas immigration of people from all over the Earth has defined every stage of American history and propelled our social, economic, political, scientific, cultural, artistic and technological progress as a people, and all Americans, ex- cept for the descendants of Native people and enslaved African-Americans, are immigrants or descendants of im- migrants;

Whereas the commitment to immigration and asylum has been not a partisan cause but a powerful national value that has infused the work of many Presidents;

Whereas American patriotism is defined not by race or eth- nicity but by devotion to the Constitutional ideals of equality, liberty, inclusion, and democracy and by service to our communities and struggle for the common good;

Whereas President John F. Kennedy, whose family came to the United States from Ireland, stated in his 1958 book ‘‘A Nation of Immigrants’’ that ‘‘The contribution of im- migrants can be seen in every aspect of our national life. We see it in religion, in politics, in business, in the arts, in education, even in athletics and entertainment. There is no part of our nation that has not been touched by our immigrant background. Everywhere immigrants have en- riched and strengthened the fabric of American life.’’;


Whereas President Ronald Reagan in his last speech as President conveyed ‘‘An observation about a country which I love’’;

Whereas as President Reagan observed, the torch of Lady Liberty symbolizes our freedom and represents our herit- age, the compact with our parents, our grandparents, and our ancestors, and it is the Statue of Liberty and its val- ues that give us our great and special place in the world;

Whereas other countries may seek to compete with us, but in one vital area, as ‘‘a beacon of freedom and opportunity that draws the people of the world, no country on Earth comes close’’;

Whereas it is the great life force of ‘‘each generation of new Americans that guarantees that America’s triumph shall continue unsurpassed’’ through the 21st century and be- yond and is part of the ‘‘magical, intoxicating power of America’’;

Whereas this is ‘‘one of the most important sources of Amer- ica’s greatness: we lead the world because, unique among nations, we draw our people -- our strength -- from every country and every corner of the world, and by doing so we continuously renew and enrich our nation’’;

Whereas ‘‘thanks to each wave of new arrivals to this land of opportunity, we’re a nation forever young, forever bursting with energy and new ideas, and always on the cutting edge’’, always leading the world to the next fron- tier;

Whereas this openness is vital to our future as a Nation, and ‘‘if we ever closed the door to new Americans, our leader- ship in the world would soon be lost’’; and


Whereas President Donald Trump’s racist comments have le- gitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color: Now, therefore, be it
  1. 1  Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

  2. 2  (1) believes that immigrants and their descend-

  3. 3  ants have made America stronger, and that those

  4. 4  who take the oath of citizenship are every bit as

  5. 5  American as those whose families have lived in the

  6. 6  United States for many generations;

  7. 7  (2) is committed to keeping America open to

  8. 8  those lawfully seeking refuge and asylum from vio-

  9. 9  lence and oppression, and those who are willing to

  10. 10  work hard to live the American Dream, no matter

  11. 11  their race, ethnicity, faith, or country of origin; and

  12. 12  (3) strongly condemns President Donald

  13. 13  Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and

  14. 14  increased fear and hatred of new Americans and

  15. 15  people of color by saying that our fellow Americans

  16. 16  who are immigrants, and those who may look to the

  17. 17  President like immigrants, should ‘‘go back’’ to

  18. 18  other countries, by referring to immigrants and asy-

  19. 19  lum seekers as ‘‘invaders,’’ and by saying that Mem-

  20. 20  bers of Congress who are immigrants (or those of

  21. 21  our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immi-

  22. 22  grants) do not belong in Congress or in the United

  23. 23  States of America.

Racists

Political Cartoon is by Gary Huck at huckkonopackicartoons.com.

New Hampshire Poll Signals Trouble For Sanders Campaign




The charts above Are from the St. Anselm College Poll -- done between July 10th and 12th of 351 registered voters likely to vote in the New Hampshire Democratic primary. It has a margin of error of 5.2 points.

In 2016, New Hampshire was an important state for Bernie Sanders. He won the primary there easily, getting slightly more than 60% of the vote. It showed he was a serious candidate, and propelled him to victories in other states.

New Hampshire looks far different for Sanders in the current campaign. As the charts show, he is having trouble getting even 10% of the New Hampshire Democratic vote, and trails four other candidates -- Joe Biden (20.8%), Kamala Harris (17.5%), Elizabeth Warren (16.7%), and Pete Buttigieg (11.5%).

This signals trouble for the Sanders campaign in 2020. If he cannot win in New Hampshire (a neighboring state), or at least make a strong showing there, then his chances to secure the nomination look very dim.

The Whitey House

Political Cartoon is by Ed Hall at artizans.com.

Second Quarter Fundraising For ALL Democratic Candidates



All the Democratic candidates for the party's presidential nomination have finally reported the second quarter fundraising totals (see chart above). Only five candidates had healthy fundraising totals -- totals that will keep them in the race for quite a while. They are Pete Buttigieg ($24.9 million), Joe Biden ($22 million), Elizabeth Warren ($19.2 million), Bernie Sanders ($18 million), and Kamala Harris ($11.8 million).

Only one other candidate averaged at least a million dollars a month for the four month period -- Cory Booker ($4.5 million).

The rest are in a lot of trouble. Unless they can get on the debate stage and perform well enough to break through to the leading pack, they will soon have to abandon their presidential quest. They will have to quit, because they won't have the money to keep going.

The chart above is from The New York Times.

Tweeting From The Sewer

Political Cartoon is by Steve Sack in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

N.C. Newspaper Calls Out Republicans On Trump's Racism

There is no doubt that Donald Trump's latest attacks on four women of color in the House of Representatives is racist. Even the normally milquetoast mainstream media understands this.

What is amazing to me is the silence of GOP officials. Very few have spoken about Trump's racist statements at all. Most have said nothing at all, while some others are trying to claim the statements are political -- not racist.

That's absurd! It makes me wonder -- are there any decent Americans left in that party? Has the party decided that it is now OK with racism? Is pleasing the bigoted base more important than standing up for what's right?

The following is an editorial by the editorial board of the Raleigh News & Observer (North Carolina):

We’re not big believers in public officials being responsible for all the bad things other public officials say or do. It’s become a too-common political weapon to ask lawmakers to condemn members of their own party, even for behavior that’s not representative of anything more than one person’s poor decision. But sometimes that behavior is so troubling that our leaders need to stand up and say something. 

So it was Sunday when President Donald Trump tweeted a bigoted attack on four Democratic Congresswomen of color, telling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” This despite three of the four women being born in the United States, and the other, Omar, being a U.S. citizen. 

“Go back where you came from” is among the worst of racist tropes. It divides us by ethnicity and skin color. It says that even if someone is a citizen or legal immigrant, they are not part of the rest of us. That runs contrary to who we should be as Americans, and if Donald Trump didn’t know it when he typed the words, he surely did later when people responded with appropriate outrage. But the same president who referred to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries” and said African visitors would never “go back to their huts” once again doubled down on his racism.

It’s dangerous, destructive behavior, and at the least every Republican lawmaker in Congress should declare as much about their president’s outburst. That includes North Carolina’s most senior leaders, Sens. Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. We know this isn’t easy politically, especially for Tillis, who is running for reelection and faces a Republican primary challenger in a race to see who can embrace the president more fully. Tillis, of course, has a history of comically wavering on Trump — standing up then backing down on issues that include the Mueller investigation and the president’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border.

North Carolina’s lawmakers, however, are far from the only Republicans to struggle with Trump’s troubling tendencies. A handful have dared to step forward and criticize the president, only to equivocate when everyone else takes a step back. Most have instead decided that any criticism of Trump — be it for policy or problematic behavior — is not worth the heat that follows. 

The result is that the Republican Party is firmly Donald Trump’s party now. It’s the party where insults and other ugliness are just being “rough around the edges.” It’s the party where locking legal migrants in crowded, unhealthy cages is acceptable immigration policy. It’s the party where it’s OK to say racist things so long as the next jobs report is encouraging. 

If you don’t believe it, listen to the meekness today from Republicans, including those who represent our state. Instead of standing up for who we should be, they’re bowing to the worst of who we are.

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