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Friday, February 17, 2017

Trump claims Muslin ban protesters bussed in

There was one sentence buried in the ramblings of a madman that passed for a presidential news conference today that told us Donald Trump's opinion of the hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people that came out to airports, and other places, to protest his Muslim ban, new deportations, and other racist policies.

I spent the Sunday after the ban was announced with thousands of others protesting at Los Angeles International Airport. I reported on it here. It was one of the most spontaneous, organic demonstrations I have ever seen in my life. Yet, this is how Trump dismissed us. He was blaming everyone but himself for the problems with the Muslim ban. I quote two paragraphs for context:
That’s the other thing that was wrong with the travel ban. You had Delta with a massive problem with their computer system at the airports. You had some people that were put out there, brought by very nice busses, and they were put out at various locations.

Despite that the only problem that we had is we had a bad court. We had a court that gave us what I consider to be, with great respect, a very bad decision. Very bad for the safety and security of our country. The rollout was perfect.
LAX Protest
Unfortunately, none of the press corp seemed to catch the import of the sentence enlarged above. If they had, may be they could have ask him if these were the same busses that he said brought the invisible illegal voters from  Massachusetts to New Hampshire. The protesters at the airports were not only quite visible, they got everybody's attention because in many cases they shut the airports down!

I know the courts always claim that their decisions are independent of popular opinion, but I think these massive protests had a lot to do with three federal courts having the courage to refuse Trump, and his administration lacking the will to violate the courts' orders.

Santa Monica Big Blue Bus
Now since I have already reported in the above referenced piece that I did indeed take a very nice bus to the airport, a #3 Santa Monica Big Blue Bus down Lincoln, $0.50 senior fare, I may not be the best one to point out that The Donald is living in a Conspiracy Theory fantasy world if he thinks the millions that have been protesting his misogynistic and white supremacist policies have been put up to it by whoever he thinks is sending fleets of busses to defeat him.

This notion of blaming the people's uprising on the machinations of some 3rd party is not a Donald Trump original. In this regard he is merely imitating the propaganda practices of Vladimir Putin, Bashar al-Assad, Muammar Gaddafi and many other "anti-imperialists," including many on the US Left, who can never allow the people their own agency.

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