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Trump, Media Assaults on Omar a New Low for American Politics

By Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent, @StacyBrownMedia American politics appears to have hit a new low. According to reports, Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has beefed up security following the vicious attacks she’s received and even news reports that paint her as un-American. “It is trafficking in Islamophobia, and should be condemned by everyone,” Booker said. Some media favorable to the president have also attacked Omar and despite death threats made against her, Trump has continued his assault by calling her –without any supporting evidence and against her denials – “anti-Semitic,” and “anti-Israel.” Booker noted that Trump has also attacked other African American women leaders like California Rep. Maxine Waters. That Trump claims he’s not racist isn’t satisfactory, Booker said. “It’s not enough to say, I’m not a racist. Matthew Haviland, 30, of North Kingstown was charged after sending approximately 28 threatening emails on March 10 to a college professor, whose name and affiliation was withheld by federal officials. The professor, who had been friends with Haviland for about 11 years, believed Haviland’s views changed because “of the way the news media portrays” President Donald Trump, Laft wrote. Authorities said Omar was among the Democrats whom Haviland threatened to kill. “We, as a people, cannot allow our Black leaders to be attacked for their advocacy.
Maxine Waters: We’re Going To Have To Impeach | Hardball | MSNBC

Maxine Waters: We’re Going To Have To Impeach | Hardball | MSNBC

Congresswoman Maxine Waters recently tweeted an endorsement of impeachment proceedings, saying “Mueller kicked the impeachment ball to the Congress. The Constitution gives the responsibility to Congress to impeach an unfit president - "high crimes and misdemeanors." What more do we…

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Headline Political 50th Annual NAACP Image Awards

Although the Image Awards recognize the contributions of artists, politics were never far from anyone’s mind as the 2020 presidential election run ramps up. Representative Maxine Waters (D-CA) received loud rounds of applause every time her name was mentioned, and she was given a standing ovation when she took the stage to receive the NAACP Chairman’s Award. Jay-Z was honored with the President’s Award, and Lena Waithe spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about what the rapper and business mogul means to the black community beyond being a performer. “Jay-Z to me is hope. He’s light at the end of the tunnel. He’s proof that it can be done. He’s proof that if you’re born in the slums that doesn’t mean the slums are born in you and he’s showing everybody the way. Of course, never one to be upstaged, Beyoncé was also honored as Entertainer of the Year. He spoke to THR about why the Image Awards were more than just another awards show. My parents were so reverent about what this organization was doing in their lifetime and so even though my dad is not here to see it, I’m so moved and I feel his presence because this was so much a part of who we are and what we represent.” Some of the night’s other big winners included Taraji P. Henson for outstanding actress in a drama series for Empire, Black-ish for outstanding comedy series and Black Panther for outstanding motion picture.

Prosecutions for death threats against US politicians spiked last year

Three cases of defendants who threatened the life of political figures came to various stages of resolution in federal courtrooms last week. In one, an upstate New York man was convicted of threatening to kill former president Barack Obama and congresswoman Maxine Waters, the California Democrat. In another, a California man was sentenced for threatening the lives of Obama, former presidents George H.W. A Secret Service spokesman declined to say how many open threats they are investigating against the president and the other individuals the agency protects. He noted that in the weeks, months and years following the 9/11 attacks of 2001, there was a surge in prosecutions of defendants with links to Muslim-majority countries. “These arrests subsided in the Obama years as US strategy changed focus, and Obama shifted focus to extrajudicial assassinations overseas,” Loadenthal tells Quartz. It’s the highest rate in the past two years, but down 8% as compared to 2013. “You go backwards and look at past incidents—problems at work, behavioral problems, does this person have access to firearms?” Agents then assign a risk rating to each person who make a threat that is discovered. That’s when Trump fans began appearing at Harrigan’s San Diego, California home, threatening to kill him and his family. A few days later, the Secret Service showed up.
Smollett case: New questions over initial reaction from top Dems

Smollett case: New questions over initial reaction from top Dems

Maxine Watters, Nancy Pelosi, Kamala Harris and Cory Booker immediately condemned the alleged attack as a hate crime. #Outnumbered #FoxNews FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7, FOXNews.com…
Maxine Waters: Trump put this country in danger

Maxine Waters: Trump put this country in danger

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) tells CNN's Fredricka Whitfield that she is skeptical President Trump is prepared to negotiate on border security and that Democrats "don't play threats" and are "together" on their position. #CNN #News
Live: Rep. Maxine Waters holds a House Financial Services Committee event

Live: Rep. Maxine Waters holds a House Financial Services Committee event

Happening Now: Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters discusses the House Financial Services Committee's “new direction and priorities, as well as the impact of the recent government shutdown on financial markets and American families.” Freshman Dem Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced that she will…

MORE OF THE SAME: Midterms behind them, voters ponder politics ahead

And things are unlikely to change as long as the political rhetoric continues on both sides. I know two or three other people did the exact same thing," he said. He voted for Trump in 2016 and said he will vote for him again in 2020. She is the first Democrat Senator from Arizona in years," Arnold said. "I think what has to happen is somehow the general public needs to retake control of the political process so it's not the political elites, the political actives, in both parties that are determining who our candidates are supposed to be," Wert said. While she lives three hours from the border, she has been there several times and said we don't need a wall to separate the U.S. from Mexico. "Immigration is definitely going to be around, health care is definitely going to be around because nothing is going to happen in the next two years because the Democrats and Republicans aren't going to work together, and the Democrats certainly aren't going to try to work with Trump," Wert said. But she said 99 percent of the time she sides with Democrats and their views. She hopes people start backing away from Trump's divisiveness. I know a lot of people who are lifelong Democrats that started voting Republican."

Where some see tragedy in toxic politics, Trump sees opportunity

WASHINGTON — Tragedy and terror have dominated the last 72 hours in American politics. While most politicians, Democrats and Republicans, see this as a problem, President Trump sees it as an opportunity. Oct. 28, 201801:55 Consider Trump’s rally in Illinois on Saturday just hours after the shooting in Pittsburgh. “This evil anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us. On the caravan: “Republicans want no crime, and no caravans, right?... So I can’t call her Pocahontas anymore, but I think I will anyway, do you mind?” On his critics and opponents: “You have the haters and they continue to hate. “Our political rhetoric has become much more demonizing. Actually, it is their Fake & Dishonest reporting which is causing problems far greater than they understand!” But how can the president participate in finding a solution to the division and hatred when he doesn’t see them as problems — but instead conditions to exploit? With eight days to go until the 2018 midterms, it is very possible that the pipe bomb scare and shootings in Pittsburgh are the final issue-events of this campaign season. But with eight days left… Trump, GOP defiant that incendiary rhetoric didn’t cause the recent violence The Washington Post: “President Trump and his Republican allies remained defiant Sunday amid allegations from critics that Trump’s incendiary attacks on political rivals and racially charged rhetoric on the campaign trail bear some culpability for the climate surrounding a spate of violence in the United States.” More: “Trump, who has faced calls to tone down his public statements, signaled that he would do no such thing — berating billionaire liberal activist Tom Steyer, a target of a mail bomb sent by a Trump supporter, as a ‘crazed & stumbling lunatic’ on Twitter, after Steyer said on CNN that Trump and the Republican Party have created an atmosphere of ‘political violence.’” Vice President Mike Pence told NBC’s Vaughn Hillyard this when asked about Trump’s language: "Look, everyone has their own style, and frankly, people on both sides of the aisle use strong language..." Trump “reads the dutiful words of unity and grief … that aides put in front of him, but he refuses to stick to the script” The New York Times: “The president has made clear he does not see national harmony as his mission.

Jaimes: There is simply no space for incivility in politics

Each video, accompanied by dramatic background music, features snippets of speeches and violent acts by leftists in America. The ads expose the danger incivility is creating in politics. These acts of violence are included in the trend of vandalizing political offices around the country. Incivility is not solely dominated by leftists. A campaign rally in Montana last week featured President Donald Trump praising Montana Rep. Greg Gianforte for body slamming a journalist in May 2017. As Maxine Waters calls for push back against members of the Trump Cabinet, she forgets the violent attacks that Republicans such as Rand Paul and Steve Scalise have suffered in the past. Scalise was one of many targets of a gunman who opened fire at a GOP practice for the congressional baseball game. After leftist activists tweeted to “Never let Collins have a moment of peace in public again,” they owe an apology to Sen. Susan Collins’ husband, who was sent an envelope of what was suspected to be ricin. The letter was later found to be nonhazardous, but one of the many threats Collins and her staff have faced. In August, the Dubuque office of Rep. Rod Blum was vandalized with a gallon of white paint being thrown at the building.