Some Un-Chanted Evening
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They chanted “Send her back” with Ilhan Omar in mind, and because President Donald Trump didn’t stop the excited audience at his rally fast enough, he and every Trump supporter is a racist Nazi. The media told us so, and you know they are completely objective about these things. Some on the right joined in the attack, with many tut-tuts about civility that are not tutted when the Left are rabidly uncivil. A member of Congress can pile insult on top of insult for the country that welcomed her, but if a rally chants the wrong words in response, well, “Bolt the door! Crawl under the bed! Adolf Hitler has risen from the dead!” If he has, he isn’t going to Trump rallies. He’s out wilding with Antifa.

Dear Trump haters, crack a history book. Or, if you can’t spare the time to read, watch any of the many documentaries on the rise of Hitler shown on the History Channel. The Nazis built their party on goons going into the street to beat the crap out of anyone they didn’t like. This was how they meant to shut up and intimidate anyone who got in their way and how they established a totalitarian state. Antifa is doing the same thing with their own totalitarian goal in mind.

Perhaps the Trump rally-goers should have chanted, “Congresswoman Omar, we suggest you return to the land of your birth and examine the living conditions and freedoms of the people there. We ask you to compare those to what a generous America gave you. We made you a citizen and elevated you to a position of power in our highest legislative body. When you come back to our shores, perhaps you would be so good as to retract your derogatory remarks.” That would have better expressed what I believe the crowd meant, but it doesn’t make much of a chant. Not catchy. And, it still would have been called racist.

The rally could have done a Biden and stolen a chant: “Hey, hey, ho, ho! Ilhan Omar has got to go!” When the person “to go” was LBJ, no one wailed about a citiz sen being threatened. I suspect a Trump rally hijacking an anti-Vietnam War chant might make a thousand progressive heads explode like popcorn in a microwave — so there’s that going for it — but, again, it would have been seen to be as racist as a Klan cookout honoring the birthday of Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.), Exalted Cyclops in the KKK and mentor to Hillary Clinton.

Back in those anti-war days when hippies roamed the Earth and flower power would set us free, Americans were told that dissent was the highest form of patriotism. Now, we know better. The classification of dissent depends on against whom you direct your dissent. Some are above criticism. Way, way above. Dissent aimed at them is the highest form of treason. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and her Squad, Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), and the above-mentioned Omar (D-Minn.) are such exalted figures. They aren’t, however, a nice bunch.

Let’s look at Omar first, with the other Squaddies following in no particular order. In 2012, she tweeted, “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” In 2019, she claimed that members of Congress took bribes from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and countered ensuing criticism by claiming a member of Congress shouldn’t have to show “allegiance to a foreign country.” House Democrats seeking a resolution condemning her remarks wilted when charged that they were attacking a black Muslim woman. The resolution that was finally passed was so weak that Omar happily voted for it. It condemned all forms of bigotry, including what she supposedly faced, but not her racist remarks. Soon, she made more ugly headlines when it was reported that she had referred to the 9/11 terror attacks by saying that “some people did something.” Her defenders claimed the revulsion this aroused was racist.

Ocasio-Cortez is the perfect social justice warrior: female, young, ethnic, sassy, and full of big, big plans to change the world by taking money from the evil rich and using it to give free stuff to her supporters. She doesn’t let reality hinder her, because she believes being morally correct according to her personal definition of morality is better than being factually correct. It takes immense narcissism to think the nation should be run according to this principle. Her vanity is also evident in a recent act of petty spite. An 8-year-old girl had been posting parodies of Ocasio-Cortez on Twitter as “Mini AOC.” They were funny and popular. Predictably, AOC’s admirers were outraged. When the little girl got death threats, her parents wisely ended the postings. If Ocasio-Cortez were truly interested in protecting the vulnerable rather than guarding her inflated ego, she would have immediately decried the death threats. She didn’t.

Tlaib, who has Palestinian roots, routinely attacks Israel and American support for Israel. In a Skullduggery podcast, she bizarrely said, “There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust [because Palestinians created] a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time.” It was immediately pointed out that this was grotesque hooey. Jews were not welcomed by Palestinians before, during, or after World War II. During war, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Muhammad Amin Al-Husseini, collaborated with Hitler (for a pic of him chatting with Herr Hitler, click here). After the war, Palestinians joined with neighboring Arabs to try to drive Israel’s Jews into the sea. To this moment, an awful lot of Palestinians are trying hard to destroy Israel. Some safe haven.

Pressley is African American and often employs the race card. When the House passed a Republican border relief bill opposed by the Squad, they claimed they were being disrespected as women of color — a deadly charge in progressive politics. That sort of PC power play works in academe, where university presidents will roll over like trained poodles when radical students start shrieking “Racist!” It didn’t work for the Squad this time, however. They didn’t like that and lashed out at moderate Democrats who voted for the bill. They have even backed primary candidates of their liking over members of the Congressional Black Caucus. At the Netroots Nation conference, Pressley made her arrogant position clear: “We don’t need any more black faces [in Congress] that don’t want to be a black voice.” A “black voice” being one that speaks opinions identical to her own.

When the Democrats in Congress were trashing each other, President Trump tweeted of the Squad: “Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how … it is done.” The Democrats immediately stopped attacking each other and turned on him.

That the “go back” suggestion was voluntary wasn’t noted by his attackers. Neither was the fact that Omar and Tlaib have called for involuntary deportation of citizens of a different ethnicity. In 2012, during a Twitter exchange about Somali immigration, someone suggested deportation for those who failed to assimilate. Omar responded to the tweeter, who was not likely of her ethnicity: “we are citizens & can’t be deported, why don’t we deport you to wherever you came from.” In 2015, after Trump sought to limit immigration from countries teeming with Islamist terrorists, Tlaib tweeted, “Deport this asshole!” Also in 2015, she urged the deportation of a group of bikers who were protesting near a mosque. They appeared to be of a different ethnicity than hers and also to be citizens.

Trump’s tweet was clumsy, as only one of the Squad, Omar, was born outside the U.S., but he expressed a common sentiment. Many Americans believe that those who disrespect America, be they native-born or immigrants, are welcome to leave if discontented. Indeed, the sentiment is common to every region. Go to London and call Buckingham Palace a shack, and some Brit may tell you, “Bugger off!” Go to Paris and tell a Frenchman you think the Eiffel Tower is an eyesore, and he may sneer a bigger sneer than usual and tell you, “Va t’en, idiot!” Ask a Texan, “Isn’t Alaska bigger?” — well, you get the idea.

Perhaps Trump could have tempered his remarks by stating he wasn’t restricting his suggestion to any particular ethnicity. For example, he might have said, “I don’t care what color you are. You can be brown, black, or as white as Elizabeth Warren, but if you hate America, try life somewhere else. Good luck with that.”

Some think Trump erred by diverting the nation’s attention from the Congressional squabble over the relief bill. Others think he knew few outside Washington were paying attention to the Democrats’ infighting and that he also believed Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) would tamp it down, so he deliberately poked the beehive while it was still buzzing by attacking the Squad. That caused the Democrats to swarm out to defend them. Fueled by Trump-hate, the defense was effusive and cemented the Squad as heroines of the Democratic Party while increasing their public prominence (and political power, which Pelosi may come to regret).

Perhaps Trump thought to forestall a “Sister Souljah Moment” — a point at which Pelosi or someone else in the Democratic Party would take advantage of the Squad’s excesses to say to them, “Our party doesn’t stand for the extreme things you advocate.” Like Bill Clinton in 1992, such a calculated distancing from an extreme faction might have saved the Democrats from being identified with the Squad’s antics. If Trump’s plan was a “Reverse Sister Souljah Moment” — forcing an opponent to embrace the extremists within their party — it worked. Polls showed the public share his distaste for the Squad and their extremism. This suggests Democrats will suffer by association with extremism if Trump can keep that association strong. Perhaps the Squad or some of the many radical contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination will assist him in this effort.

The Democrats’ counter to Trump’s spotlighting their extremism was revealed in their response to the “Send her back” chant. It was howling and growling about white nationalism. Trump and his supporters, as noted at the start, are supposed to be racist Nazis. The charge permits the Democrats to add more attitude to their snark and altitude to their PC pedestals. Come election time, they’ll be chanting “Send him back!” about Trump at their rallies. So, Trump people, if you wish to chant something about Squaddies, avoid suggestions of geographic relocation. If you need a chant, how about this for Omar:

Two, four, six, eight!
Who do we appreciate?
NOT OMAR!
NOT OMAR!
NOT OMAR!

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