Tuesday Open Thread | Trump Encourages Violence

Donald Trump this week issued a thinly veiled threat of violence against his opponents, saying that members of the police, military and biker gangs could “play it tough” if they “reach a certain point.”

It was a disturbing remark, but even more disturbing is the fact that it’s part of a long history of Trump encouraging his supporters to engage in violence. Largely unchecked by his party’s leadership, Trump’s rhetoric has become normalized despite its real-world ramifications.

“I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of Bikers for Trump,” Trump told Breitbart in the interview, which he later tweeted. “I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

“I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of Bikers for Trump,” Trump told Breitbart in the interview, which he later tweeted. “I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.”

“I think it sounds very much to me like he’s encouraging them to engage in something that’s probably illegal such as assaulting people, you know behave in a dangerous way,” Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) told MSNBC. “That sounds like a threat to me. I think it’s appalling.”

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Monday Open Thread | Rep Ilhan Omar to Trump: “You can’t #MuslimBan us from Congress”

Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) fired back at President Trump on Sunday for retweeting an article suggesting that Minnesota Democrats are trying to remove her from Congress.

“I am sorry Mr. @realDonaldTrump. I am for real, you can’t #MuslimBan us from Congress!” Omar tweeted, apparently referencing the Outkast song “Ms. Jackson.”

The article Trump retweeted referenced a report from The Hill that said some Minnesota Democrats are taking initial steps to recruit a candidate to run against Omar in next year’s primary election.

Those lawmakers are reportedly angered by comments from Omar that some have deemed anti-Semitic.

Omar sparked backlash for suggesting that politicians who support Israel do so for financial reasons and that lobbyists are pushing for “allegiance to a foreign country.” Critics say those comments rely on anti-Semitic tropes.

Omar has apologized for the comments but maintained that criticizing the U.S.’s relationship with Israel is not anti-Semitic.

In her tweet Sunday, Omar was referring to Trump’s travel ban preventing nationals from five Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

When Trump first introduced the policy just a few days into his term, the ban was immediately challenged in court for being targeted at Muslims. The most recent version, which was limited in scope compared to the original, was upheld by the Supreme Court last year.

Trump’s retweet of the article about Omar comes as he has been criticized for not sufficiently condemning anti-Muslim bias following last week’s deadly shootings at two mosques in New Zealand.

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Sunday Open Thread

Happy Sunday, Everyone. Hope you’re enjoying the weekend with family and friends.

More Michelle Obama in Cleveland, Ohio last night. I managed to wrestle up a few photos and videos. ENJOY!

VIDEO intro for Michelle Obama’s stage entrance:

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Saturday Open Thread

Happy Saturday, Everyone.

Extended CUT. . .

Michele Obama Twin Cites visit and “BECOMING” book tour

Carry on

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Friday Open Thread | Michelle Obama In the Twin Cities

Happy Fry-Day, Everyone!

I wasn’t able to make the Michelle Obama book tour/interview at the Xcel Energy in St. Paul Wednesday night. I’ve been laying low and recovering from a health issue.

AnyHOO, I’ve been lurking and hoping I could get a few pics and videos to capture some of that BLACK GIRL MAGIC.

Here tis….

In St. Paul, Michelle Obama talks about life, learning and that famous fist bump

“I think this is the biggest crowd we’ve had,” the former First Lady said as she stood on a stage with blue lights running up and down the sides.

“I love you,” one of the 16,000 people in the sold-out audience shouted, to which Obama replied, “I love you, too, Babe.”

Michelle Obama is introduced to the packed house by moderator Michele Norris onstage at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, one of the tour dates of ” Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama,” March 13, 2019. (Scott Takushi/ Pioneer Press)

Michelle Obama speaks with moderator Michele Norris onstage at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, one of the tour dates of ” Becoming: An Intimate Conversation With Michelle Obama,” March 13, 2019. (Scott Takushi/ Pioneer Press)

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Breaking: Mosque shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand

What we know so far…..

A gunman has entered the crowded Al Noor mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand at about 1.45pm local time.

A second shooting has been confirmed at Linwood Masjid in Linwood, Christchurch.

Multiple fatalities have been confirmed.

Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed that one person was in custody, but they were still treating it as an “active shooter” situation.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said it was “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.

Multiple people have been killed after a gunman opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand, sparking a hunt for an “active” shooter in the South Island town of Christchurch.

New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush confirmed that police had apprehended one person, but police were unsure if there were other gunmen.

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Families mourn Ethiopia plane crash victims

My heart breaks for these families. I’m so sorry. May the victims memories be a blessing. My deepest sympathy to all the families.

A priest, a mother, her daughter, three grandchildren and a pilot were some of 32 Kenyan victims killed in Sunday’s Ethiopian Airlines crash.

Though the 157 people on board were from 35 nations, Kenya suffered the highest number of fatalities.

HEJERE, Ethiopia (AP) — Airlines in Ethiopia, China, Indonesia and elsewhere grounded the Boeing 737 Max 8 jetliner Monday after the second devastating crash of one of the planes in five months. But Boeing said it had no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies.

As the East African country mourned the 157 victims of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that went down in clear weather shortly after takeoff Sunday, investigators found the jetliner’s two flight recorders at the crash site outside the capital of Addis Ababa.

An airline official, however, said one of the recorders was partially damaged and “we will see what we can retrieve from it.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authorization to speak to the media.

A witness to the crash told The Associated Press that smoke was coming from the back of the plane before it hit the ground.

“Before falling down, the plane rotated two times in the air, and it had some smoke coming from the back then, it hit the ground and exploded,” Tamrat Abera said. “When the villagers and I arrived at the site, there was nothing except some burning and flesh.”

Ethiopian authorities are leading the investigation into the crash, assisted by the U.S., Kenya and others.

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