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Monday, November 27, 2017

I know it's almost a daily occurrence, but this one got to me

We have a president who's an excerpt from the transcript of the ceremony with the Navajo Code Talkers

"I said, how good were these Code Talkers? What was it? He said, sir, you have no idea. You have no idea how great they were — what they’ve done for this country, and the strength and the bravery and the love that they had for the country and that you have for the country."

So he apparently had no idea who they were or what they did, until Kelly told him...and saying so in public seems not to have embarrassed him (and to have gotten buried in what came later.)

Also, the whole ceremony was in front of a portrait of Andrew Jackson (see below). I don't know how most people feel about Jackson, but he's one of my least favorite presidents. And even if he were one of my favorite presidents, I might try to have a ceremony honoring Native Americans in another spot. One of Jackson's claims to infamy was his forced removal of thousands of the original inhabitants of the southeastern part of the US to Oklahoma and points west. During which at least 4,000 of them died, which is why it's known as the Trail of Tears.

And, finally, he had to make the whole thing into an opportunity to toss yet another gratuitous insult at Elizabeth Warren (with his "They call her Pocahontas"--he called her that, no one else did--remark).

An uninformed, insensitive man who takes any opportunity to insult people for no good reason, and who, in the process, turns what should have been a beautiful occasion into something else.


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