State of the Union a Dog Whistle to Racists

"Thank you President Trump," former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke tweeted after Trump's address.

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Former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke was one of the first to commend President Donald Trump on his State of the Union (SOTU) address Tuesday night as the entire speech was an affirmation of Trump’s view of whose lives matter.

“Americans are dreamers, too,” Trump said at the beginning of the portion of his speech on immigration.

Duke’s response tells you everything you need to know:

Not only was the play on words a jab at the 800,000 DACA immigrants whose future in this country is being held hostage by Republicans, it was similar to the white nationalist response to “Black Lives Matter” — “All Lives Matter.”

In Trump’s speech, Corey Adams, a Black man, was used as a prop. He was the only African American to be called out by the president.

Adams is a welder from Ohio whom Trump said will benefit from his tax overhaul plan. Shortly after Trump spoke of Adams, including calling him “a good welder,” he poignantly used the efforts of a young, white boy to take a dig at Colin Kaepernick and other Black NFL players who’ve taken a knee during the national anthem.

“Here tonight is Preston Sharp, a 12-year-old boy from Redding, Calif., who noticed that veterans’ graves were not marked with flags on Veterans Day,” Trump said.

“Preston’s reverence for those who have served our nation reminds us why we salute our flag, why we put our hands on our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance and why we proudly stand for the national anthem.”

Republicans gave a rousing round of applause.

Following the president’s remarks veteran journalist April Ryan immediately tweeted:

“Taking the knee is about bringing attention to police involved shootings not against soldiers or the flag nor the anthem.” 

According to a recent Mapping Police Violence report, in 2017, police killed 1,129 people, of which 27 percent were Black — despite Blacks being just 13 percent of the population. Officers were only charged with a crime in 1 percent of cases. U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III has scaled back programs to reform police departments, which was initiated by the Obama administration.

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Kaepernick, 29, now a free agent, began taking a knee during the national anthem in the 2016 NFL preseason to call attention to police brutality against Blacks.

“There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder,” he said in August 2016.

In 2017, Trump continued to press NFL owners to fire the predominantly Black players who kneel during the national anthem.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now,’” Trump said during a rally in Alabama in September. “Out! He’s fired.”

In his SOTU address, Trump also took credit for the work of an African American — former President Barack Obama.

“Unemployment claims have hit a 45-year low,” he began. “And something I’m very proud of, African American unemployment stands at the lowest rate ever recorded, and Hispanic American unemployment has also reached the lowest levels in history.”

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) immediately tweeted in response:

Many members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) wore kente cloth as a rebuke of Trump reportedly calling African nations “shithole countries” in a meeting on immigration Jan. 11.

The CBC tweeted that the members who did not boycott the SOTU attended “to stare racism in the face.”

The group also slammed Trump for taking credit for the trend in unemployment.

Anti-immigrant advocate and White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller reportedly authored Trump’s address, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

“Miller has the president’s ear, and he uses his position to push policies based on faulty statistics from the Center for Immigration Studies, an anti-immigrant hate group,” the SPLC tweeted on Tuesday.

Trump’s speech used the pain of parents of children killed by the MS-13 gang, who were present, to support his administration’s four-tier immigration plan. The plan includes a path to citizenship “for 1.8 million illegal immigrants who were brought here by their parents at a young age,” but he said “a great wall on the Southern border” must be built and the country must move toward a merit-based visa system and eliminate chain migration.

Trump said the U.S. must limit legal immigration to protect Americans against crime.

But that’s not the case.

According to a report released this month by the Department of Justice, more than 13 percent of the U.S. population is foreign-born, but only 5.6 percent of inmates held in state, local and federal prisons are foreign-born.

He also claimed that chain migration, “under the current broken system,” is when “a single immigrant can bring in virtually unlimited numbers of distant relatives.”

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tweeted:

Trump said the four-tier immigration plan “fulfills my ironclad pledge to sign a bill that puts America first.”

Yes, David Duke’s America.

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  • Meh…he won’t be president forever and David Duke looks like one foot’s in the grave already.

    Sorry, boys, we’ve survived worst than you and the worst that American can and has offered.

    The world is changing. It always has. Look what happened to the dinosaurs and the Neanderthals and Hitler – pathetic, beaten, hiding underground like the coward he was, and blowing his own brains out.

    Just a loser after all.

    The entire alt right, with its Confederate flags and Nazi paraphernalia follow nothing but losers in the history of the world. You’d think they’d finally realize that.

    Lol!

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    • Duke has had so many facelifts he has a pubic goatee. The median age for the fox audience is 67. Murdoch is older than the Methuselah. They’ll be gone before you know it. Just take care of yourself so you can hoist a cold one in celebration when the time comes.

      I have it from a good source that the top of Hitler’s skull was used as an ashtray for many years by a Russian general.

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      • Charity Dell

        LUKE–David Duke had all his makeovers done by:

        THE CRYPT-KEEPER.

        All that ALT-RIGHT TOMBSTONE-WHITE ICY-BRIGHT stuff
        turns its worshipers into the CHALK-WHITE ZOMBIE DOLLS!*

        *Accessories and batteries not included.

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    • Charity Dell

      MEH227–David Duke has:

      A. One foot in in the grave; and
      B. The other atop an oil slick!

      That’s what happens when you worship those White Racism Demons–
      They age you and enrage you, engage you and then PLAGUE you.

      RACISM ROTS THE BRAIN.

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  • #45 when you continually use your authority to abuse people rights, lie about your contributions, and destroy someone’s dreams, you are the one “DISRESPECTING” the flag! trump has to be the most despicable person to hold the office!

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  • The hypocritical ReBubbacan’s claim to support “family values” but euphemistically call it “Chain Migration” when families are reunited. tRump is the 21st Century version of white male and female plantation owners who DIABOLICALLY separated mothers and fathers from their daughters and sons. When Black slave sons and daughters looked too much like their white slavemaster, white b!tches had them sold and separated as double punishment to the raped Black female slave.

    The Southern border wall is racist because these ReBUBBAcans are not building a Northern border wall to keep out white Canadians! We do need an iron-clad Southern border wall, but it should be built around tRUMP’s genitals.

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    • Charity Dell

      ZAZIJAMS–I like your designation for the–

      IRON-CLAD SOUTHERN BORDER WALL

      Unfortunately, your “construction program” comes too late;
      Trumpy Dump’s Afflicted Breeding Materials are ALREADY unleashed upon the Weary World! LOL :-)

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  • Trent Lott and Tom Daschle wrote a book “Crisis Point” that highlights how broken we are politically. When President Obama touted infrastructure spending, Democrats cheered while Republicans sat on their hands. Now Republicans are now cheering infrastructure spending, while Democrats sit on their hands. This is just one example, there are numerous others. The hypocrisy of both parties has reached a “crisis point.” Democrats calling Republicans racist isn’t helpful. Republicans not understanding (or even listening to) legitimate social justice concerns isn’t helpful either. We literally have two sides throwing haymakers at each other with zero compassion for differing views. It really is sad.

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  • Q. Why does DAVID DUKE suddenly appear from his Forgotten Coffin-of-Utter Irrelevance?
    A. ZOMBIES JUST WANNA BE NOTICED.

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