By Christopher “Flood the Drummer®” Norris
6.14.16: National – (Politics): Much of what Mr. Donald Trump – the presumptive Republican presidential nominee who has made segregation a center-piece of his convoluted and controversial campaign platform – said and tweeted following the mass shooting inside a gay nightclub in Orlando has been disavowed by his political contemporaries; scrutinized and, in some cases, disproved by fact checkers; and seen by the larger public as proof that he is, without question, unfit to be President of the United States, a high-stakes job which, at times, requires one to suspended their machismo and be the consoler-in-chief.
Despite the shooter being an American citizen who was born in New York, Mr. Trump, after news of the massacre broke, doubled-down on his temporary ban on Muslims from entering the country; though Mr. Paul D. Ryan, the Republican Speaker of the House who isn’t truly sold on his party’s nominee and who certainly isn’t proud of him, distanced himself from that sentiment, instead saying that the war is not with Islam – “Muslims are our partners”– but with radical Islam.
“I think there is a really important distinction that every American needs to keep in mind,” Mr. Ryan, who appears to have endorsed Mr. Trump by default, said.
Mr. Trump, in the last 48 hours, has infuriated many by comments he made that were perceived to be aligning President Barack Obama, who Mr. Trump criticizes often for not uttering the words “radical Islamic terrorism,” with the early Sunday morning mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 individuals and injured more than 50. If Mr. Trump was indeed implying that Mr. Obama sympathizes with terrorists, that’d be “truly offensive,” said CNN’s Mr. Jake Tapper.
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Truly offensive defines Mr. Trump’s campaign – though many would argue that “truly racist” is a more accurate description – but that doesn’t mean every utterance out of his orange face says is wrong, or not valuable to the political discourse. When Mr. Trump this week said he wants to take a closer look at Muslim communities that don’t report potential terrorists, his desire for scrutiny is justified. Moreover, when Mr. Trump emphasizes the need for America to focus on the families of self-radicalized individuals and terrorists, as many of them may know an attack is impending, he’s right.
It turns out that the wife of Mr. Omar Mateen, the 29 year-old gunman, knew of the attacks, according to NBC News, and tried to talk him out of it, though she didn’t alert authorities. More egregious is the fact that Mrs. Noor Mateen was with the late Mr. Mateen, who is reported to have been homophobic, when he purchased the ammunition used in the domestic terrorist attack.
This revelation doesn’t mean that, as Mr. Trump would suggest, the Muslim families of (suspected) terrorists be treated like enemy combatants. It does mean, however, that a thorough and repetitive examination of all locales and neighborhoods linked to known terrorist organizations or persons who frequent websites that promote extremism and anti-America violence, be executed expeditiously and constitutionally.
Banning high-capacity magazines, prohibiting individuals on the no-fly list from buying guns and combating extremist literature with a proliferation of pro-America content, the latter I suggested in a post written Monday, are all good ideas and all are necessary. But, so is Mr. Trump’s suggestion to focus in on these communities that don’t report planned terrorist attacks – or reasonably suspicious activity – and unearth the reason why there’s appears to be, among them, more loyalty for their neighbors and kin than country.
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