We knew it wouldn’t be long before President Trump tweeted blame for the recent terrorist attack in lower Manhattan. He blamed the Democrats, and this time, specifically, he blamed Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate Minority Leader.
“The terrorist came into our country through what is called the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery Program,’ a Chuck Schumer beauty,” Trump tweeted. “I want merit based.” He then called for the Department of Homeland Security to intensity the “Extreme Vetting Program,” a program no one is absolutely sure of, including the president.
“I guess it’s not too soon to politicize a tragedy,” was Schumer’s response to Trump’s accusation.
Trump’s invocation of immigration in the wake of the attack comes as no surprise. Immigration, as we all know, has been his consistent drum beat, whether banning the entry of certain immigrants from Muslim countries or building a wall along the Mexican border.
And the attack not only gives him an opportunity to renew his rhetoric on immigration but also provides a terrible distraction from the indictments against his formers aides. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of the possible collusion between Russia and the Trump 2016 presidential campaign should not be brushed aside, no matter how horrible the terrorist attack.
With the nation and the media now consumed by terrorism, Trump could use the incident to cover his dismissal of Mueller and pardon his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s associates.
Amid Trump’s unpredictability and our topsy-turvy political world, such actions are not out of the question.
With Trump and his surrogates anything goes, including the nonsense from John Kelly, his chief of staff, and his lies about Rep. Frederica Wilson and his conclusions about the Civil War and that Confederate Gen. Robert Lee was an honorable man. Honorable is not a word we give to a man who fought to defend slavery and the slaveholders.
In a few days, on Nov. 4, thousands of Americans, alarmed by the incipient fascism of the Trump administration, will be taking to the streets demanding his removal from office. Listen for our voice in that cry, which is consistent with our charge that to Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go!