DAILY KOS: I know it’s been a good long while since we had an honest and open conversation. I can’t say that I speak for everyone from my particular demographic of African Americans, because we don’t all agree—just as we all know not every Caucasian American thinks or believes the same. But before things go too much further and get too much worse, we need to talk. Seriously talk. Not at each other, not about each other from another room, but to each other. First: Let’s get to brass tacks about this Trump guy.
He says he wants to make things better for all of us, which would be nice. However his track record is a bit spotty. He once did something nice for Jesse Jackson. Okay, that’s cool. But he was also president of his father’s company when they were deliberately trying to keep black people from living in their buildings. Yeah, sure, that was a long time ago. In the meantime there was the Central Park Five incident, when he called for the death penalty to be used on five innocent black teenagers accused of a brutal rape. That one still kinda burns.
Trump had nothing to say about the shooting of Philando Castille, who had a legal gun permit. He had nothing to say about Castille having been pulled over 52 times and never getting arrested. He had nothing to say about the killing of Alton Sterling, in a state that doesn’t require a permit to open carry. He had nothing to say about he killing of 13-year-old Tyre King, who had a realistic looking BB gun—but then again, Ohio is also an open-carry state. He didn’t say anything when Officer Slam threw a 13-year-old girl across a school room. He didn’t say anything about the McKinney, Texas, pool party incident. He had nothing to say about the shooting of Laquan McDonald, even though police clearly lied about what really happened and tried to cover it up. And he had nothing to say about the officer who lied and falsely arrested Sandra Bland. He didn’t say anything about any of that until he was specifically asked at a black church. MORE
NEW YORK TIMES: The 31 Biggest Lies Donald Trump Told Sept. 15th-21st
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Donald Trump says that taxes in the United States are higher than almost anywhere else on earth. They’re not. He says he opposed the Iraq war from the start. He didn’t. Now, after years of spreading the lie that President Obama was born in Africa, Trump says that Hillary Clinton did it first (untrue) and that he’s the one who put the controversy to rest (also untrue). Never in modern presidential politics has a major candidate made false statements as routinely as Trump has. Over and over, independent researchers have examined what the Republican nominee says and concluded it was not the truth — but “pants on fire” (PolitiFact) or “four Pinocchios” (Washington Post Fact Checker). MORE