Don’t al­low hate to be­come nor­mal­ized

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - Ann McFeat­ters

— Last Fri­day, a few blocks from my house, a long- es­tab­lished, fam­ily- style Ital­ian restau­rant un­know­ingly hosted a ban­quet for a large group of white su­prem­a­cists. It was just a few blocks from the White and in her House where hun­dreds of them gath­ered to hear s p e e c h e s , hate speeches and shout “Hail, Trump!” Many arms she hit stretched out in Hitler- style salutes. Trump in­Did Pres­i­dent- elect Don­ald Trump im­me­di­ately dec e s s a n t l y plore the adu­la­tion of such a group, which wants to rid for mis­ogAmer­ica of all cit­i­zens it doesn’t like, namely those who yny. Her are black, Jewish, His­panic, Mus­lim, or gay? ad­van­tage No, he did not. In­stead, he tweeted that the sold- out with women was sup­posed Broad­way play “Hamilton” is over­rated ( al­though he to be a ma­jor fac­tor se­curhasn’t seen it) and that the cast should apol­o­gize for ing the elec­tion for her. beg­ging Vice Pres­i­dent- elect Mike Pence, who was in It was no such thing, and the au­di­ence for a re­cent show, to be fair to all Amer­here is what happened, aci­cans. Trump also com­plained in a tweet that it’s not cord­ing to a woman writ­ing fair that he has been ridiculed by the late- night com­edy for the left-wing web­site, show “Satur­day Night Live,” which has sat­i­rized ev­ery Slate. pres­i­dent since Ger­ald Ford.

Con­sid­er­ing that Trump Fi­nally, at a meet­ing with The New York Times days ob­vi­ously be­lieves women later, af­ter be­ing asked di­rectly about the ad­mir­ing supto be “sub­hu­man,” L.V. port for him from white su­prem­a­cist groups, Trump An­der­son tells us, those said he dis­avows them. women vot­ing for him In a one- week pe­riod af­ter Trump won the Elec­toral were guilty of the fol­lowCol­lege, de­spite lag­ging be­hind Hil­lary Clin­ton in the ing: “Self-loathing. Hypocpop­u­lar vote by more than 1.7 mil­lion votes, hate crimes risy. And, of course, a racin the United States rose 31 per­cent. That is al­most oneist view of the world that third! Dur­ing that short pe­riod, the South­ern Poverty priv­i­leges white supremacy Law Cen­ter said it had more than 700 com­plaints of in­over ev­ery other is­sue.” tim­i­da­tion and violence in­volv­ing racial ha­tred.

So there’s part of what There are hun­dreds of cases of His­panic and Mus­lim hurt Clin­ton with women par­ents say­ing their chil­dren are ter­ri­fied they or their — the fem­i­nist left’s hate­fam­i­lies will be de­ported when Trump takes of­fice. ful con­de­scen­sion to­ward It’s one thing to ac­cept what vot­ers have done — elect other women with less Trump to be pres­i­dent. It’s quite an­other to stand by money and ed­u­ca­tion. and say noth­ing when the num­ber of hate crimes es

Clin­ton her­self, of ca­lates dra­mat­i­cally, with per­pe­tra­tors im­plic­itly thinkcourse, re­ferred to mil­lions ing they have been given per­mis­sion to do this by the of Trump sup­port­ers as a in­com­ing pres­i­dent. “bas­ket of de­plorables,” ( Trump, ap­pear­ing on CBS’ “60 Min­utes” af­ter his surely un­der­stand­ing she elec­tion, merely said about acts of hate, “Don’t do it.” was talk­ing about women, For months, he has been much more im­pas­sioned about too. Singers in­vited on promis­ing to “lock up” Hil­lary Clin­ton when he be­came stage with Clin­ton made pres­i­dent, a vow he has now re­al­is­ti­cally aban­doned.) trashy ref­er­ences to wom­In­stead of de­ci­sively squelch­ing the en­thu­si­asm of en, and a su­per­model at a hate groups, Trump has been meet­ing with his partHol­ly­wood mu­sic awards ners in his $ 1.5 bil­lion em­pire in In­dia, ask­ing for an cer­e­mony re­cently got en­d­ex­pe­dited per­mit for a busi­ness he owns in Ar­gentina, less laugh­ter for her ugly sug­gest­ing for­eign lead­ers stay in his ex­pen­sive new mock­ery of Trump’s wife, ho­tel in Washington, D. C., ( which they are book­ing to Me­la­nia. avoid of­fend­ing him), and ask­ing the Bri­tish not to put

Did all women agree with up a wind farm that might di­min­ish the views from his Clin­ton that killing vi­able golf course in Scot­land. fe­tuses — ba­bies — in parAnd he hasn’t even taken of­fice yet. tial-birth abor­tions was just Ac­cord­ing to Trump, he is ex­empt from con­flict of in­be­tween the mother and ter­est laws. He thinks he can keep an eye on his busi­her doc­tor? No. Al­though ness em­pire and run the coun­try. health is­sues for the mothWe are told daily by his ador­ing min­ions that Trump er would be a se­ri­ous con­has em­barked on the for­mi­da­ble task of bring­ing the sider­a­tion for any­body, coun­try to­gether. Re­ally? In what ways? By mak­ing a some saw an­other en­tity proud apol­o­gist for big­otry his most se­nior ad­viser? in­volved, the in­fant. Be­ing skep­ti­cal has noth­ing to do with be­ing a “sore

They knew that the hus­loser” or re­fus­ing to face re­al­ity. It has to do with de­band of this can­di­date, fend­ing our coun­try’s val­ues, even though we have ofwho also mocked Me­la­nia ten been far from per­fect in do­ing so. ( Think slav­ery. Trump dur­ing the camThink in­tern­ment of Ja­panese- Amer­i­cans in World War paign,II.)stoodac­cusedof do­ing far worse things to Words have con­se­quences. Trump has for years women than Trump, with spewed words that were hate­ful, and they ter­ri­fied half proof in one fa­mous case. the coun­try — but not the whole. Not so in­ci­den­tal were The new bro­mide is that it is time to “nor­mal­ize” Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cor­rupTrump. We are all called upon to for­give and for­get and tion, her lies, her lax­ity give the new pres­i­dent our sup­port, rest­ing as­sured with national se­cu­rity, her that he has all of our in­ter­ests at heart. But we can­not avoid­ance of the press, her and must not “nor­mal­ize” the hate and xeno­pho­bia he cor­po­rate-donor co­zi­ness, has es­poused. We can­not re­lax un­til we are con­fi­dent he her empty record and her will not do dam­age to ev­ery­thing that is most mean­ing­pol­i­tics as usual. ful to us.

Of course, my say­ing all We must fight back against the fright­en­ing rise in of this will also be in­ter­hate crimes. We must say some­thing and do some­thing preted by some as sex­ism, when we are con­fronted by them. a con­ve­nient, ad hominem Re­mem­ber the words of Ir­ish states­man Ed­mund escape from other is­sues. Burke: “The only thing nec­es­sary for the tri­umph of

Jay Am­brose is an col­umevil is for good ( peo­ple) to do noth­ing.” nist for Tri­bune News SerAnn McFeat­ters is a colum­nist for Tri­bune News vice. Read­ers may email Ser­vice. Read­ers may send her email at am­cfeat­ters@ him at speak­to­ na­tion­al­press. com.


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