Thursday, September 22, 2016

What next? Lynchings? Part 2

Part 1 of this question on Tuesday, Sept. 20th focused on Trump's hint that we should deny due process (fair trial, legal representation) to Ahmad Rahami, the man charged with the bombings.   Schoolyard bullies have picked up Trump's racist rhetoric;  now his toxic fascism is infecting the media as well.

CNN ran this crawl beneath its newscast asking:   "Does bombing suspect deserve due process?"   That should not even be a question in the United States.  You don't have to "deserve" due process.

It's a constitutional right -- for citizens and non-citizens alike.  We  should resist the effort of the political opportunists -- leading Republican politicians, not just Trump -- to undermine what makes us who we are as a country.  It's what Hillary Clinton meant when she responded to yet one more police shooting of an unarmed black man: "It's not who we are."


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