A FIsh Rots from the Head
When you have a president who brags about how you can grab a woman's p*ssy and do whatever you want to with. And has 17 women accuse him of sexual assault. And endorses a Republican running for the Senate who'd had eight accusations of pedophilia. And who responds to an accusation of rape against him by saying the woman wasn't his type. And names to his cabinet a lawyer criticized by a judge for misconduct in handling the case of a convicted serial child sex abuser. And is quoted in 2002 as describing that same, now-convicted serial child sex abuser -- a "terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” And who pushes a policy that takes children from their parents and puts them in cages.
It should therefore not come as a shock that we are now hearing reports of sexual abuse by border patrol guards against those children in cages who were taken from their parents.
The proper expression that we should be looking for here is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
In the world of lawyers, the phrase is "pattern and practice."
And to be clear (and yes, I know it is to most people, but since it isn't to all people and most Republicans, it most always be repeated), this is not normal.
And lest we not forget, which sadly is often a challenge because there are shameful, galling, horrible scandal after scandal with this man and administration, so they pile on top of one another, often burying those scandals that came before it -- this comes after we've recently heard stories of the Trump administration arguing in court that children didn't need soap, toothbrushes and shoes. And heard stories of mattresses taken away from children as punishment for complaining (which frightened one young boy so much that he didn't dare ask for a new pair of underwear and wore the same for 10 days). And heard stories of children dying in those cages. Indeed, just yesterday, a woman, Yazmin Juarez, testified before the House about her baby dying when in custody after fleeing home in Guatemala seeking asylum
This is not normal.
And Republicans in Congress aren't outraged by it.
Trump is the nucleus that puts it all in motion. But as always, this is about the Republican Party which accepts it all and enables Trump, allowing it all to happen.
And it's all a self-fulfilling prophecy. This is what you get with a Trump. And blind, acquiescent, fascist followers. Of course it happened. And will again.
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Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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