Good Sunday morning ...
Good Sunday morning ...
The separated children fiasco has triggered an outpouring of spontaneous anger and recriminations not seen since President Trump's Muslim travel ban just after his inauguration, or the racist Charlottesville clashes last summer.
As President Trump's tactics are emulated by his supporters, and adopted by his opponents, we're seeing a great unraveling — an outpouring of the emotional and the absurd.
The kids were the catalyst:
But the coarseness of the moment has extended beyond their plight:
Be smart: Trump’s way — the lying, the name-calling, the nastiness — is quickly becoming the American way for many of his friends and foes. This, in turn, numbs people to the truly outrageous, and hardens the tribal instincts of political combatants. This will get worse before it gets better.
President Trump's executive order about separated children was signed on his whim. It was cobbled together in hours, sources tell us, by White House lawyers huddled around desktop screens after he couldn't take the TV coverage, tweeted that he was going to fix it, then ordered his aides to get it done.
So there was no pre-set plan for undoing the damage, or for handling future cases:
The Department of Homeland Security released a "Fact Sheet: Zero-Tolerance Prosecution and Family Reunification" promising: "The United States government knows the location of all children in its custody and is working to reunite them with their families."
The chaos isn't just in the Southwest. Increased highway checkpoints and workplace raids away from borders are alarming advocates for immigrants.
Grilled in Maine and New Hampshire ... "For 11 hours on Wednesday, drivers who wanted to travel through a remote stretch of northern Maine were asked a simple question: Where were you born?," the N.Y. Times reports:
In Ohio on June 5: "More than 100 workers at [two locations of Corso’s Flower & Garden Center, a landscaping and gardening company] were arrested ... when about 200 federal officers descended on the business and carried out one of the largest workplace immigration raids in recent years." (AP)
P.S. ... "Jogger who accidentally crossed U.S. border from [British Columbia] detained for 2 weeks," per CBC. "A woman from France visiting her mom ... says U.S. Border Patrol held her for crossing into Blaine, Wash."
Polls are open in Turkey today, as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, already governing as a strongman, seeks a powerful new executive presidency.
"Celebrities have hung around the White House before, but now they’re inspiring politics and policy in a new way" .... Cover of WashPost "Arts & Style" section, "How Trump uses — and bashes — celebrities to boost himself," by Marc Fischer:
"Millennials are now getting 'Venmo anxiety,'" writes the New York Post’s Raquel Laneri:
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