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Trump’s priorities are in wrong places

Trump’s priorities are in wrong places
  • On September 8, 2017

By Haneen Hammad
Staff Writer

A lot of events have happened in the last month that affected everyone in this country, including a Category 4 hurricane that took place down south.

The hurricane disaster should have been the priority for our country. But because President Donald Trump seemed to be too busy pardoning convicted criminal Joe Arpaio, the state of emergency never received the attention it deserved.

Some things to know about Joe Arpaio: He is an ex-sheriff convicted of contempt of court who violated a 2011 federal order saying he could not detain immigrants who lacked legal status.

From 1993 through 2016, Arpaio turned a county jail into a tent city where he forced prisoners to sleep outside, even when temperatures reached 120 degrees.

Arpaio targeted Latinos and immigrants, and used his power to hunt down immigrants and detain them to question their status.

We have a president who pardons a man who thinks stopping someone because they have black or brown skin is legal.

On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that Trump had asked his legal team whether the pardoning authority included the possibility of pardoning himself.

With that, Trump tweeted, “While all agree the U.S. President has the complete power to pardon, why think of that when only crime so far is LEAKS against us. FAKE NEWS.”

During all this, Trump still found the time to target another community, the LGBTQ, by signing a ban on transgender individuals to serve in the military.

And lastly, on Aug. 28, there were reports of breaking news on MSNBC that reported Trump could be forced to choose between his beloved Mexico border wall and federal aid to Hurricane Harvey victims.

Through all this, I see the fact that our president is more worried about immigration and terrorizing certain groups than the actual safety of our citizens.

Are we really surprised by this?


  1. Bill Mitchell

    Hanneen Hammad,

    To say that President Trump was too distracted by pardoning Sheriff Apaio to give the disaster the attention it deserved is disingenuous at best. The two events may have happened in the same 30 day period, but they did’t happen concurrently. You must not have heard the news that President Trump gave $1,000,000 of his own personal money to the relief effort. The so-called “news media” was too busy obsessing about the 5-inch pumps FLOTUS was wearing to get on the plane when they went to tour the damage. Sheriff Joe Apaio, on the other hand, was convicted of following the laws of his state that he swore an oath to uphold. When you speak of immigrants, you conveniently leave out the pronoun ILLEGAL.
    As far as transgenders and the military issue, it is one of the prime responsibility’s of the Commander in Chief to determine the readiness of the military to fight and win wars. Social justice has no bearing in that determination. General Mattis is of the opinion that hot button social justice topics are a distraction from the very serious issues of military readiness and POTUS agreed.
    If the main stream media was following the basic tenants of journalism, as it should instead of social engineering and political activism, the narrative would be much different.

  2. A Friend


    I have various feelings about the subjects your comment touches on, but to one thing I absolutely must object: “illegal” is not a pronoun. The word is an adjective (or occasionally a noun, though this usage generally carries a negative connotation).

    While on the subject of your diction, I feel obligated to inform you that, although it’s a fairly common mistake, it is not correct to refer to transgender individuals as “transgenders.” The word is, once again, an adjective. If you have trouble remembering this, consider the shortened form “trans.” One might say “trans persons,” but are unlikely to say “transes.” The words “trans” has no plural form because it is not a noun.
    (In fact, it is never grammatically or culturally acceptable to reduce a person or group of people to an adjective. This is why “colored” is a derogatory term and “people of color” is perfectly admissible.)

  3. Bill Mitchell

    To: A Friend,

    Okay, I concede that point to you. Diction may not be at the top of my skill set, but I struggle by. I guess it’s fortunate I don’t teach English. That however in no way changes the definition of illegal and the fact that it does imply a negative connotation, as it should. Additionally, I don’t need anyone to tell me how to choose my words, especially someone who chooses to remain nameless. There is way to much thought policing in society and especially in the world of academia.

  4. tim

    Recently an illegal alien said that as a contributing member of society, they pay taxes and support the community. In addition to breaking the law by being here illegally, they must have illegally stolen or created a social security number to be able to pay taxes. We are the only country in the world that welcomes illegal immigrants.

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