After a this photo went viral of Idaho teachers and employees wearing costumes depicting themselves as the Border Wall and as Mexicans, the outrage police fired up the siren.
Among the many reasons this suspension is unfair: the employees were following directions. As the Idaho Press reported:
A Facebook post circulating on social media claimed that the costumes were part of a “team-building activity” among the teachers after school hours. The groups photographed were selected as winners of a contest of who could dress most accurately portraying a country based on stereotypes.
The outcry cited the fact that 13% percent of the school’s student body is reportedly Hispanic, and that President Trump is currently sending troops to defend against a caravan of migrant families approaching the Mexican border.
The superintendent’s statement read:
“This type of behavior has no place in education and certainly is not tolerated here at Middleton School District. The situation is being taken very seriously. We are in full support of our Superintendent and administrative staff as a full investigation is being conducted, and we are awaiting the results of the investigation to assure appropriate disciplinary action is taken.”
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Our question: Can’t those 13% of students take a joke? And if adults can’t have fun on Halloween at their jobs educating young minds, where can they have any fun?
Memo to the Political Correctness Police: Get a sense of humor. Those costumes were hilarious.
Who should be our next UN ambassador?
Who should replace Nikki Haley?
The hunt for a new UN Ambassador
President Trump is starting the process of looking for a replacement for Nikki Haley for the plum spot of U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
The Daily Caller reports that State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, a former Fox News journalist, could get the nod. Her appointment could be complicated by the fact that she is seen as a top choice to replace Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the briefing podium if and when she leaves her job as press secretary.
U.S. Ambassador to Canada Kelly Knight Craft is seemingly also on the shortlist.
Drudge criticizes Fox News for response to Pittsburgh tragedy
Matt Drudge’s take-down of Fox’s Pittsburgh coverage
Matt Drudge went after Fox News’s “Outnumbered” hosts on Twitter this week.
Drudge’s critique was of a segment on Outnumbered where hosts Melissa Francis, Harris Faulkner, Rachel Campos-Duffy, and Lisa Kennedy Montgomery were joined by Republican strategist Josh Holmes to discuss the tragedy in Pittsburgh.
After a serious discussion of last weekend’s murders at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the panel turned to a more light-hearted exchange about Holmes running for office, Campos-Duffy’s family, and sports rivalries. Drudge didn’t take well to the change in tone.
He responded on Twitter:
“A segment on Fox News this morning where hosts laughed and joked their way through a discussion on political impact of terror was bizarre. Not even 48 hours since blood flowed at synagogue? Check your soul in the makeup chair!”
Drudge also took screenshots of several of the hosts laughing atop a chyron on the lower third of the screen: “Questions on how mail-bomb scare, synagogue killings could impact midterm voters eight days from election.” Drudge added the caption: “Hysterical!”
A memo to Drudge: Matt, just because you need to perform respectability politics 24/7 doesn’t mean that the rest of us need to forget how to have a normal conversation after something bad happens. Lighten up, man.
Liberals have spent the Trump presidency marching in pink pro-women hats and clogging up airports to let Muslims into the country. Last week, their beloved lawyer Michael Avenatti dropped a bomb on progressives’ plans for 2020: Stormy Daniels’ lawyer toldTime that the Democrats’ nominee in 2020, “better be a white male.”
Is Avenatti right? Could all of that time liberals spent fighting over who can use what bathrooms have been better used grooming white male politicians?
The Democrats have been so focused on ‘inclusivity’ they may have missed the writing on the wall: After the first black president, Americans chose to elect a white man again.
So which Democratic 2020 hopefuls, other than Avenatti himself, have a chance under his new rules? Joe Biden or Bernie Sanders? All of a sudden the Democratic deck isn’t looking so stacked.
And their other frontrunners aren’t doing so hot either. Elizabeth Warren’s October surprise DNA test frustrated politicos on both sides of the aisle, while Kamala Harris and Cory Booker infuriated voters across the country with their attacks against now-Justice Kavanaugh.
Democrats were already running without a message and now a porn star’s lawyer is deciding who can or cannot run. We’ll just have to see how the Democratic white men fare in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Remember all that faff about “Give us your tired, your poor, your hungry, your huddled masses yearning to be free”?
Forget all that. President Trump is promising to welcome migrants traveling in caravans from Central America with tent cities. Take that, asylum-seekers!
Speaking to Fox’s Laura Ingraham, the President said:
“If they apply for asylum, we are going to hold them … We are going to build tent cities. We’re going to put tents up all over the place. We’re not going to build structures and … spend all of these of hundreds of millions of dollars. We are going to have tents, they are going to be very nice, and they are going to wait. And if they don’t get asylum, they get out.”
Boom. As always, the President has a brilliant plan for how to deal with immigrants to the United States of America.
Quote of the Week: Trump is the change black communities need
Candace Owens, communications director with Turning Point USA, the organization behind last week’s Young Black Leadership Summit, had some fiery words for the crowd.
From the podium to a passionate crowd of young black conservatives rallying in front of the White House, she said:
“Black people do not have to be Democrats. In fact, the argument needs to be made that black people should not be democrats. They destroyed our communities, they’ve taken our fathers out of the home, they’ve made broken promises. It is time for a change and Donald Trump is delivering that.”
Is President Trump’s birthright citizenship push a ‘hail mary’ pass?
What’s behind President Trump’s announcement on birthright citizenship?
Can President Trump end birthright citizenship? Scholars weigh in.
With just a few days to go until Election Day, President Trump is trying to shake this up, announcing his intention to try to alter the long-standing American practice of “birthright citizenship” and block the children of non-citizen immigrants from gaining citizenship even if they’re born in this country.
For voters who are concerned about the changing complexion of our country and for whom immigration is an animating topic, one can certainly see the political calculus.
But President Trump’s comments raise bigger questions. For one, constitutional scholars seem to uniformly believe the President can’t change the language of the 14th Amendment to our Constitution via executive order. But an even bigger question for GOP commentators and supporters is why the President is lobbing these ‘hail mary’ passes into the political mix less than a week before the election instead of embracing and touting his accomplishments in office?
Republicans ushered in the most sweeping slate of conservative jurists to hundreds of federal judgeships, Trump secured two conservative nominations to the U.S. Supreme Court, and the GOP-controlled Congress passed a major tax plan that brings much-needed tax relief to everyday Americans. They worked to gut the Affordable Care Act, perhaps the biggest overreach in American history, and could finally get the job done if the Republicans hold onto the House and increase their margins in the Senate.
So why isn’t President Trump trumpeting their successes from the rooftops to voters hungry for real solutions from Washington?