After weeks of welcome yet ineffective civility from the likes of Chelsea Clinton, the former First Daughter has come out swinging on her Twitter page, clapping down on pro-Confederates, Nazis, racists — in short, Trump and his loyal band of supporters.
Her most recent Tuesday tweet comes in a small package… well, the target of her tweet does, anyway. After the quasi-legitimate Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of Trump’s “It’s Not a Muslim Ban” Muslim Ban, members of his cabinet did a victory lap.
They were more-so celebrating their successful theft of Merrick Garland’s seat, having held out for the remainder of Obama’s term after the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and handing the seat to Neil Gorsuch under Trump’s tenure.
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Sessions’ personal celebration came in the form of yet another conversation on border security. As the elfish Attorney General was talking, he casually tossed out a completely insensitive joke which made some members of Sessions’ audience cackle.
The normally soft-spoken Clinton didn’t let Sessions off the hook:
“You want to know what indecency and incivility sound like? People laughing and applauding at the ‘joke’ about forcibly separating parents from their children.”
You want to know what indecency and incivility sound like? People laughing and applauding at the “joke” about forcibly separating parents from their children. https://t.co/4A81UKymPY
— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) June 26, 2018
Clinton’s tweet speaks to the growing controversy over “civility politics.” The issue boils down to whether Democrats, who pride themselves on being the party of inclusion, should retaliate against an increasingly evil administration with kid gloves or something of more substance.
Although it literally took caging children to make certain Democrats come around to the idea that not everyone is worthy of kindness, at least the pushback is growing. Nothing feels worse than when a marginalized community (and presumably when locked in a cage) watches those believed to be allies capitulate to civility against the same individuals who marginalized and caged them.
Trump doesn’t respect the rule of law, women, immigrants, the LGBTQ community (pride month has four days left and he has still said nothing), children, his own cabinet, people of color, or pretty much any person in the world whose name doesn’t rhyme with “Donald Trump.”
To a man like that, “civility” reads as a green light to move forward. It might be time for the Dixie Chicks to rework their Bush-era hit, “Not Ready to Make Nice” because this country doesn’t have time to be kind to white supremacists.