President Trump continues to prove how singularly unprepared he is to deal with America’s gun problem.
When the mayor of El Paso, the site of one of our latest bloody tragedies, met with Trump our president decided the best thing to do — rather than offer unequivocal support — was to insult the man. When Mayor Dee Margo met with Trump the first thing the president did was lash out over previous comments Margo made about the effect of border barriers on crime rates, Frontline reports.
“You’re a RINO,” said the president shortly after meeting him.
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RINO stands for Republican In Name Only and is a term commonly used by unhinged Trump supporters to refer to conservatives who have even the slightest issue with his regressive agenda.
“No, sir. I am not a RINO. I simply corrected the misinformation you were given by attorney general [of Texas], and that’s all I did,” the mayor replied, not rising to the bait.
Mayor Margo’s response, whatever one might think of the man’s politics, was saintly given the circumstances. In the interview with Frontline, he went on to explain his positions.
“I said, ‘If you want to deal with immigration, the first thing you do is you have Homeland Security define what is a secure border and what they need in the way of resources to handle that,’” the mayor recounted.
“We are one of the safest cities in the country, but we have been before the fence went up,” the mayor added shortly after.“It had a dramatic impact on petty crimes and automobile thefts … So it has benefited, but it had no direct impact on our overall crime rate.”
According to Frontline, associated with PBS, the mayor was pushing back on our habitually mendacious president’s claim that El Paso has one of the highest violent crime rates in the union up until a border fence (erected in 2009) was put up.
The president failed to mention the shooter deliberately targeted Hispanic people in his mass shooting and that a wall wouldn’t have stopped him from carrying out his nihilistic, caucasian fantasies. One should feel no surprise, but revulsion might flow through the veins.