I know it’s hard to think about a time before Donald Trump was president, but I’d like you to cast your mind’s eye back on 2014.
At that point, Donald Trump was a tv-show hosting buffoon who occasionally sent stupid tweets about Barack Obama being born in Kenya and killing everyone who knew.
In November of that year there was an election. I get it if you don’t remember, because only about 36% of eligible voters actually bothered voting. So you might not remember.
Democrats entered the election with 53 seats in the Senate. They left it with 44, losing 9 seats as part of the worst Congressional bloodbath in a century (Democrats also lost 13 House seats to go along with the 63 they lost in 2010.)
If you’re unhappy with the Supreme Court’s recent decisions, recall: Democrats narrowly lost the Senate with a few close races in 2014. Had they retained it, Merrick Garland would likely have been confirmed.
Voter turnout in 2014 was 36.4%. Elections matter. November 6, 2018.
Late on Friday night, South Carolina state representative and Donald Trump endorsee Katie Arrington was seriously injured while riding as a passenger in a car hit by a driver going the wrong way. The driver, 69-year-old Helen White, was killed.
A state legislator involved in a car accident normally isn’t the kind of thing that makes national news, but Arrington just won a tough primary against sitting House member Mark Sanford. In turn, Sanford had drawn the wrath of President Trump after Sanford dared to disparage Trump.
Our thoughts and prayers this morning go to Katie Arrington, her family and those involved in last night’s automobile accident. https://t.co/sV4E90CIj8
As of this writing, President Trump has signed an executive order putting an end to his own new policy of imprisoning asylum seekers at the US/Mexico border, and by extension, taking their children away to be housed by the state. Instead, families will be detained together, rather than apart.
In which I explain that the executive order replaces family separation with family detention, without saying I told you so, despite the fact that I did, in fact, told you so. https://t.co/bZfuqltRUF
The child separation policy is (was??) cruel, needless, and damaging. In keeping with everything else we’ve seen from the Trump administration, it’s also being run completely by the seat of its pants, with no apparent plan to reunite families whose kids have been taken away and put into one of the many internment camps that sprung up in the last month.
What will become of the children, toddlers, and infants already in government custody? Nobody seems to know.
It’s summer, 2018. America is in the grip of a debate over the Trump administration’s unilateral policy of separating the children of asylum-seeking families trying to get into the US. As of today, there are about 2,000 children being held in various internment facilities on the southern border – a number that could be as high as 30,000 by the end of August.
This is an issue being covered by a myriad of excellent writers, I’ll leave you to find their takes on it.
But there’s a connection to today’s child separation and a conspiracy theory from a few years ago that I do feel is worth exploring – the conspiracy that closed Walmarts are being turned into internment camps.
I mean, I’m no more a conspiracy theorist than anyone else… but do we remember calling people crazy for saying they were going to turn Walmart’s in to FEMA camps? I do. https://t.co/utpvAsJO6j
Writing about conspiracy theories and having the last name Rothschild is an interesting experience. Believers immediately disregard everything I say, usually with a snarky comment that “of course a Rothschild would say that!”
For the record, I have no relation to the European banking scions of the 18th Century. Even so, I feel compelled to debunk conspiracy theories about them, not only because they share my last name, but but because said conspiracy theories are virulent, anti-Semitic, and somehow get generations of people believing them.
A pernicious version of one of these has popped back up in conspiracy circles due to the events of the week, and it’s a claim that, despite having no evidence and not making any factual sense, is impossible to kill: that North Korea is one of a shifting number of countries without a “Rothschild-owned central bank.”