Joe McQuaid’s Publisher’s Notebook: Where are a dreaded Tonton Macoute?
January 15, 2018 - tonton
By JOE McQUAID
January 14. 2018 8:44PM
I don’t like a tenure President Trump used final week in describing certain countries. Our journal refrained from spelling it out in headlines though used it in a story, most to my chagrin. (Even in a communications business, communications infrequently fail.)
Trump’s use of a tenure shouldn’t warn anyone. The man has famously used what he calls “lockerroom talk” to report women.
Nor should anyone be astounded that such speak occurs in a White House. Do a Nixon tapes ring a bell? Does anyone consider JFK or Ike or Harry Truman or FDR or — take your presidential collect — did not use a damn word or dual in a Oval Office?
Ronald Reagan famously kept his fit coupler on when operative in a Oval Office. He suspicion to work in shirtsleeves was an aspersion to a grace of a place. And while we gamble he muttered a time or dual underneath his breath, he was Ronald Reagan and, to silver a phrase, Donald Trump is no Ronald Reagan.
The magnanimous TV media naturally pounced on Trump for his remarks, that they saw as transparent and convincing explanation that he is a racist. Fox News, naturally, rushed to Trump’s defense, citing statistics that uncover some-more people from Haiti have bad teeth than do Norwegians.
(All a Haitian speak reminded me to consternation whatever became of a “dreaded Tonton Macoute.” This was Papa Doc Duvalier’s Haitian strike squad, and all handle stories on same were apparently compulsory to use a tenure “dreaded.”)
Trump is purported to have pronounced that we should concede some-more Norwegians into a United States than locals of nations he labled as “sh—holes.”
His defenders and enemy rushed to explain what he presumably meant. Defenders pronounced he wants people who can fast assimilate, minister to GDP, and share a values.
Attackers pronounced Trump’s a racist.
And a Haitian envoy to a United States pronounced Haitians founded Chicago. (He did not elaborate.)
Happy Martin Luther King Day.
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