By D. Allan Kerr
Donald Trump is supposed to come to New Hampshire this week, which kind of surprises me given how much he hates the place.
Doesn’t seem so long ago when he referred to the state as a “drug-infested den.”
Fortunately for Gov. Chris Sununu, since he’s Republican and white, Trump didn’t blame him personally for the current opioid crisis.
Still, the comment even rankled Sununu, who’s usually pretty milquetoast when it comes to challenging Trump’s stupider moments.
“The President is wrong,” the governor said at the time. “It’s disappointing his mischaracterization of this epidemic ignores the great things this state has to offer.”
And before that, Trump accused New Hampshire of being too stupid to know how to conduct an election. Which is pretty silly considering the Granite State has quite literally been in the “election business” for decades as home of the traditional first-in-the-nation primary.
Trump claimed he lost New Hampshire to Hillary Clinton (is this the reason for his hate?) because thousands of voters were bused in across state lines to vote illegally. A member of the Federal Electoral Commission called on Trump to immediately provide the evidence to back his claim so the allegations could be investigated.
“The scheme the President of the United States alleges would constitute thousands of felony criminal offenses under New Hampshire law,” said Ellen Weintraub, who now serves as the commission’s chairman.
This was all back in February 2017. Unless I totally spaced it, Trump has still never provided evidence two-and-a-half years later to support his slander.
You’ll remember he even created a whole new advisory commission to look into this complaint and other claims that 5 million people voted illegally for Hillary back in 2016. That failed group disbanded in less than a year, and generated nothing but a waste of time and oxygen.
So maybe Trump is returning to New Hampshire because he finally found the proof he never offered before. Or maybe he’s coming back to admit he never had any proof to begin with. Maybe he’s returning to apologize for making the place sound like one big crack house.
Otherwise, like they say, if you don’t like it here then go back where you came from.
Now, Trump has been known to say this about people who don’t look like his version of what Americans should look like, suggesting they don’t belong here. My hope would be for the guy to invest this time in learning how to do his freaking job rather than at an ego-boosting rally.
He can start off by understanding the people he represents. And there’s no better place to start than right there in Washington D.C.
I just got back from a road trip down there with my boys, who are now 30 and 28 years old. When they were teens we drove out to places like the Grand Canyon and Arizona. We thought of exploring the northern regions of Maine this time around, but ultimately made it more of an historical/educational expedition.
We checked out the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam Veterans memorials, visited Washington and Lincoln and Jefferson, and toured some museums.
The trip really hammered home the fact that, unless you’re 100-percent Native American, we’re all from somewhere else.
On the famous black wall of the Vietnam Memorial we saw a lot of names like Aguilar, Espinosa, Gomez, Lopez, Ocasio and Vasquez, along with the Smiths, Taylors and so on.
The National Museum of African American History and Culture showcased the path of those who were stolen from their homes and brought here against their will.
At every one of these locations we heard people speaking different languages. Some were folks who are now Americans; others were, I’m sure, visitors from other nations exploring the miracle that is this country, no doubt wondering how we’ve been able to keep this experiment intact.
Evolving to be sure, but still remarkably intact.
He likes to blame mass shootings not on weak gun laws but on our failure to address mental illness. So if you know there are mentally ill people out there with access to weapons, is it a smart idea to use inciteful terms like “invaders,” “murderers” and “rapists” when describing people who want to come to this country like our ancestors did?
I would just ask him, at the very least, if you insist on coming to New Hampshire then leave your stupid at home.
And the city of Manchester might want to remember the Trump campaign still owes half-a-million dollars to El Paso, Texas, for expenses related to his campaign rally there last February.
Based on Trump’s tendency to ignore debts, Manchester officials might want to make sure he pays up front.
D. Allan Kerr really, really hopes former Trump stooge Corey Lewandowski has the cajones to run for the Senate against Jeanne Shaheen, but expects him to chicken out.
(Aug. 12, 2019)