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OT: A Dumb Thing Trump Didn't Say
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Quadibloc
2017-05-01 17:49:15 UTC
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Saw this in a newspaper article:

"Trump, during an African-American history month event, seemed to imply that the
19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass was still alive. Trump said in
February that Douglass “is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is
getting recognized more and more, I notice."

Neither Frederick Douglass _having_ done an excellent job in the past, nor people
recognizing his value and contributions more and more in the present day, requires
him to still be among the living.

And this appeared in the Toronto Sun, one of a chain of newspapers usually known
for right-wing views.

The story as a whole _did_ involve Trump saying something that... could be
legitimately considered dumb. He was quoted as asking why something couldn't
have been worked out to avoid the tragic bloodshed of the Civil War. While that
question has been asked before, in general it's not asked much today because the
usual conclusion is that any such deal would have been at the expense of the
black people who were slaves then - and would continue to be slaves all the
longer.

John Savard
Gutless Umbrella Carrying Sissy
2017-05-01 17:52:41 UTC
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Post by Quadibloc
"Trump, during an African-American history month event, seemed
to imply that the 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass
was still alive. Trump said in February that Douglass “is an
example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting
recognized more and more, I notice."
"Who's" can be "who is" or "who has."

Only people who failed at grade school english will fail to realize
this immediately.

That, and people so unhinged by their blind hatred and intolerance
that they're incapable of rational thought.
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Terry Austin

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Dorothy J Heydt
2017-05-01 18:57:11 UTC
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Post by Quadibloc
"Trump, during an African-American history month event, seemed to imply that the
19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass was still alive. Trump said in
February that Douglass “is an example of somebody who’s done an
amazing job and is
getting recognized more and more, I notice."
Neither Frederick Douglass _having_ done an excellent job in the past, nor people
recognizing his value and contributions more and more in the present day, requires
him to still be among the living.
And this appeared in the Toronto Sun, one of a chain of newspapers usually known
for right-wing views.
The story as a whole _did_ involve Trump saying something that... could be
legitimately considered dumb. He was quoted as asking why something couldn't
have been worked out to avoid the tragic bloodshed of the Civil War. While that
question has been asked before, in general it's not asked much today because the
usual conclusion is that any such deal would have been at the expense of the
black people who were slaves then - and would continue to be slaves all the
longer.
ParTICularly since his what-if depends on Andrew Jackson's having
been around to broker a deal, avoiding the war and maintaining
slavery in the South.

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the
price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God!" -- P. Henry
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Dorothy J. Heydt
Vallejo, California
djheydt at gmail dot com
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