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Philly cop shooter was offered “bull**** deal” to surrender

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We previously covered the arrest of long-time Philadelphia felon Maurice Hill after he shot six police during a standoff at his rowhome. Thankfully, all of the officers survived and have been released from the hospital, but the details of the nearly fatal encounter are still emerging. We already knew that a lawyer of Hill’s acquaintance contacted him by phone and later showed up in person to help convince him to surrender before he wound up dead. But it turns out that the city’s District Attorney, Larry Krasner, had also been on the phone with Hill. They were discussing what sort of a sentence Hill could expect if he surrendered and Krasner admits he was feeding him a fantasy. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

“Early on, I said 25 [years], then he said 20 and I said OK,” Krasner recounted Friday. At one point, Hill insisted on a deal in writing. Krasner started writing a draft, but did not finish it.

The conversation occurred 4½ hours after the standoff began, as officers were still being treated at hospitals, and 3 hours before it ended with Hill’s surrender and no more bloodshed. In an interview Friday, Krasner described his offer as a “phony baloney” agreement that he had no intention of honoring — and said Hill’s lawyer was in on the ruse.

“We need to be clear here: This was bulls— from the beginning,” Krasner said.

So Kasner offered Hill 20 years verbally, but we don’t know if his attorney repeated that offer. Some legal experts are already speculating that this could cause problems for the prosecution because if the attorney, Shaka Johnson, had been officially retained by Hill at that point, there would have been an obligation to tell Hill that it was a bogus (or “bull___”) offer. But did Johnson even know the details? Also, Krasner never even delivered a written offer. He threw out the draft copy of it he started.

I would hope that the courts wouldn’t allow something like this to gum up the works, but we’ve seen stranger things happen. Still, there were already six cops shot. Two more were trapped in an upper level of the house. Four hostages were in handcuffs and trapped in there with Hill. I would think the courts could support telling Hill they were bringing him a stripper in a cake at that point if it got him out of the building with no further shooting and ended the crisis.

Meanwhile, as shocking as it may sound, there were people actually planning a rally in support of the shooter last night. Considering the fact that people were harassing the cops during the standoff, perhaps that’s just par for the course in that neighborhood. Yesterday afternoon they claimed to be expecting “hundreds” of people to show up in support of the shooter. As it turns out, three people showed up for the rally. There were actually more cops there than Hill supporters, so perhaps that’s a hopeful sign.

Hill has a few arraignment and other court dates coming up presently. He’s expected to face enough charges of attempted murder of police officers to keep him in jail for the rest of his life. Assuming they don’t blow the prosecution because of this “offer.”

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Philly Police Shooter Had a Long History of Criminal Activity

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New information has rolled in about the recent suspect who shot police officers in Philidelphia.

According to The Inquirer, the man who shot and injured six police officers has a long history of gun convictions and a past of trying to run away from justice. Maurice Hill, 36, is a Philadelphia native who is no stranger to crime:

Hill’s history in the adult criminal justice system began in 2001 when he was 18 and was arrested with a gun that had an altered serial number.

Public records show that he has been arrested about a dozen times since turning 18, and convicted six times on charges that involved illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. He has been in and out of prison; the longest sentence handed him came in 2010, when a federal judge gave him a 55-month term.

The Inquirer has also reported that Hill has called his lawyer:

The police sources declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak. Reached by phone about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Shaka Johnson, the lawyer who most recently represented Hill, confirmed that Hill had a connection to the standoff.

“My client is requesting me to come to the scene,” he said.

Police say the incident happened as the Narcotics Strike Force were trying to serve Hill a search warrant on Wednesday around 4 p.m., resulting in the standoff with police. The police attempted to coax him out with bullhorns for several hours afterward.

During that time, Hill called Johnson “in a panic,” and Johnson continuously tried to tell him to surrender himself.

“I told him, ‘you gotta surrender, man,’” said Johnson according to the Inquirer.

Hill eventually gave himself up just after midnight.

The officers who were shot suffered no life-threatening injuries and were released shortly after being treated by the hospital.

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Philly cop shooter identified

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John was covering the standoff in Philadelphia last night, where an armed suspect had shot six police officers after authorities attempted to execute a warrant for suspected drug dealing. Thankfully, all of the officers survived and as of this morning, they had all been released from local hospitals. The good news is that the suspect was eventually taken into custody without further violence. An attorney who was familiar with the suspect had been in contact with him and was allowed to come to the scene and meet with him in person. He eventually convinced him to lay down his weapon and surrender.

The shooter was later identified as Maurice Hill, age 38. And he has a rap sheet as long as your arm involving not just drug dealing, but gun crime convictions and violently resisting arrest. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Police sources identified the gunman in a standoff at a Tioga apartment building that left six police officers injured as Maurice Hill, 36, a Philadelphia man with a lengthy history of gun convictions and of resisting attempts to bring him to justice.

The police sources declined to be identified because they were not authorized to speak. Reached by phone about 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Shaka Johnson, the lawyer who most recently represented Hill, confirmed that Hill had a connection to the standoff…

Hill’s history in the adult criminal justice system began in 2001 when he was 18 and was arrested with a gun that had an altered serial number.

Public records show that he has been arrested about a dozen times since turning 18, and convicted six times on charges that involved illegal possession of guns, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. He has been in and out of prison; the longest sentence handed him came in 2010, when a federal judge gave him a 55-month term.

Even if you believe in the theory of three strikes and you’re out, this guy has long since used up all of his chances. With a record like that and now six cop shootings added to the list, he really has no need to see the outside of a jail cell for the rest of his life. Frankly, after you fire on that many cops, it’s a miracle he was able to leave the building on his own two feet. And if his attorney hadn’t arrived on the scene, he probably wouldn’t have.

In a display of just how much the Philly police have to put up with (in addition to being shot at) “helpful” neighbors of Mr. Hill were seen mocking, insulting and even shoving the police officers on the scene who were trying to take Hill into custody. This is apparently how they treat those who are there to protect and serve. (CBS Philadelphia)

While Philadelphia police officers were dealing with a gunman who shot six of their own during a standoff at a home in the Nicetown-Tioga section, cops also had to deal with being taunted by some bystanders. CBS3’s Alexandria Hoff reports a crowd of people laughed and yelled at officers in the midst of gunfire during a standoff on Wednesday.

A reporter on the scene reported being harassed herself even as neighbors were complicating the job of the police with their disrespectful behavior.

Philadelphia has been dealing with a sustained spike in gun violence and other crime recently. And if this is the level of support they’re getting from residents, it may be a while before they can get it under control.

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Six police officers shot in Philadelphia, standoff continues

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Six police officers have been shot during an extended shootout that took place this afternoon in Philadelphia, PA. Local residents claimed they had heard as many as 100 shots fired. Some reports claimed that the shooter (or shooters) had live-streamed a portion of the incident. The Washington Post has more on the injured officers:

Local media reported that officers were attempting to serve a warrant at the house and were greeted by gunfire.

One officer was shot in the head, but is “conscious and communicating,” police told the Philadelphia Inquirer. A second officer was hit in one or both arms, and the rest suffered unknown gunshot wounds.

Additional officers were also receiving treatment for non-gunshot injuries, Gripp said, adding that all wounds were “non-life-threatening.” The officers were transported to the nearby Temple University Hospital.

6ABC Philadelphia has some dramatic video of one officer who ran to a squad car. If you look closely you’ll see that blood is pouring from a wound on his arm. You can see hitting the street and the street is covered in blood after he leaves. The driver of the squad car comes inches away from backing into another car in his rush to get out of the area (and presumably get the injured officer to a hospital).

And here’s another clip shot from a helicopter showing a second injured officer being evacuated from the scene. Keep your eyes on the right side of the image:

Moments ago (as I write this) Police Sergeant Eric Gripp said at least one shooter is still armed:

But at least one person was arrested at the scene though it’s not clear if he was involved in the shooting. Police picked him up and carried him to a car where he was taken away.

Now the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting there are two officers still trapped in the building where the shooting began.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross said two officers remain trapped inside the house in the 3700 block of North 15th Street where the shootout first erupted at 4:30 p.m.

A suspect inside the house was livestreaming on Facebook, police said, as officers worked into the evening, trying to get the gunman to surrender…

Two Narcotics Strike Force bicycle officers were pinned down on the second floor with three other people who were handcuffed, police said.

Four women who were escorted out of the area where the shooting took place praised police for keeping them safe:

Four women escorted from the scene where six Philadelphia police officers were shot say police saved them after they were trapped inside a Nicetown-Tioga home where the suspected gunman was barricaded inside. The women say they were on the second floor at the time of the shootout.

“I thank God for these cops. They’re good people. Don’t say nothing bad about them, they kept us safe the whole time,” one of the women told CBS3.

That’s all for now. I’ll update this story tonight once the standoff ends.

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More on the San Antonio ICE office shooting

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First thing this morning, Taylor looked at the shooting that took place at the ICE offices in San Antonio. While we can all be grateful that nobody was injured (though someone apparently missed taking a headshot by a matter of inches), I wanted to circle around and hit a couple more details. The first thing to note is that they took a suspect into custody earlier, but later cleared the person of any involvement and released them. Perhaps more interesting (and valuable) is the evaluation of these events from San Antonio Field Office Director Daniel Bible. (KENS News)

ICE ERO San Antonio Field Office Director Daniel Bible says the national discourse surrounding ICE and the topic of immigration is reckless, blaming today’s shooting on politicians, media and activists.

“This attack at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office in San Antonio is completely without justification,” said Bible. “Political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serve to further encourage these violent acts. ICE officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe. This disturbing public discourse shrouds our critical law enforcement function and unnecessarily puts our officers’ safety at risk.”

Let’s keep in mind that this isn’t an isolated incident. Here are the attacks on ICE offices just from this summer.

Aug. 13 – San Antonio, TX
July 16 – Washington, DC
July 14 – Tacoma, WA
July 12 – Aurora, CO

The next thing to note is that most of the media appears to be treating this shooting as a “local news story,” as we so often say. As I’m writing this post this morning, I have seen a grand total of one mention of this on CNN today, though I suppose it’s possible I missed one. And there hasn’t been any deeper analysis of why it happened, etc. Just the straight “who, where, when, how” type of journalism. I checked on their website to see if there was more coverage and tweeted the results of my search.

The thing is, you can’t have it both ways. If you’re going to blame Donald Trump’s rhetoric on immigration for shootings targeting minorities, you can’t simply turn around and ignore this. We have Democratic presidential candidates, “squad” activists, cable news anchors and editorials from major newspapers constantly demonizing ICE, calling for it to be abolished and blaming all manner of human misery on immigration enforcement offices who are simply upholding the law.

How can you observe all of this in context and not blame their rhetoric for the fact that people are shooting up or trying to bomb ICE offices and last night came within inches of murdering someone? The answer is that you can’t, at least if you want to label yourself as an unbiased observer of events.

We’re also seeing far too much conflation of the various moving parts in these stories. That’s another reason I wanted to follow up on Taylor’s post. While he covered the facts of the case as we know them so far and was careful to insist that nothing excuses the actions of the person or persons doing the shooting last night, he spends four long paragraphs on all the rest of the noise. He talks about videos of crying children whose parents have been detained and questions whether we have the constitutional right to enact immigration restrictions. Links to stories about “concentration camps” and a humanitarian crisis are included.

As far as I’m concerned, none of that has a place in the coverage of any of these attacks. If you disagree with current immigration law or the policies guiding the actions of immigration enforcement agencies, fine. Protest those. Work to change them. Vote for Democrats if you want the agencies abolished and the borders open. All of these are options open to one and all.

But the urgent matter of the moment is the fact that people are shooting at and trying to bomb federal offices and personnel and if this keeps up, our luck is going to run out sooner or later and someone is going to be seriously injured or killed. If you want to use your opposition to immigration policy as a reason to cheer on, excuse or simply ignore these attacks, you are no longer part of a political debate. You are sanctioning terrorism. And if you are one of those high profile individuals who are out there demonizing ICE and you’ve been blaming the President for inciting violence, you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

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Axios to Trump on Castro ad: It’s a trap

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In more ways than one, actually. Julián Castro’s new ad might not be terribly newsworthy on its own, but it’s the ad buy that promises some fireworks. What will happen, Axios’ Alexi McCammond wonders, when Donald Trump catches Castro’s accusations while watching his favorite show on television?

The prediction: Tweets will be made, my friends, tweets will be made:

Why it matters: The ad is a way for Castro to show voters he’s not afraid to directly take on Trump.

  • “Julián isn’t afraid of Donald Trump or his bigoted agenda, and will continue to expose his racism and division until he defeats him next November,” Maya Rupert, Castro’s campaign manager, said in a statement.
  • If Trump responds to the ad on Twitter, it could also help Castro’s campaign with exposure and fundraising.

The state of play: Castro is placing a small ad buy — just $2,775 — for three spots throughout the day on Fox News in Bedminster, N.J., where Trump is spending the week at his private golf club.

It’s a brilliant strategy, both in its concept and its frugal application. If Castro can get just one Trump tweet out of this ad buy, the ROI rate would challenge the Venezuelan inflation rate. It’d bring days of earned media to a Castro campaign that is very much sucking wind in the Democratic field at the moment. His RCP average at the moment is below 1%, and the last time he hit 2% or better in a media-sponsored poll was at the end of June in the WaPo/ABC survey. He needs a miracle to get into the next debate.

To paraphrase Die Hard: “You asked for a miracle? I give you @. Real. Donald. Trump.”

It seems doubtful that it would be enough to raise Castro in the field. Trump has gone directly after Robert “Beto” O’Rourke directly too, and it hasn’t done much to lift his fortunes. Both men might need to start thinking about Plan B for 2020 at this point, especially if neither of them makes the stage for the September debate. That August 28 deadline for qualification has to be what Castro has in mind for this Hail Mary; if he can’t make that or the later deadline for October’s debate, it’s over anyway. Why not put some petty cash on a Roulette wheel and see if you hit the jackpot?

The ad itself is also a trap, but not one that will snag Trump. Castro accuses Trump of inciting the El Paso mass shooting his with rhetoric, but that same logic might apply in reverse to another shooting at an ICE facility overnight:

A man was taken into custody after he allegedly fired shots into an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, San Antonio Police said.

The incident took place around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday in the 1700 block of NE Loop 410 at the Jefferson Bank building.

It’s not the first violent attack on an ICE facility this summer either. Last month, police shot and killed an Antifa supporter who firebombed an ICE parking lot in Tacoma. Castro’s fellow Democrats have been hyperventilating for months about ICE being Nazis who run “concentration camps.” If Trump’s rough rhetoric about immigrants is responsible for the El Paso shooting, Democrats are responsible for the violence directed at ICE facilities and employees.

That’s a trap Castro sets for himself and his party. Don’t be surprised if Trump springs it on them, maybe from his Twitter account.

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Joe Biden Enters Alternate Timeline, Claims Parkland Students Visited Him As Vice President

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Joe Biden continues to stumble on the campaign trail now that he’s come out of hiding.

In just the past few days, he’s made several headline producing gaffes. One involved Biden saying there were “at least three genders” when asked about it by a college student. That’s an answer that makes no sense to either the right or the left when it comes to the issue. Just a day before, he remarked in a speech that “poor kids are just as bright and talented as white kids,” a verbal slip that earned him scorn from all sides.

He’s somehow managed to top those.

Yesterday, Biden made the inexplicable, false claim that Parkland students visited him in the White House as Vice President.

 

It’s one thing to say something you didn’t mean to say. You can even understand when politicians exaggerate or claim to be a bigger part of an event than they were. That’s not good, but it’s fairly standard fare unfortunately. This isn’t that. It’s a completely made up, fake memory of something that clearly didn’t happen.

You can’t just chalk this up to forgetfulness. Listen to how detailed he gets while trying to pander about gun control.

Biden told reporters in Iowa on Saturday that “those kids in Parkland came up to see me when I was vice president.” But when they visited Capitol Hill to talk with members of Congress, lawmakers were “basically cowering, not wanting to see them. They did not want to face it on camera.”

In reality, by the time the Parkland shooting took place, Biden had not been Vice President for well over a year.

While conservatives can poke fun at this, the real concern here is for Democrats. There’s a growing movement within the primary opposing Joe Biden, not because of his policy ideas, but because he can’t seem to go more than twelve hours without saying something confusing. The issue isn’t so much that he’s making things up, as that’s par for the course for politics. It’s that he appears so mentally out it when making these claims and gaffes.

If Elizabeth Warren or Donald Trump make a statement that’s misleading, you at least know they are doing it on purpose. With Biden, you are left wondering whether he’s actually going senile. How long can he keep this up? We are nearly six months from just the first primary. We are well over a year out from the 2020 election itself. He’s been on the campaign trail for what amounts to just several weeks at this point given how little actually campaigning he did in the first several months of his candidacy.

Democrats are going to have to make a choice. On paper, Biden continues to be the more formidable opponent to Donald Trump. But elections are run on paper and Biden’s continued struggles are mounting.

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“Mental Illness” Is Not A Good Enough Reason To Introduce Red Flag Laws

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On September 11, 2001, most of the United States was watching in horror as terror attacks rocked the nation.

On that same day, I was at home with family, mourning the death of my grandmother. She was an alcoholic, had been in rehab, and had been recently divorced. She lived by herself, and I suppose that isolation combined with these other factors in a bad way. She called my grandfather, told him goodbye, and shot herself.

I was in middle school at the time and barely understood the concept of suicide. But, it had a profound impact on my life. The idea of someone doing to their family what my grandmother had done to mine was horrifying. I loved this woman with all my heart. She was the person I was closest too in the whole world, and she was suddenly gone.

That impact has probably saved my life. In 2018, I was diagnosed with depression and subsequently started seeking treatment for it.

With every mass shooting comes a discussion on how we can make things safer for American citizens. Do we restrict sales, create gun-free zones, buy guns to protect ourselves, etc. On the right, one of the first talking points after a shooting, aside from buying more guns, is to address mental health.

Republicans in Washington D.C. and even President Donald Trump have voiced support (or, at least, consideration) for “red flag laws.” These laws are designed to set up a system by which law enforcement can be made aware of potential threats to public safety. Many of these warnings come in the form of erratic behavior, questionable statements, and other signs that get lumped into the category of “mental illness.”

There’s a problem with this “diagnosis,” namely in that you can’t diagnose a shooter at all based on this criteria, and rarely do you find a mass shooter who fits this ideal profile of a shooter. Some do exhibit the signs – like the Dayton shooter, who kept a kill and rape list – but some seem perfectly fine right up until they open fire.

Many times, someone with an issue doesn’t exhibit any noticeable signs and then something triggers it. Other times, they are victims of societal neglect. These aren’t things red flag laws will catch.

I don’t know when my grandmother got the gun. But even with the alcoholism and rehab, she never once seemed like the type of person who would commit suicide.

In a few cases, there are noticeable signs that authorities could act on. As my colleague Streiff pointed out, many people look at the example of the Parkland shooter in this case.

The idea here is that, in the instance of the Parkland shooter, if the police who had visited the shooter’s home at least 39 times due to complaints of dangerous behavior by his step-parents and the educators who didn’t want him expelled from school because it would screw up their statistics had only had this tool, then the shooter could have been prevented from carrying out the shooting. I stopped believing in leprechauns a long time ago.

As he goes on to point out, it is hard to prove just how successful it will be in saving lives. With this system, you are essentially asking law enforcement to rely on the judgment of people who are nervous or scared, and rarely do fear or nerves make for a good basis in judgment. The red flag law will simply create a system by which people who have exhibited any sort of disorder will face the threat of losing their guns, and you really stand on shaky constitutional ground as it pertains to both the Second Amendment and due process.

Not to mention the number of personal fights (bitter divorces, political or social disagreements, etc.) that end with someone claiming the other is crazy and dangerous and owns guns, then you get into even more of a constitutional mess.

“Mental illness” has really become a rhetorical scapegoat in this sense, and using it to justify red flag laws doesn’t help anyone. It creates more opportunity for people who may have some issue to have their rights stripped because the average citizen really doesn’t understand mental illness. Meanwhile, other people with absolutely no issues whatsoever will fall victim to a hostile person leveling accusations simply because they are fighting over something.

I know people want to solve the problem, but creating a system based on judgment calls and accusations is not the best way to go about it. Once again, it’s not something you can label and file away. It is an issue that has to be discussed at length.

Once again, we’re rushing into an emotional decision without weighing the long term consequences.

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A Pox on Both Your Houses

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Before I begin, this will be one of those rare times where I make the disclaimer that my opinions do not reflect the opinions of RedState as a site, nor do they reflect the opinions of my colleagues here. The views I am about to express, views which you will probably disagree with, are my own.

There is a very fine line that we have to draw when we talk about the effects of “rhetoric.” Under no circumstances am I going to blame President Donald Trump for the shooting in El Paso, Texas. The fault of that shooting is squarely on the shoulders of the young man who committed the act. His own views and his own disregard for the sanctity of life led him to doing what he did.

Likewise, if someone were to see Joaquin Castro’s tweets publicly identifying private citizens who support Trump, see that Castro is calling for action against these voters, and then attack or even kill one or more of these supporters, I would not blame Castro for the act. He is not telling someone directly to go attack a private citizen because they support Trump.

However, the rhetoric used in both cases has proven to be dangerous. Because the words themselves are divisive and pit one side against another, you will naturally have someone who takes those words the wrong way and will make a terrible choice on their own. The rhetoric, then, falls just shy of handing a killer a loaded weapon and telling them to fire. I do not believe Trump or Castro would ever intend for this to be the case, but the scenarios should cause any normal human to stop and reflect.

Days after the shooting in El Paso, Castro puts out his tweet and later defends it. Several members of the Democratic Party and several members of the media also rationalized it, with various defenses that include “People who support white supremacy SHOULD be called out” and “it’s public information so who cares?”

The next day, Trump is asked if he thinks his rhetoric on illegal immigration has anything to do with the shooter, and he doubles down on his rhetoric. Hours before that, he took to Twitter to berate Beto O’Rourke and other opponents. Both of these events come a day – less than twenty-four hours – after he called for unity in our nation.

In the world, there exists evil. It takes hold and leads people to commit terrible sins. We have seen in just the past few years that many of these evil acts happen in response to political or social beliefs, beliefs that are espoused every day in our society, the tension in response to these beliefs subsequently becoming more and more intense. This creates more evil, a retaliatory evil, that is even more difficult to ignore than the last.

This evil worries me – actually, “worry” is not strong enough a word. It sickens me. I spent most of the day yesterday questioning why anyone would think that, after the El Paso shooting, publicly calling for action against Trump supporters is a good idea. The responses I got horrified me. Not too long before I finally logged off of Twitter for the day, Trump doubled down on his comments on immigration. I imagine that more people will add their own gasoline to the fire today, and things will just continue to get worse.

In terms of political strategy, Trump is making a terrible mistake. The Democrats are proving they are but children whose only responses to him are childish and petty. They lack maturity and sense, and they bring shame to themselves (assuming politicians even feel shame anymore), and they bring shame to their constituency. There is no reason to vote for any Democrats in 2020 because the ones seeking office have proven they lack the maturity to actually govern. Instead, they claim that Trump wants to divide us all while simultaneously ensuring that their supporters stay mad at Trump and work to make other people mad at him. They want to win through negativity, and it is going to take this wildfire of hate and give it more fuel.

If someone in the White House could convince him to play the part of an adult, stay off Twitter, and work to unite communities torn apart by political hate and mass violence, then there is no reason he can’t turn his public image around and start regaining some of what was lost in 2018. The Democrats aren’t learning any lessons, so it’s time for the Republicans to show that they can.

However, they are not trying to make this happen and, as a result, I will not be voting for Trump either. He called for unity one day, and turned around and continued to play off the already staggering divisions within our country. He is not playing the part of a grown-up in the White House, and it is making the situation worse. This is not about political strategy: It is a case of doing what is right. What is right is working to unite and heal the country. What is right is seeking conversation and communication and working to provide solutions.

What isn’t right is continuing to do what has caused this violence and has kept our country in socially dark days since Obama was in office. Playing off of divisions may look good for the base, but it is toxic to society.

A pox on the houses of the Democrats and the Republicans. I had thought that maybe the economic strength of our country might be enough to keep me positive through this election, but the sapping of all social strength by both parties is too much to bear.

Never will I tell you to vote for a Democrat, and never will I choose to vote for one myself. But right now, there is nothing encouraging me to go vote at all in 2020. The rest of you can sort this out. I’m just going to pray that we can heal.

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The ultimate 2019 late-night TV segment: Seth Meyers on the Bad Headline in the New York Times

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To cleanse the palate, I feel like all late-night “comedy” in the Trump era has been building to this moment.

So much so that I’m mad at myself for not predicting in yesterday’s post about the Bad Headline that some member of the late-night Resistance would inevitably lunge at it.

Normally the late-night crew at least has a meaningful news peg for its Trump jokes. If something happens in Russiagate and the president starts ranting about it, well, that’s legit news even if they’ve already done 8,000 bits about Trump and Russiagate in the past 18 months. But the Bad Headline isn’t real news. It’s an obsession of a small, insular, particular niche, the very-online class of media-savvy liberal slacktivists that thinks it’s Making A Difference by tweeting all day. Imagine how parochial your politics would need to be to warrant throwing a collective tantrum, replete with threats of canceled subscriptions, because the adamantly anti-Trump New York Times sounded a bit too neutral about his condemnation of the latest mass shootings — not in a story, even, but in a five-word headline. “Progressive Professional Class Sh*ts Self Over Times Banner” sounds like a pitch for an extremely broad right-wing satire of Woke Twitter. Imagine what a team of professional comedy writers could do with the idea.

What they could do with it, it turns out, is nothing. Because late-night TV in 2019 is staffed by, and exists only to serve, the same narrow very-online class of liberal slacktivists that it would normally be goofing on here for its myopic cultural priorities. In fact, Colbert and Kimmel and Sam Bee and John Oliver and Meyers have been boring in on that message for so long that maybe it’s sensible at this point for them to cater exclusively to the priorities and sensibilities of that class. If they’ve chased everyone else away such that only Resistance news junkies are left, then logically they should write their jokes — or “jokes,” since this is really political commentary adorned with a few one-liners — for Resistance news junkies.

But maybe Meyers had no choice? He’s not the Times, but there are certain expectations that come now with being a left-wing host on late-night television. Being funny is fine, although not strictly necessary. What’s essential is to Resist. If call-out culture has determined that today’s way of Resisting is to pile on the country’s most famous liberal newspaper for being not quite liberal enough, then that’s what tonight’s monologue is about. Period.

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