Donald Trump’s war on children and the Red Hen restaurant


This video from the USA says about itself:

Red Hen Restaurant President Trump Claims Is ‘Filthy’ Has Clean Record

25 June 2018

After President Trump slammed a Virginia restaurant that asked his press secretary to leave, other places with the same name are being unfairly slammed. President Trump took to Twitter and attacked the restaurant that kicked out press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. “The Red Hen restaurant should focus more on cleaning its filthy canopies, doors and windows (badly needs a paint job) rather than refusing to serve a fine person like Sarah Huckabee Sanders“, Trump tweeted Monday morning.

Here’s why Trump really shouldn’t call someone else’s restaurant “dirty”.

By Andre Damon in the USA:

In defense of the Red Hen

26 June 2018

On Friday, the owner of the Red Hen, a restaurant in Lexington, Virginia, asked White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave her establishment after employees objected to serving her.

The event followed an incident Tuesday in which a group of demonstrators chanted, “If kids don’t eat in peace, you don’t eat in peace!” as Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen was having dinner in a Washington, DC restaurant.

This 18 June 2018 video from the USA is called Listen to children who’ve just been separated from their parents at the border.

Two days later, the right-wing ideologue and White House adviser Stephen Miller was denounced as a fascist by a patron at another restaurant.

These incidents reflect an outpouring of revulsion and horror among millions of Americans at the Trump administration’s policy of separating refugee children from their parents, a practice condemned as torture by the United Nations. Hundreds of thousands of people have donated to a fundraiser in support of the victims, setting a new Facebook record, and demonstrations against the cruel and barbaric practice have been held throughout the country.

No doubt, the employees of the Red Hen, as well as its proprietor, felt genuinely disgusted to be in the presence of Trump’s filthy mouthpiece, who day after day spews lies to justify the president’s criminal policies. They politely told her to get out.

No one would claim that these individual actions represent a strategy for fighting Trump, but they reflect vast and intense social anger, not just over the inhuman treatment of impoverished refugees, but against inequality, war, the militarization of society and attacks on democratic rights.

This is why, amid general sympathy and support for the Red Hen among the American people, the response of the Democratic Party and the corporate media has been to subject its owner and employees to pompous and hypocritical lectures about “civility”.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (Democrat from New York) took to the Senate floor Monday to declare, “No one should call for the harassment of political opponents. That’s not right. That’s not American.”

Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi denounced “harassment” of Trump officials as “unacceptable”, and declared that “we must conduct elections in a way that achieves unity.”

The Washington Post likewise weighed in with a reprimand, publishing an editorial stating that while “passions are running high… Ms. Huckabee… should be allowed to eat dinner in peace.” It added, “Those who are insisting that we are in a special moment justifying incivility should think for a moment how many Americans might find their own special moment.”

Another column in the Post complained that Trump cabinet members were being harassed by “mobs”.

What accounts for the Democrats’ sudden concern for the sensibilities of Trump and his associates?

For the past two years, the Democratic Party, the Post and the New York Times have been waging a factional war against Trump centered on allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election and collusion by the Trump campaign with Moscow. A special counsel has been appointed, Trump’s former campaign manager has been jailed, and his lawyer’s office and home have been raided by the FBI. For good measure, the press has thrown in sex scandals regarding porn stars and call girls. No accusation has been too disgusting to air, in keeping with the nature of the conflict—a palace intrigue centered on disputes over foreign policy within the ruling elite.

This anti-Russia, anti-Trump campaign, while resonating with sections of the political establishment and the affluent upper-middle class, has left the general population cold. But now, the anti-Russian narrative has suddenly been superseded by mounting popular anger over real crimes committed by the Trump government: the torture and imprisonment of children; the construction of concentration camps; threats to dispense with due process.

The Democrats have denounced the protests against Trump’s accomplices because they are instinctively hostile to any form of spontaneous popular anger that cannot be channeled along reactionary lines that are harmless to capitalism. On fundamental policy issues—militarism and war, austerity, attacks on democratic rights—there is little that separates the two parties. In fact, as Trump correctly notes and former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson acknowledged on Sunday, immigrant children were separated from their families and jailed under Obama.

The Democrats and Trump speak for different factions of the criminal financial oligarchy that dominates American society.

After Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters called for protests against Trump cabinet members and aides, she was denounced by both Pelosi and Schumer. Within 90 minutes of Pelosi’s disavowal of Waters, Trump posted a tweet declaring:

“Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party. She has just called for harm to supporters, of which there are many, of the Make America Great Again movement. Be careful what you wish for Max!”

There is no doubt that the Trump administration was taken aback by the visceral public outcry against the separation of children and parents at the border, which led Trump to promise to end the policy. But by denouncing Waters, the Democrats gave Trump the opportunity to go on the offensive once again, rallying his fascistic, extra-parliamentary power base—the “Make America Great Again Movement”—in a threat against a member of Congress.

The entire episode demonstrates certain undeniable realities about American politics. No matter how bitter the divisions between Trump and his factional opponents within the ruling class, they are all involved in what former President Obama called an “intramural scrimmage.” On issues of fundamental class importance, including the ability of the state to commit war crimes and crimes against humanity with impunity, all factions of the ruling elite are united against the working class.

While Trump makes use of every opportunity to whip up his fascistic base, the Democrats live in perpetual fear that a movement will develop from below centered not on their pet issues of … war policy, but on revolutionary issues.

As the World Socialist Web Site explained last June in its statement “Palace coup or class struggle: The political crisis in Washington and the strategy of the working class”, the opposition to Trump within the state and the opposition to Trump within the population are entirely different movements, one from above and the other from below, with radically different methods, aims and intentions.

To the Democrats’ methods of palace coup must be counterposed the methods of the class struggle. The only way to fight the Trump administration’s warmongering and its assault on social and democratic rights is to mobilize the working class on the basis of a socialist strategy aimed at overthrowing the capitalist system, of which Trump is a noxious expression.

‘A CRISIS OF DEMOCRACY, NOT MANNERS’ Read this remarkable piece in The New York Times on Red Hen’s refusal to serve Sarah Huckabee Sanders: “I don’t blame staff members at the Virginia restaurant, the Red Hen, for not wanting to help Sanders unwind after a hard week of lying to the public about mass child abuse.” Vox also has a good line on the incident and the failure of “civility.” [The New York Times]

US assault on immigrants continues as Democrats denounce protests against Trump officials: here.

‘DON’T TALK TO REPORTERS’ Unaccompanied children held by the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy are being told not to speak with reporters about their detainment. [HuffPost]

The independent media outlet Unicorn Riot has published the “Undercover Operations Manual” used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to regulate the use of informants and to infiltrate pro-immigrant organizations. This handbook is the fifth and latest document related to the functioning of ICE that has been published by Unicorn Riot as part of its “Icebreaker” series: here.

Jennifer Carnahan, an Asian-American GOP official, reveals Republican Party members have called her “ch*nk,” and “a stupid Asian not even born in America.”

‘COTTON-PICKING MIND’  Former Trump campaign official David Bossie went on “Fox & Friends” and told a a black panelist, “You’re out of your cotton-picking mind.” [HuffPost]

CALIFORNIA PROSECUTOR ON LEAVE AFTER UNHINGED WATERS RANT A San Bernardino County prosecutor has been placed on leave after posting a vicious attack on social media about Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.). It read: “Being a loud-mouthed c**t in the ghetto you would think someone would have shot this b***h by now.” [HuffPost]

14 thoughts on “Donald Trump’s war on children and the Red Hen restaurant

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  2. Trump set the bar for incivility from the start, we continue to spiral downward and will as long as he and his thugs are in the White House. He has no right condemning anyone, he was the first to say at as rally about a protestor “punch him in the face”. Hypocrite imbecile.

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  3. Last week, Trump replaced his policy of taking children from their parents at the border with a policy of putting children in jail with their parents indefinitely.1

    If you are horrified by this human rights crisis manufactured by Trump and are able to take to the streets, will you join an action near you–or start one with your friends–on June 30? Please wear white to show solidarity!

    As for the 2,300 children who have already been ripped from their parents? The former head of ICE says some of them are now permanently separated from their parents.2 Angelica, a 31-year-old asylum applicant from Guatemala, hasn’t seen her 8-year-old daughter since early May. “I feel like I’m going to die. I feel powerless.”3

    Though still inhumane, Trump’s decision to jail families together happened because countless people across the country spoke up or took to the streets to protest forcibly separating families. Now, we have to push this administration to stop jailing immigrant and asylum-seeking families and reunite the families it ripped apart.

    That’s why on June 30, UltraViolet members are joining the national day of action to fight back against Trump’s racist immigration policies. Already, more than 400,000 people have signed up for more than 600 events all over the country. Can you join them and wear white to a nearby event?

    Trump and his cronies would like the country to believe that there are only two ways to treat immigrants and asylum-seekers–take children away while the government prosecutes parents for legally seeking asylum, or jail children and parents together.

    They’re lying. The way to stop separating families and jailing children is to stop prosecuting and jailing immigrants and asylum-seekers. Period.

    Trump, Jeff Sessions, Stephen Miller (Trump’s chief anti-immigrant advisor who has direct ties to white nationalists and helped craft the Muslim ban and the family separation policy)4, and the rest of Trump’s cronies want to ban Brown and Black people from coming into this country.

    That’s not going to happen, as long as people like you keep speaking up and taking action to stop our country from going Trump’s way.

    If you are angry and ready to speak out, will you join the national mobilization against Trump’s family detention and separation policies on June 30?

    Thanks for all that you do.

    — Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Adam, Holly, Kathy, Susan, Anathea, Audine, Shannon, Emma, Pilar, Natalie, Melody, Pam, Lindsay, and Ryan, the UltraViolet team

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    Sources:

    1. Children ‘Don’t Need Jail.’ Immigration Advocates Say President Trump’s Executive Order Creates Even More Problems, Time, June 20, 2018

    2. Former ICE Director: Some migrant family separations are permanent, NBC News, June 19, 2018

    3. Migrant Parents Wait and Hope for Their Children: ‘I Feel Like I’m Going to Die,’ New York Times, June 21, 2018

    4. Stephen Miller: a driving force behind the Muslim ban and family separation policy, Souther Poverty Law Center, June 21, 2018

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  5. Dear Friends and Activists,

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    But Trump was already breaking the law, before demanding there be no
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    Perhaps you remember when Cubans were fleeing Cuba. Trump’s got some
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    No, you did not. Not only were these people not arrested, all they
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    THAT is the LAW.

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    When they want to make a political point about some commie on an
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    But when people in Central America flee gang terrorism, Trump calls
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    Yeah, well there’s an invasion of vermin alright. They’ve invaded the
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    Trump demonizes sincere asylum seekers by promoting fear of gang
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    They’ve even changed the rules, to make fear of gang violence NOT a
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    Even if these poor asylum seekers were guilty of the misdemeanor of
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