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A handy timeline on who will pay for the wall

A staff member on the show “Full Frontal With Samantha Bee” kept this ongoing list of who is going to pay for Trump’s wall.

Interacting with everyday people here in Chicago, during which politics comes up as a topic often, has taught me a few lessons.

  1. Not everyone who voted for Trump is an idiot.
  2. Some of those people had what they thought were very good non-racist reasons for doing so.
  3. The people you often expect to be Clinton, Trump or Sanders supporters from just looking at them will often surprise you.
  4. Many people took Trump at his word because he has been so masterful at painting himself as a guy who does what he says and they thought his bad traits were just for show.

That last one is most important, IMHO.

If you voted for Trump because of #4, then honestly ask yourself: How many promises has he broken? At what point do you have to admit (if you are being honest with yourself) that he is just not the person he said he is, and that he conned you just as he has conned so many other people?

When do you just get mad at what he did to you and so many of his non-rich followers? Or do you just keep up the charade because admitting you were fooled is just too painful?

 

16 videos: notable public figure reactions to Orlando

Someone asked me if I knew of a central place to see many of the high-profile videos regarding Orlando. I did not. So I made this playlist.

Use the pulldown menu at the top left of the video player.  Every video will play start to finish and then go to the next one.

Included are clips from Anderson Cooper, Samantha Bee, Stephen Colbert, President Obama, Apple CEO Tim Cook and others.

Cooper’s is the hardest to watch.

Bee’s is, I think, the most prescient.

Apple’s Cook is interesting in that he, along with Cooper, suggest that those in the LGBT community are indeed the ones who are feeling this the hardest. Of course we all ache for the loss and despair at the violence. But who among us has not felt even just a bit unsafe walking down a street, walking in or out of a bar or showing same-sex affection in a public place? This truly could have been any of us.

I thought James Corden’s Tony Awards opening was pitch perfect. The same goes for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony acceptance speech.

The most “Hell YES!” moment comes from overseas where British newspaper columnist Owen Jones storms off the SkyNews “Press Preview” set (a show I adore btw) after the host and co-presenter try to insist that the fact that the victims were in a gay bar is irrelevant.

But they are all good, which is a small testament to how far we’ve come. It wasn’t so long ago that many of us could burn to death in a bar fire and the media didn’t much notice.

I did not include those from Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders (both of whom have been very good) or Donald Trump. It just felt as if campaign videos should be separate.

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