Yesterday was a busy day for news, and much of it was good if you care about America.
First, NASCAR announced that it would ban the Confederate flag from its racing events. Stock car racing is a huge sport in the South and if you’ve ever been to a race you would know that many of the fans wear Confederate flag gear or display it on their cars, their coolers, their lawn chairs, etc. Many people associate the 70s show Dukes of Hazzard with stock car racing, since the duo drove a racing-type car with a Confederate flag on prominently displayed on its roof. I watched from the infield as Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 in 1973 and I can attest that the venue was full of Confederate flags. It’s hard to understate what a monumental shift this is. My wife was born and raised in Georgia and still has a few Facebook friends from childhood who are racists and Trump conservatives, and their posts and discussions yesterday were exploding with anger and resentment at NASCAR, full of “I’ll never watch again” and “NASCAR is dead to me” so it will be interesting to see what happens to attendance. Just as Nike’s sales soared after they hired Colin Kaepernick as a spokesman, NASCAR might actually expand their brand and bring in more people than they alienate with this move. It’s a sign of progress.
Meanwhile, ever eager to stoke racial resentment, Trump yesterday announced what may yet be the most offensive and blatant dog-whistle of his presidency. Trump has been desperate to resume his campaign and hold hate-rallies to bolster his fragile ego, so he’s scheduled his first coronavirus-era rally for June 19th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It’s not a coincidence that Tulsa was the site of perhaps the worst single incident of racial violence in our nation’s history, often referred to as the Tulsa Race Massacre, where hundreds of black citizens were killed an injured by an angry white mob in 1921. Also significant is the date of the rally, June 19th, which to many Americans is also known as Juneteenth, the day the Emancipation Proclamation was signed giving slaves their freedom. So Trump’s rally will be held on the site of a notorious massacre of blacks on the day many celebrate the end of slavery. He couldn’t have chosen a more symbolic way to tell our black citizens “f-you” while letting all the racists and white supremacists know he’s still with them. Disgusting.
Another notable development yesterday came in the Michael Flynn trial. The retired judge who was asked to serve as a “friend of the court” submitted his brief after reviewing the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the case against Flynn. And the meticulous, 82-page brief was a brutal, devastating takedown of the Justice Department and, by extension, Attorney General Barr. Retired Federal Judge John Gleeson wrote of the DOJ motion:
Even recognizing that the Government is entitled to deference in assessing the strength of its case, these claims are not credible. Indeed, they are preposterous.
Gleeson eventually concluded:
The facts surrounding the filing of the Government’s motion constitute clear evidence of gross prosecutorial abuse. They reveal an unconvincing effort to disguise as legitimate a decision to dismiss that is based solely on the fact that Flynn is a political ally of President Trump.
These are incredibly strong and damning statements. Gleeson is saying that the DOJ’s motivation to dismiss the Flynn case is corrupt and an abuse of power for purely political purposes. Of course, we already know that Barr and Trump are corrupt and are trying to keep Flynn from the consequences of his crimes without having to issue a potentially embarrassing and politically damaging pardon. But it’s nice to see a venerated officer of the court give such a well-researched and pointed confirmation of their corruption.
A Gallup poll yesterday showed Trump’s approval rating at only 39%, the lowest of his presidency thus far. Trump is so freaked out by his plunging numbers that he sent CNN a cease and desist order to stop them from reporting their own poll showing Trump trailing Biden by a vast 14 percent. CNN’s awesome response can be seen here:
Expect Trump to become increasingly irate and desperate as his poll numbers continue to languish.
Keep resisting Trump and keep working to “vote his ass out of office.”