Mocking people who are urging civility in public discourse regarding President Trump’s enforcement of federal immigration laws, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on Democrats to resist her 2016 opponent with “strength and resolve.”
“Oh, give me a break,” she said in an interview in London with the Guardian newspaper published Friday. “Give me a break! What is more uncivil and cruel than taking children away? It should be met with resolve and strength. And if some of that comes across as a little uncivil, well, children’s lives are at stake; their futures are at stake. That is that ridiculous concept of bothsideism.”
Clinton was referring to a law – also enforced during the George W. Bush and Obama administrations – that requires children to be temporarily separated from parents who are prosecuted for entering the country illegally. Media images of illegal-alien children in “cages” – some of which were taken when Obama was president – have fueled outrage over the family separations. President Trump signed an executive order to halt the separations while urging Congress to fix the problem permanently.
Clinton’s comments come after a new poll, exemplifying a sharply divided nation, found 42 percent of American voters believe a second civil war is likely within the next five years. It was conducted as several Trump administration officials were publicly harassed by protesters, including White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who was booted from a Virginia restaurant. On Saturday, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., called for more harassment of Trump administration officials. And on Tuesday, as WND reported, a writer for the popular progressive news website Splinter warned Trump supporters that if they have a problem with the heckling of administration officials in public places, they haven’t seen anything yet, posing the prospect of 1970s-style bombings. On Wednesday, the announcement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement prompted a wave of Democrat vows “to resist,” with a generational shift of the court at stake. Among the many notes of alarm, progressive author Elaine Atwell tweeted “we may have just left the point at which we could rely on democratic norms to fix our government, and are now on the road to literal revolution!”
Obama: ‘You are right to be concerned’
Meanwhile, on Thursday night, former President Obama told Democrats at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser in Beverly Hills, California, that the country and the world are on the brink and “you are right to be concerned,” Politico reported.
Obama said Republicans and Democrats tell “different stories” about the way things are.
“There’s a fundamental contrast of how we view the world,” Obama said. “We are seeing the consequences of when one vision is realized, or in charge.”
A top Democratic donor, meanwhile, left-wing billionaire Tom Steyer, said in an interview with the Rolling Stone that a “nuclear war” might provide a “real course correction” to Donald Trump’s presidency, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
Steyer led national impeachment campaign against Trump last year.
After his interviewer called his “nuclear war” comment a “sobering” thought, Steyer replied he would take back the remark, saying he “should be a little bit more tempered.”
Michael Moore: ‘Put our bodies on the line’
Filmmaker Michael Moore told Stephen Colbert on “The Late Show” Thursday night that the left needs to “put our bodies on the line to stop Trump,” the Daily Beast reported.
He said his new anti-Trump film premiering in September, “Fahrenheit 11/9,” is “about how the hell we got in this situation and how we’re going to get out of it.”
Moore played a clip from the film in which he tried to infiltrate Trump’s Florida resort Mar-a-Lago.
Asked if he was “civil” to the people there, Moore said, “I was as civil as any Eagle Scout Catholic altar boy could be when confronted with the devil.”
Moore said Democrats have traditionally been”so wimpy and weak” but now “a few people want to stand up and say, I’ve had enough, that’s it.”
“We don’t have to be violent, we have to remain nonviolent, but if the worst that happens to anybody in the Trump administration is that they don’t get to have a chicken dinner in Virginia, I mean, I don’t know,” he told Colbert.
He said the conflict is about more than “political differences.”
“We’re talking about thousands of children being kidnapped and put in jails.”
Noting the sharp divide in the nation, Colbert asked Moore what kind of “endgame” he had in mind.
“Because you don’t want to end this in violence or any sort of really revolutionary confrontation, you want a political change at the end of this,” Colbert said. “Do you have any hope for that?”
Moore says he clings to hope, though he cries every night when he watches the news and wonders, “When are people going to get off the couch and rise up?”
“Sadly, Trump is not going to leave,” he said. “He plans to be re-elected, he loves the term ‘president for life.’ The only way that we’re going to stop this is eventually we’re all going to have to put our bodies on the line. You’re going to have to be willing to do this.”