My beautiful home state of Iowa has an incredible history of supporting and paving the way for equality. Iowa was third to recognize interracial marriage, home to the first state university to offer degrees to men and women equally, second state to prohibit segregated schools, first state to elect a woman (Julia C. Addington) to public office, first state to have a female attorney (Arabella Mansfield), site of the oldest mosque in the United States (Cedar Rapids, holla!), third state to legalize same-sex marriage and home to the nation’s first state university LGBT organization (Iowa City, holla!).
During a Friday night LGBT for Hillary fundraiser, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton referred to half of Donald Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables.” Specifically, Clinton cited the “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic” faction of the electorate.
On Sunday, GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump vented his frustration with the media when he tweeted this (mis)understanding of the Constitution:
Of course, any fourth grader could tell you it is “freedom of the press” which allows the media to publish and broadcast what they wish. What’s truly sad is that this isn’t the first time Trump has shown he doesn’t understand the First Amendment. Continue reading →
Between Trump’s campaign chairman lashing out against the Bush family, the #NeverTrump movement initiating a floor fight and the night ending in a controversy of plagiarism, the opening day of the Republican National Convention did not disappoint.
Last Tuesday, 37 year-old Alton Sterling, a black male, was shot point blank by two Baton Rouge police officers while being pinned to the ground. Twenty-four hours later, Philando Castile, also a black male, was shot to death by police during a routine traffic stop. The aftermath of the shooting was live streamed on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, who was a passenger (along with her 4 year-old daughter) in the car when Castile was killed.
On Thursday night, five police officers were killed when a shooter ambushed a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas. Twelve officers and two civilians were also injured.
To say the country just ended a bad week would be one hell of an understatement.
“Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate,” President Obama told the country in his first remarks on this morning’s Orlando, Florida shooting.
At 2:02 AM on Sunday, a gunman opened fire in Pulse, a Florida gay nightclub, resulting in the deadliest mass shooting in American history.
On Tuesday, Hillary Clinton became the first woman in America’s history to clinch a major party presidential nomination; a moment of which Bernie Sanders failed to recognize its historic nature when speaking to his supporters in a Santa Monica hanger later that night.
It’s impossible to know what Bernie Sanders was thinking as he watched the California returns, but I imagine “I sat through a Foster the People set for this?” has to be right up there.
Last Saturday, attendees of the Nevada Democratic State Convention were likely questioning if they accidentally entered a Trump rally as fevered Bernie Sanders supporters collectively lost their shit when a motion for a recount for the state’s delegates was rejected.
The response rippled through social media. Claims of rigging, Clinton dictatorships and the death of the Democratic Party itself were mixed in among links to the latest Youtube cat videos and never-ending Minion memes.