Last weekend, the Trump campaign contacted a museum in Greensboro, NC, the city I recently left (wife got a better job). I was back 'there the weekend before last to play an annual outdoor music festival that benefits a local food bank - I promised my old bands I'd come back for it. A lot of driving, but worth it. Anyway, back to the story:

Greensboro has a Civil Rights Museum at the site of Woolworth's, where four Black college students from North Carolina A&T University sat in at a lunch counter where they'd been refused service. According to a museum spokesman, the Trump people were rude and demanding, saying they wanted the museum closed for five hours on Tuesday to accommodate Trump, who had a campaign stop scheduled at neighboring High Point University. (High Point is one town over.) 

The museum refused. They don't give special treatment to anyone plus, well, I'll let Earl Jones, co-founder of the museum, say it:

"The approach, the type of disrespect, pretty much a demand and bullying us to use the museum in their manner and their way in their time. It was inappropriate and I think it's probably reflective of the type of insensitivity of civil rights and human rights that's reflective from Trump over the years."

Trump wanted a photo op. The museum wasn't playing. 

What goes around comes around. 

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Comment by JMac1949 Today on September 28, 2016 at 9:09am

read about this and I'm glad that the museum toldTrump's staff to fuck off.  He can visit just like anyone else.   R&L

Comment by koshersalaami on September 28, 2016 at 9:35am

I read more than one piece on this. One said they didn't care to be used as a photo op, which this of course would have been 100%. It sure as Hell isn't like Trump cares. 

In terms of the public/private disconnect: Trump is probably in private a lot like he is in public, which isn't simple or humble to begin with. As the expression goes that I heard in the family when growing up: He thinks his shit don't stink. Hillary I gather is very different in private, which isn't surprising given how obviously introverted she is. It's not that I've heard that she's humble; what I've heard is that she is genuinely concerned and is an exceptional listener. That's what made her good in the Senate. When it came to getting medical benefits for 9/11 first responders, which the Bush administration wasn't inclined to do (even claiming that the initial fumes were safe and non-toxic), my understanding is that she was an absolute bulldog at seeing that through. And a lot of that wasn't all that conspicuous - she clearly wasn't doing it for the press. 

Comment by koshersalaami on September 28, 2016 at 10:11am

Even Gingrich ended up respecting her. She understands things, she does her homework, she listens closely enough not to waste time in the wrong directions, and she cuts to the chase. In private, taking her partisan environment into account as a sort of comparative handicap (as in horses, not as in disability), she may turn out to be the most effective President since Johnson. I suspect she will surprise us. 

My wife likes her. I have learned through long, long experience that my wife is usually right. That's not why I like HIllary but it makes me feel more secure about liking Hillary. I also take into account the territory she has had to navigate and what that navigation has to entail. If you do it right, it won't be pretty. 

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on September 28, 2016 at 10:11am

Mr Jones was spot on. 

Comment by koshersalaami on September 28, 2016 at 10:12am

No question

Comment by koshersalaami on September 28, 2016 at 10:33am

Kerry was absolutely constipated as a speaker. Al Gore as a speaker was a complete joke - he sounded like a Southern Mr. Rogers when he spoke in public. Hillary's not a great speaker either - an improvement over both of those guys, but she certainly doesn't have the ease in front of a crowd that Obama and her husband have. She'll be the first to tell you that, though. 

Being able to stand her isn't the point in this election. In some elections, people will tell you that both parties are basically equivalent. Not in this election. Not when one candidate functions as America's Nasty Id. 

Comment by Zanelle on September 28, 2016 at 10:44am

What a pretty little museum.  Im so glad to hear of people standing up to Trump.  It has to happen MORE.  I want him brought down in a big show.  I want it to be dramatic and emotional just like the reality shows America loves.  This is the first election I can remember that is a show.  

Comment by koshersalaami on September 28, 2016 at 11:14am

Ford didn't think it and Nelson Rockefeller sure as Hell didn't. Dole never used to think it. Neither did McCain. That's a process that started heavily with Newt Gingrich, Tom DeLay, and Grover Nordquist, and took a quantum leap with the Koch sponsoring of the Tea Party. In my first vote for a Congressman in 1972 I voted Republican because my Republican Congressman was more liberal than his Democratic opponent. 

If the parties were equal, you'd probably be a Republican. So would Ted Frier, who used to be a speechwriter I think in the Republican Massachusetts Governor's office. So I think would Rob Wittmann. But the Republican Party went nuts. 

Comment by koshersalaami on September 28, 2016 at 11:14am

Of course it's a show. That's who Trump is. 

Comment by koshersalaami on September 28, 2016 at 11:19am

My old city shown off well again. Yay Nancy (the mayor). I've seen her, I don't think I've met her but it's possible. We know a lot of people in common. 


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