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There Will Be No Peace (English)

Though mild clear weather

Smile again on the shore of your esteem

And its colours come back, the storm has changed you:

You will not forget, ever,

The darkness blotting out hope, the gale

Prophesying your downfall.

 

You must live with your knowledge.

Way back, beyond, outside of you are others,

In moonless absences you never heard of,

Who have certainly heard of you,

Beings of unknown number and gender:

And they do not like you.

 

What have you done to them?

Nothing? Nothing is not an answer:

You will come to believe - how can you help it? -

That you did, you did do something;

You will find yourself wishing you could make them laugh,

You will long for their friendship.

 

There will be no peace.

Fight back, then, with such courage as you have

And every unchivalrous dodge you know of,

Clear on your conscience on this:

Their cause, if they had one, is nothing to them now;

They hate for hate's sake.

W. H. Auden (1956)

Trump Mocks Ford's Testimony At Rally, Begs Crowd To 'Think Of Your Son'

President Trump speaks during a "Make America Great Again" rally at Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., on Tuesday night.  Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Updated at 9:49 p.m. ET

President Trump continued his defense Tuesday of his Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, mocking one of Kavanaugh's accusers at a Mississippi campaign rally.

The latest move by Trump came just hours after he had highlighted the possibility of false accusations against young men in the midst of a cultural moment brought on in the past year by the #MeToo movement.

"I think that it's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of," Trump said Tuesday afternoon outside the White House. "This is a very difficult time."

Kavanaugh's nomination remains in limbo this week, as the FBI looks into allegations of sexual assault made by numerous women. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., vowed again on Tuesday to vote on the nomination by the end of the week, insisting that the results of the FBI inquiry be kept private, for senators only to see.



Late last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee heard from both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh drunkenly pinned her down on a bed and groped her against her will at a high school gathering in 1982. Scrutiny has been building this week on Kavanaugh, not only because of the accusations, but because of his testimony at that hearing.

A number of Kavanaugh's classmates have publicly said he misrepresented or lied about his drinking habits when he was in school, while he testified under oath in front of the Senate.

President Trump said that if Kavanaugh did lie to Congress, then "that would not be acceptable," but the White House has said the administration does not feel that Kavanaugh lied under oath.

At the same time, a backlash to that backlash has begun brewing in conservative circles. Many Republican senators have said they view the accusations and subsequent questions as desperate delay tactics on the part of Democrats.

"A vote against Kavanaugh is a 'yes' vote for more of these despicable tactics being used time and time again in the future," said Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, on the Senate floor Tuesday.

President Trump speaks to the media before leaving the White House to speak with electrical workers in Philadelphia. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

President Trump, as well as his family, has raised fears about the possibility of politically motivated false accusations. Trump himself has been accused of a range of sexual misconduct, from harassment to assault. He has denied every accusation.

"You could be somebody that was perfect their entire life and someone could accuse you of something," Trump told reporters Tuesday afternoon. "You are truly guilty until proven innocent."

And the rally in Southaven, Miss., on Tuesday night, Trump went further. He mocked Ford's testimony, noting she said she could remember how many beers she consumed but couldn't remember details about the location of the house where she says the assault happened or how she got home that night.

Trump asked a series of questions, acting out both sides of Ford's congressional testimony to laughs and applause from the crowd.

"What neighborhood was it in? 'I don't know.' Where's the house? 'I don't know.' Upstairs, downstairs, where was it? 'I don't know but I had one beer, that's the only thing I remember!' " Trump said. "And a man's life is in tatters! A man's life is shattered."

After Ford's testimony last week, Trump had called her a "very credible witness."

"It's a damn sad situation," Trump told the roaring crowd on Tuesday, after chants of "We want Kavanaugh! We want Kavanaugh!" had quieted.

"Think of your son," Trump said. "Think of your husband."

Michael R. Bromwich, one of Ford's lawyers, called it a "a vicious, vile and soulless attack" in a post on Twitter.

Trump's comments echoed a message his son, Donald Trump Jr., relayed in an interview that aired this week on DailyMailTV. Trump Jr. said he fears more for his sons than for his daughters in the age of #MeToo.

Voters showing high interest in midterm elections
NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll; Sept. 23, 2018

"I got boys and I got girls, and when I see what's going on right now — it's scary," Trump Jr. said. "The other problem is for the people that are real victims of these things, when it is so obviously political in cases like this, I think it diminishes the real claims."

White male voters showing higher interest in 2018 midterms than in 2010 or 2014.
NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll; Sept. 23, 2018

The idea that people in the U.S. are wrongfully "guilty until proven innocent" is an idea that wasn't manifesting itself politically on the right until last week, GOP pollster Frank Luntz told The Washington Post.

"In this era of #MeToo, there are a lot of men — and some women — who believe that justice no longer exists in America," Luntz said.

This raises the possibility of conservatives rallying around the Kavanaugh confirmation fight and cutting into the enthusiasm advantage among Democratic women, many of whom were politically activated when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in 2016. NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben reported recently on how women have swung further toward the Democrats this year than in elections going back at least two decades.

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll from Sept. 23, just a week after the allegations were known, showed interest in the election among white men at 64 percent, higher than in 2010 when Republicans retook the House and 2014 when the GOP took control of the Senate.  https://www.npr.org/2018/10/02/653699004/trump-it-s-a-very-scary-ti...

SARAH HUCKLEBEE-SANDERS IS A BITCH WHO CARRIES THE LOAD FOR TRUMP

Fallout From Brett Kavanaugh Investigation Roils The Senate

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Comment by moki ikom on October 3, 2018 at 2:00pm

Trump: "I think that it's a very scary time for young men in America when you can be guilty of something that you may not be guilty of. This is a very difficult time."

One can read Trump like an open book when one changes sometimes just one word of what he says:

It's a very scary time for young  old men in America ..This is a very difficult time.

Afterall, the vast majority of, to the point of being virtually all, young men have yet to engage in alcohol fueled sexual misadventures exposing their fundamental, selfish proclivities.  That today's young men are scared doing vile things to womankind like Kavanaugh and Trump have done is a good thing and long overdue in this society.  

Comment by mary gravitt on October 3, 2018 at 2:29pm

It is not Trump, but the women sitting in the audience and cheering him on that is dangerous.  I can understand Trump's action because he has talked sexually about his own daughter.  Naomi Klein wrote that he raped Ivana, when they were divorcing to prove that he had the power to do so.  Rape is not about sex, it is about power.  Trump does not trust men and relies on women to protect him.

Trump wants to reduce White women to the state of Dred Scott in 1856, where White women have no rights that White men need respect.  Those men laughing and cheering must not have had mothers, sisters, or wives that they respect.

Hucklebee-Sanders is the worst kind of woman.  Like Faulkner wrote in Light In August: "A woman will be the first to cut the ground from under another woman."  And like the Southern Right-Wing religious Faulkner-like woman, she proves he is the master writer he proved to be.

Comment by moki ikom on October 3, 2018 at 2:34pm

Yes, you have Sarah Chucklebee-Sanders pegged perfectly.  She's the perfect and timely example of the kind of woman Faulkner described.

Comment by moki ikom on October 6, 2018 at 2:34am

Absurdity and Impunity Reign in the Time of Don --  Paul Street 10/05/2018

--Absurdity Reigns in the terrible time of Donald Trump. Just five days apart, the tangerine miscreation went from calling the right-wing Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh’s primary accuser, Dr. Christine Blassey Ford, a great person and a good witness to openly mocking her painful recollections of sexual assault in front of thousands of laughing white brutes in Mississippi.

The arch-sexist genital grabber-in-chief has a nasty habit of siding with men accused of beating and sexually abusing women: Roger Ailes, Rob Porter, Judge Ray Moore…the list goes on.  I’m guessing that only Bill Cosby’s technical Blackness cost him a Trumpian soft pardon on epic sex crimes.

Remember this from 2015:  “Trump Mocks Report with a Disability”? I was reminded of that clip when I beheld the president’s disgraceful assault on Blasey-Ford. Former Trump backers who claim to be “surprised” at how awful he is should be forced to wear a bright orange dunce cap for one month and to watch clips like this and numerous other ones just as bad from 2015 and 2016 (and before).-- 

Comment by moki ikom on October 6, 2018 at 2:47am

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re : "Trump backers who claim to be 'surprised' at how awful he is should be forced to wear a bright orange dunce cap for one month and to watch clips like this and numerous other ones "

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As well, all Trump backers, especially females (all white of course, less indiscriminate, ie non-caucasion whoring is involved) "should be forced to wear a bright orange dunce cap for one month" and perhaps paid to watch clips of themselves at Trump and Republican political rallies as America's Trump psychosis fades into the ether butt-fucking America's McCarthyism.

Comment by mary gravitt on October 10, 2018 at 3:59pm

We as Americans are in critical times hard to deal with.  But no matter what, we must fight back.  We will not win all the battles, but America will as Langston Hughes wrote, will be American again.  I am not claiming we were angels.  I just know that we tried.

We are at war just as we were in 1865.  We will split the Union by allowing Fascism to remain in charge of the Republic.

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