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That’s how you encourage hatred, Donald


Donald Trump was handed a gold-braided chance last night to declare once and for all that President Barack Obama is as American as he is.

He didn’t. Instead, Trump — who was fielding questions at a so-called “town hall” meeting in New Hampshire — chose to allow a questioner to level a hateful attack on the president … and on Muslims.

Think, then, about this man — Trump — becoming president of the United States.

He fluffed the question not because of some careless inattention, but — I happen to believe — he actually believes the nonsense that continues to fly around out there, that the president really isn’t “one of us.”

This is just one more in a lengthening list of disgraces that Donald Trump has brought to the Republican Party primary presidential campaign.

The exchange went like this:

“We have a problem in this country. It’s called Muslims,” the man began. “We know our current president is one.”

“Right,” Trump said.

“You know, he’s not even an American. Birth certificate, man,” the man continued.

Trump laughed and said, “We need this question?”

Then came the clincher:

The man in the audience said: “But anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question: When can we get rid of them?”

Trump’s hideous answer? “We’re going to be looking at a lot of different things,” Trump responded. “And you know, a lot of people are saying that, and a lot of people are saying that bad things are happening out there. We’re going to be looking at that and plenty of other things.”

Looking at what? Finding ways to get rid of Muslims? Is this entertainer/politician considering ways to rid the nation of millions of American citizens who happen to belief in a faith other than Christianity?

What the … ?

Sen. John McCain, while running for president in 2008 against then-Sen. Obama, got the same kind of question during a town hall. His response was to shut the questioner down and declare flat out that his opponent is a “patriotic American” and a fine public servant.

Donald Trump has disgraced himself yet again.



Mayor offers residents another chance to speak out

There’s been so much talk — much of it unfounded — about secrecy, lack of communication and even some nefarious motives associated with downtown Amarillo’s revitalization.

Well, tonight at 5:30, at the North Branch Library, Mayor Paul Harpole is going to expose himself — quite likely — to perhaps some more of that kind of disinformation.

He’s going to speak to residents who come to the library about some ongoing city projects. Yep, they’ll include downtown work, state highway construction, parks, perhaps some utility billing issues.

Then he’s going to open the floor up to questions.

I’m pretty sure residents will come prepared to pepper the mayor with questions about downtown, which likely will dominate the nature of the inquiries from the public.

I mention this because Harpole has taken some unfair criticism in recent months.

It’s come from individuals who haven’t been paying attention. The mayor, City Council members, senior city administrators, business leaders, civic leaders and anyone else involved in trying to move the downtown project forward have been talking to us about their vision for the city and trying to sell us on the notion that they have the city’s best interests at heart.

The naysayers haven’t listened. They don’t care to listen. They care instead to hear their own voices and aren’t going to be persuaded of anything that goes against their ingrained opposition to the kind of change being discussed for our city.

I understand fully that the contention of closed-mindedness goes the other direction as well.

For now, I am willing to give the mayor credit for seeking to push the city toward something quite different and exciting as it looks toward the future.

I also am willing to salute him for exposing himself to the barbs that are sure to come flying at him.