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On Thursday, the Supreme Court stopped President Donald Trump from inflicting the devastation that candidate Trump had vowed to inflict on 700,000 young immigrants in this country.

This is a temporary reprieve, which makes this another reason why this year's presidential election is the most important one in our lifetime, no matter our age. Casting our vote is our last chance to stop the most dangerous man to inhabit the White House before he burns to the ground whatever remains of the American dream.


The court ruled that Trump could not immediately push through his plan to end the program, initiated by President Barack Obama, to protect about 700,000 young, undocumented immigrants and allow them to work and go to college. The program is called DACA, for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and its recipients are known as Dreamers.

Let us remember, please, two facts about the lives of these Dreamers:

The median age when their parents brought them into this country was 6.

The most common age was three.

I've asked these questions of readers numerous times in the last four years:

Do you remember when you were three? When you were six? Do you remember when every major decision for your young life was made by the people who raised you? For good or bad, or somewhere in between, they were in charge of you.

Do you remember where you lived? Do you know why you lived there? Maybe your family suffered a financial setback, or a series of upheavals. Overnight, your whole world changed. Maybe you remember the first time you saw your mother cry, or your father.

Maybe your family was torn apart because of a parent's alcoholism or drug addiction. Or untreated depression. Maybe you were on the receiving end of physical or emotional abuse. As I wrote three years ago, if this is the story of your beginnings, I'm sorry to ask you to recall those times of fear and hopelessness. You were just a kid. It wasn't your fault.

None of your early childhood was your fault. Should you have to pay the price of your parents' mistakes for the rest of your life?

Of course not.

If you have children, should the mistakes of your past derail their future?

Again, of course not. So often, perhaps too often, parents see their children as their second chances.

We are no different from the migrant parents who crossed our borders to give their small children a better life, which, in so many cases, involved giving them a chance to survive.

As multiple legal scholars warn, this court ruling is a temporary fix.

"We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies," Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. wrote for the majority. "We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action."

By the way, are you registered to vote?

Don't assume it. Check.

Who have you virtually adopted to make sure they, too, register and vote?

I ask because Trump's tweeted response to the Supreme Court ruling was to turn it into a campaign moment: "Vote Trump 2020!" He followed up with another tweet to make it even more about him: "Do you get the impression that the Supreme Court doesn't like me?"

Poor, lonely braggart, cowering behind his fences, quarantined from his mobs. Racism is no fun when you're all alone.

On the same day the Supreme Court granted the temporary reprieve to Dreamers, Facebook announced that it had deleted Trump campaign ads posted on Wednesday using an inverted red triangle, which is the Nazi symbol for political prisoners.

Facebook's statement: "We removed these posts and ads for violating our policy against organized hate. Our policy prohibits using a banned hate group's symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol."

The ads had gone up the day before, and before Fortune magazine's John Buysse first flagged them on Twitter, they had "gained more than a million impressions across the Facebook pages of Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence," The New York Times reported.

The campaign ran 88 of these Nazi-like ads, The Washington Post reported, and they targeted every state in America.

Again I ask: Are you registered to vote?

Connie Schultz is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and professional in residence at Kent State University's school of journalism. She is the author of two non-fiction books, including "...and His Lovely Wife," which chronicled the successful race of her husband, Sherrod Brown, for the U.S. Senate. Her novel, "The Daughters of Erietown," will be published by Random House in Spring 2020. To find out more about Connie Schultz (schultz.connie@gmail.com) and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at www.creators.com.

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Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

On July 10, CNN's Oliver Darcy reported that Blake Neff, the top writer for Tucker Carlson's prime-time Fox News show, had been anonymously posting racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and other offensive content on an online forum for five years. Neff used racist and homophobic slurs, referred to women in a derogatory manner, and pushed white supremacist content while writing for Carlson's show. Neff resigned after CNN contacted him for comment.

As Darcy reported, in an interview with the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Neff claimed anything Carlson read during his show was initially drafted by him. Darcy also found instances where there was "some overlap between the forum and the show," as sometimes the "material Neff encountered on the forum found its way on to Carlson's show."

During a 2018 appearance on Fox's The Five to promote his book Ship of Fools, Carlson mentioned Neff by name, calling him a "wonderful writer." Carlson also included Neff in the acknowledgments of the book.


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Before joining Fox News, Neff worked at The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet that Carlson co-founded. The outlet has published a number of white supremacists, anti-Semites, and bigots.


Carlson has a long history of promoting white supremacist content on his show. His show has featured many guests who have connections to white supremacy and far-right extremism. Carlson has regularly been praised by Neo-Nazis and various far-right extremist figures, and he's been a hero on many white supremacist podcasts. Users of the extremist online message boards 4chan and 8chan have repeatedly praised Carlson.

The manifesto released by the gunman who killed 20 people in El Paso, Texas, in 2019 was strewn with content that echoed talking points from Carlson's show. Days after the shooting, Carlson declared that calling white supremacy a serious issue is a "hoax" as it is "actually not a real problem in America."

Carlson has been hemorrhaging advertisers following his racist coverage of the Black Lives Matters movement and the recent protests against police brutality. Now that we know his top writer was using content from white supremacist online message boards for Carlson's show, it is more imperative than ever that advertisers distance their brands away from this toxicity.