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Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

In the midst of World War II, Bing Crosby recorded the song “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” about soldiers in Europe longing to be with their family for the holiday. At that time, Americans were fighting Nazis.

Fast-forward to 2018, and Trump (who coddles Nazis) is forcing troops to be separated from their families during the holidays — but not for any noble cause.

According to NPR, Trump is expected to prolong the deployment of thousands of troops along the southern border into January.

The troops were originally supposed to come home no later than Dec. 15, and the Pentagon recently indicated that everything was on schedule for servicemembers to come home soon.

Instead of spending time with their families at either Thanksgiving or Christmas, troops are shoveling horse manure out of border patrol horse stalls. The Pentagon reports that the deployment is a giant waste of resources and “a morale killer to boot,” according to the New York Times.

The deployment was part of a racist pre-election border stunt from Trump, meant to gin up xenophobia and encourage the Republican base to go vote.

The ploy failed spectacularly, as Democrats are now on pace to pick up 40 House seats.

But Trump isn’t giving up on the charade. And since he already showed a callous indifference to using troops as a political prop over Thanksgiving, it’s not a surprise that he would be willing to do the same over Christmas and New Year’s.

“The reason Donald Trump has no problem wasting military resources and keeping troops away from their families, for a political stunt, is that he doesn’t respect them or their service,” Will Fischer, director of government relations for VoteVets, told Shareblue Media in a statement. “It’s beyond insulting to those who have or who are currently serving in uniform.”

NPR also reports that the extension “comes days after U.S. agents fired tear gas at migrants who tried to cross into the United States from Tijuana, Mexico, on Sunday.”

Trump’s use of chemical weapons against families with small children earned a rebuke from the American Academy of Pediatrics, but a gleeful response from members of the Trump administration.

Instead of letting military servicemembers spend well-earned time with their families over the holidays, Trump is forcing them to waste time putting up fences and shoveling horse manure while border patrol agents fire tear gas, and possibly use lethal force, against refugee families fleeing violence.

And the Christmas story itself, of course, is about a refugee family fleeing violence.

Published with permission of The American Independent. 

 

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)