Trump Comments Totally Unacceptable Says Fallin

I think it’s worth noting that Oklahoma’s most well-known supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump—Gov. Mary Fallin—didn’t say anything publicly about his latest controversy until right before Sunday’s debate.

Trump, as we all know, was caught on a tape recorded some 11 years ago making vulgar and bragging comments about sexually assaulting women. The tape became public last week, prompting even more prominent Republican leaders to withdraw their support from the candidate who heads the GOP ticket going into the Nov. 8 general election.

Here’s part of Fallin’s statement, according to a Sunday media report:

Both of our nation's presidential candidates are very flawed and have made mistakes. I am disappointed and offended by the comments made by Mr. Trump 11 years ago. His comments about women were totally unacceptable. I hope he uses this debate to show his sincerity with his earlier apology and takes the opportunity to demonstrate he has the character and leadership skills to be president. In the end, I trust the American people to make the right decision. America is still the greatest nation in the world.

Well, Trump had no apologies Sunday night in the presidential debate. He does not apologize in any real sense in terms of personal awareness for anything, ever. That’s how fascism works. Dictators always lie.

As more and more people all across the political spectrum express their outrage over Trump’s remarks, many of his longtime detractors are grateful and some maybe with too much of “it’s-about-time” attitude. Trump’s outrageous comments and sordid conduct have been on display for years, of course, but partisan politics creates strange unities and myopic thinking.

Stopping Trump from becoming president is too important to waste time on “told-you-so” jubilation. This is a genuinely serious time in our country’s history. On Sunday night, Trump actually promised to put his opponent Hillary Clinton in jail if he’s elected president. The dictator lies and jails people. Again, that’s fascism.

Fallin’s silence for so long on the issue was deafening. She had been an unquestioning Trump supporter for months and she was supposedly even considered by the Trump camp for the Republican vice presidential slot. More importantly, she’s Oklahoma first female governor, and although she had no duty or mandate to speak for all women here, her take on Trump’s comments will be widely shared in a state not known for treating women very well.

The Oklahoma Republican Party has indicated it continues to endorse Trump even though its communications director has resigned after its chair declined to issue a statement withdrawing the organization’s support for Trump.

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Is Lankford Genuine On Racial Healing?

Image of James Lankford

I continue to think that U.S. Sen. James Lankford is just the wrong person at the wrong time to address racial reconciliation in the country despite the good press he’s generating locally on the issue.

The Oklahoman, for example, recently published an article on about Lankford under this headline: “U.S Sen. James Lankford has made racial healing a focus.” I’ve also written about Lankford and his somewhat simplistic call for people of different ethnicities to have a meal together here.

I really can’t judge Lankford’s sincerity on this issue. Who really can? The right-winger claims to be in touch with people by telephone in Oklahoma who are involved in protesting police brutality against black people and he’s in complete denial about the high incarceration rates of African Americans, but mainly he’s just extremely vague on details and he’s not showing up at marches and rallies where real racial healing is trying to assert itself these days on the streets.

According to The Oklahoman article, this is some of what Lankford said about the recent death of 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, who is black. Crutcher was shot to death by a white Tulsa police officer after he held up his hands in a gesture of surrender:

I've made several calls there. My staff has been engaged. We're just trying to stay connected to the community to hear what they think, feel, hear — what information they're getting and not getting. These are not just constituents; these are friends, and many of them are connected directly with that family.

Note the lack of specifics. I don’t think you can just “call in” racial healing, not that Lankford’s overall concern is not genuine.

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Let Us Pray Now For Earthquakes, Carbon Emissions

Gov. Mary Fallin has proclaimed Oct. 13 as Oilfield Prayer Day with strong support by the right-wing religious folks here.

It’s a perfect merger of two somewhat challenged entities—local energy companies and the Southern Baptist religious folks—joined together by an unpopular state governor, who is all too proud to hand out major tax breaks to the people causing all the earthquakes in this place and then issuing a call to pray for, well, more earthquakes.

No, I’m not making this up. Here’s the link to the coverage.

It’s difficult not to mock the absurdity and lack of values in this case, and, anyway, it has already been done by The Lost Ogle. Who even knew there was such as thing as the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma's Oil Patch Chaplains ministry? Hunter S. Thompson could have used that one.

Oil Patch Chaplains? Did they just make that up? What about the poor, the sick? What about Diversify The Economy chaplains?

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