The party platform adopted this week at the Republican National Convention provides insight into the District’s future should Donald Trump become president of the United States. It promises four years of Trump’s presiding over a city planted for national use, overseen by watchful congressional eyes and faithfully tended by resident laborers.
In short, continued plantation life for D.C. citizens. But we sort of suspected that was what Republicans would deliver out of Cleveland.
Less expected was the unbelievably sophomoric behavior of Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) flying out to Ohio to stump for D.C. statehood among Republican conventioneers who would sooner auction off the District to the highest bidder.
Imagine: abandoning her haphazardly governed city, daily bruised by violence, to hand out, according to Post reporter Aaron C. Davis, snack bags full of red, white and blue M&Ms marked “51st DC” and attached to a card cribbed with Trump’s slogan “Make America Great,” with “ADD the 51st State” tacked on.
By jetting off to Cleveland, the D.C. mayor elected to bestow legitimacy on a mob.
What else but a mob would welcome into its midst Republican New Hampshire state legislator and Trump campaign supporter Al Baldasaro, who this week declared, “Hillary Clinton should be put in the firing line and shot for treason”?
What else but a mob would cheer New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s malicious attack on Clinton with responses and roars of their own: “Lock her up”?
What else but a mob would turn over the lectern to former House speaker Newt Gingrich, who obscenely and unconstitutionally demanded the other day: “We should frankly test every person here who is of a Muslim background, and if they believe in sharia, they should be deported”?
Thank goodness the only thing Gingrich gets to run these days is his mouth. But only a mob would embrace and uplift such a political degenerate.
That the mayor of the District would turn away from her city to attend the political coronation of a bombastic, low-information narcissist who demeans Latinos and Muslims, churns the false belief that Barack Obama is foreign-born and an illegitimate president, and is the greatest modern-day domestic threat to our democratic values is sickening.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican to his core, had the good sense to stay away from Cleveland. Too bad his judgment didn’t rub off on Bowser.
If, as her apologists would likely argue, Bowser attended the Republican convention to drum up support for the city’s self-government quest, she clearly picked the wrong time and place.
The venue for that undertaking is right here in our nation’s capital.
Skinning and grinning at the Republican National Convention was a colossal waste of time.
This year’s overarching goal should be the election of the most pro-D.C. candidates possible to the White House and Congress. Watching and hoping for that outcome — from a distance — won’t cut it.
Few if any candidates in House and Senate races have all the resources they need. A well-organized and skillfully managed D.C. political operation waged on behalf of pro-D.C. candidates can make a difference.
Instead of sucking up to a GOP crowd that thumbs its nose at the District, Bowser and local politicians should organize fundraising efforts for supportive presidential and congressional candidates around the country. The money is here.
And as for people, we’ve got them, too.
D.C. political leaders should put together teams of volunteers to go, where requested, into congressional districts to help with voter-registration drives, door-to-door canvassing, phone banks and other get-out-the-vote efforts.
Join the grass-roots campaigns of candidates who will have our backs when they get to Washington.
Be there for them, and they will be there for us.
No more hat-in-hand forays into the territory of those who don’t want you around.
Get some backbone, political D.C. Marshal what we have and use it to the city’s political benefit.
And for goodness’ sake, get rid of those dumb M&M-filled snack bags.
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