Trinidad native Shemika Charles holds a world record. Who is Shemika Charles—you ask? Ms. Charles is a 23-year-old performer whose claim to fame is holding the Guinness World Record for the lowest Limbo back-bend, (or whatever the verbiage) of 8.5 inches low and the longest distance walked in that contorted position—just over 10 feet. Not only can she changed the oil on your pick up without a jack, but she can also sweep the dust bunnies from beneath your bed and never rustle the dust cover. With all her remarkable and literal twists and turns, she could not go low enough to undercut the despicable performance of Attorney General William Barr before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday.
Combative, partisan, and locked and loaded with his clip of Trump lies, he first denied systemic racism exists in law enforcement. Hesitantly and under pressure, he finally agreed that peaceful protesters should not be tear-gassed. With cringe-worthy, pseudo-self-confidence he quietly and reluctantly admitted that foreign governments should not be solicited for help in American elections. This was not the team of Diamond and Silk, the overly adorned Trump lackeys, but the head of what is renowned to be the most pristine law enforcement agency [DOJ] in the world.
Mr. Barr should actually give Ms. Charles a call, he could teach her a few tricks about bending over so far backward that you could kiss the tip of Donald Trump’s red tie. Nothing illustrated the term “for an audience of one” any more succinctly than when Mr. Barr was asked by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) if the DOJ would scrutinize systemic racism in law enforcement; he conceded then denied in the same paragraph that society has a systemic problem but somehow in his opinion, it has magically avoided the police:
Rep. Lee: “Does the Trump Justice Department seek to end systemic racism in law enforcement?” “I need a yes or no answer.”
AG Barr: “To the extent, there is racism in any of our institutions in this country and the police, then obviously this administration is — will fully enforce –”
Rep. Lee: “So you agree that there may be systemic racism?”
AG Barr: “To the extent—in—where?” Where?”
AG Barr: “I don’t agree there’s systemic racism in police departments—or generally in this country.”
This bit of Trump-like word salad is synonymous with the current administration. Trump has corrupted generals, doctors, press secretaries, and aides, to the point of introducing new words to the lexicon, “alternative facts.” I am not sure how you were raised but in my neighborhood, an alternative fact had another name, it was called a “LIE!”
It was a trivial matter but it speaks to the petty psyche of Mr. Trump. The President spoke yesterday about how Dr. Fauci threw out the first pitch for the Washington Nationals/New York Yankees baseball game. “Randy Levine [is] a great friend of mine from the Yankees,” Trump said while speaking from the White House on July 23. “He asked me to throw out the first pitch. And I think I’m doing that on Aug. 15 at Yankee Stadium.” The problem with that claim is that neither the NY Yankees nor the President’s own staff knew what he was talking about. Do not worry though, I am sure in a few days a White House Aide will say it was a joke or Kellyanne Conway will come up with an alternative fact. I am afraid of a man who lies for his own entertainment and amusement because eventually, the American people are next on deck to become the snuffed-out butt of his jokes.
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