Sunday, June 4, 2017

Week 75: "More Important Things to Do" (June 4, 2017)

Dear Readers,

It has been an eventful week. For all past newsletters (and more), make sure to go to the blog at

Pittsburgh, not Paris

Our President announced this week that America would be withdrawing from the Paris climate accord. He called the deal “draconian” and justified it, somehow, by saying he “was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” Sorry, Mr. Trump, climate change is gonna have the same effect on the people of Pittsburgh as it will on the people of Paris. Elon Musk decided to leave the government panels on business he was previously on, and Thom Yorke called Trump a “f***ing clown.” Foreign leaders denounced his decisions, and Al Gore called his decision “indefensible” and a “threat to humanity.” Truly people from all walks of life are calling him out on this one, and this one may have some actual consequences. But sure, it’s obviously just the elite French with their silly science who care about this, and real Americans are indifferent. You keep telling yourself that, Donald.

The Twitter President Has No Decency

In response to the terror attacks in London, Trump had the opportunity to be professional and offer his prayers for the victims, as most world leaders might. Instead, he retweeted Drudge Report’s coverage on the attack, then defended his travel ban, then offered his support for the victims and the country of England. As if it weren’t bad enough already, he took to Twitter at 4 AM this morning to offer these kind, presidential words.

“We must stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people. If we don't get smart it will only get worse”

“At least 7 dead and 48 wounded in terror attack and Mayor of London says there is ‘no reason to be alarmed!’"

“Do you notice we are not having a gun debate right now? That's because they used knives and a truck!”

Yes, a terrible attack in the center of a major city and all our president can do is try to prove political points on gun control and... political correctness? Oh, and he makes fun of a Muslim man. A Muslim man who, rightly, said his remarks were taken out of context (that quote was from a remark about increased police presence, not the attack itself) and said he had "more important things to do than respond to Mr Trump."

England Votes in 4 Days

On Thursday, the UK will hold their general election. Campaigning was suspended today following yesterday’s attack, but polls are tightening a lot in recent days. Prime Minister May has used the attacks as an excuse to push for greater government surveillance and “security.” While it is still likely the Conservatives will win, the polls are becoming less and less clear. We shall see what happens, but it hold importance for the world.

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