In a discussion about the investigation into Russian hacking of the 2016 election, former New York Times writer Judith Miller warned against Trump involving himself in the mess, saying it could be a “tar baby” for his nascent administration.
“As Sen. McCain said, it’s pretty clear that the Russians did something,” said Miller. “And it’s pretty clear — according to 17 U.S intelligence agencies — what what they did helped Donald Trump.”
The motive, she said, could be harder to determine.
As much as Trump might want all discussion of the matter to cease, she continued, “it’s not going away.”
“Pres. Obama isn’t going to let it go away because his full intelligence review guarantees that this tar baby is going to be delivered to Mr. Trump as a ‘welcome’ present to the White House before inauguration on Jan. 20,” she said.
The term “tar baby” is a term for a quagmire, a trap wherein the more that one struggles, the more one becomes ensnared. Some claim that it is a literary term, devoid of racist implications, but its history is more complex that that.
In an “Uncle Remus” folk tale, a clever fox trapped a rabbit by smearing a doll with tar and turpentine, making it sticky. When the rabbit slapped the doll for refusing to acknowledge him, he became stuck.
In 2006, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote that the term tar baby “also has had racial implications. In his book Coup, John Updike says of a white woman who prefers the company of black men, “some questing chromosome within holds her sexually fast to the tar baby.” The Oxford English Dictionary (but not the print version of its American counterpart) says that tar baby is a derogatory term used for ‘a black or a Maori.'”
Miller lost her job at the Times and is considered by some to be “a humiliated and discredited shill” over her role in outing CIA operative Valerie Plame as well as her fervent insistence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction in the run-up to the Iraq War.
In both instances, it became clear that she was being used as a cat’s paw for the George W. Bush administration’s agenda of starting a war with Iraq.
Regardless of how Miller meant it, whether as a racist slur aimed at Pres. Obama and his imaginary offspring or just in the folkloric sense of a sticky or troublesome matter, it was a remark that is bound to rankle many, just as it did when Gov. Mitt Romney used the term to describe Massachusetts’ “Big Dig project.”
Romney later apologized for using the term, claiming he was not aware of its racist implications.
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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.
Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’
Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.
To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.
Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."