3 Stories You Should Read 7/15/2019: The E.U., Trumpism, Gov. Bill Lee
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In the category of: Hiding in plain sight
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee tipped his hand, and it’s racist AF.
For some reason that only Southern states will understand, Lee signed a proclamation declaring July 13 Nathan Bedford Forrest Day.
Who in the fuck was Forrest? Well, just a Confederate general, slave trader and an early leader of the Ku Klux Klan, which might be the three most racist jobs in the history of America and he did all of them.
But the governor is claiming that he’s not the one that wants to honor the harborer of the big, little and baby joker of racist work. Lee is blaming it all on the law.
In the category of: Go figure
President Trump is a racist. This is the most important issue in the 2020 presidential campaign. Everything else is secondary. If that wasn’t clear before, it should be now.
Trump over the weekend pushed a series of tweets calling on a group of rookie Democrats in Congress, all of them women of color, to “go back” to where they came from rather than criticize the government he leads. His outburst was nonsensical, of course — all four women are U.S. citizens, and three were born in the United States — but also telling. No matter the facts, Trump casts people of color as not-quite-American. His white critics never seem to get the same treatment. That’s not a coincidence.
In the category of: Power in numbers
EU foreign ministers continue to urge Iran and the US to restart dialogue.
European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini has urged Iran to acknowledge the work undertaken by European nations to save the 2015 nuclear deal.
“We invite Iran to reverse its steps and go back to full compliance with the agreement,” said Mogherini after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday.
“The reality is that the deal has avoided Iran developing a nuclear weapon, and so it has been effective. I think everyone today recognises there is no alternative to
this deal… As an international community at large, it is key to keeping the situation as calm as possible in the region.”
European powers are trying to de-escalate tensions between the United States and Iran, which have built since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from a landmark pact last year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
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