When they say *you* need to be civil, hold up this mirror

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There are growing calls for “civility,” most notably and inexplicably by the Washington Post’s editorial board over the weekend after serial, professional liar Sarah Huckabee Sanders was tossed out of a Virginia restaurant. There is true rage from Democrats (and some Republicans) after hearing audio of young children crying out for their parents, asylum-seeking parents shackled like prisoners, reports of children kept in cages, images of children on prison buses being shipped across the country and the grim realization that some of these children may never be reunited with their parents.

Let’s revisit Donald Trump’s supporters in this photo heavy post because each of these pictures tells a thousand uncivil, angry, homophobic, xenophobic, misogynistic words. Where were the calls for civility then? Now? Why do Democrats and the left have to live up to the impossible standards of civility in the face of cruelty and inhumanity? Fuck your feelings, amirite?

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 11: Demonstrators clash with supporters after it was announced that a rally with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at the University of Illinois at Chicago would be postponed on March 11, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. Organizers postponed the rally citing safety reasons after hundreds of demonstrators were ticketed for the event. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
MANHEIM, PA - OCTOBER 1: A supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wears anti-Hillary Clinton buttons at a campaign event on October 1, 2016 at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pennsylvania. Recent polls show Trump's rival Hillary Clinton with a narrow lead in the state. (Photo by Jessica Kourkounis/Getty Images)
AIKEN, SC - DECEMBER 12, 2015: Jim Yates, a Donald Trump supporter from Laurens, South Carolina cheers for the candidate before a town hall meeting Saturday, December 12, 2015 in Aiken, South Carolina. The South Carolina Republican primary is scheduled for February 20, 2016. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
An attendee wears a t-shirt with a message for would-be migrants at the 1st Congressional District Republican Party of Wisconsin Fall Fest on October 8, 2016 at the Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, Wisconsin..Trump was scheduled to attend the Fall Fest with House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said he was "sickened" by lewd and misogynistic comments Trump made as he described groping women in a 2005 video released Friday, disinviting him from a political event in Wisconsin. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Bob Kunst, a supporter of US President Donald Trump from Miami Beach, gets a high-five while waiting to attend a rally at the Orlando Melbourne International Airport on February 18, 2017. / AFP / Gregg Newton / Gregg Newton (Photo credit should read GREGG NEWTON/AFP/Getty Images)
GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 05: (EDITORS NOTE: Image contains profanity.) Supporters wait for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to speak at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin on August 5, 2016 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)

 

I don’t recall the specific tweet, but I did see someone on Twitter recently saying that those scolding Democrats and outraged Republicans need to be more civil is like telling a woman to smile while she’s being harassed. And calls for civility while people of color are being imprisoned, brown children are being caged and taken from their parents for the crime of seeking a better life and new opportunity? No thanks. Backing off the vitriol and deescalating our anger is a form of upholding the white supremacy that led to the action in the first place.

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Jack Ox
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Jack Ox

Jen, I speak out to everyone I come in contact with- One thing that people do not seem to know is that even though you always get a receipt when you drop off your laundry- these parents were not given anything- they took their children without a receipt- or any system with numbers so they could find them again. This means that Steven Miller and Trump NEVER had the intention to return the children- Does that have large implications for you?

Elli
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Elli

These people that are shown in all these pictures should be ashamed of themselves for advertising vulgar language on signs or t-shirts. They are no better the the moron in the oval office. They are so ignorant. What has this country become???? It is disgusting.

Lone Wolf
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Lone Wolf

FUCK the signs and T-shirts, they should be ashamed, they should be puking their guts out, and rightly so, for voting for such a racist, vile, lying, despicable, disgusting criminal piece of trash in the first place!