This week, after calling President Donald Trump’s idea to purchase Greenland “absurd,” the Danish Prime Minister, Mette Frederiksen, joined the ranks of an exclusive but growing club of women, the one with people Trump calls “nasty.” Its members? Latest count: a former Secretary of State, a current Speaker of the House, a handful of US Senators, the CEO of General Motors, the Duchess of Sussex. (There are also over a dozen guys, many of whom were running for president at the time of their induction.)
In this case, Ghitis assessed, his disparagement of Frederiksen is also a sign of Trump’s obsession with Scandinavia and the Nordic countries. “There’s just something about Trump and Scandinavia,” she wrote, from Trump’s false claim in “The Art of the Deal” that his grandfather was Swedish (he was German) to his plaintive question during the notorious meeting where he allegedly complained about people coming from “shithole countries”: why don’t more Norwegians want to come to the United States?
With Trump handing out insults to world leaders and christening himself the “chosen one” (even though he later claimed he was kidding), the G7 meeting — happening this weekend in Biarritz — may be a spicy affair.
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Against the backdrop of the documented rise of domestic extremism in the United States, another instance emerged this week of students appearing to use Nazi gestures — this time in California. We must address this recurring problem of young people evoking a “nightmarish past,” wrote David Vigilante, with an understanding that white supremacy and Nazism, while directed at Jews and people of color, are a betrayal of every single one of us — any expression of them harms us all.
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Trying to trace Trump’s position on guns can feel like a trip through the looking glass. After the Parkland shooting in 2018, he pledged he would “do something” and, according to Democrats who attended meetings with him, he expressed openness to banning assault weapons and support for universal background checks. But after speaking with NRA leaders, those prospects evaporated.
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Marcus, noting that many of those watching Gallego and sharing the video cited “raising awareness” about the Deaf community as a reason, said those folks have more work to do: “Watching a signer communicate and thinking you’ll learn ASL along the way is sort of like walking into a library and thinking you’ll absorb all the information in the books just by looking at their covers. When people tell me they recently attended a live program that had an interpreter and that they loved watching him or her perform, I ask what new vocabulary words they picked up. Invariably, the answer is none. Seeing ASL as something cool to watch instead of as a vital service also gives us a peek into why we still have so much work to do in this country around accessibility.”
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