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'Hate' and Hypocrisy

[cap­tion id=“attachment_93336” align=“alignnone” width=“1616”]A car was defaced with slogans in South Philadelphia. A car in South Philadel­phia was defaced with racist slogans.[/caption]

Two recent events in Philadel­phia under­line the hypocrisy of the attacks against Don­ald Trump as a racist.

Only two days after the elec­tion, a local news web­site car­ried this head­line: “Racist and pro-​Trump graf­fiti appears in South Philly fol­low­ing election.”

The arti­cle in philly​.com described graf­fiti on cars: “One of the dam­aged cars was a white SUV that had ‘Trump Rules’ and ‘Black Bitch’ spray-​painted across it in large black letters.”

Buried a month later was a story about the arrest of an African-​American man from New Jer­sey who was an ex-​boyfriend of one of the vic­tims whose car had been painted with the slo­gans. What went unsaid was there were no indi­ca­tions that the man had any­thing what­so­ever to do with Trump and his cam­paign. To make that obvi­ous point, how­ever, would fail to con­tinue the meme of Trump and his fol­low­ers’ racist tendencies.

Fast for­ward to an inci­dent just around the cor­ner from my home in North­west Philadel­phia. On Nov. 25, sur­veil­lance video cap­tured two men spray paint­ing “F— Trump,” caus­ing an esti­mated $3,000 to $10,000 in damages.

Police iden­ti­fied assis­tant city solic­i­tor Dun­can Lloyd as one of the two perps. He appeared in the video as a wineglass-​toting man clad in an ascot and blazer, who appeared to raise his cell­phone to pho­to­graph his still-​unidentified accomplice.

That’s right! The guy who helped to dam­age prop­erty in my neigh­bor­hood is a lawyer for the City of Philadel­phia! One might think that he would be fired for his actions, but Philadel­phia is a Democrat-​controlled sanc­tu­ary city. The mayor, Jim Ken­ney, referred to Lloyd’s actions as “a dumb mistake.”

The city attor­ney gets to keep his job, and no charges have been filed against him. Just imag­ine what would hap­pen to some­one who painted “F— Obama” on the side of a build­ing in Philly.

The Philadel­phia Repub­li­can Party has called for Lloyd’s fir­ing. Chair­man Joe DeFe­lice issued a state­ment shortly after Lloyd was identified.

If the image of an upper-​middle class city attor­ney clad in a blazer and sip­ping wine while van­dal­iz­ing an upscale gro­cery store with an anti-​Trump mes­sage strikes you as per­haps the most bour­geois sight imag­in­able, that’s because it is. Noth­ing can bet­ter rep­re­sent the hys­ter­i­cal pearl-​clutching of the ‘pro­gres­sive’ elite in response to this earth-​shattering elec­tion when res­i­dents of Chest­nut Hill and sim­i­lar neigh­bor­hoods across the coun­try dis­cov­ered – gasp – that other peo­ple have a voice too. The assis­tant city solic­i­tor in ques­tion had osten­si­bly taken the law into his own hands since a demo­c­ra­tic elec­tion didn’t yield his pre­ferred outcome.

For some­body with exten­sive legal train­ing to feel enti­tled to van­dal­ize a newly opened super­mar­ket strikes us at the Philadel­phia Repub­li­can Party as an aston­ish­ing feat of idiocy. Did the extra glass of Shi­raz give him some sort of delu­sional con­fi­dence that there are no cam­eras on Ger­man­town Ave? The tax­pay­ers should be entrust­ing exactly none of our faith into this man. He should be fired from our city’s law depart­ment immediately.”

Amen!

See the wine-​toting guy at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZwz9JRmUg0&feature=youtu.be


— — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — — –Christo­pher Harper worked as a jour­nal­ist for many years and teaches media law.

A car was defaced with slogans in South Philadelphia.
A car in South Philadelphia was defaced with racist slogans.

Two recent events in Philadelphia underline the hypocrisy of the attacks against Donald Trump as a racist.

Only two days after the election, a local news website carried this headline: “Racist and pro-Trump graffiti appears in South Philly following election.”

The article in philly.com described graffiti on cars: “One of the damaged cars was a white SUV that had ‘Trump Rules’ and ‘Black Bitch’ spray-painted across it in large black letters.”

Buried a month later was a story about the arrest of an African-American man from New Jersey who was an ex-boyfriend of one of the victims whose car had been painted with the slogans. What went unsaid was there were no indications that the man had anything whatsoever to do with Trump and his campaign. To make that obvious point, however, would fail to continue the meme of Trump and his followers’ racist tendencies.

Fast forward to an incident just around the corner from my home in Northwest Philadelphia. On Nov. 25, surveillance video captured two men spray painting “F— Trump,” causing an estimated $3,000 to $10,000 in damages.

Police identified assistant city solicitor Duncan Lloyd as one of the two perps. He appeared in the video as a wineglass-toting man clad in an ascot and blazer, who appeared to raise his cellphone to photograph his still-unidentified accomplice.

That’s right! The guy who helped to damage property in my neighborhood is a lawyer for the City of Philadelphia! One might think that he would be fired for his actions, but Philadelphia is a Democrat-controlled sanctuary city. The mayor, Jim Kenney, referred to Lloyd’s actions as “a dumb mistake.”

The city attorney gets to keep his job, and no charges have been filed against him. Just imagine what would happen to someone who painted “F— Obama” on the side of a building in Philly.

The Philadelphia Republican Party has called for Lloyd’s firing. Chairman Joe DeFelice issued a statement shortly after Lloyd was identified.

“If the image of an upper-middle class city attorney clad in a blazer and sipping wine while vandalizing an upscale grocery store with an anti-Trump message strikes you as perhaps the most bourgeois sight imaginable, that’s because it is. Nothing can better represent the hysterical pearl-clutching of the ‘progressive’ elite in response to this earth-shattering election when residents of Chestnut Hill and similar neighborhoods across the country discovered – gasp – that other people have a voice too. The assistant city solicitor in question had ostensibly taken the law into his own hands since a democratic election didn’t yield his preferred outcome.

“For somebody with extensive legal training to feel entitled to vandalize a newly opened supermarket strikes us at the Philadelphia Republican Party as an astonishing feat of idiocy. Did the extra glass of Shiraz give him some sort of delusional confidence that there are no cameras on Germantown Ave? The taxpayers should be entrusting exactly none of our faith into this man. He should be fired from our city’s law department immediately.”

Amen!

See the wine-toting guy at

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZwz9JRmUg0&feature=youtu.be

————————————————————————————————————–Christopher Harper worked as a journalist for many years and teaches media law.