A Boy At A Trump Rally Called Clinton A ‘Bitch.’ That’s Not An Accident.

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee

Esther Yu-Hsi Lee Immigration Reporter, Think Progress

During a rally for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in Ashburn, Virginia last week, a school-aged boy shouted “take the bitch down” in an apparent reference to Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton.

Responding to a group of reporters sitting nearby, the child’s mother, who identified herself as Pam Kohler, defended her child’s “right to speak what he wants to,” noting that “he’s a minor so he can’t be interviewed.” When asked about his behavior, Kohler blamed “Democratic schools” for her child’s lewd language, the Los Angeles Times reported.

It may appear shocking that a young boy and his mother are unapologetic about his potty mouth and indecorous behavior against Clinton, who is not just a presidential candidate, but a former senator, Secretary of State, and First Lady as well. But because children are influenced by their environment, it almost seems inevitable that he would use the same kind of inflammatory language Trump and his campaign advisers use. In fact, a Clinton campaign video from mid-July titled “Role Models” lobbed similar criticisms about Trump’s language, showing children watching television set to some of Trump’s more controversial statements.

Notably, Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric has been connected to an increase of Islamophobia and recruitment for white nationalist groups throughout the United States. And for the duration of his presidential campaign, Trump has aired major grievances against immigrants, Latinos, Muslims, blacks, and women. His rhetoric also bled into the Republican National Convention where delegates eagerly purchased items that called Clinton a “bitch” and a “tramp.” Last August, he condoned violence against Black Lives Matter protesters, vowing to beat up protesters who tried to interrupt his event.

Recent research by Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Teaching Tolerance suggest that Trump’s rhetoric has made children mean. In a survey soliciting 5,000 comments from educators about Trump’s effect in the classroom, more than half of the teachers surveyed said that they saw a rise in “uncivil political discourse” during this election cycle. Teachers also reported that students were “emboldened” to use slurs, engage in name-calling, and make inflammatory remarks against each other. Students defended themselves claiming that “they are ‘just saying what everyone is thinking,'” the survey reported. Another teacher reported that his students “think we should kill any and all people we do not agree with.”

“Students seem emboldened to make bigoted and inflammatory statements about minorities, immigrants, the poor, etc,” another teacher from Michigan reported.

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Esther Yu-Hsi Lee is an Immigration Reporter/Blogger for ThinkProgress. She received her B.A. in Psychology and Middle East Studies and a M.A. in Psychology from New York University. A Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiary, Esther is passionate about immigration issues from all sides of the debate. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA.

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From tumbledown bridges to decrepit roads and failing water systems, crumbling infrastructure undermines America’s safety and prosperity. In coming weeks, Union Matters will delve into this neglect and the urgent need for a rebuilding campaign that creates jobs, fuels economic growth and revitalizes communities. 

Siemens Gamesa last month laid off 130 workers at its turbine blade manufacturing plant in Iowa, just months after GE Renewable Energy decided to close an Arkansas factory and eliminate 470 jobs.

The companies reported shrinking demand for their products, even though U.S. consumption of wind energy increases every year.

America’s prosperity depends not only on harnessing this crucial energy source but also ensuring that highly skilled U.S. workers build the components with the cleanest technology available.

Right now, the nation relies on imported steel and turbine components from foreign manufacturers like China while America’s own steel industry—well equipped for this production—struggles because of dumping and other unfair trade practices.

Steel makes up the bulk of turbine hubs and the wind towers themselves. It’s also used to make the cranes and platforms necessary for installing the towers.

Yet the potential boon to America’s steel industry is just one reason to ramp up domestic production of wind energy infrastructure.

American steel production ranks among the cleanest in the world, while China has the highest carbon emissions of any steelmaking nation and flouts environmental regulations.

The nation’s highly-skilled steelmaking workforce must play an essential role in the deeply-needed revitalization and modernization of the nation’s failing infrastructure. Producing the components for harnessing wind energy domestically and cleanly is an important step that will put Americans to work and position the United States to be world leaders in this growing industry.

 

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