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The Donald at the Merkel presser didn’t like being questioned by the Germans.  Just wait till next week when his Obama lie about wiretapping is formally exposed. There is no there there. Just the Donald’s own fake news to distract us from the real issues of Jeff Sessions pre-election actions, and his assault on the poor and middle class through budget cuts and health care decimation.

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On the travel ban 2.0’s rejection by a federal judge in Hawaii.

The  Justice Dept. is appealing the rejection by a Maryland judge to get it before a different appeals court in Virginia. The whole thing will likely go to the Supreme Court.

Also. an interview with Jenn Fang of reappropriate.co, on Kuchibhotla and whether the South Asian’s killing is a Vincent Chin moment for all Asian Americans.

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Emil Guillermo: Trump Calls for Bi-Partisan Immigration Reform But Words Don’t Add Up to Pre-Speech hype.

 

It wasn’t exactly a State of the Union, more like a Trump state of mind.

But that means the best thing you could say about Trump45’s address before Congress is this: At least the TelePrompTer didn’t break.

If it did, who knows what we would have seen on speech night.

“Campaign Trump”?

Or “Twitter Trump”?

That’s the Trump who has been the real enemy of the people.

But this speech was slightly more tempered. Milder. And he didn’t veer off wildly.

The president showed us all— he could read!

Sad.

And just for doing that, 78 percent of viewers in a CNN/ORC poll gave Trump positive marks.

Now that’s something Trump understands. Ratings.

Governing, however, has been a mystery. But now Trump will learn from experience that if you give a political speech that’s long on promises on things like jobs, education, infrastructure, and Obamacare, without a stitch of detail on how to keep those promises, let alone pay for them, ratings can go up.

And maybe he’ll start acting normal?

That’s something both to welcome and to fear.

Welcome because he’s not 100 percent in your face.

Fear, because he’s figured out how the game works.

And that of course, makes Trump more dangerous than ever.

There were two things specifically I was looking for in the speech,  that  left  me pretty disappointed.

Though Trump began the speech talking about Black History Month and civil rights, he really could have condemned the threats to the Jewish Community Centers and the vandalism of Jewish cemeteries much stronger than he did.

And he could have dwelled on the shootings of Indian Americans in Olathe, near Kansas City. One man, Srinivas Kuchibhotla died. Another Indian American was wounded.

A Caucasian man, Ian Grillot,24, was wounded trying to disarm the shooter, another Caucasian male, Adam Purinton, 51, who  started it all by hurling racial slurs at the Indians.

These are the kind of things Trump45 has brought out in America since the start of his presidency.

We should have seen a passionate denunciation of these acts. Instead,  rump simply read the prompter then bathed in the shower of self-congratulatory applause.

It was as if just by being gracious makes him a hero.

But what did Trump do since he’s taken over?

With his anti-immigrant, build-a-wall, nationalistic rhetoric, he has given a segment of America a signal that hate is OK in America.

The O-KKK.

Trump’s victory unleashed all that on America.

But the president acknowledged it with just a single line:  “While we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.”

It didn’t seem sincere. Not after the first 40 days. It seemed hollow.

He didn’t even mention the Asian Americans by nationality or name.

It was just a shooting in Kansas City.

Not good enough.

Of course, later in his speech, Trump milked another sentimental moment to honor Navy Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens, who died in Yemen during a raid last January.

The military is always a safe bet. So honor a Gold Star family, and deplete the domestic budget in favor billions for the military.

But for the Jews, or for the murdered Indian immigrant?

Trump gave them short-shrift.

It’s the reason Trump’s big pre-speech “leak” that he would be calling for a bi-partisan immigration reform seemed just like an insincere  tease.

After the travel ban fiasco, and the new ICE policies that have resulted in round ups of undocumented immigrants around the country, a real push for a compromise on immigration would have been a great headline.

But there was “no there, there.”

Not when Trump’s speech contained more talk of a border wall, references to “illegal immigrants,” and borders as “lawless chaos.” And then, as he is likes to do, Trump mixes border security with national security and all that entails, and creates for us all one big fear: “Radical Islamic Terrorism.”

And he used that exact counter-productive term, once again, despite advice to refrain.

By the time he got around to his pitch for a bi-partisan immigration  “compromise,” Trump had no credibility with minority communities and those close to the immigrants who are living in fear.

Immigration has always been humanitarian based for political or economic reasons for the immigrant. The benefit to the U.S. has always been the extra.

Trump’s idea is for a merit-based immigration. He wants to cherry-pick the best, because the best will make money for Trump, the U.S., and that’s all he really cares about.

Once again, he could have made a better case had he mentioned the Indian man who died in Olathe, that suburb of Kansas City.

His name was Srinivas Kuchibhotla. He was a tech worker at Garmin, the gps company.

He was one of the immigrants Trump likes.

But not enough to mention in a major speech.

There were other glaring things Trump said. Like calling education the “civil rights issue of our time.”

Really? So is that why Betsy DeVos–the voucher queen hell bent on destroying public education–the new secretary of education?

And what about that travel ban? After the  speech, Trump cancelled again the announcement for the new executive order that was to supercede the one held up by the court in Washington state.

Reports had it that Iraq would come off. Would other countries be added?

I worry for the  Philippines.

This is the week the militant group Abu Sayyaf, home based in the Philippines, revealed a video showing the beheading of a 70-year-old German hostage.

Trump didn’t mention it at all.

But it was in the subtext when Trump said, “We cannot allow a beachhead of terrorism to form inside America—we cannot allow our Nation to become a sanctuary for extremists.”

Stated or unstated, you knew that the beheading in the Philippines,  reported in the New York Times on speech day, could potentially be more fuel for Trump’s xenophobic fire.

And this was a toned down speech.

So if you hear people praise Trump about this speech and the polls giving him good marks for his performance,  don’t be fooled.

All he did was stick to the TelePrompTer.

And act presidential. Remember, he’s all showbiz.

It’s still the same old Trump.

 

Emil Guillermo: Here’s where you can read and even listen to “Emil Amok,” like besides here at www.amok.com. Almost everything you’d want to know about what I’m up to, but somehow never bothered to Google. Or just click on the links to current tweets on the left of amok homepage for my latest amokness.

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Dear Amok readers:

You may have noticed, I  haven’t always been posting here on my site.

But click on this big link to see my writing at the Asian American Legal Defense Fund blog where I post columns each week.

My plan is to post my podcast here, a return to my radio days.

Real audio where you can hear stuff like I did on NPR.

So look for the podcast soon.

I am also working on some live performance projects.

A solo show on American Filipinos, “All Pucked Up.”

Some stand up for those with short-attention spans.

After dinner speeches for those with iron stomachs.

E-mail me at emilamok@gmail.com to book or for information on coming shows, mics, black box appearances, pop ups, etc.

In the meantime, I’m writing a lot about the campaign and other news  on the AALDEF blog,

And here on the Diverse blog.

And on Asian American issues in general   on the NBC News.com website.

So lots of places to go amok, besides right  here at amok.com.

Recently, it was National Dog Day, and I posted a picture of Willie, a mutt I named after my Dad.  Willie used to sing every time he  heard a ringtone of some sort.  And then the music died.

I miss both Willies.

 

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And of course, to read a little more about me,  go here.

Now pardon me, while I school this tall guy in how to play ball in a suit and tie.

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Emil Guillermo: Giving a workshop and performance at the Filipino American National Historical Society Conference in NYC, June 24.

I’m giving a storytelling  workshop and performing an excerpt of my “Amok” monologue, “All Pucked Up: A short history of the American Filipino,” at the Filipino American National Historical Society conference  in New York City on June 24.

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Read about it here, on my blog post on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund site.

 

Also, I reflect on  Vincent Chin, 34  years later.

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 Read the column on Remembering Vincent Chin.

 

 

Emil Guillermo: The latest posts and thoughts from me!

Check the latest columns on SCOTUS, Unions, Brussels, Donald Trump and more on the AALDEF blog.

 

The Donald trails in Wisconsin. When he doesn’t talk about polls, what does he talk about? He is about the act of running. Policy? He’d rather outsource that.  By confusing capitalism with democracy, he isn’t taking the time to bother with the issues. If you heard his thoughts on abortion, nuclear weapons, and other things this week, then you know that the Donald sounded like he was channeling Gary Busey on “Celebrity Apprentice.”

BRUSSELS:  Here’s a picture of the Filipino American woman who was one of the victims.  She was with her husband and four children at the airport. They survived. She did not.

SEE my reporting on the NBCNews.com Asian America site.

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Emil Guillermo: Snowed in? This is why God created binge-watching. Opportunity to be snowbound with Rachel Bloom in hot pursuit of Vincent Rodriguez III in “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.” Really, when was the last time you saw a Filipino American male treated like an object of desire on TV?

Not since my perm days as a local TV guy in San Francisco, right?

But Vincent Rodriguez III, born in San Francisco and raised in the Filipino enclave of Daly City, California, wouldn’t have his chance on network TV without Rachel Bloom.

Bloom is seen her taking  stage as her name is called for the Critics Choice Award for best  actress in a comedy series, CW’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.”

But I’d name her best executive producer for insertion of a Filipino American story line in a network series.

 

Read my Column about the show and Vincet Rodriquez III and you’ll see why I have this obsession about this show (at least this season).

http://aaldef.org/blog/emil-guillermo-vincent-rodriguez-iii-rachel-bloom-cws-crazy-ex-girlfriend-is-my-kind-of-show.html

Then go to my Q and A with Vincent (edited transcript) on NBCNews.com:

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/diversity-authenticity-dinuguan-how-crazy-ex-girlfriend-changing-tv-n501486

And you get to see the great performance of Amy Hill, who plays the Filipino mom. One of the original cast members from Margaret Cho’s “All American Girl,” Hill has endured the scene with her comic genius intact.

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To watch “Crazy Ex-Girl Friend” for free (at least until Monday): You can start from the beginning, but my favorite is the Thanksgiving show.

http://www.cwtv.com/shows/crazy-ex-girlfriend/my-first-thanksgiving-with-josh/?play=b9e6091b-84f9-4b56-9656-058268f72a0c

If you’re still snowbound, there’s one good reason to move from east to west—to  Daly City, California, West Covina North.