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Emil Guillermo: How to listen to Emil Amok’s Takeout, the PODCAST

As Donald Trump likes to point out, Emil Amok’s Takeout is up to Episode 5!

That’s 5 fingers of goodness so far.

How do you make sure you don’t miss Emil?

Of course, it’s all on the AALDEF blog.

And right here at www.amok.com

But if you can, please go to iTunes where you can rate, review and SUBSCRIBE.

That way, you’ll be notified when there’s a new one.

You can also listen to us on Stitcher,  YouTube, SoundCloud, PodBean, GooglePlay,  FaceBook even.

You can find the podcast in all those places.

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Emil Guillermo: Trump’s Revised #TravelBan is still a Muslim Ban.

The White House occupant I call Trump 45 is all thumbs up about the new executive order he just signed.

But those who found the previous travel ban held up by the courts offensive will still be all thumbs down.

Travel Ban 2.0 may be written better with cosmetic changes to take away particularly embarrassing situations. But a Muslim ban is still a Muslim ban and no less odious.

Some changes: Iraq, our ally in fighting ISIS, is now off the list, reducing the number of countries from seven to six.

Existing green card and visa holders are also now exempt, as are a list of situations like the foreign national who “seeks to visit or reside with a close family member who is a U.S. citizen.”

Or an infant or child needing urgent medical care.

But, at it’s core, the travel ban is still essentially a “Muslim Ban” worthy of a challenge on constitutional grounds.

Asian Americans, as targets of immigration bans in the past, know how harmful these bans have been.

History tells us these kind of bans have no place in our democracy.

Read the White House’s Travel Ban 2.0

Emil Guillermo: Has Trump’s Outrageous Finger-pointing backfired?

Donald Trump continues to set a new low in America.

After hurling a damning allegation with zero evidence against Barack Obama– that the former president wiretapped Trump Towers—Trump now says he wants a Congressional investigation.
This is serious stuff. Evidence on no evidence.
But it may backfire.
A call for an investigation may actually expose Trump to far worse.
Rep. Ted Lieu of California released this statement on Sunday: “I fully support the White House’s request for Congressional investigations into President Trump’s explosive claim that Trump Tower was wiretapped. If the claim is true, such a wiretap would mean that an independent FISA Court Judge—appointed by Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts—reviewed evidence and found probable cause there were agents of a foreign power at Trump Tower.”

And that of course, would circle back to the reason Trump was trying to distract us all in the first place, that the Trump campaign had contact with the Russian government during the campaign.

Lieu continued: “The American people need to know if Donald Trump or his associates colluded with the Russian government during the election last year. A special prosecutor is clearly needed to immediately review what was learned from any possible wiretaps and any other potential evidence of collusion between Team Trump, Vladimir Putin and his agents. If the wiretapping claim is true, then Congress also needs to investigate if President Trump violated laws related to the leaking of classified information when he disclosed the existence of a secret wiretap via his Twitter account.”
“President Trump’s wiretapping claim points to a serious counterintelligence investigation of him and/or his associates. The multiple lies by Trump and his associates denying contacts with the Russians; the making of a false statement by Attorney General Sessions under oath to Congress about his Russian contacts; and now the explosive revelation of a potential wiretap at Trump Tower suggests that we could be looking at a situation far worse than Watergate.”

Only Trump knows what was behind his Obama wiretap allegations.

Was it a talkshow host’s claim that Trump simply believed and repeated, though again without evidence?

Was it based on a FISA court decision?

None of it is good for Trump, nor our democracy.

Listen to my podcast below, “Emil Amok’s Takeout.” The latest on a DACA recipients reaction after witnessing Trump’s speech before Congress in person!

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 Amok’s Takeout—Trump’s soft new tone hardly masks hardline on immigration. How his policies are worse than even the nadir of immigration policy, the Chinese Exclusion Act.

This was recorded before Trump’s speech before the joint session of the Congress.  But instead of overpraise for striking a civil tone, even a presidential tone, overall his words don’t match the harsh anti-immigrant actions he’s displayed in his first 40 days.

Read more at on the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.

 

Emil Guillermo: William Hung as the passive aggressive subliminal racist tool of Fox

William Hung just won’t go away nicely.  He’ll gladly extend his 15 minutes of fame. Only it comes at all our expense.

I don’t know folks, but when I saw William Hung being used by Fox on the “American Idol” finale,  I just felt sorry for him.

Stepin’Fetchit  Asian style? Does that need to be memorialized, or just forgotten?

Whenever a non-Asian wants to feel superior to an Asian or Asian American, there’s William Hung as the bad, off-key singer to allow others to feel superior.

He’s the anti-Tiger Asian.

He’s like the antidote to those who are sick and tired of getting  beaten by Asian Americans in school or  on the job.

They can proudly say, “Well, we’ll always have William Hung to kick around.”

And sure enough, Hung will be there on demand, cheering with his arms up.  And Ryan Seacrest will be there patting him on his back,  whispering in his ear.

Read my whole column, including the first one I wrote in 2004, when Hung first burst on the scene, click here to link to the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund blog.

Emil Guillermo: Iowa? Asian American’s knew how to caucus; Why I think Donald Trump lost; And the sign to look for when Bernie Sanders has really broken through.

 

Cruz’s edging Trump, or Sanders in a dead-heat with Clinton, will be the main  headlines in the mainstream.

Where will you read about how Asian Americans weren’t totally invisible on Monday night?

I talked to three Asian Americans who were all engaged and energized by the grassroots process on display in Iowa.

See my piece here at NBCNews.com.

Now as for Trump

There was a sense that something wasn’t quite right with the Donald when I saw him on a Sunday morning show and he was saying: “I have heart. If people have no money, we have to help people.”

What happened to America’s wall candidate?

He was talking about how government should help poor people who can’t afford health care. And it was a sign that the businessman who has been  callous, bombastic and vulgar on the campaign trail was starting to soften up.

Too little, too late.

Trump  needs to soften up even more.

 

 

When Trump attacked Cruz in Iowa, Cruz deflected the ad hominem approach. He should thank Trump, because it gave  nasty, bad guy Cruz appear nicer and more above the fray than he normally does.

It made him electable. Look what happened on Monday.

Trump’s blunder wasn’t missing the final Iowa debate. It was giving the otherwise nasty pit bull Cruz the opportunity to look sympathetic.

That could be an unpardonable sin.

Going forward, I’d bet Trump learns from this, and  turns his approach to the nice Donald–if he really wants the job.

As for Clinton/Sanders, I found Asian Americans, primarily for women. But Sanders’ emergence from a year ago has been impressive. And heading into New Hampshire, the key for him will be making the case to people of color who have been presumed to be in Hillary’s camp. That will be the sign that Sanders has broken through.

See my other pieces on Iowa here at www.aaldef.org/blog

and at NBCNews.com