Patrick Carlineo, 55, a self-acknowledged U.S. patriot from upstate New York and a proud “lover of Donald Trump” who hates radical Muslims and recently leveled a death threat against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) saying,” I’ll put a bullet in her [expletive] skull,” has been arrested and charged by the FBI. And as we’ve grown accustomed to seeing over the past two years, the president, rather than denouncing the evil plan of the clearly crazed man, has sided with him — or at least made light of what could have been a heinous deed.
Just one day after the arrest, Trump, while speaking to a conservative Jewish group in Las Vegas, made light of the threat, choosing instead to point a crooked finger at Omar for allegedly disliking Israel and who, since her election, has been a thorn in the president’s side.
Trump may have meant to be jovial but his standup comedic routine and his provocative comments were anything but funny. Neither were they appropriate given his role as the president of the United States. So far, he has yet to condemn the threat made by the “hopeful assassin.” Instead, he has publicly attacked Omar, poking fun at her while denigrating her character and her criticisms of American foreign policy and the current relationship between the U.S. and Israel.
Once again, as he did when murder and mayhem took centerstage in Charlottesville, he has confirmed his ambivalence and utter lack of diplomacy and commonsense, stoking the flames of hatred for Muslims, socialists — those viewed as “the others” — to the delight of his base of diehard supporters who seem willing to follow him no matter what — like cows mindlessly grazing on the fields of their beloved shepherd.
“A special thanks to Rep. Omar,” he said to members of the Republican Jewish Coalition. “Oh, I forgot,” he smirked as some audience members booed. “She doesn’t like Israel. I forgot. I’m so sorry. No she doesn’t like Israel, does she? Please, I apologize.”
Omar, since her election, has faced death threats and a backlash for her alleged anti-Semitic comments. And while we may not agree with her views, in country that claims to be a democracy, all citizens should be allowed to express their beliefs without threat of injury or death.
Trump needs to lead by example and leave the inappropriate, non-presidential slurs, innuendoes and chicanery for a time when he no longer represents our nation. That would be the ultimate way to truly “made America great again.”