Today is NATIONAL COUSINS DAYNational Cousins Day is celebrated each year on July 24. This day is a day to let all of your cousins, those both near and far, how much you appreciate them. Cousins often spend much time together at family reunions, holidays, birthday parties, weddings, anniversaries and many other countless family get together’s. They entertain each other, play and bond while adults are busy with other things. It does happen that cousins grow up together being the best of friends.
Today, call your cousins, send a card, send an email, text them, somehow find a way to let them know that you are thinking about them and that they are special to you! Happy Cousin’s Day!
Tim is a lifelong fighter for progressive causes and one of the most qualified vice presidential candidates in our nation’s history.
But his credentials alone aren’t why I asked him to run alongside me.Like me, Tim grew up in the Midwest. During law school, he too took an unconventional path — he took time off and went to Honduras to work with missionaries, practicing both his faith and his Spanish.
When he returned to the states and graduated from Harvard Law, he could have done anything. But instead of going to some big corporate firm, he chose to fight housing discrimination as a civil rights lawyer in Richmond. He and his wife joined a church, built a home centered around their faith, and raised three beautiful children. Then, after 17 years of practicing law, Tim ran for city council — and won.
Tim says his experience on city council taught him everything he knows about politics. To the people in Richmond, an underfunded school wasn’t a Democratic or Republican problem. It was simply a problem that needed fixing, and his constituents were counting on him to solve it. So Tim would do it. He’d roll up his sleeves and get the job done, no matter what.
He’s a man of relentless optimism who believes no problem is unsolvable if you’re willing to put in the work. That commitment to delivering results has stayed with him throughout his decades-long career as a public servant. So I could give you a laundry list of things he went on to accomplish — as mayor of Richmond, governor of Virginia, and in the United States Senate.
But this is what’s important: Tim has never taken a job for the glory or the title. He’s the same person whether the cameras are on or off. He’s sincerely motivated by the belief that you can make a difference in people’s lives through public service.
That quality comes through in every interaction. To know Tim is to love him. When I was talking to people about this decision, I couldn’t find anyone — Democrat or Republican — who had a bad thing to say about him. From his staff over the last 20 years to his colleagues in the Senate, Tim’s beloved.
He is a genuinely nice person, but Tim is no one’s punching bag. He will fight tooth and nail for American families, and he’ll be a dogged fighter in our campaign against Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
I want you to know that I didn’t make this decision lightly.
I’ve had the privilege of seeing two presidents and two vice presidents up close. I want a vice president who can be my partner in bringing this country together. I want someone who will be able to give me their best advice, look me in the eye, and tell me they disagree with me when they do.
But what matters most is a simple test that’s not so simple to meet: whether the person could step in at a moment’s notice and serve as president.
I have no doubt that Tim can do the job. I want him by my side on the trail and in the White House.
But his divisive comments are paired with dangerous plans that would not only be harmful to each community, but also to the nation as a whole. Here are just a few examples:
Trump vowed to deport all unauthorized immigrants. Trump’s extreme mass deportation plan is perhaps the clearest example of his efforts to divide the country. And the plan is as impractical as it is immoral: based on previous analysis from the Center for American Progress, a mass deportation strategy would cost an average of $10,070 per person, for a total of $114 billion to remove 11.3 million people—and that doesn’t even take into account the huge economic contribution of these immigrants that would be lost.
Trump called for “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” Since the San Bernardino terror attack seven months ago, Trump has been calling for an end to Muslim immigration into the U.S. on top of his mass deportation plan. But alienating entire communities through Islamophobia, including the Muslim community here in the U.S., helps ISIS achieve its stated goal of using violent attacks to instill fear and cause disruption. And in addition to being in our national security interest, it is a core American value to give a home to those fleeing violence and tyranny.
Trump said “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who have an abortion. While Trump has made many offensive comments about women, his rhetoric on abortion could have a serious impact on women’s access to health care. Criminalizing abortion, as Trump suggests, not only violates women’s reproductive rights, but also comes with severe health consequences. A report from the Guttmacher Institute found that highly restrictive abortion laws do not decrease abortion rates. Instead, they lead to higher rates of unsafe abortion. And, even without a President Trump banning most abortion in the U.S. by instituting draconian restrictions that make safe abortion care inaccessible, the complicated web of more than 300 abortion restrictions currently in place in states across the country already punish women seeking a safe, legal procedure.
Trump said the Black Lives Matter movement has instigated police killings. In the aftermath of the death of five Dallas police officers, Trump said the Black Lives Matter movement has helped instigate recent killings of police officers. He also accused the group of “essentially calling death to the police” and called them a “threat.” In November, after a Black Lives Matter protester was kicked and pushed to the ground while being removed from a campaign event in Birmingham, Trump argued in favor of the violent treatment of the protester, stating “maybe [the Black Lives Matter protester] should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.” According to a recent poll on race relations 63 percent of Americans view them as “generally bad” and 55 percent say they are “getting worse.”
BOTTOM LINE: Tonight, Trump will take the stage to make the case that he is a leader who can bring Americans together. But if there has been one consistency throughout Trump’s campaign it is his divisiveness. Since he launched his campaign Trump has focused on alienating already-marginalized communities in his effort to Make America Great Again for people like Trump.