On this day in 1865, four Wisconsin regiments (3rd and 18th Wisconsin Infantry regiments and the 1st and 6th Wisconsin Light Artillery batteries) muster out.
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Patrick Marley reports Deputy prison warden posts Facebook meme that compares Muslim children to garbage:
A top official in Wisconsin’s minimum-security prison system in recent weeks posted a string of Facebook memes that compared Muslim children to garbage, equated flying the LGBTQ rainbow flag with hoisting the Confederate flag and laughed off accusations of racism.
In one, Deputy Warden Richard “Sam” Schneiter posted a photo of two full black garbage bags next to a Muslim woman and child in black burqas that covered their faces and bodies. “I saw her standing there and told her she had three beautiful children,” text pasted onto the photo says.
Another post contrasted the rainbow flag with the Confederate flag and included the words, “If they have the right to fly theirs, we Deserve the Right to Fly Ours.”
In an interview Wednesday, Schneiter said he posted the images to bring attention to messages that zip through the internet — including ones he disagrees with.
(That’s some defense: One is supposed to believe that the bigoted posts Schneiter published uncritically were simply talking points. No, and no again.)
Conor Friedersdorf writes ‘Send Her Back’: The Bigoted Rallying Cry of Trump 2020 (‘The president’s supporters at a North Carolina rally showed contempt for naturalized citizens and the Constitution’):
On Wednesday night in North Carolina, Donald Trump agitated rally-goers with inflammatory rhetoric about Representative Ilhan Omar, a naturalized American born in Somalia, until his supporters began chanting “send her back”––as if a legal immigrant who became a U.S. citizen can or should be denied equal treatment under the law and extra-constitutionally deported by the president.
Burning a copy of the U.S. Constitution would show no more contempt for it than the crowd’s bigoted, nativist reverie about tyrannically deposing an elected member of Congress. No opinion expressed by the congresswoman, no matter how wrongheaded, could excuse the un-American mob.
The crowd’s authoritarian outburst and the purposefully divisive, irresponsible presidential rhetoric that prompted it portends an ugly Trump campaign for reelection. Like “lock her up,” the chant that Trump rally-goers directed at Hillary Clinton in 2016, “send her back” is poised to travel the country with the president.
Already, the civic poison of the chant has been televised and celebrated on social media by Trump supporters.