Fumbling at the G20 and more — #NebDems News


As President Trump predictably fumbles around at the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan, The New York Times noted that his “ignorant comments about Japan were bad even for him.”

“Before arriving in Japan, Mr. Trump had reportedly been musing about withdrawing the United States from the security treaty with Japan signed in 1951 and revised in 1960 — the cornerstone of the alliance between the United States and Japan and a pillar of American foreign policy. On Wednesday, asked about the treaty on Fox News, Mr. Trump sneered, “If Japan is attacked, we will fight World War III.” Then he added: “But if we’re attacked, Japan doesn’t have to help us at all. They can watch it on a Sony television.”

“Mr. Trump’s comment demonstrates a strategic cluelessness and historical ignorance that would disqualify a person from even a modest desk job at the State Department.”


Well, the 20 Democratic candidates who made the cut for the two debates this week acquitted themselves well, not that there weren’t a few bumps.

If we learned one thing, it was that ANY of them would be light years better than Trump.

Looking forward to the next round of debates July 30th and 31st in Detroit.


The horrifying news about the mistreatment of migrant children at U.S. holding facilities just keeps coming.

It is inhumane, unconscionable and despicable.

“America’s values and America’s promise are being tested. No mother, father or child should face the abuse and neglect that is happening at the border,” said NDP Chair Jane Kleeb. “Families are seeking a better life and instead of creating a system to welcome them, we are creating a system of long-term trauma.”

In case you missed it, see our recent blog on Helping Families at the Border and Families in Nebraska.

You can also attend a Lights for Liberty event (so far events are planned in Lincoln and Grand Island) on July 12.


Tributes to the late Frank LaMere, who served as our first associate chair, keep coming.

One example ran this week in the Kearney Hub:

“Guys like LaMere don’t come along very often. Let’s remember him for the way he often asked, can we work together on this? We could use a lot more of that.”


The Nebraska Democratic Party and the Scotts Bluff County Democratic Party look forward to seeing all the SEC and SCC members along with county chairs, candidates, elected officials and grassroots Democrats at our meeting this weekend in Scottsbluff — one of the most beautiful areas of our state.

Friday night’s special Interfaith Caucus reception and supper will take place at a fun, local brewery.

See more meeting details here.


We leave you this week with a rendering by John Darkow of the Columbia Missourian, who takes a swipe at Trump’s crass comment that “she’s not my type” when accused by Elle magazine columnist E. Jean Carroll of raping her in the mid-1990s.


–By Kevin O’Hanlon/NDP Communications Director



June 28-30: SCC Meeting and Trainings in Scottsbluff

July 12: Lights for Liberty events

July 30-31: Democratic Presidential Debates

Aug. 22-24: DNC Summer Meeting in San Francisco 

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