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On February 24, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf pissed off the Trump administration and the Deport Everyone crowd by spilling the beans about a planned series of ICE raids that she'd gotten some inside information about. Schaaf has remained unapologetic about it, even though she's been excoriated by ICE and by Attorney General Jeff Sessions (vomit!) for having tipped off TONS of DANGEROUS CRIMINALS who made themselves scarce. Or maybe, this being ICE under the New Cruelty, letting a lot of undocumented people who weren't dangerous go to ground and contact lawyers.

In the wake of what he considered damn lies -- that Schaaf's warning allowed 800 or more immigrants to escape justice -- ICE spokesperson James Schwab resigned late last week, saying he couldn't keep doing his job because he was being pressured to give false information to the public. Schwab told the San Francisco Chronicle,

“I quit because I didn’t want to perpetuate misleading facts,” said Schwab, 38, who was hired in 2015 and resigned last week. “I asked them to change the information. I told them that the information was wrong, they asked me to deflect, and I didn’t agree with that. Then I took some time and I quit.”

Schwab said the statements about immigrants evading arrest, which were widely quoted in an array of media outlets, were misleading “because we were not ever going to be able to capture 100 percent of the target list” of roughly 1,000 undocumented immigrants in Northern California.

He also objected to the insinuation that all those targeted for arrest had been dangerous criminals, because Jesus Christ have you seen how ICE has been operating lately? (OK, that last part is Yr Wonkette editorializing.)

Several officials have made misleading statements about the effects of Schaaf's public warning about the raids, during which 232 undocumented migrants were arrested statewide. A February 27 comment by Thomas Homan, the head of ICE, first gave the total number of people targeted, but at least didn't suggest they all escaped arrest because of Schaaf:

864 criminal aliens and public safety threats remain at large in the community, and I have to believe that some of them were able to elude us thanks to the mayor’s irresponsible decision.

Homan offered a more inflamatory take just a day later:

There’s 800 that we are unable to locate because of that warning, so that community is a lot less safe than it would have been.

Last week in Sacramento, while announcing a Justice Department lawsuit against California's "sanctuary" laws, Jeff Sessions also used the inflated number, saying,

ICE failed to make 800 arrests that they would have made if the mayor had not acted as she did. Those are 800 wanted aliens that are now at large in that community.

Not to be outdone, Donald Trump blamed Schaaf for personally preventing the arrests of "close to a thousand" people.

Schwab said he just couldn't be a party to spreading such inaccurate information, although apparently up to now he'd found absolutely nothing problematic about the ICEstapo's spin on the immigrant threat:

“It’s the job of a public affairs officer to offer transparency for the agency you work for. I felt like we weren’t doing that,” he said. “I’ve never been in a situation when I’ve been asked to ignore the facts because it was more convenient. It was my first time being asked to do that.”

We suppose maybe Schwab has a point, since it was Texas, not California, where ICE officials insisted their arrest of a 10-year-old girl with cerebral palsy as soon as she was released from a hospital hadn't been an arrest at a hospital, since technically the arrest began when her ambulance was stopped at a highway checkpoint.

Not incidentally, even though Mr. Schwab left ICE because he was unwilling to repeat that misleading claim about the California raids, Media Matters notes that Fox News continues to repeat Homan's claims about "800 criminal aliens" escaping arrest, over and over and over. So in case you were wondering, a spokesman for the ICEstasi has a bit more ethical fiber than anyone at Fox News.

Maybe Shep Smith will mention Schwab's fact check, at least. Or not. It's been a pretty busy news cycle.

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[San Francisco Chronicle / Media Matters]

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I'd mentioned this week that there's definitely probably a tape out there of Donald Trump referring to a black person as a "nigger," because Trump is a racist and that's sort of what they do. Sarah Huckabee Sanders won't even affirmatively deny such a tape exists, and she's from the "two plus two equals five" school of communications management. I also speculated that once the tape was released, Republican supporters of the president would flock to defend his vile words: "Hey, if you rearrange the letters in "nigger," you get "ginger" and who doesn't like redheads and the occasional Dark 'n' Stormy?"

The shameful display has already started and the supposed recording isn't even available for pre-order on iTunes. George State Senator Michael Williams stated in appearance on CNN's "New Day Saturday" that if Trump -- who's the president, by the way -- did say "nigger," it would certainly concern him as an "individual" but "not necessarily as a person that is running our country." So, uh, what the hell is that? This has been a standard argument from Republicans ever since Trump crawled his way out of the sewers of birtherism and onto a major political stage: "We think Trump is a terrible human being -- seriously, we have to shower immediately after meeting with him -- but we still think he's a suitable steward of the most powerful nation on the planet."

Normally, you'd think this would work the other way. You know, your brother-in-law is a nice enough guy. Your sister certainly could've done worse. You don't mind the slightly rambling sports-ball discussions with him at family gatherings. He's good for looking after the kids (as long as your sister is present or reachable by cell), but you'd never invest your hard-earned money into whatever half-assed business venture he's trying to get off the ground nor would you back his run for any serious political office.

I've long had issues with the "brilliant asshole" archetype in TV and movies. It's almost always a white male (because women and minorities must be perfect) whose emotional immaturity and overall jerkass behavior we're told to overlook because they're so goshdarned awesome. Do you want some PC "cuck" or do you want Dr. House to figure out that the MS symptoms you're suffering are really just because you ate a stale doughnut? Sherlock Holmes doesn't have time for your feelings or social niceties -- not while he's solving mysteries and being dreamy.

Trump, however, isn't "brilliant." He's just a guy who says "nigger." They're hardly a scarcity in the market. You don't even have to venture out to a klan rally to find one. You can order online -- same day social media delivery.

Williams argues that Trump didn't use the word "nigger" when he was in the "office of the president." It was just some youthful indiscretion when he was almost 60. I don't even know where he's going with this. Does he think Trump has changed? He routinely insults and belittles black people. He also calls black NFL players who peacefully protest "sons of bitches." Was that his way of weaning off calling us "niggers"? Has he been wearing a "nigger" patch on his arm to control his cravings for the racial epithet?

"He used the word in his personal life," Williams said. (It was actually in a workplace context -- SER) "Now if he were president and were to go on TV and use the n-word, I'd have a major problem with that."

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It's heartening repulsive to see that Williams draws the line at Trump holding an official "nigger" press conference. I think once we reach that point, Trump will probably also reveal that his buddies on the Supreme Court discovered a typo in the Thirteenth Amendment and black folks' work-life balance will start to really suffer.

"I will always say using the n-word is wrong, and it's bad, and should never be accepted in our society. But just because (Trump) might have done it years ago, not as our president, doesn't mean we need to continue to berate him because he used it," GOP state Sen. Michael Williams, who is white, told CNN's Victor Blackwell on "New Day Saturday."

Blackwell, who is black, had to sit there and listen to this crap from a white elected official who is just 45 years old. You know, the word "nigger" doesn't even appear in the Dred Scott decision, for example, but that's not necessary for reasonable people to understand that it was racist as hell. We all know Trump is racist, but now Republicans can't even repudiate the worst demonstrations of his racial animus. The first black president hasn't even been out of office for two full years and already "nigger" is being redefined. What would once end a campaign in its tracks when Blackwell and I were growing up is now just an "oops, my bad."

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Conservatives want to be oppressed. Or, rather, for everyone to think they are being oppressed and to then give them what they see as the impunity and moral upper hand that comes along with being an oppressed group of people. They want it very, very badly and think it is very unfair that all the people they have oppressed have this privilege and they do not. This morning, Trump took to Twitter to vow to protect them from the worst kind of oppression of all -- imaginary social media censorship!

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