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Julia Roberts. The Squad. MS-13.
All created headlines this week.
U.S. authorities indicted at least 21 MS-13 gang members Tuesday in Los Angeles on murder and racketeering charges.
The 78-page indictment alleges that gang members dismembered and cut out the heart of one of the gang’s rivals.
The allegations include not only murdering rivals and police informants, but trafficking illegal drugs and extorting from local business owners.
Nineteen of the defendants entered the country illegally during the past four years.
Regardless of which position a person takes on the southern border situation, this is alarming.
Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress should be focused on preventing criminals from entering the country.
Instead, by all appearances the Democrats are engaging in verbal warfare with Republican President Donald Trump, who isn’t the most eloquent speaker and, to be kind, often trips when attempting to express himself.
The crux of the latest scuffle is that Trump is believed by the Democrats to be racist because he told congressional members, particularly four minority members who have become known as The Squad to go back to where they came from if they don’t like it in the United States. Three of The Squad members were born here.
Trump later said he meant they should leave the country if they don’t like it here, regardless of whether they were born here or not.
Regardless of whom is to be believed, this is alarming, as well, because while the elected leaders are in a verbal war for political control of the country, the country is spinning out of control, if the MS-13 story is an indication. And it is.
Finally, along comes Julia Roberts, who unlike elected leaders seeking to upstage each other, the renown actress showed all how to take a “snub” or an insult.
Roberts wasn’t nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as Heidi Bergman in the “Homecoming.”
Neither were George Clooney and Emma Stone nominated.
Roberts response: “Well, I’m in exceptional company at least.”
Regardless of Roberts’ political persuasion, she isn’t taking offense, becoming defensive or making it about herself. Instead, she’s making it perfectly clear that she has more important issues to deal with.
So does Congress.