With all of the scandals going on in D.C. surrounding the President, it can be hard to focus on a few people being assaulted. But the 9 people injured, one seriously, near the White House in a brawl started by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan deserves attention for two reasons.
First, Erdoğan is a thug and should not have been invited to the White House. He is well-known for arresting and beating up protesters in his own country. He is well-known for misogyny, stating that women are not equal to men and their role in society is “motherhood.” And he is well-known for media censorship, not just in his own country, but going so far as to sue in a German court against a man who published a satirical poem disfavorable to him (poem below!). You would think given that, when he was in the political minority, he was imprisoned for reciting a poem of his own, he would have aspired not to do the same, but I digress. This is not who we should be hosting, as he does not share the value common to those who enjoy living in a free society.
Second, a recently released analysis of video of the brawl shows that Erdoğan himself ordered the assault. His personal bodyguard can be heard to say, “he says attack,” immediately after speaking with Erdoğan. His guards than rush to violence against a small group of protesters, allegedly from a political party that Erdoğan cutely labels “terrorists.”
Think about that for a second: a foreign head-of-state just ordered an attack on Americans on American soil.
We can’t prosecute these men because they have diplomatic immunity, but we can certainly expel the Turkish Ambassador, as Sen. John McCain has suggested (note that I don’t join in Sen. McCain’s depiction of Turkey as a “third world” country). That would be a good start. The State Department is investigating.
And, you know, not inviting thugs to the White House.
Defamation Poem, by Jan Böhmermann (translated)
Stupid as fuck, cowardly and uptight,
Is Erdogan, the president,
His gob smells of bad döner,
Even a pig’s fart smells better,
He’s the man who hits girls,
While wearing a rubber mask,
But goat-fucking he likes the best,
And having minorities repressed,
While watching kiddie porn,
And even at night, instead of sleep,
It’s time for fellatio with a hundred sheep,
Yep, Erdogan is definitely
The president with a tiny dick,
Every Turk will tell you all,
The stupid fool has wrinkly balls,
From Ankara to Istanbul,
They all know the man is gay,
Perverted, louse-infested, a zoophile,
Recep Fritzl Priklopil
Head as empty as his balls,
Of every gang-bang party he’s the star,
Till his cock burns when he has a piss,
That’s Recep Erdogan,
The Turkish president.