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By the time this column runs, Donald Trumps State of the Union address will be over and done with. But as Im writing this theres a good 24 hours before the SOTU. I cant stomach the 24-hour breathless newscoverage the event is already getting, as if behind the podium will be a legitimate president and not a racist and misogynist buffoon who has done nothing but lie to the American people.

Anyhoo, its totes possible that something Trump says during the SOTU address (which I would like to rename the STFU address so long as Trump is the president) will inspire me to write yet another Creep of the Week column about him.

But Im tired of writing about that fool, so this week lets focus on something lighter: an armed man showing up at a public library to protest Drag Queen Storytime and refusing to leave. You know, to protect the children.

Said man is James DocGreene Sr. a right-wing radio host who filmed himself being asked to leave a library in Houston.

Greene posted the video to YouTube titling it Arrested for being a Christian.In the video multiple police officers have formed a perimeter around Greene and ask him, again and again, to go.

The video is peak white privilege. Greene is surrounded by police officers who repeatedly, and politely, ask him to leave and he refuses over and over again demanding to see the lawhe is breaking and asserting that he is a tax payer.Did I mention he has a gun? Granted its a concealed weapon (which is totes legal to bring to a library in Texas), but if you dont think Greenes treatment wouldnt have been radically, and violently, different if he was black instead of white, I have a bridge made of MAGA hats to sell you.

Now, you might be wondering, Well, what was Greene doing wrong? Doesnt he have just as much right to be in the library as anyone?Well, yes. But if youre in the library making other people feel unsafe, they have a right to ask you to leave. Which theyd already asked of him.

He was previously banned for filming children at the library, and has been known to cause disturbances,Houston Police Department spokesperson Jodi Silva told Out Smart Magazine.

So when he showed up at the library right before Drag Queen Storytime, they did not hesitate to tell him to scram. Greene clearly thought this was unjust and so the library called the police.

In the background of Greenes video, while the police officers have gotten him outside of the building but not off of the premises, the song I Like to Move Itis playing. So as Greene argues with and disobeys the officers about leaving, the scene is punctuated by calls to Move it!

Greene asks, again, why he has to leave and an officer says something like, You were filming in the libraryand Greene responds, “You dont realize theyre lying to you. You dont realize theyre using you. We have a bunch of homosexuals that are molesting children. They are doing it with your help.

The police are astoundingly calm and polite as they escort him to his car, which he apparently refuses to get into and drive away, and so he ends up getting arrested and his gun confiscated. He complains of chest pains (sure, Jan) and they take him to the hospital.

News reports about the incident say that there was no evidence that Greene planned to use the gun.

But heres the thing: people who bring guns to libraries are the ones most likely to use guns in libraries. Now add in the fact that Greene, who sure has a lot in common with other right-wingers who became mass shooters, believes children are being harmed by people he sees as inhuman. According to The Independent, Greene later claimed in a Facebook video that he was arrested for being a white Christian” and referred to a librarian as a Satanist.” How much evidence do we need to believe that everyone at that library was in danger so long as he was there with a gun?

And I know I said I wasnt going to write about Trump this week, but it bears pointing out that Greene broadcasts his show in a MAGA hat in front of a cardboard cutout of Trump, a president who has more than any other in modern history emboldened right-wing radicals and encouraged violence.

The State of the Union is deplorable.