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I have lived through many presidents and remember them all, from Harry Truman to the present one. I may not have agreed with all of them, but I did at least like them and respect them, except for the one we have now. It makes me sick to even type the name of Trump!
I can remember times when our country was divided on the issue of the Vietnam War, when I saw many and even violent anti-war protests. Eventually the protests were instrumental in ending that war. Afterwards we slowly came together as a country. I remember being in Germany shortly after JFK was assassinated and observed how much loved and respected he was. He is the President whom I admired the most and the one who inspired me to take an interest in politics. I remember the race riots in Los Angeles and Chicago, as our citizens of African descent had to fight for their God given rights, against white racist and bigots. I can remember Stonewall, in NYC, when gay people finally began to stand up for their rights. I remember the American Indian movement, when the original inhabitants of our land fought for what was legally theirs. They were tough fights, but eventually these groups won, at least some of their rights, with the help of their fellow citizens and politicians, including the President.
Then in 2016 Donald Trump was elected by the Electoral College, with the help of Russia and his base, comprised of racists, bigots and sorely uneducated individuals. He lost the popular vote by a sizeable margin. It’s been downhill for our democracy ever since. One of his first actions was to attempt Muslims from entering the country. Then he called Mexicans rapists, criminals and drug dealers, as well as denigrating a federal judge of Mexican descent. He has attacked the parents of a slain Muslim war hero and he has also attacked John McCain, a former POW and war hero.
In his short two years as our President, he has called African countries shitholes and alienated our closest allies, as he cozies up to dictators like Putin and Duterte. He has banned transgender people from serving in our military and has attacked LGBTQ people, actively supporting the rollback of all rights they had previously won. He has courted right wing religious groups who support passage of laws that would allow them to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.
Spending more time on the golf course and on Twitter than working for the American people, he has attacked the free press when they report his lies and corrupt activities. He is quick to take to Twitter to condemn anyone of color or non-Christian faith involved in a terrorist activity, while remaining silent when the perpetrators of mass murder are white. He supported white supremacists and neonazis after Charlottsville. He was uncharacteristically silent after the mass shootings at the Pittsburgh synagogue. He was silent when a white Coast Guardsman was arrested with a cache of assault weapons and plans for a terrorist attack on white Democratic politicians and journalists. And recently he downplayed the terrorist attack in New Zealand where 50 Muslims attending religious services were killed by a white supremacist who admired his stance on immigrants!
Trump’s silence on the acts of terrorism carried out by white supremacists and his outrage at acts of terrorism carried out by people of color or people of other than Christian faith is a true indication of who and what he is. He is a racist! His actions are solely to inflame his racist followers to ensure he is elected once again in 2020, thus delaying the impending legal actions that will surely land him in jail where he belongs.
I am not even sure he will give up if he is defeated in 2020 or, God forbid he is elected, at the end of his second term. He is the most disgraceful, racist and immoral person to ever serve as President and it is a travesty that the Republican Party not only protects him, but enables him. The GOP has lost all respect and relevance as a political party and are as guilty as Trump in all of his treasonous misdeeds.