I find that the majority of my friends and fellow bloggers agree with my assessment of Donald Trump, but a few have made it abundantly clear that they view him as some saviour, a man who will “make America great again”. They want me to sit down, shut up, and write about sweet puppy dogs and days spent fishing on a riverbank. Well, folks, much as I wish I could shut up about Trump, much as I would rather be playing with a sweet puppy, or fishing on a river bank, I cannot. However, I will make you this promise: when the citizens of this country get on board the “Dump Trump” train and wake up from whatever zombie-state they have been in of late, when they start to smell the really rotten odor emanating from the Trump camp, then I vow I will write not another single word about the man. Meanwhile, until that happens, like a bad penny I will keep coming back with more … and more … and more. No, I do not do it to annoy my friends and followers … I can find easier ways to do that! All joking aside, I do it because I have lived a long time and seen a lot, heard a lot. Today, some of the worst of our history seems to be poised on the brink of repeating itself, and I am not alone in seeing this. I do not know that I can play a role in stopping this disaster, but I feel a commitment to try.
First off … no, I did not attend the Trump rally near my home on Sunday. I think I am glad that I didn’t, as I would have felt too ill, I am certain, to have done anything else the rest of the day. However, that is not why I did not go. Apparently the tickets were gone before the announcement was even publicized. Interesting that. People started lining up, IN THE RAIN, at 11:00 p.m. the night before, a full 15 HOURS BEFORE the event was to begin. I don’t need any further evidence that these people are not sane, intelligent beings! There were only, according to the news, about 40 protestors. There is still a part of me that wishes I could have been protestor #41, but not if it meant standing in the rain for 15 hours! I wouldn’t do that to see somebody I like! I am smarter than that. Besides, they say the pen is mightier than the sword, so I guess for now, at least, I will continue to protest from my comfortable chair with my laptop, and a cup of coffee within reach. Writing in the hope of helping people rub the sleepy-dust out of their eyes and open them.
The local county sheriff, Richard Jones, spoke before Trump arrived and apparently not only endorsed Trump but said he (Trump) “will win Ohio.” Jones has long been known for his anti-immigrant stance. Jim Neil, sheriff of neighboring Hamilton County (includes Cincinnati, Ohio) also attended the rally, though he did not speak. Neil later apologized to the citizens of his county for attending. Smart man.
The demographics of the U.S. breaks down roughly as follows:
• 17% – Latino & Hispanic
• 13.2% – African-American
• 62.6% – White, non-Hispanic
• 7.2% – Other
• 50.8% – Female
According to the laws of common sense, the Latino & Hispanic community would seem unlikely to vote for him based on his derogatory remarks and unconscionable actions, such as:
• Calling Hispanic immigrants “criminals” and “rapists,” saying that Mexico sends only “criminals”; calls for a wall to be built to keep Mexicans out, despite credible data proving that more Mexicans are leaving this country than are coming in.
• Mexican-American journalist Jorge Ramos was forcibly removed from the presidential candidate’s Iowa press conference simply for asking a question.
• Trump’s anti-Latino remarks have cost him several business partners since the launch of his campaign in June, including NBC Universal, which aired Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice”
However, the laws of common sense appear to have been turned inside out this year, as some 18% of Hispanics polled declared their preference for Trump. WHY?
Women have also been the subject of Trump’s derision and sexist remarks:
• “All of the women on The Apprentice flirted with me—consciously or unconsciously. That’s to be expected.”
• “I think the only difference between me and the other candidates is that I’m more honest and my women are more beautiful.”
• “You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”
• He has also referred to women as “fat pigs, dogs, slobs and disgusting animals.”
And yet, 30% or women polled support him. WHY?
How does a candidate who holds political rallies in Alabama with supporters screaming “white power” and has been endorsed by the KKK, as well as neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, receive over 20 percent support of African-American voters in a national poll? WHY??
Despite the oft-repeated charges that Trump hates Muslims, a March 1 poll conducted by CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, found that 18 percent of American Muslims are now Republican, and Trump is their favored nominee. WHY???
Trump did scale back his venomous rhetoric when it comes to Jews, presumably because his daughter converted to Judaism in 2009. Jews, however, being particularly sensitive to religious-based hatred, for obvious reasons, are not supportive of Trump. However, a small percentage, mostly younger Orthodox Jews, claim that Trump is their candidate of choice. WHY?? Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu has even rebuked Trump for his hardline stance regarding Muslims.
I am genuinely puzzled that within each of the groups above, there are individuals who either do not take Trump seriously and think his criticism is “all in fun, all in jest”, or they have no pride, no sense of self-respect. Among my African-American friends, Muslim friends and Hispanic friends, I do not know of a single one who would consider voting for Trump. However, I have several female friends who adamantly support him. And this, I do not get … I just do not get it. Did my generation and the ones who came before fight so hard for equal rights, just to give it all up in favor of a man who clearly sees us as nothing more than a sex object? Meanwhile, does anybody have an answer to my questions of WHY??? If so, please share in the comment section so that I can quit lying awake at night trying to figure it out. Thanks!