While I very much enjoyed writing my “good people” post for this morning, a quick glance at the news shows me that I must now go back down the rabbit hole. Sigh.
Yesterday Donald Trump was a very busy man. He gave the most disgusting speech ever to be given at a Boy Scout Jamboree (see previous post) and then moved on to a campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio where he was equally obnoxious (is he capable of being otherwise?). Not surprisingly, he spent most of the hour-long speech tooting his own rusty, off-key horn, but there were a few things to note. I was appalled and somewhat angered to read that he “appeared before a crowd of adoring supporters”. Adoring supporters??? These are NOT my fellow countrymen!
A few of the “highlights” from his speech:
- “It’s much easier, by the way, to act presidential than what we’re doing here tonight, believe me. And I said with the exception of the late great Abraham Lincoln, I can be more presidential than any president that’s ever held this office. That I can tell you. It’s real easy.” Then why don’t you try it, just once?
- “I’m here this evening to cut through the fake news filter and to speak straight to the American people. fake news. fake, fake, fake news. Boy oh boy, people. Is there any place that’s more fun, more exciting and safer than a Trump rally?” Yes, I’m thinking open heart surgery would be more fun.
- “Yes, our Second Amendment is very, very sound again. that would have been gonzo. It would have been gone, but I never had a doubt. We support the constitution of the United States and believe that judges should interpret the constitution as written and not make up new meaning for what they read.” Support the 2nd but trample the 1st.
- “But I think that with few exceptions no president has done anywhere near what we’ve done in his first six months. Not even close. But they don’t let you know. They don’t want to write about it.” Quite right … no president has ever destroyed as much in his first six months as Trump.
- “And boy, have we put those coal miners and coal back on the map.” Wrong. Coal is a dying industry.
- “The great president from the state of Ohio, William McKinley and you know William McKinley, does anybody know who the hell he is? Do you know who he is?” Sigh.
- “Every single President on Mt. Rushmore — now here’s what i do. I’d ask whether or not you think I will someday be on Mt. Rushmore …” Bozo the Clown would stand a better chance.
- “We are actually liberating towns and cities. We are liberating — people are screaming from their windows, thank you, thank you to the border patrol and to General Kelly’s great people that come in and grab the thugs and throw them the hell out.” Somebody please get the duct tape for this guy’s mouth.
And the pain goes on … and on … and on. But two other things stood out apart from Trump’s own hateful rhetoric. First, he called a man from the audience, a man named Gino Defabio, who claims to be a long-time democrat who voted for Trump and says, “I love this guy, this guy’s got something, he’s the real deal. Every one of these people love you, Sir. And I don’t want to sound silly or anything, but i thought what would I say to the President if I ever got to meet him, which this is an honest to god over the top moment for me. I thought you know I’m just going to tell him something. And sir, like I said, thank you for Justice Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. Right?” It was almost surreal … I have to wonder if he wasn’t a paid actor.
And the second, very disturbing thing, was that protesters were thrown out for nothing more than holding a sign! Think about this one … it curtails our right to free speech in a most chilling way. The first protester removed was holding a sign that read, “Trump/Pence Must Go.” Trump watched as police removed the protester and then turned back to the audience, saying “Where the hell did he come from?” The second protester was physically removed for holding a Russian flag. Two other protesters were removed, though I do not know the nature of their “crimes”. When questioned, a spokesman for the Youngstown police department explained the violation of 1st Amendment rights thusly:
“Those situations can be explosive and we were able to keep everything to a minimum. We use a force continuum. We react to what they display to us. With those gentlemen that had to be pushed and prodded to get them out of the building, they were at a point where they were ignoring verbal commands.”
Folks … think about this one for a bit. These protesters were doing nothing wrong. They were not being disruptive; they were not yelling obscenities or shaking fists. They were simply displaying signs and flags to express their opposition to Trump. We DO have the right to do this!!! The lawbreakers here were the police. Isn’t it interesting how emphatically Trump and his minions defend the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution while trampling all over the 1st Amendment? Freedom of the press is being vehemently challenged, and now our rights to stand quietly holding a sign that expresses our opinion is being quashed. I am suddenly chilled to the bone.
*Time has published a full transcript of Trump’s Youngstown speech for any who can stand to read it.