I really want to ignore Trump’s incoherent babbling as much as possible these days, but some things he said last night at his small rally in Phoenix, Arizona, stirred my ire to the point that I could not simply ignore them. Okay, we know he lies, lies, and then lies some more, but the mischaracterization of people in the Democratic Party was just so far off base that, even though I am an independent, not a registered Democrat, I was incensed by the falsehood, and more incensed that the audience cheered him. Take a look at just a few, with my own comments in blue …
“We’re here today to declare that we will never cave to the left wing and the left-wing intolerance.” Intolerance? Intolerance of what? Democrats are not the racists, not the homophobes who would deny the LGBT community the right to choose their own life partners, not the ones who would force everyone to follow the values of one, single religion! Democrats are the ones who promote inclusion and diversity!
“They hate our history, they hate our values, and they hate everything we prize as Americans. Our country didn’t grow great with them. It grew great with you and your thought process and your ideology. The left-wing mob is trying to demolish our heritage, so they can replace it with a new oppressive regime that they alone control.” Democrats don’t share your values if, in fact, your values include praising those who fought to own other human beings, if your values include denying women the right to make their own decisions, and if your values include any form of bigotry. The ‘oppressive regime’ you speak of is your own.
About the coronavirus, which has sharply increased in Arizona in recent weeks, and which he refers to in his usual xenophobic way as the “Kung Flu”, he said …
“It’s going away. What a job we’re doing with testing. We did ventilators. We’re going to have a vaccine very soon.” It’s not going away anytime soon … yesterday, in a single day, there were 36,000 new cases in the U.S., 163,000 worldwide. You’re trying to stop or slow down testing because the number of new cases makes you look bad and might just interfere with your re-election. YOU didn’t “do ventilators”. And there will be no safe and properly tested vaccine before next year.
“This is the choice of two futures. The left’s vision of disunity and discord, or our vision of equal opportunity and equal justice.” You and your henchmen have increased the divisiveness in this country far beyond what it was when you took office. Equal opportunity and equal justice??? What a joke. What about the thousands of immigrants you denigrate on a daily basis, and whose right to be in this country and have a job you have done your level best to take away? What about the Dreamers you’ve tried to deport? What about … what about those kids in cages?
“Our country didn’t grow great with them. It grew great with you and your thought process and your ideology. The left-wing mob is trying to demolish our heritage, so they can replace it with a new oppressive regime that they alone control.” What ideology? The ‘heritage’ he speaks of is that of the pre-Civil War south, of slavery. It happened … we cannot change that. But we do not need to, nor should we, embrace and praise it! It was one of the major shames of this nation that we would like to rise above, but we cannot if we continue to praise those who believed black lives didn’t matter.
Additionally, he declared the students in the audience as the ‘cultural defenders’ of not only his movement but also of American values as a whole, portraying Democrats as intolerant and “totalitarian.” He applauded the student activists in the crowd “who stand up for America and refuse to kneel to the radical left,” bashing the mainstream media and accusing “vicious” Democrats of stifling dissent but — and without evidence — accusing them of letting anyone vote, “even if they’re not citizens.” From the synopsis I read, it would appear that Trump outdid himself in lies told, and I did not see a single word of truth. And yet, people will listen and believe his every lying word.
The United States has a population of approximately 330 million people. The president is elected to represent all of those people … every single one. And yet, it seems that he only represents about 102 million, the 31% who are Republicans. If you are a Democrat, or liberal independent, Trump considers you his enemy, or as he would have it, the “enemy of the people”. But wait … we ARE the people … or a large portion of them!
When some of us say that ‘Trump is not my president’, we are mocked by republicans who say that he is the president of everyone. But how can that be true if he calls us ‘radical’, ‘vicious’, ‘intolerant’, and worse? No other president in history has so denigrated more than half of the people in this nation. So no, Trump is not my president, for he hates me, hates what I stand for, hates my values. In my book, the United States has no president, only an ignorant demagogue.