It’s a known fact that Trump only likes people who are Caucasian and who pay homage to him by approving of his antics and wearing an ugly red hat. But he took his phobia of ‘other’ a bit too far last week when speaking of four freshman democratic members of Congress …
“So interesting to see ‘Progressive Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly……….and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run.”
“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how…….it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”
The comment was sexist, Islamophobic, crass, and far beneath the dignity of the office he claims. Nancy Pelosi appropriately chastised him …
“When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again. Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power. … I reject @realDonaldTrump’s xenophobic comments meant to divide our nation. Rather than attack Members of Congress, he should work with us for humane immigration policy that reflects American values. Stop the raids — #FamiliesBelongTogether!”
I concur 100% with Pelosi’s admonishment, and as always, I am stunned at the cruelty, the ignorance of the ‘man’ in the Oval Office. But more than that, what appalls and confuses me is that those who support Trump, both in Congress and in the population at large, can hear his words and still think he is qualified for the office he claims. NEVER before has a president been so crass, so uneducated, so disrespectful, and yet he still has a following of somewhere around 35% – 40%. It is jaw-dropping.
I wrote the above yesterday, planned to make it the first of a couple of snarky snippets, but this morning I awaken to news that in the face of public outrage over his comments, he has dialed up the heat even more, and I decided this is to be the sole topic for this post.
He who uttered racist, hate-filled words directed at members of Congress based solely on their ethnicity, now “demands” an apology from them! People … this is so very wrong. As Speaker Pelosi said above, this affirms that his plan to ‘make America great’ is nothing more than a plan to make America white. What an abomination … what a sorry excuse for a ‘man’, for a ‘president’. His latest …
“When will the Radical Left Congresswomen apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said. So many people are angry at them & their horrible & disgusting actions!”
If people are angry with the Congresswomen, then those people are immediately identified, in my book, as racists … terrible, bigoted racists. That the ‘man’ who sits in the Oval Office uses this level of vitriol against duly elected officials in a branch of government equal to his own, is simply beyond belief, unacceptable.
The four members of Congress with whom he has taken issue are:
- Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts
- Rashida Tlaib of Michigan
- Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York
- Ilhan Omar of Minnesota
All but one, Ilhan Omar, were born in the United States and are therefore U.S. citizens by birth. Ilhan Omar became a U.S. citizen in 2000, at the age of 17. Every one of them have as much right as Trump himself to reside in this country, and they have as much … nay, more … right to sit in Congress than Trump has to sit in the Oval Office, for they were all actually elected by a majority of the voters in their districts, and without the help of Vladimir Putin or an ‘electoral college’.
“If Democrats want to unite around the foul language & racist hatred spewed from the mouths and actions of these very unpopular & unrepresentative Congresswomen, it will be interesting to see how it plays out. I can tell you that they have made Israel feel abandoned by the U.S.”
Frankly, their concerns about Israel are justified and mirror my own. Under Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel has become a domineering bully, and Trump has fed the monster.
Only one republican in Congress found the guts to speak out against Trump’s diatribe, and that was a milquetoast reaction by Representative Chip Roy, who tweeted …
“POTUS was wrong to say any American citizen, whether in Congress or not, has any ‘home’ besides the U.S.”
All the rest of the republicans sitting in the Capitol today remained silent. Their silence speaks more loudly than any words could, don’t you think?
Fox ‘News’ commentators Griff Jenkins, Jedidiah Bila, and Todd Piro laughed about Trump’s racist tweets. They referred to them as “very comedic”.Fortunately, other leaders around the world were appalled …
“Donald Trump telling four ethnic minority American congresswomen to “go back” where they “originally came from”. 1950s racism straight from the White House.” – David Lammy, Member of Parliament of the UK
“The President of the United States telling elected politicians — or any other Americans for that matter — to ‘go back’ to other countries is not OK, and diplomatic politeness should not stop us saying so, loudly and clearly.” – Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland
“I’ve heard it from racists and fascists. Never from a mainstream politician. Here you have the president of the U.S.A. using that same sort of language.” – Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London
“It’s an insult to the Statue of Liberty, America’s most famous symbol, an insult to the American values where migrants from all over the world are united as one nation under one law.” – Ibrahim Milhim, spokesman for the Palestinian Authority
“Trump’s racism is sickening. Any European politician who fails to condemn this has questions to answer & should be ashamed of themselves.” – Guy Verhofstadt, Belgian politician and member of the EU Parliament
Donald Trump is the shame of this nation, a wart that grows larger and uglier with each passing day. He shames us all when he speaks such hateful, vitriolic words. Today, I am ashamed of this nation, ashamed to be called an “American”.