Donald Trump’s mantra is that,with him at the helm as President of the United States, he will make “America great again.” But, it becomes increasingly clear that he will make “America hate again.” There is an old proverbial saying that is akin to “birds of a feather, flock together‘, and, in the case of Trump, it is more appropriate: “Show me who you run with, and I’ll show you who you are.” The Trump followers have engaged in racial slurs, violent attacks, and they cheer him on as he spews his venomous attacks. Not many are willing to take him on – simply because the media continues to give him a free and unlimited ride, which translates into precluding those who are the subject of his hateful and biased attacks , very little opportunity to respond – thus leaving his misrepresentations lingering in the air – unanswered.
The Trump Supporters:
When an African-American ‘Black Lives Matter‘ protester spoke out – it was the Trump supporters who beat and kicked him like a mob – hurling racial epithets; and yet, instead of repudiating the conduct – Trump said: “Maybe he needed to be roughed up.” No apology – thereby condoning the racist behavior. Hence – making America ‘hate again‘.
When a Muslim woman stood up during one of his ‘events’ as he began to degrade Muslims, she was escorted out by security – but she was also insulted with epithets as she was leaving by Trump supporters. Trump, again, did not repudiate the conduct – but allowed his silence to encourage the misconduct in the future.
When an esteemed Mexican-American reporter from Telemundo pressed a question – he was escorted out of the room. A Trump supporter confronted the reporter and stated that he wanted the reporter “out of ” his “country”. The reporter responded by saying that it is “his country too “, and that he is an American. The Trump supporter shook his head indicating that it was not true. Why not? Because he is not White? The reporter is indeed an American citizen. And yet again – Trump did not repudiate the words and actions of his supporter, (which were widely reported and televised), – his silence condoning the inappropriate insults.
Trump referred to children of immigrants – whether legal or illegal as “anchor babies”. With the use of that phrase, Trump not only discredits , but disparages his own familial lineage – since his own father was the son of an immigrant. But the media failed to counter his comments with this public information. Trump disparages everyone from military heroes to football players – even though he has never participated in either. Yet Americans whose religion is Islam have served with honor and distinction in the United States military, but Trump speaks of them with disdain.
His desire to “close the borders” to anyone who is not White and conduct a massive round-up of Mexicans, makes it clear that his platform is bringing the racists and sexist from underneath their rocks and the hateful side of America is showing up at his rallies, glad for the opportunity to be openly racist.
His ignorance is apparently, in our opinion, as great as his wealth – for he does not even know the difference between socialism and communism. He once referred to Bernie Sanders as a communist, and his ‘trumpets‘ booed as soon as he spoke the word ‘communism’ . Bernie Sanders has always been a ‘democratic-socialist’ – and that is a far cry from communism. Trump, however, loves to use code and dog whistles – seizing upon terms which his audience will immediately jeer or cheer. That too is encouraging hate. Does he not know that one of our allies, (Germany) is a socialistic country? Apparently not.
Along with all of the above, are his grand and sweeping promises to do things, which in this country, he would have no authority to do. Once during a public appearance before an audience primarily consisting of law enforcement – he promised that he would see to it that anyone who killed a police officer would get the “death penalty” – of course there were cheers. (Seemingly no trial would be involved – just the death penalty.) The reality is that as President of the United States – he would have no authority to issue such an edict. He seems to be clueless that there is this little thing called the separation of powers within the Constitution of the United States of America. Yet the media allows him to make these egregious and flawed statements without calling him out.
For those Americans who are proud of the gains made over the past 50 years – the words “great again” as spoken by Trump translate as “hate again”. One look at his crowd is a jarring reminder of just how far America has traveled from the hateful past which Trump is longing to see return. That is a side of America which no reasonable and rational American wants for the future of this country.