By, Jason Taylor
“When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.” — Maya Angelou
Donald Trump left nothing about his true persona to the imagination throughout his campaign. What you see and hear with Donald Trump is exactly what you get. The idea that there is some inner statesman within him longing to be free is risible. However, his election has revealed how many Americans had been waiting to channel their inner Donald Trump.
Trump is already considering individuals for leadership positions who fill me with fear and loathing; people who have been antagonistic in the extreme to political opponents and are far from the middle of the road. Trump won’t and can’t denounce the hate. His mockery and disrespect for so many of his fellow Americans: women, disabled, Hispanics, Muslims, Gold Star Families, POW’s; and others, shows that bigotry, hatred of women, racism, and contempt for others are an integral part of his character. Trump will soon show his true self when he realizes that not everyone adores him.
Trump has been very consistent in never saying anything bad about those who support him. Note his comment that Putin said very nice things about him so Trump will say nice things about Putin in return. Not once has he criticized any of Putin’s policies in the Ukraine, Crimea or Syria. Trump won’t even believe the US intelligence reports that Russia was behind the DNC e-mail hacks. How could Putin be behind this? He’s such a great guy in Trump’s mind because Putin likes Trump.
On the other hand criticize Trump and you get a weeks long Twitter firestorm.
This is not the time to be defensive. Or tit for tat. The American president must unify, and be the leader of the entire country. That cannot happen if he does not speak out strongly against the hate unleashed in his name. The simple reason for this is that hate — whether based on race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or immigrant status — only serves to divide.
This will be difficult, because Trump himself used the divisiveness of race, ethnicity, religion, and gender, to attract voters. Hiring Stephen Bannon made that explicit. He boasted about grabbing women’s genitals. You can’t just sweep that under the rug. The key appointment will be Attorney General. Rudy Giuliani, who morphed during the campaign from America’s mayor into America’s moron, somehow fits perfectly with the Trump zombie hordes, especially when he opens his mouth. He is positively drooling over the prospect of being named Attorney General.
“David Duke, the former Louisiana lawmaker and former imperial wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, tweeted that Mr. Trump’s victory was “one of the most exciting nights of my life,” and also, “Our people have played a HUGE role in electing Trump!” In another tweet, he wrote, “Anyone telling you this was a vote for ‘unity’ is a liar and they know it!”
To not denounce this type of rhetoric means Trump condones and supports it to all of those who were looking for any reason to express their racist, homophobic, make America white again feelings. If you think there’s some ‘kinder, gentler’ Trump lurking inside just waiting to be encouraged to come out into the light, you’re sadly mistaken.
As President Lyndon B. Johnson once said over 50 years ago while commenting on Southern Strategy politics.
“if you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”
Welcome to Trump’s 1850’s style America….brought to you by the GOP and its proud standard bearer, Donald Trump.