Commentary: It’s a known fact that one never really knows a person until they have lived together. Some longtime friends become roommates only to find the other has some peculiar and/or disgusting habits. Like not bathing on a regular basis, staying up partying all night, being a filthy pig, having family over all the time, failure to replace the toilet paper — or worse — putting it on the holder the wrong way, or finding out that your live-in companion is a crook, racist, nudist, slut, or all of the above.
Jack, Chrissy and Janet (Three’s Company) were roomies who got along fabulously, and Will and Grace held no secrets from each other. The United States has lived with Donald Trump as president for almost three years and unlike the aforementioned roommates, we have discovered some pretty revolting things about the occupant of the White House, and each other.
If separating babies from their families at the border or locking children in cages didn’t evoke your emotions, maybe the president’s racist tweets and incendiary words did. The president’s criticisms and singling out of four members of Congress, all women of color, fully exposed the president’s racism.
At a fascist rally in North Carolina, the president threw red meat to his base, advocating kicking the congresswomen out of the country because they had the audacity to criticize his administration. In remarks to the crowd, Trump said, “You know what, if they don’t love it, tell ’em to leave it.” He then looked on, doing nothing, as the primarily white crowd chanted, “Send her back!”
That phrase was used often in the 1960’s and directed at civil rights and anti-war protesters.
“I was arrested in 1960 trying to get into a public library,” said the Rev. Jesse Jackson, a prominent civil rights activist. “We were told ‘love it or leave it.’ It was just a way of saying we didn’t belong.”
The U.S. House of Representatives voted to condemn Trump for his racist tweets, the first time in more than 100 years Congress offered a formal rebuke of a sitting president.
Trump’s supporters haven’t had the moral conviction to call him on his racism.
Starting with his campaign for the presidency, Trump has enjoyed sizable support from the LGBTQ community. During his convention speech he declared, “As your president I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.” That didn’t happen!
During Pride month the administration refused to allow foreign embassies to fly the rainbow flag. Unlike during the previous administration when the White House was illuminated in rainbow colors throughout Pride month, there was no such show of support this year.
This administration banned transgender people from military service.
If calls for American citizens to go back to where they come from, are demands for us to return to the closet forthcoming? Trump’s gay followers seem all too willing to kowtow to his demands so far.
Poor President Trump; everyone around him is a bunch of crooks and low-lifes. You gotta feel for the man. If you are still defending Trump’s racism and believe him to be an LGBTQ ally, what are you going to do if he’s accused of pedophilia? That’s a situation not out of the realm of possibilities.
Jeffrey Epstein was denied bail after being arrested on sex trafficking of minors charges. Trump palled around with the convicted sex offender years ago and said, “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Although the president proclaimed the two were not close and “I was not a fan,” video surfaced from NBC News showing them at a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in 1992.
Confiscated was Epstein’s black book which may contain damning information on a multitude of influential people. Trump’s connections to Epstein’s sex trafficking may be legit. In 2016, “Jane Doe” filed a lawsuit against Trump alleging a “savage sexual attack” in 1994 when she was 13 years old in which he tied her to a bed at Epstein’s house, raped her, and struck her in the face. The account was corroborated by a witness who claimed to have seen the child perform sexual acts on both Trump and Epstein.
Previously, sixteen women have come forward with allegations against Trump, each accusing him of charges ranging from unwanted touches to rape.
Trump’s supporters say all these women are liars but will they have the moral convictions to reject a pedophile?
During the Watergate scandal, it was often said of President Richard Nixon, “A man is judged by the company he keeps.” As it turned out, the 37th president was surrounded by crooks and low-lifes. The resulting fallout produced the indictment of 69 people, with 48 being found guilty.
Two and a half years into the Trump administration, 34 individuals have been indicted, eight have pleaded guilty to or been convicted of felonies, including five Trump associates and campaign officials.
Nixon had supporters even as he resigned from office. There must come a point when even Trump’s staunchest supporters have had enough of the racism, corruption, nepotism, and outright disregard for the rule of law. Is there a breaking point that makes them realize they are in bed with the devil?
Until then, our difference is not our politics, it’s our morals.