HATERS IN AMERICA
By Carla Feinkind
Candidate Trump rode that escalator wielding hate to build his base. First, it was against the “rapist” Mexicans, and then he started frenzied calls for a Muslim ban. Each time, there was a soft rebuttal to his rhetoric, but mostly, Americans just looked away.
For a few moments, we were horrified as young children at the border were ripped from their parents’ arms and thrown into cages. Our OUTRAGE forced Trump and his administration to pull back… somewhat. But then it began again and even got worse. And, we do nothing.
There was some blowback when Trump started ranting that progressive Democratic Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilan Omar should go back where they “came from.” Rep. Omar, immigrated from Somalia but, is a naturalized citizen. They COME from places like the Bronx, Detroit, and Cincinnati. They’re Democrats elected to Congress AND they are NOT white.
Trump tried to bully Rep. Elijah Cummings, an icon of the civil rights movement. Trump ranted that Cummings’ city, Baltimore which has a Black population of 62%, is rat infested and no “human” would ever want to live there. … Yawn, it’s just Trump wielding hate against people of color and the GOP is silent.
Since the 2016 election, the FBI documented that incidents of hate/race vandalism have sky-rocketed by double digits. The Washington Post reports that, “Counties that hosted a 2016 Trump rally saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes.” In other words, Trump’s hate-fueled rallies LEAD to violence.
Last week there were 3 acts of deadly terrorism: one by a self-identified White Supremacist Trump supporter, another by a White Supremacist, and the other motivated by White Supremacy and also violence against women.
Finally, the media is calling these massacres acts of TERRORISM committed by White Supremacists and making the connection to Trump and the GOP. But, regardless of the shooters’ political affiliations, the media has yet to report that…
*The GOP refuses to regulate guns. *The GOP rejects national background checks and rejects all national research into guns and mental health. *The GOP refuses to ban the sale of military style weapons with large magazines, the weapon of choice for domestic terrorists. WHY? Because the NRA, which has been found to be laundering Russian rubles, donates to Moscow Mitch’s GOP. So, the GOP protects gun sales profits over our right to live.
Trump and the GOP spend a lot of time dividing people into ‘we and they,’ making it easy to scapegoat. THEY MAKE IT EASY FOR PEOPLE TO LOOK AWAY WHEN THE “THEY’S” ARE HURT.
Remember, the Holocaust did NOT start with gas chambers. Most Germans never beat up a Jewish child or mother BUT, they looked away as the babies were ripped from their mother’s arms. They had been indoctrinated and had become inured to the evil potential of hate.
Our ‘anger’ is there, but it is not RAW. We are becoming desensitized to Trump’s hate-filled rants and his hate begins to feel NORMAL….BUT, HATE IS ALWAYS DANGEROUS.
What CAN we do? Denounce the haters and their hate. Never look away! BLAME THE SILENT GOP!
Make hate AND military style weapons VOTING ISSUES.
Make sure the GOP knows how you feel. Call Both Houses of Congress at 202 224-3121.
Remember, ‘WE ARE THE MANY’. BE THE BLUE TSUNAMI THAT WILL WASH OUT THE HATERS AND THE GREEDY MONSTERS WHO PUT GUN PROFITS ABOVE OUR RIGHT TO LIVE.