I watched you, Mr. Trump, while on August 16, 2017 you told us there was “violence” on both sides of the Charlottesville incident which took the life of Heather Heyer at the hands of a Neo-Nazi thug. I listened as you equated those who chanted “Blood and Soil” with those who decried Nazi and White Supremacist intrusions into our American civic life.
I watched you, Mr. Trump, while on September 5, 2017 you removed the protection we had, as a nation, afforded our DACA recipients. Young immigrants who have grown up among us, gone to school with our children, worked to better their lives, even served in our armed forces, and of these you implied that they were a menace to our communities. Then I watched and listened as you used them as pawns in a cynical political game during which the goal posts were flexible to the point of complete elasticity — no offer made by Congress was ever acceptable, and no offer was ever going to be acceptable because it is apparent you want nothing more than to eliminate the possibility of any DACA beneficiary joining our American community in full citizenship. It was hard to imagine any more blatantly cruel way to broadcast your beliefs.
I watched you Mr. Trump, while on September 22, 2017 you told a rally crowd in Florida NFL players who protested police violence against people of color should be fired. Fired? Because they exercised their First Amendment right to protest policies putting their families and friends in peril? Because they dared protest silently and respectfully, following the guidance provided by a veteran? Fired? Because they would call to your (and our) attention matters to which we, as a nation of conscience should attend?
I watched you, Mr. Trump, while on March 28, 2018 you told the nation members of the transgender community were unfit to serve in our armed forces, and lied to us about being informed of this by members of our military. Our military leadership had told you no such thing. However, that didn’t stop you from inserting your callous bigotry into our national conversation. This isn’t done in polite households across this great land, but then you haven’t shown yourself to be very polite either.
I watched you, Mr. Trump, while on April 30, 2018 you told the nation and the people of Parkland, Florida you would “do something” about the horrific mass shooting of children in this country. Ultimately, you did nothing. You pressed for no legislation. You called for no national commitment, and your Secretary of Education’s own School Safety Commission won’t be looking at the role of guns in school safety protocols. Amazing. Utterly amazing.
I watched you, Mr. Trump, while on May 7, 2018, your Attorney General announced a Zero Tolerance policy which called for the separation of children of asylum seekers from their parents. Nothing, absolutely nothing from your gentle words for the white supremacist thugs in Charlottesville, to your contemptible disregard for the children and parents of Parkland, prepared me for this level of indecency and moral depravity. This policy isn’t “the law,” again you seek to blame others for problems you, and you alone have created. You compounded the problem when your Attorney General employed a Bible passage once used to justify slavery as a justification for your policy. Again, you and you alone are responsible for this decline in our national standards.
And now Mr. Trump you want my accolades for your performance in Singapore, for keeping me “safe.” Evidently, you also want me to attend to your every word as though you were my Dear Leader. You tell me you were “joking.” I respond that you were, like so many mob bosses, “joking on the level.”
Yes, Mr. Trump, I want to be safe…safe from your bigotry, your petty prejudices, your racism, and your unconscionable lack of conscience. I want to be safe from your obviously felt need to fill up the empty space in yourself with daily infusions of publicity and attention. I want to be safe from your need for spotlights and applause. I want to be safe from your continuous lies.
You have shown me who you are Mr. Trump, and I have seen enough.