Oct 30

Trump, Racism, Misogyny and Memory

In Brief—With the national election on Tuesday, November 8, voters risk having a clueless tyrant, Donald Trump, destroy all that America stands for and its preeminent position in the world. Deny Donald Trump the Oval Office.


The Tyranny of Ignorance—

VOTEDisbelieving Swedes ask me if Donald Trump stands a chance of becoming president. I say he’s not only dangerous but arguably unhinged. In a rapidly changing world that will challenge the next president more than ever before, strange things can happen. We mustn’t allow Trump near the Oval Office.

The press, always focused on winning eyeballs, tells us that Trump doesn’t have a chance. Then why do they make his unlikely rise to prominence seem like he’s on third base ready to steal home?

This piece will sound a warning about not only Donald Trump but about the American voter.

The American Voter—

Voter memories are notoriously short. Politicians count on this and are returned to office even though they may be incompetent. Most voters have no idea what the party platform says even though it is the blueprint for the party politicians. You’d make money betting that your voting neighbor has no idea who his/her representative is, let alone what the representative stands for or votes for. The political party is all that counts for that voter. The voter’s brain is out-to-lunch.

So who are the voters who believe Trump’s hollow promises? We’ve seen them at his rallies as they roar their approval of his inanities and attack his opponents as Trump cheers them on. Those are the ignorant dupes who may put him in the Oval Office. Are you scared yet?

Trump’s Racism—

Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times lists the organizations that support a Trump win in November. Not all of Trump’s supporters have a racist motive, but some are unquestionably racist. Here’s the “List of Shame.”

  • The Ku Klux Klan and it’s “Imperial Wizard;”
  • The American Freedom Party, a white nationalist organization along with its former presidential candidate, Bob Whitaker;
  • The American Nazi Party (fans of Adolph Hitler) although they are quiet about an endorsement for fear it will doom a Trump win;
  • The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website;
  • The National Enquirer…the organization known to tell its audience about little green men;
  • And, of course, many if not all of Trump’s rabid supporters who would toss the San Francisco 49ers quarterback out of the country along with the First Amendment to the Constitution.
  • Trump has called Mexicans criminals and promised to build a huge wall along the border to keep them out. Trump doesn’t want brown-skinned folk whether they be Hispanic, of African heritage or any other group.
  • He has repeatedly claimed that a judge of Mexican ancestry is unfair to him because of the judge’s heritage.
  • He has chosen as his running mate Mike Pence, a politician whose sorry record includes not-so-subtle legislative attacks on women of color who would be denied the right to handle their own sexual health. This qualifies as both racism and misogyny. There is no doubt that Pence’s acts are blatant sexism.

Trump’s Misogyny—

Lest you forget because of the passage of time and human flaws…

  • Trump said of Megyn Kelly that she had …”blood coming out of her [pause] wherever.”
  • He said several times that Arianna Huffington was “ugly” or “very unattractive.” He has said that of a number of women including Cher, Heidi Klum, Angelina Jolie and others. To him, women are mere objects who are either pretty or ugly.
  • In his book, Trump stated that women must be “…something pretty to see.”
  • Aside from calling her “ugly” and a “slob,” Trump tweeted that he’d have to be paid a trillion dollars to kiss Rosie O’Donnell.
  • He said to a woman expressing the need to breast-feed her baby, “You’re disgusting.”
  • He stated that the military’s sexual assault record showed that the military should never have enlisted women to serve alongside men.
  • He has stated that women who are smart should act “very feminine and needy” and that “inside they are real killers” who manipulate men with their eyes…”or perhaps another body part.”

I could go on and on, but you get the idea: Donald Trump is an egotistical misogynist. Now, despite his disgusting track record, he is pretending to be the most reasonable guy on the planet.

We have heard from his own mouth that Trump is not only an egotistical bully, but he’s a misogynistic racist spewing verbal diarrhea.

Add to his list of senseless disqualifications Trump’s assertion that he would exclude all Muslim immigrants because they might be terrorists. He seems to be unfamiliar with the Constitution.

Hillary Clinton is certainly not a paragon of virtue, but alongside Donald Trump she is an experienced and politically knowledgeable candidate who will govern effectively. It’s like comparing a gem to a pile of manure, Trump being the latter.

Responsible voters have the chance to reject Donald Trump in November. Send this guy back to his den. America neither wants nor needs a dangerous fear-monger like Trump to make the country “great again.” America is already great. Let’s keep that going.

For another perspective on the emptiness of Trump, Frank Bruni will give you another reason to reject Trump. Click here in the highlighted area to see why.

Vote for sanity in November. Reject Donald Trump. And remember those down-ballot representatives who may be supporting Trump!

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  1. His election would be a disaster unprecedented worldwide in recent decades, and predictions of a landslide for Hillary could well be wrong. Let’s hope sanity prevails.

      • Don Bay on October 31, 2016 at 17:07
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      You are a master of understatement. Trump as president would be a disaster for America and for the world. Fortunately, I think that Clinton will be the next president. The Times and other mainstream media have not just given Trump the headlines he desperately wants, but they are making it seem like a close ballgame in order to win eyeballs and make profits. Who says America isn’t an oligarchy?

    • Dave Meyers on October 30, 2016 at 17:54

    The entire world seems to be swinging Right….not because the Conservative view point is necessarily appealing to the masses, but because the status-quo has failed them…..at least in their eyes. So, along comes Trump spouting is rhetoric and promising a utopian change without offering a single bit of evidence as to how he will accomplish his promises.

    “Only I can fix it, folks”, “There will be thousands of Jobs, TRUST ME”, “The undocumented are gone!”, “I will rip up the trade agreements”, Says the Donald.
    I believe that Hitler announced that he was the only one who could FIX it. Getting rid of all the illegals and building a Wall are just two examples of an impossible task. The cost to accomplish either would be astronomical and the Mexican government will NOT pay for anything. Jobs are created when consumer demand warrants a larger work force. And, ripping up trade agreements is outside the purview of a U.S. President. But, I don’t think Trump wants to be President….I think he sees himself as KING.
    Wait until the illegals are gone and a hamburger at McDonald’s cost $16.00…..that’s when the screaming will really get loud.

    The Republican party created this monster with their decades of fear pedaling and obstructionist government as well as their acceptance of the likes of Rush Limbaugh and his ilk spewing ridiculous narrow minded commentary and hatred to millions of disenfranchised folks across America. I believe that the GOP is so fractured now that it will likely split into two separate factions, not just in position, but in name, and they will function independently. The outcome may be a group of real conservatives with logical view points and another made up of radical Right-wingers with warped notions of reality and conspiracy theories driving there members to obstruction and disruption and, possibly, their devotees to civil unrest.

    We all know (even Republicans know) that Donald Trump is a dangerous clown. But fascism rises to power not because it is strong, but because Democracy is weak. It is more frightening to me that many of my neighbors see Trump as their savior and not for the idiotic fool that he is than Trump himself…..it’s quite disturbing.
    I have friends that are educated, smart, and world wise people who are leaning towards Trump, if for no other reason than they cannot vote for HRC. MY GOD PEOPLE….that is terrible logic…..just DON’T VOTE! Can you not see the damage that you would be doing?

      • Don Bay on October 31, 2016 at 16:54
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      You make two points that need to be underlined” 1) The Republicans created this Frankenstein monster, and 2) too many voters are buying Trump’s snake oil.

      As you point out, the GOP and its organs like Limbaugh and Fox News created Trump and now he threatens to destroy the party. Good riddance. The country will be better off without them. Read their platform…it will scare the sock off of any thinking person.

      The voters who are supporting Trump may, in some cases, be educated, but they’re definitely not smart. They fall into roughly three categories, 1) they feel threatened financially; 2) they are uneducated and feel in their guts that Trump can somehow spin straw into gold; 3) they simply want to “burn it down” and start over again. As I often say, “Humans will believe what they want to believe even when proven wrong.”

      Now we have the director of the FBI, James Comey (a Republican, BTW), releasing to congress emails from another source that he doesn’t even know know contain incriminating evidence, his outrageous act is in violation of FBI policy and he may be violating the Hatch Act. Comey is either stupider than a stump or he is putting his thumb on the scale two weeks before the election. This is irresponsible and possibly even illegal. Something tells me he will be out of a job soon.

    • Donna on October 31, 2016 at 02:43

    OK, Don. You convinced me. I won’t vote for Trump after all.
    Donna

      • Don Bay on October 31, 2016 at 16:18
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      Oh, you kidder you! I never doubted you.

  2. Hooray, we won Donna over.

      • Don Bay on October 31, 2016 at 16:20
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      She was a tough nut to crack, but she finally saw the light.

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