Watching the Republican convention it seems Republicans forgot Trump was in charge the last four years. He oversaw the greatest unemployment surge since the Great Depression. Trump is the “Unemployment President.”
Trump was in charge during the greatest outbreak of racial violence since the ‘60s. Violence related in part, to his encouragement of white supremacists, calling them very good people. White vigilantes imbedding themselves in protests to foment violence to discredit the Black Lives Matters movement. Trump even encourages the delusional Q-Anon. He sides with police even when they’re wrong, like shooting unarmed black people in the back or choking them to death.
Why the need for so much violence by police? My wife was a psychiatric nurse for over 30 years dealing with acutely ill and psychotic patients. Police would bring a person to the hospital in handcuffs and shackles, sometimes with taser wounds present. Remove restraints and hand them over to a middle aged nurse responsible for multiple patients. The nurses were sometimes threatened and attacked. They never harmed a patient because they were trained how to deescalate and restrain patients not harm them. Is it too much to expect police officers to act with similar restraint? We all understand that in active shooter situations deadly force may be required. That is not what we see regularly on videos.
The “law and order” President had seven associates convicted of felonies and anther recently indicated for fraud. Even the Republican Senate had to acknowledge Trump’s top campaign advisors, Stone and Manafort, cooperated with Russian agents to aid Trump.
Mr. “law and order” has been found guilty of running a fake charity and fake university for personal gain. Trump has been banned from future involvement in charities due to his fraudulent behavior. If he is not qualified to run a charity, how can he run the country? If his tax returns are ever disclosed it is very likely he will be charged with tax fraud, money laundering, bank fraud, insurance fraud and campaign finance violations. This is based on sworn House testimony. Why do you think he is fighting SOOOOO hard to keep those records hidden?
We currently have a three tiered justice system.
1. The Trump family and those who lie for him. Subpoenas treated as toilet paper. Pardons or reduced sentences for his minions making money off tax payers at his properties. Soliciting help from foreign governments. >20,000 lies, you can’t believe a word Trump says. Sexual assaults. Violations of the Hatch Act, using government resources for his campaign.
2. The average citizen who tends to get the benefit of the doubt but is usually held accountable.
3. Minorities — immigrant children taken from parents and put in cages. Unarmed black people killed sometimes in their sleep. Discrimination in housing, employment, education, loans. Who has been held accountable for these crimes?
His ignorance of science has lead to the weakest pandemic response of any wealthy nation. He persuaded people to take harmful medications and drink bleach. His failure to listen to medical science and misrepresenting the facts has certainly caused many deaths.
He has weakened environmental regulations and completely wasted four years in fighting climate change while record heat, wildfires and hurricanes ravage our country.
Now he is threatening our democracy by undermining our election. He calls it rigged so when he loses he has an excuse to stay in power. According to John Dean, author of Authoritarian Nightmare, between a quarter and a third of Trump’s supporters are fine with him violating the Constitution to stay in power.
There is no longer a Republican party. It is the party of Trump. Most of the thoughtful Republicans have left. What remains are cult followers or those afraid to stand up for the constitution. For the first time the Republican Party has chosen not to have a platform. Instead they have chosen to support whatever Trump’s whim of the day is as their platform. Isn’t that authoritarianism?
Our country faces six crises — economic, pandemic, racism, rule of law, climate change, and loss of our democracy. Trump has overseen, contributed to, and done nothing helpful to any of them. Stop the gaslighting, the chaos, the lying, the division. Dump Trump, Save America.