Donald Trump brought many firsts to this year’s presidential election. He is the first to exploit the hatred and division by race, gender, religion etc. that Republicans pushed for years. He’s the first to incite and reward violence at his white power rallies and most notably he is the first to mainstream fascism in America. So much so that David Duke is openly praising and defending him.
Throughout his campaign the spray-tanned worshiper of dictators like Saddam Hussein, Kim Il Jong and Vladmir Putin, invoked Wharton as a testament to his “very good brain” and the image of business prowess.
Over 600 faculty, former and current students of Wharton school of business have had enough and said so in an open letter, where they state in part:
We, proud students, alumni, and faculty of Wharton, are outraged that an affiliation with our school is being used to legitimize prejudice and intolerance. Although we do not aim to make any political endorsements with this letter, we do express our unequivocal stance against the xenophobia, sexism, racism, and other forms of bigotry that you have actively and implicitly endorsed in your campaign.
The Wharton community is a diverse community. We are immigrants and children of immigrants, people of color, Muslims, Jews, women, people living with or caring for those with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQ community. In other words, we represent the groups that you have repeatedly denigrated, as well as their steadfast friends, family, and allies.
The Wharton community is a diverse community just like the America that Trump and his party denigrates with the Hitleresque slogan “make America great again.” The 602 people who signed this letter did what the Republican Party’s leadership should have done the day Trump announced his candidacy. But, that is another story.
It’s an America that mourns with the families of citizens who were murdered by police simply for living while black and equally mourns the police officers in Dallas who were brutally murdered as a result of hate.
It’s an America that recognizes the difference between anti-police rhetoric and anti-police brutality rhetoric.
It’s also an America that will do whatever it takes to kick Donald Trump and his message of hate straight back to the fringes of darkness, because it’s an America that knows the difference between love of country and hate of its citizens. In short, it’s an America that knows the difference between patriotism and nationalism.