We continue on the journey of asking ourselves what kind of country we want to be, as impeachment hearings continue to build the strongest case imaginable against Donald Trump, and his administration continues to do horrible things to the extensive list of people it considers “other.”
[Where indicated, this article includes opinion by Tobias J. Grant, legal analyst at PoliticusUSA]
If a president incites one group of Americans to hate another group of Americans, it ought to be an impeachable offense. No matter what your views on the size of government may be, surely we can agree that a President must be duty bound to protect all Americans – not just the ones he likes.
When Donald Trump tweets something patently racist, as when he tweeted the squad of four should go back where they came from or when he derided Baltimore as “rat and rodent infested mess,” media pundits can spend days debating whether or not Trump is racist.
Her name is Heather Heyer. Today is the one-year anniversary of her death. She died while peacefully protesting a hate rally in Charlottesville, Virginia after a car mowed her down. In the midst of vile and vitriolic hate and violence she stood amid a large crowd for compassion and kindness, inclusion and diversity, justice and peace.
In a political moment when the American president not only stokes the fires of sexism, racism, and the hate they represent but also seems to embody these values, Martin McDonagh’s 2017 film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, in its thoughtful, sympathetic, and loving approach to understanding hate, could not be more timely.
Let me say it as clearly as I can: The anger being expressed by many (white) people over NFL players kneeling during the national anthem is transparently phony.
In a stinging tweet, former Democratic Rep. Donna Edwards she hopes "every NFL player" will take the opportunity to stand up to "the white supremacist who squats in our White House."
"The leader of the free world can’t continue to use language that legitimizes the actions of extremists groups that promote hate."
This is the kind of unhinged and crackpot rhetoric that is common on Info Wars, but it has no place in American government.
The meeting could have given Trump an opportunity to learn something about race relations in America, but he only made things worse.
Disasters have a way of erasing all markers of division and bringing people together revealing the best of our shared humanity.
A plurality of Americans also believes he is "putting white supremacists on equal standing with their opponents."
If there was a moment for Trump to reverse the narrative that he is a white supremacist sympathizer, today would have been it. Instead, he attacked the protesters in Boston and praised Steve Bannon.
The right-wing demonstrators organizing Saturday's rally in Boston forgot one important thing: People.
Thousands of Americans are in Boston to stand up to Trump and his white supremacist supporters to say in one voice: This is not what America stands for.
"What will happen next? I doubt that Donald Trump will be able to calm and comfort the nation in that moment."
Even if Trump did decide to attend the ceremony, it's unclear how many of the honorees would have shown up.
Since the attack, Susan Bro has spoken out loudly against the hatred put on display in Charlottesville and criticized Trump's despicable response.
The end may very well be near for Donald Trump's presidency.
Nobody wants to be seen within the same zip code as this president, particularly after he spent the past week defending white supremacists and Nazis.