From the moment that he descended the escalator at his gaudy 5th avenue tower in Manhattan, Trump’s enablers have made themselves explainers for his bigotry, xenophobia, racism, sexism, and other vile traits.
Born in Queens to a multi-millionaire father, Donald Trump was always used to having things his way.
He was never forced to find his own way, and through a life of privilege, he basically had everything handed to him.
His consistent assault on the American democratic process, though aided by a now fascist right-wing Republican party, is merely par for a spoiled failure who never accomplished anything worthwhile on his own.
Lies, disinformation, dishonesty, demagoguery, or erecting huge buildings with money borrowed under pretenses are not virtues.
Before he was elected president, Donald Trump was asked whether he would honor the results if he lost the presidential elections; he never answered that fundamental question so pertinent for a democracy.
The bigots voted for him anyway.
Let me say this to the apologists who would have you believe that not all of the people who voted for the racist demagogue are racists. If you know someone is racist and you cast a vote for him, you are supporting racism. If you are supporting racism, you are, by definition, a racist.
Let’s put those lies and whitesplaining to rest.
He was again asked the same question repeatedly before the 2020 elections, “would you honor the results of the elections should you lose”? One would have thought that having occupied the presidency, the quack would recognize the office’s importance, both on the world stage, and to the Republic.…..The least he would say was, “we’ll see.”
Despite refusing to adhere to one of the most fundamental principles of the democratic process, Trump was elected to the presidency to move on gracefully after defeat.
More than enough bigoted whites in the United States put a dangerous ignoramus, a known racial arsonist, into the presidency.
The lies that they wanted someone who would shake things up, were just that, a smokescreen for wanting to empower a white supremacist to push back at the country’s changing racial demographics.
Those of you who continue to wonder at the rabid and support this demagogue receives, not facing the facts of the foregone is to your detriment.
Donald Trump and his father’s bigotry was a matter of record that was not hidden from those who voted for him in 2016; it was not hidden from the larger number of them who turned out to vote to keep Donald Trump in power in 2020.
Many of them were so ashamed of the votes they were about to cast, or that they had cast, they lied to pollsters, they lied to their own friends and family members out of shame. Just not enough shame to not empower an ignorant fascist tyrant.
Polling is not a dying art. Pollsters were not oversampling Democratic voters. Trump supporters had [converted] to an otherworld Orwellian dystopia of lies and disinformation. Anything to maintain white supremacy and entitlement in America, even to the detriment of the Republic.
The elections have been over for almost two months now. If Trump’s behavior in the Presidency teaches us anything, any despot can overthrow any system with support in the right places.
If the Republicans that swore an oath to the Constitution were honoring their oath, if they were not jockeying to demonstrate fealty to an uneducated circus clown, Donald Trump would have been seen as the true ignorant moran that he really is.
Whether the circus planned for January 6th manages to overturn the free and fair elections of November 3rd, 2020, potentially catapulting the nation into a second civil war is yet to be seen.
Regardless of the outcome, it is clear that the Republican party can no longer be trusted to guard the world’s oldest democracy.
Over 30% of the 330 million people in the country are Trump loyalists who do not believe in the democratic process if it does not mean they have total government control.
This is how countries slip further and further into despotism. When duly elected leaders like Josh Hawley of Missouri, Raphael Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, James Lankford of Oklahoma, and the other morons in the Senate added to the dutiful serfs in the house Republican caucus are willing to do the bidding of a tyrant; it pulls the nation ever closer to going over the brink into despotism.
The next tyrant who comes along will have a template to follow, and a better understanding of what to tweak to achieve his or her ends.
A more educated and savvy wannabe tyrant like Josh Hawley will have an easier time orchestrating the demise of the American experiment as we know it.
Way to go, Missouri, vote out the reasoned and sane Claire McCaskill and replace her with an anti-democratic, self-promoting Seditionist.
If you believe that this is just Trump being Trump on his way out the door, you are just as delusional as those who say all we can do is pray.
Donald Trump and his Republican cohorts’ attempt to overturn the elections has precedent; it happened before; that is what they want to pull off on Wednesday, December 6th.
What ought to catch the attention of every single one of the 330 million Americans regardless of their political affiliation or none at all is the fact that all living Defense Secretaries, Democrat & Republican, signed a letter cautioning the Military not to allow Trump to use the Military to further his goals through martial law.
According to [Slate]; In an unprecedented critique of a sitting president, all of the 10 living former secretaries of defense — from five administrations, Democratic and Republican — have warned that the time for challenging the 2020 election results has passed, that ordering the U.S. armed forces to resolve disputes would be “dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional,” and that those who issue or execute such orders “would be accountable” and possibly face “criminal penalties” for “the grave consequences of their actions on our republic.”The statement, released Sunday night as a Washington Post op-ed, indicates that not only left-leaning conspiracy theorists but several top denizens of the national security establishment are concerned President Donald Trump might try to take drastic action — even military action — to reverse his clear loss to Joe Biden and extend his grip on power.
According to two former officials involved in the statement, none of the 10 signatories believe Trump could successfully pull off a coup. They’re convinced the Joint Chiefs of Staff would disobey any such effort as an “unlawful order.” However, senior officers inside the Pentagon, who are said to be alarmed by Trump’s recent behavior, have told some of the former secretaries that they greatly appreciate the statement’s message.
The question that must be asked is, “what do these former highly ‑placed former secretaries know that we don’t, that would cause them to issue such a warning?
Those of you who haven’t yet absorbed the mind-altering drug of Trumpism will recall how the Republicans disparaged President Barck Obama for allegedly bowing to the Saudi King.….….….….… That was a presidential sin that would destroy the Republic. Not the clear and present danger today, of a sociopath who desperately wants to save himself from criminal prosecution, that he is willing to burn the country down to save himself.
As a large portion of the House Republican caucus elected members and some in the Senate embark on a mission to overturn the free and fair elections that made Joe Biden President-Elect, it must be noted that every single one of them is highly conversant that Biden won fair and square.
On that basis, it must be acknowledged that every one of them has signed on to and will participate in that exercise instead of the existing system of government they took an oath to protect.
As I argued earlier, if nothing else, this era has laid bare the fault lines and the system’s weaknesses that have guided America and the rest of the free world since the ending of the second world war.
Speaking of the second world war, the past always offers us an opportunity to learn and grow and not repeat those mistakes, even as it improves the good.
The Nazi Party’s meteoric rise to power began in 1930, when it attained 107 seats in Germany’s parliament, the Reichstag. In July 1932, the Nazi Party became the largest political party in the Reichstag with 230 representatives.
In the final years of the Weimar Republic (1930 to 1933), the government ruled by emergency decree because it could not attain a parliamentary majority. Political and economic instability, coupled with voter dissatisfaction with the status quo, benefitted the Nazi Party.
As a result of the Nazis’ mass support, German president Paul von Hindenburg appointed Hitler chancellor on January 30, 1933. His appointment paved the way for the Nazi dictatorship after Hindenburg’s death in August 1934.
Before the Great Depression in Germany in 1929 – 1930, the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (or Nazi Party for short) was a small party on the radical right of the German political spectrum. (encylopedia.ushmm.org).
The destruction the Nazi party wrought on Jewish practitioners, the Germany Nation, and the rest of the world is one for the ages.
All great empires of the past found ways to self-destruct. What we see today may be the precursor to another worldwide conflragation.
Mike Beckles is a former Police Detective, businessman, freelance writer, a black achiever honoree, and publisher of the blog mikebeckles.com.
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