If you refuse to watch television for news and information, as I do, you are aware that every proposal by Donald Trump is focused on reducing the quality of life for minorities, and the working class. You are also aware that his top advisers, including Steve Bannon, Jeff Sessions, Betsy DeVos, Mike Pence, and others are white supremacists, and suffer from homophobia and Islamophobia.
Although the slogan on Trump’s ridiculous hats meant just the opposite of what the words stated, America has the potential to be great. It will require a return to a nation which is tolerant, understanding, and compassionate. We have the most diverse nation in the world, and that fact should be celebrated, not feared.
Trump has broken dozens of traditions and common presidential practices in just five months. Last week Muslims around the world celebrated Ramadan. Twenty years ago under the Clinton Administration, a tradition began recognizing Muslim-Americans by hosting a dinner honoring Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan. Demonstrating that he is a ‘man of his word,’ Trump displayed his Islamophobia once again; he refused to hold the annual dinner. So much for 20 years of seeking a positive relationship with Americans who practice the religion of Islam. Trump is too ignorant to understand that this is how ISIS and Al Qaeda will be defeated; guns and bombs will never secure victory.
To add insult to injury, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson refused to hold a reception honoring the holiday.
I refuse to allow myself to become more depressed by considering the damage to America Trump will accomplish in four years. If you are not embarrassed by the fact that nearly one-half of Americans were ignorant enough to vote for Trump, you are not a true American.
Our founding fathers would be unable to recognize today’s United States of America.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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