Trump’s ego is screaming for attention. It’s been nearly four months since he stood before his cult and received praise he doesn’t deserve. With his poll numbers diving, and support from his own party crumbling, he is a sad and hated bully in every state of the Union.
His first stop on his campaign tour will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday. To me, and I’m sure to thousands of black men and women, this choice of venue on this specific date is a literal slap in the face to every black person in America.
While protests continue in every state demanding police reform continue, Trump is holding a rally in the city which experienced the largest one-day slaughter of black men, women, and children in history. Adding to the idiocy of his choice, today, June 19th is known as “Juneteenth.” It is a celebration of the end of slavery in America. This year it has a more serious meaning for black Americans.
It’s almost like Trump is asking for a violent confrontation. Even his threats to possible protesters have a hateful and violent tone.
“Please understand, you will not be treated like you have been in New York, Seattle, or Minneapolis. It will be a much different scene!” he wrote on Friday morning.
Only an arrogant, mentally deficient, white supremacist would hold a rally in Tulsa on that day.
I was thinking about one fact all day today. Has Trump every acted “presidential” once in three years and five months? On the rare occasions it appeared he was about to say something meaningful, he makes it all about him. The malignant narcissist cannot help revealing the the truth; he is an asshole.
Op-ed by James Turnage
Image courtesy of Marc Carlson
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