Trump admires the presidency of Andrew Jackson. He praises Vladimir Putin constantly: both white supremacists. After the murder of a 15-year-old woman in Charlottesville, Virginia, by a white supremacist, Trump claimed; “there were good people on both sides.” When the protests began after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, he attacked the protesters and supported the police. Recently he stated his opposition to the removal of statues glorifying leaders of the Confederacy. He ignored the emotional pain black Americans feel as those who fought to retain slaves are honored. Now he’s taking further steps to save monuments to his heroes from the past.
“I have authorized the Federal Government to arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S. with up to 10 years in prison, per the Veteran’s Memorial Preservation Act, or such other laws that may be pertinent..…
“This action is taken effective immediately, but may also be used retroactively for destruction or vandalism already caused. There will be no exceptions!” (This includes the statue of his hero, Andrew Jackson.)
How long will it be until Trump signs an executive order that whenever he enters a room, everyone must stand, click their heels, raise their right arms, and shout “heil Trump?”
Before he won the Electoral College, Donald John Trump was heralded as the supreme leader of white supremacy in America. David Dukes, former presidential candidate and Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, celebrated their victory in early November, 2016.
Trump is not an American. He lied on January 20, 2017 when he placed his right hand on a “copy of Mein Kampf,” raised his left hand, and promised to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” He lied and is still lying.
His Constitutional violations are too numerous to count, and he refuses to serve all of our nation’s people. If you and I do not support him; if we refuse to be members of his cult; we are not important, and Trump rejects our very existence. He cannot be called “America’s president.”
As of today, no one can deny that Trump’s beliefs begin with white supremacy. He is following a family tradition. His grandfather, who moved to America from Germany, Frederick, and is father, Fred, were well known racists before him. It’s part of his German heritage.
There is no doubt that Trump would be a supporter of Adolf Hitler if he had lived in 1930’s Germany.
Op-ed by James Turnage
Photo courtesy of F Delventhal
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