OpEd: There is Only One Right Side, and Donald Trump is Not On It

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Andy Marlette

I am sorry, but this is just not a week for petty things.

On this day, Donald Trump has to be the focus of this editorial.

You see, we have racists living and working in the White House. They are embraced and empowered, and given positions of prominence and prestige. We put them there. America elected them.

Now the President is re-tweeting them. As a matter of fact, less than 24 hours after not re-tweeting his daughter’s own post about the dangers of neo Nazis, Donald Trump did re-tweet the post of a neo Nazi. It is too significant not to lead with.

What Trump did was post a tweet by one Jack Posobiec, a conspiracy theorist who has a reputation for lunacy and mindlessness. One might think a person like this is not even on the president’s twitter list, but one would be wrong. This is a petulant, poisonous president, whose racist roots emerge in his statements daily.

Last week, when paying homage to a woman murdered by a Nazi loving domestic terrorist, first the president spoke about how good the economy was, and how low our unemployment rate is, intimating his 180 days in office is solely responsible for that. I am sure that gave comfort to Heather Heyers’ family.

But when it came to violence in Charlottesville, that comes from “many sides” and Barack Obama is partly to blame. But don’t blame Trump. He is responsible for nothing. It’s always someone else, whether Meryl Streep or Mexican judges. This is a draft dodger who has demeaned a United States Senator that was a prisoner of war. This is a man who disgraces himself and our country every day.

The President of the United States had a chance to condemn and censure the neo nazis, white supremacists, and Ku Klux Klan resurgents who rallied in the dark of night last Friday with KKK torches in Charlottesville, Virginia. He did not do so. He said there were ‘many sides’ to this issue. No, there are not.

In matters of morality, there is a right side and a wrong side, and the president, frighteningly, has aligned himself with the wrong side. Wait, aligned is too polite. He embodies and IS that side. It’s a side that needs to be skewered and scored.

Pete Seeger once sung a song about the organizing of union workers, entitled, ‘Which side are you on, boys’ which side are you on?’ The irony of this should not be lost upon any of us. We know and have known which side Mr. Trump is on. It is not ours.

An urbane sophisticated businessman from New York has become president of the United States and he can’t even go back to his own 5th Avenue offices in Manhattan without thousands of protesters calling him out as a fascist. He has become not the champion of Wall Street but a charlatan coddling up to the same kind of dictator he wants to be. He has more of a home in the embrace of David Duke than the metropolitan hotels he has built.

You don’t even have to be part of the LGBT movement to be offended. A half dozen Republican United States senators censured and criticized Trump for his purposeful omissions of condemnation, even Orrin Hatch of Utah. But know this, Mr. Trump knew what he was doing. He meant what he said, and he said what he meant. He wanted to quietly let the racist right know he still has their back, this ugly man who gave birth to and embodied the birther movement targeting Barack Obama. Sick. Sad.

Donald Trump is turning the presidency into a daily dose of despotism. He wants to compare himself to Lincoln, wants to be on Mount Rushmore, and would like a throne. I wish more of his followers could have seen the golden toilets he built at Mar-A-Lago. They would understand better how he would flush them down the toilet in a heartbeat too. No one matters to him but him.

It doesn’t matter if the governor of Guam is handing out cards to 160,000 American citizens on what to do in the event of a nuclear attack. Trump is too busy filling out his golf card in New Jersey. As residents worry for their very lives, he credits himself for promoting more ‘tourism’ for their pacific island. And we can all call the show ‘Survivor.’

Is there anything more pathetic than that arguably the most powerful man in the world is tweeting everyday how unfair everyone is to him? Oh yeah, there is, and it is that he is one of the most powerful people in the world, whining, weeping wimp though he may be.

The only thing you should expect going forward is more of the same. He is unstable and imbalanced, and the future will bring perils and pitfalls the likes of which this country has never seen before. Believe me. The only thing you can be sure of is that none of it will be Trump’s fault, but Hillary Clinton will somehow be partially responsible, along with some kid selling hot dogs on Dixie Highway.

The man who wants to be treated like a monarch will continue to demean himself and disgrace our country daily and blame you, transgender people in the military, and African Americans living in Chicago. This is not fake news, it is very real, and it is happening to all of us, with a fire and fury the likes of which this world has never seen. If you are not outraged, you should be.

Watch- in the next day Trump will tweet how wrong it was last night for counter protesters to break the law and tear down and damage a 100 year old Confederate statue. He will say ‘look at how violent they all were.’ The neo Nazis that kicked and beat an African American to a pulp in a parking garage last Saturday you did not hear about. That won’t get a re-tweet. After all, he got what he deserved.

Go watch some of the YouTube videos of last weekend racist rallies in Charlottesville. There are white supremacists with Nazi and Confederate flags chanting ‘Jews Get Out’ and ‘Faggots Go Home.’ These were from white males who call Donald Trump their friend; whose tweets the president gives life to. This is the enemy you are up against, and it is just a matter of time till they all turn their guns on the leaders of the LGBT community. They don’t need ISIS to help them. They have a president on their side.

Whose side are you on?


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