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I Give Up

I have resisted every knee jerk reaction people have had to conclude that Donald Trump is a racist. It’s been difficult to maintain my resistance.

The reason for my resistance is that I don’t know the man. I’ve never met the man. (I consider that a blessing these days.) I don’t like reaching conclusions like that about people I don’t know and haven’t met.

But I give up.

His tweet about Puerto Rico that “They want everything to be done for them” is either racist or so remarkably tone deaf. It may be a dog whistle to the worst of the right wing. It is reminiscent of the statements of the right with respect to those pesky brown people and poor people who just want to mooch off the government. Statements I’ve been hearing and reading for decades.

Let’s back up for a moment though.

From what I’m seeing on the news and the interwebs, Puerto Rico is an island of three million American citizens that was … well completely destroyed by the last hurricane. And destroyed may be an understatement. Almost the entire island is without power and may be for months. Half the population doesn’t have access to running water. Now, imagine if your city, town or state were to be experiencing that. No power, no water. And, oh by the way, vast swaths of massive destruction of property, including homes and business. I think it’s safe to say that Puerto Rico is facing a catastrophe we can’t even begin to understand in which it doesn’t matter how much they do themselves, they are in desperate need of outside help.

And you know what? American help isn’t outside help. Puerto Ricans are American citizens. They are us. We are them.

But not to our President. “They” are not him. They are all brown. And they just want everything done for them.

I’m disgusted.

The reality is that I still don’t know if Trump is a racist. More than anything he is a classist and a narcissist. It’s not people of other races he abhors, it’s people who aren’t as “good” as him, based on his personal definition of “good.” All who haven’t conquered the world like he has are simply unworthy of him.

I’m disgusted. Whatever he is, he is a despicable human being. And he’s the President of the United States. While virtually every member of his Administration has and will resign either in disgrace or disgust, Trump just continues on. Tom Price resigned because he was wasting government money on chartered jets. But Trump and his family’s travel expenses make Price’s look like the difference between the money spent on a top of the line Mercedes and a Yugo.

I’m disgusted. This cannot continue.

13 responses to “I Give Up

  1. Carrie Rubin September 30, 2017 at 8:24 pm

    Disgusting is right. It’s mind-boggling, really. He’s shown his colors time and time again, and I’ve had to accept this is our reality for the next 3+ years. And please, please, please let it only be 3+ more years. The thought of seven makes me queasy.

    • kingmidget September 30, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      How the hell did 63 million Americans vote for this guy? There’s actually an interesting answer to that question … Matthew Taibibi wrote an article in the recent issue of Rolling Stone that lays out the case for the idea that Trump really is America. We are schizophrenic and bipolar and all sorts of things. While we pay lip service to all of our high-minded principles, we look the other way when we kill innocent civilians by the bushel in the wars we fight that are unnecessary and not really in our interest. And the reality is that Trump’s base is filled with the people who have been told they can’t say anything that is politically incorrect but so desperately want to be able to say what they think — no matter how incorrect. And with him as President, they finally have the go ahead to let their intolerance and stupidity back out in the open. I’m not a huge believer in political correctness, but there is something just so ridiculous about a president who calls people an SOB and says what he said about the Puerto Ricans when all they can do is try to survive from one day to the next.

      • Carrie Rubin September 30, 2017 at 8:49 pm

        I think there’s a lot of truth to what you said, sadly enough.

        I would imagine (or at least I would hope) that many of his supporters don’t agree with his boorish actions. Rather, they ignore them because they think he’ll do good things for our country. If that’s the case, it’s probably best they don’t hold their breath.

      • kingmidget September 30, 2017 at 8:55 pm

        Actually, they cheer him on because what he says and how he says it is exactly the way they would like to express themselves.

      • Carrie Rubin September 30, 2017 at 9:03 pm

        That’s a sobering thought. Hopefully not all of them.

  2. Pamela Beckford October 1, 2017 at 7:07 am

    My cousin lives in PR. It took 9 days to get a 20 second phone call from him. Someday I will be anxious for a long talk about his views on Trump after this is over (and he hopefully moves back). Unfortunately I doubt this is that one thing his supporters will finally say was too much. In my mind, that one thing has occurred dozens, if not hundreds, of times.

    • kingmidget October 1, 2017 at 7:11 am

      I agree. Like I said, I’ve tried to resist the worst criticisms of him. Not that I’m one of his supporters, of course, But, sheesh, he just keeps going another step and another step and there has to be some point where he goes a step too far even for his supporters. The reality is that this isn’t the step too far because, as I said, his statement is entirely consistent with the view many of his supporters have about those lazy, good-for-nothing brown people.

  3. Kevin Brennan October 1, 2017 at 7:41 am

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. All of this was known before the election last year. Trump hasn’t suddenly revealed his true colors. They’ve been on display since he called Mexicans rapists. Hell, since he hounded Obama over his birth certificate. Hell, since he wouldn’t rent to blacks back in the ’70s.

    Now we have to endure potentially two terms under this creep because millions of people decided to look the other way. 😡

  4. turnipsforbreakfast October 4, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Bet it can continue. For a while anyway. When things get really tough trump will bomb North Korea, that’s what unpopular leaders always do.

    • turnipsforbreakfast October 4, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      Bet it can continue. For a while anyway. When things get really tough trump will bomb North Korea, that’s what unpopular leaders always do. Btw I always feel free to bag people I don’t know.. what do they care? Scarlett Johansson is a favourite target of mine. Not in the same league as trump though.

    • kingmidget October 4, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Apparently he is about to decertify Iran’s compliance with our deal with them. Which means we will end up at war with North Korea and Iran at the same time.

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