Trump's Bigotry Is National Security Threat--Vote NO

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Donald Trump--the Apostle of hate. Photo Gage Skidmore--Flickr.

[Speaking Truth To Empower]

Tuesday’s election will be a truly historic one given President Donald Trump’s blatant appeals to bigotry and White nativism in an effort to maintain power on Capitol Hill and avoid impeachment, while new voices of progressivism vie to make America a more inclusive Republic.

Given Trump’s malevolent message of xenophobia, the stakes couldn’t be higher, since Republican racism is now front and center as the GOP’s main policy agenda.

Will American voters grant power to new voices of American progressivism, or will the rising tide of racism continue unabated under the leadership of Donald Trump?

Tuesday, a multicultural America of Blacks, and other peoples of color, have an opportunity to send a united message: that we won’t go back to a time where White American male patriarchy makes the political decisions that affect all of our lives. The political momentum of pushback against a return to the 1950s we’ve seen over the last year must continue.

In Florida, and Georgia we’re poised to see major upsets—if our people turnout in high numbers. Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum has Republican Ron DeSantis running scared. Racial fearmongering by DeSantis, and Trump, have been used against Gillum, including a dog-whistle by DeSantis to Florida voters not to “monkey up this election,” with a vote for Gillum.

In Georgia, State Rep. Stacey Abrams is in a dead-heat with Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp—even as Kemp is apparently engaged in suppressing the Black vote. Last week, U.S. District Judge Eleanor Ross ruled Georgia’s “exact match” law is likely violating the voting rights of large groups of minorities. Judge Ross stated Kemp’s “exact match,” restriction raised “grave concerns for the Court about the differential treatment inflicted on a group of individuals who are predominantly minorities."

Republicans have been the party of voter suppression for decades. But with high voter turnout, Democrats could elect Gillum Florida’s first Black governor; and Georgia could elect Abrams as America first African-American female governor. Those results could cap off a year or so of great political progress.

On November 7, 2017, Liberian-American Wilmot Collins won a stunning victory by becoming the first Black mayor, of any city, in Montana, when he was elected mayor of Helena. Collins, who fled political turmoil and violence in Liberia, in 1994, defeated four-term Mayor James Smith.

This year, we’ve seen other startling political upsets.

Wesley Bell, a current member of Ferguson, Missouri’s city council, will likely be the first African-American Prosecuting Attorney for St. Louis County. In a July primary, Bell beat Bob McCulloch—the corrupt prosecutor who oversaw the sham grand jury that failed to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown.

Given the serious issue of racist policing, Black America needs to elect more Blacks, and progressives, as prosecutors. In New York, a Leticia James victory could go a long way in curtailing the prejudiced policing policies of the NYPD.

In September, Boston Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley pulled off a major defeat against Rep. Michael Capuano—even though he had the endorsements of Civil Rights icon Congressman John Lewis, and of Congresswoman Maxine Waters. Across America, Blacks, Latinos, Muslims and “other” non-traditional Americans are assuming the reins of political power.

It is this reality, that has many misled White Americans freaking and leaning to the kind of racist hysteria that Trump loves to exploit.

Trump’s presidency has been a descent into discrimination and indecency. But why should we’ve expected anything else from the man who launched his presidential campaign by using bigotry to challenge President Barack Obama’s citizenship?

Trump is now floating the hideous idea of changing the 14th Amendment’s birthright protections, by executive order—to deny citizenship to children born by parents who aren’t themselves citizens. He knows it's unconstitutional but a desperate racist narcissist is willing to spew any message of hate that he hopes will bring out his supporters to vote.

Before the 14th Amendment, free Blacks in America were not viewed as citizens. Trump’s politically strategic fearmongering, against Latinos, and other immigrants, in proposing this prejudicial policy, is being done to rile-up racism within the Republican Party base. Trump used Bitherism similarly to incite hatred against President Obama.

Over the last few weeks, Trump’s vile use of bigotry has gotten much worse. Recently, Trump, and his Republican lackeys, released an odious video, that is being called worse than the infamous race-baiting 1988 Willie Horton ad. The Horton ad was used when George H.W. Bush was running against Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, with Bush’s campaign manager, Lee Atwater, saying "By the time we're finished, they're going to wonder whether Willie Horton is Dukakis' running mate."

In this new ad, Democrats are being falsely blamed for allowing Luis Bracamotes, who killed two California deputies in 2014, to stay in the country. In fact, Bracomotes snuck back into America when President George W. Bush was in office, after Bracomotes had been deported back to Mexico in 1997, by President Bill Clinton.

Statistically speaking, crime rates committed by immigrants is low. But, as the great journalist I.F. Stone told us “all governments lie.” Unfortunately, we’re now living in a fact-free political reality where President Trump tells around 30 lies daily.

But here is an important question: if Trump, and the Republicans, really believe illegal immigration is a security issue, why haven’t they passed an immigration bill?

Republicans had no problem passing a partisan tax-cut bill to reward their donor-daddies. Why can’t they pass an immigrant bill the same way? Moreover, instead of giving money back to the wealthy why didn’t they use the tax-cuts as a down payment on “the wall?” Or, is Trump still waiting for Mexico to pay for it?

In his first inaugural address, on March 4, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt told America, “my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is...fear itself.” President Roosevelt then warned about “unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes…in the dark hour of our national life.” But in this “dark hour,” of America, Donald Trump and Republicans are using fear as a tool of division to gain White votes.

While Trump talks about a caravan of immigrants—a thousand miles removed from the American border—supposedly coming with criminal intent to America, he said virtually nothing when three clear incidents of race hatred recently occurred.

As Trump incites intolerance against immigrants, he has been largely silent about his “super-fan” mail-bomber Cesar Sayoc Jr., who sent 15 mail-bombs to critics of Trump including former Democratic President Bill Clinton and President Obama. When asked by a reporter whether he would reach-out to those targeted by Sayoc, Trump said “I think we'll probably pass."

Trump also lost his tongue regarding murderer Gregory Bush, who killed African-Americans Maurice Stallard and Vickie Jones, at a local Kentucky Kroger grocery store—after unsuccessfully trying to enter the Black First Baptist Church. Bush was obviously trying to kill Black parishioners, like Dylann Roof did when he killed 9 members of the Emanuel AME Church, back on June 17, 2015.

This would be a good time for Kanye West, who now seems to be having doubts about his friendship with POTUS--last week he tweeted that he'll now stick to his artistic work-- to declare Trump “doesn’t like Black people,” a charge West made against President George W. Bush in the horrific aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when the Bush administration failed to act fast enough. West should refer to Trump’s one-time lawyer friend Michael Cohen’s recent comments that Trump once said, “Black people are too stupid to vote for me.”

Trump gave lip-service to the Jewish community in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburg after White supremacist murderer Robert Bowers killed 11 people inside the Tree of Life Synagogue. Trump’s decision to go there was tactical because: he wants the Jewish AIPAC lobby, and those within the Israeli Government, to continue to support him—even while he continues to court racist bigots. He has inspired an assortment of racists—like the ones in Charlottesville, who killed Heather Heyer—that he called “very fine people.”

Trump’s recent comments about being a “nationalist” was a clear signal to White supremacist leaders, like David Duke and Richard Spencer, that he is their White “make America great again” champion. This is why his government is trying to criminalize groups like Black Lives Matter, while they do absolutely nothing about violent racist groups like the KKK, “Proud Boys,” “Patriots Prayer” and the “Trumpkrigers.”

On Tuesday, a message must be sent to Trump, his Republican Party, and to the White racists of America, that we won’t allow them to “take the country back” to a time where White supremacy and patriarchy rules.

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