Ever since the events of last year’s presidential campaign and then the ensuing election results, I have been depressed with any news report that has anything to do with politics. Something in this country changed dramatically when Donald Trump became a candidate for president. The United States of America is no longer united, and I doubt it ever will be again.
In December 2015, while campaigning for president, Donald Trump lashed out at President Obama for playing golf so much. Trump claimed that he wouldn’t have time to play golf. However, during the first month of Trump’s presidency, he has played golf on 2 weekends. President Obama was president for 4 months before he took a break to play golf.
In December 2015, Donald Trump derided President Obama about executive orders, claiming “I don’t even think he tries anymore. I think he just signs executive actions.” In President Obama’s first 3 weeks in office, he signed 14 executive orders. Trump, during the same period, signed 12 executive orders.
In April 2016, Donald Trump, talking about President Obama, said “We’ve had a president, who dislikes our friends and bows to our enemies.” Since taking office, and before, Donald Trump has insulted countries like Mexico, Australia, and Sweden, while speaking fondly of Russia. On February 4, 2017, Donald Trump was interviewed by Bill O’Reilly and was asked by O’Reilly, “Do you respect Putin?” Trump replied, “I do respect him.” O’Reilly followed up with the observation, “Putin’s a killer.” Trump’s reply? He responded by saying, “A lot of killers, there are a lot of killer’s. What? You think our country’s so innocent?” This response from Trump reminds me of the type of response I get when talking with a Trump supporter. Instead of addressing the topic at hand, they deflect and point out that there are others, who are the same or worse than their guy.
In July 2015, during an interview, Donald Trump chastised President Obama for taking vacations. He said, “When you’re in the White House for a limited period of time, I’d be there all the time. Working, working. I wouldn’t even have time to comb my hair the way I comb it. I’d probably just have to comb it back.” During Trump’s first month in office, he has taken 2 trips to his resort in Florida, all at taxpayer expense.
In October 2011, Trump tweeted, as he so often does, “Does @BarackObama ever work? He is constantly campaigning and fundraising — on both the taxpayer’s dime and time — not fair!” Obama filed for re-election in April 2011, more than 2 years into his first term as president. Donald Trump, on the other hand, filed for re-election with the Federal Election Commission on the day of his inauguration. This past weekend, Trump held a re-election rally in Florida, at taxpayer expense. On Saturday, during this rally, Trump had been president for all of 29 days.
There is nothing I can do about the fact that we have a fraud for a president. I didn’t vote for him and find it unfathomable that anyone would vote for him. What is clear is that there are a lot of citizens of the United States of America, who love this guy. There are local governments, who are standing up to the hatred that Trump is peddling. What is disheartening is the response from Trump supporters to some of the news stories about the push-back against Trump. Some of the comments I read this morning that were directed against elected officials, who are resisting Trump’s hatred, were enough to make me feel physically sick.
What we are is the Divided States of America, not the United States. We have gone past the point of being able to find common ground. There is little common ground to find. There is nothing that will cause me to love Donald Trump, to hate African-Americans, to hate Hispanic-Americans, to hate Native Americans, to hate people who follow Islam. What is this America First crap? We are all human beings and we all live on the same planet, Earth.
My mother loves Donald Trump. This makes for interesting conversation when I visit her. We have nothing to discuss.