I’ve received several emails from people who seem to think I blindly hate Trump because I’m a pinko librul cuck gamma male who wants to prop up the nanny/welfare state and I hate America.
Not at all! I mean, sure, some of that is true, taking out the alt-right, white-nationalist, stupidity translation. I do support social programs that assist the economically downtrodden. I do support women’s healthcare. I do support people’s right to choose who they marry. I do support anti-discrimination laws. I do support a single-payer healthcare system. I do support more positive engagement with other world powers. I do support higher taxes for the upper income brackets (that’s me, by the way).
But that is not why I hate that vile pustule of dishonest rage that is our current President. I don’t support his policies, but then I didn’t support a lot of George W. Bush’s policies, either. Did I rant and rave about Bush’s lack of moral founding and ethical bankruptcy? I did not. I would oppose the policies being enacted in any case, but this is a special time.
This is a time of the fascist demagogue that is Donald J. Trump.
MerriamWebster’s definition of ‘fascism’ is:
[A] political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition
And their take on ‘demagogue’:
[A] leader who makes use of popular prejudices and false claims and promises in order to gain power
I oppose Trump in his narcissistic majesty because of all the things he has shown himself to be; things that are not the America that people really want. You might think you want what he’s bringing (damage to women’s health, destruction of overseas relationships, close ties to racist white nationalists, lock-step policies with authoritarian regimes) but I submit that you don’t actually want Trump to be the one doing it because you cannot trust the man. He has demonstrated that he’ll say one thing and do another while lying about what he said the first, second, third, and fifth time. He is the ultimate windsock with about as much substance and less utility; he will blow the way that is best for him and whoever else is named “Trump.” He is the very definition of the fascist demagogue that this country explicitly rejected in 1941-1945. He is showing this to us in his first five days of office. If you support him, you are complicit in a racist, bigoted, sexist, homophobic agenda.
I oppose Trump because he is a hateful, lying, deceitful sexual predator who has never been confronted with the fact that other people are people, not pieces on a board of Monopoly where he owns the bank. He is unaware that rules apply to him unless he’s brought before the courts and even then it’s just a game for him with money and reputation as the only important counters. He has demonstrated that he does not care about the rule of law or the Constitution, merely his own personal brand and the power he accrues from it. He has shown that he will lash out at anyone he thinks is maligning him and he’s never been taught patience or restraint. This is a recipe for disaster.
Donald J. Trump is the President of the United States of America, for worse and for worser, until the Republicans decide they’ve ridden his sorry ass as far as they can and throw him out with impeachment proceedings (although I think they might be whistling a happy tune if they think that’ll be a slam dunk—see the most recent election). But while he’s President it’s up to all Americans who want to be on the right side of history to oppose him in every manner possible. Unless you support a fascistic, bigoted, racist, sexually exploitative demagogue.
That’s your call as an American.