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Trump destroys America’s Image, Unleashes Racism

Donald Trump, unfortunately, the President of the United States is destroying America, its world image and its leadership standings. In addition to destroying the image of America, he is also destroying the social fabric of its citizens. He thrives on destruction and divisiveness. His vision of making America Great Again is returning to the days when every “white” man was considered superior to and had absolute control over every person of color. It started in 2011 when he went all out to discredit Barack Obama by questioning his citizenship and his academic acumen. The “Birther” theory launched his political campaign and set him on a path to destroy the image and credibility of America.

During the presidential primaries, political dynasties such as the Bush family were portrayed as weak and ineffective. Because the sitting US president was a man of color and especially a “Black” man, according to Trump, America was the worst governed country in the world. Trump is so obsessed with discrediting Barack Obama and destroying his presidential legacy, it impairs his ability to be creative about America and to do the job a US president and world leader should do. He also alienated one of our top trading partners, Mexico, by disparaging its citizens referring to them as rapists, drug dealers, and murderers.

He openly promotes Russia and advocates disbanding NATO. NATO was formed by the US and our European allies after WWII to stem Russia’s military aggression throughout Europe. He seems to be out to destroy American democracy, political and social relations the world over.

Prior to his inauguration, three leading professors of psychiatry wrote to Barack Obama expressing their grave concerns over Trump’s mental stability: “His widely reported symptoms of mental instability – including grandiosity, impulsivity, hypersensitivity to slights or criticism, and an apparent inability to distinguish between fantasy and reality – lead us to question his fitness for the immense responsibilities of the office,” the professors from Harvard Medical School and the University of California wrote to Barack Obama, urging him to order a “full medical and neuropsychiatric evaluation” of the then President-elect.

Recently he has been fantasizing about destroying North Korea with no repercussions here at home. He is using the same bully tactics used in the presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton threatening to have her prosecuted by the DOJ if he is elected. Does he not realize there are no winners in a nuclear war? Just “losers” as he so fondly like to label opponents.

This past weekend he proposed that athletes, especially those of color, be stripped of their right to peaceful protest. He directly attacked NFL athletes who refused to stand for the national anthem in the harshest of terms: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these N.F.L. owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he’s fired.’” The person Trump was referring to was an athlete of color, Colin Kapernick. Trump was “dog whistling” to a mostly white group in Alabama who disenfranchised Blacks and prevented them from voting up until 1965.

Houston Rockets point guard Chris Paul said Saturday President Trump isn’t “man enough” to call athletes a “son of a bitch “to their faces. “With everything that’s going on in our country, why are YOU focused on who’s kneeling and visiting the White House”?

Unfortunately, there are those who support Trump, his fantasies and racist theories.

However, there’s been a considerable decline in the number of those who strongly approve of Trump, from a peak of around 30 percent in February to just 21 or 22 percent of the electorate now. The decline in Trump’s strong approval ratings is larger than the overall decline in his approval ratings. Far from having unconditional love from his base, Trump has already lost almost a third of his strong support. And voters who strongly disapprove of Trump outnumber those who strongly approve of him by about a 2-to-1 ratio, which could presage an “enthusiasm gap” that works against Trump at the midterms. The data suggests that the GOP’s initial attempt (and failure) in March to pass its unpopular health care bill may have cost Trump with his core supporters.

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Charlottesville, Virginia was a defining moment for Donald Trump and people of color. He firmly established himself as a supporter of White Supremacy and neo-Nazism.

Donald J. Trump demonstrates who he is in word and deed every day of his life. He clearly states that he has no respect for anyone who is not of Euro British decent.

Considering all of the above, how can any person of color sing the praises of Donald J. Trump?

By Walter Smith
Publisher
Philadelphia Observer

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