Lest we forget….
Trump: You know, I’m automatically attracted to beautiful — I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything.
Bush: Whatever you want.
Trump: Grab ’em by the pussy. You can do anything.
-Transcript from the Access Hollywood audio recording with Billy Bush
You had a choice
In case you’ve forgotten who you voted for, this is the type of man you decided was qualified to lead this country.
Instead of voting for someone with actual government experience at the Federal level (and without a sex audiotape or individuals coming forward with accusations of rape), but someone who clearly was the polar opposite in terms of morality.
I’m not talking about Hillary.
There were 15 other candidates for the GOP nomination in the 2016 election cycle. Any one of whom would have been a better choice, and most likely wouldn’t have authorized separating young children from their families at the border. There would have been zero children ripped away from their parents (permanently as the Trump administration doesn’t have any plans to locate or reunite families) as punishment for what?
You have a choice. You ignored it in favor of the bombastic one.
No vote is wasted…huh?
A Facebook reader suggested that no votes is a wasted vote after I told my long-time friend that he’d wasted his vote on Green Party candidate Jill Stein instead of voting for Hillary; He chose to vote for Jill Stein because he couldn’t bring himself to vote for Trump. He actually engaged in some, but not a lot of, critical thinking
Make no mistake, that was a wasted vote. Jill Stein stood no more chance of being elected President than I did, yet my friend was so entrenched in his conservative upbringing that he couldn’t bring himself to vote for a liberal.
Too many participated in this kind of non-critical thinking in the 2016 election cycle. His was definitely a wasted vote.
This is who you helped elect to the Presidency
You chose a self-serving narcissist
There is no more accurate descriptor for the man who earned your vote. He thinks nothing about what’s best for the country as a whole, only what’s best for a certain class of people…the elite class to which he purportedly belongs.
A narcissist doesn’t exude any compassion unless it is self-directed (“Of all the Presidents, none has received more bad press than me.”). Narcissists look after their own welfare first and if they are pressured into it, they will consider others. If they aren’t pressured, it doesn’t happen.
You chose a womanizer
With your vote, you made it clear that you support a man who has been accused of sexual assault by 22 women (at last count). The Hollywood Access audio (partially transcribed above) reveals how your candidate feels about your wife, girlfriend, even your daughter.
This is the kind of man you feel should lead our nation.
You chose a liar
I’m certain you support at least one of the Ten Commandments revealed in the Old Testament, right? If so, then you willingly overlooked the hundreds of lies your candidate spoke prior to the election. The number of falsehoods that Trump has foisted upon his fan bae are legend by now.
In order to support Trump and his candidacy, you have to overlook, even excuse the same behavior that you have likely spanked your children for exhibiting. How can you discipline your children for behavior that you applaud and approve of in the current POTUS?
If you actually believe in the Commandment that says, ‘You shall not lie,’ please tell me how you support Trump who is a pathological liar?
This is who you chose to lead this nation.
You chose a Constitutional illiterate
Looking only through the lens of party, you voted for a man who appealed to a foreign power, an enemy who hacked our election (who poses the greatest peacetime threat to our nation) on national television for help in digging up dirt on his 2016 opponent as well as asked for Russian hackers to steal opposition email.
To say that he was joking is a cop out of exponential proportion. If President Obama had behaved this way, you would have been in the streets in protest.
Not only did he appeal to the Russians for help in hacking his opponent’s campaign infrastructure, he continues laud strongmen and dictators like Kim Jon-un of North Korean and his Buddy Vlad in Moscow.
He also pooh-poohs the reporting on election hacking by the heads of the FBI, CIA, and NIA, who all agree that the Russians carried out such activities with Putin’s authority.
You chose a man who has no respect for the Constitution except when it comes using his power to issue Executive Orders (something that doesn’t required any skill and doesn’t required him to engage with Congress). You chose a man who uses Executive Order to go around the courts, even the SCOTUS.
This is who you chose to lead this nation.
You chose a misogynist
I watch in utter disbelief as women standing behind the dais at Trump rallies are in agreement with everything he suggests. Who are these women who can so easily discount another woman’s claim of sexual assault, only because it involves Trump?
I swear on my life that if their daughter made the same claim, they’d be singing a much different tune. Such is the hubris and audacity of the Trump supporting women who claim to be Evangelicals.
They approve and applaud when he mocked a disabled journalist. They approve and applaud when he disparaged a sitting Senator from his own party because he was a POW (even as he was dying of brain cancer).
I don’t understand their loyal support of his inhumane policies, even as they further benefit the elite and take money from the middle and minimum wage earners.
You chose a Pro-Life candidate (who really isn’t)
Even when it comes to Roe v. Wade, he isn’t the candidate you think he is. He’s doesn’t actually care about the issue like you do. You may be someone who sees the abortion issue as the only defining issue and most likely the one reason you voted for Trump. If that was the case, you’d have voted for an orangutan who waved the same banner.
Trump’s previous record (as a Democrat, let’s not forget) was clearly on the side of a woman retaining control over her own body and reproductive rights.
You may have bought into the GOP party line that all those on the Pro-Choice side are also pro abortion. That’s easy to believe and your party’s leadership and the talking heads on Fox News want you to believe that’s true even though it isn’t.
The problem is that it’s a lie. (Are you surprised?) Damn, we’re back at that pesky Commandment ‘You shall not lie’ again.
Because he’s a classic narcissist, he doesn’t even care for his own children never mind the unborn. It only matters to him if it matters to those that will vote for him. Speaking of children, I doubt that he cares for his own children very much if he example of spending time with his young son Barron is brought to bear. He’d rather be golfing than be with his own family. (Maybe they can’t stand being with him?)
However, when it comes to Ivanka, he has some serious weirdness akin to a school-girl fetish going on. He said on the campaign trail that if he was 20 years younger he’d consider dating her.
Eewwww! Even if he didn’t mean it in a literal sense, who says something like that about their own daughter? Would you say that about your son or daughter? No matter how you slice that loaf of bread, there is mold and rottenness that not even you can’t deny is seriously wrong.
This is who you chose to lead this nation.
However, you have another chance in 2020
If anyone from the GOP with the cajones to run against him remains to be seen. If someone does, you should support them because they know there is something inherently bad about re-electing the most unqualified and undignified human to ever lead a nation other than Pol Pot.
An appeal to reason and to faith
I’m not asking you to abandon your faith, I’m asking you to examine what it says about the issues I’ve raised and determine in serious reflection whether your faith actually allows you to support such an amoral and corrupt person as the sitting President in the next election.
I’m not asking you to vote Democratic because I know you won’t. I’m asking you use your brain instead of your sense of righteous indignation about liberals like me. You and I both have children and perhaps grandchildren that will be deeply affected by the reality of climate change. Your candidate denies any peer-reviewed science that points to its reality with insurmountable data to back up their conclusion.
He trusts his gut. Those sizable, his gut didn’t pass Biology 101 much less a basic course in Environmental Science. Can you actually keep on denying that millions of independent scientists worldwide are wrong and this one man’s gut is right?
You have a choice this election cycle to make up for your vote that resulted in the situation we find ourselves in. A nation led by a man who hates women, Muslims (anyone who isn’t white), the poor, the homeless, and anyone who disagrees with his inflated ego.
What will you do now?
Continue to support Trump or allow the faith you rely on to guide you? I ask because the two choice couldn’t be further apart and they are both exclusive. You can’t claim that God is on the side of this amoral, misogynistic, womanizing liar.
If you still believe this, then your faith is not only suspect but on the wrong side of a society that values human rights and the rule of law.