We have a president who calls half of the country “evil.”
He calls Democrats evil because they don’t like him. They were predisposed not to vote for him because he isn’t a Democrat, but that should not come as shocking news. Republicans don’t vote for Democrats, either, that’s kind of how it works, right?
But this president is brand new territory. Democrats didn’t vote for George Bush, but the dislike never rose to these proportions. Why? Because America has never seen anyone so disrespectful become their president before. Someone who ridiculed a women’s looks on national television. Who mimicked a journalist with a disability. Someone who was caught bragging about being a sexual predator and was clearly committing adultery.
(Note: I will NEVER put those issues into the past because they reached a level of offense I had believed even lifelong Republicans would reject. Yet those kinds of actions continue to define Trump’s behavior)
And someone who Tweets like a grade schooler over trivial matters because their childhood fixation runs roughshod over thoughtful maturity. And finally someone who is caught lying over and over (and over) and simply doesn’t care.
To see that behavior as well as disregard for constitutional law take the White House was not only upsetting it was frightening. The fabric of freedom is only as strong as our agreement to the boundaries of our charter.
To witness a president immediately roll back hard fought policies to protect our environment, education, healthcare, the arts, civil rights, and to feed the hungry. To hear dog whistles that embolden racists and xenophobes, and to hear rhetoric that chastises immigrants, is anathema to justice.
And in the midst of an upheaval of cherished advances that benefit us all, to read self-serving, illiterate, rambling Tweets from the office history has exalted to the most powerful, is more than we can bear.
A lot of us did the math. We remember 2007. We are very concerned about the trickle down policy Trump injected with steroids that will only serve the already well to do. And to have our cautions accused of being un-American is maddening.
I’ll go on record saying this president is an immoral charlatan masquerading as a savior in order to feed his malignant narcissism.
That sounds evil to me.