I was helping a new friend with a problem — a matter of the heart. Her issue was full of drama, intrigue and I was finding both her and her situation very engaging, until we became Facebook “friends.”
She is a supporter of Donald Trump, among other unacceptable beliefs.
On her wall was a picture of all-white school children, staring unhappily at the flag — the inference being the children were no longer allowed to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. The caption said: “And this is not allowed in America?”
Underneath, was a picture of Muslims in prostration, praying. The caption: “And in America this is?” Another post: “White people. The only group in America it’s okay to discriminate against.”
I really like her. She is kind and will be a loyal friend; yet, my first reaction was to ditch her like a bad habit.
I am not the only person faced with this conundrum. Facebook now lets you find and delete friends who support Donald Trump. You cannot search for any other candidate and get the same results. So it’s clear who Mark Zuckerberg isn’t voting for. Here’s how:
1. Log into Facebook.
2. Go to your “Search” tab.
3. Search “my friends who like Donald Trump.”
I only had three friends out of 761 who like Trump — a shocking lack of political diversity! Finding that out, my second inclination was to become inclusive, but wait a minute! I can’t. I didn’t. I tried to change her mind.
In my opinion, Trump is a twisted misogynist, racist, sexist, ignorant, hateful bad person. He used his blowhole to discriminate against an entire religion, encompassing hundreds of millions of people, reducing this enormous number to a tiny segment of bad apples. Kicking all Muslims out of the country is part of his platform!
Donald Trump compares what America needs to football. The sport is about being tough, fearless and ruthless. “I don’t even watch it as much anymore,” Trump told a crowd of his supporters. “The whole game is all screwed up. What used to be considered a great tackle, a violent head-on tackle!” He slammed his fists together and with relish repeated the word “violent.” “You used to see these tackles and it was incredible to watch, right? Football has become soft, like our country has become soft!” He held up his index finger. The crowd cheered at this asinine, devoid-of-content, incendiary comparison.
“Believe me. I’ll change things! And again, we’re going to be so respected. I don’t want to use the word ‘feared’,” he said.
That is exactly what he meant. He wants a ruthless, brutal America that cares nothing about international treaties, ethnic minorities or established decency.
Far from Trump making America a formidable foe to be feared by the world, he is making a mockery, a laughing stock of our political system in the international press.
Amber Williams of The Washington Post sums up how he is viewed by these quotes from international publications: He’s a “whack job” who “prattles on” with “his crazed hump of candyfloss hair” running his attention-seeking, “noxious presidential campaign.”
John Niven in Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail wrote: “Ironically, this is exactly what America would become if Trump was to become president — a cast of extras following a lunatic around.” I googled the phrase “laughing stock” and Trump got 13,000,000 googled hits in .46 seconds.
The “cast of extras,” his supporters, should look into his platform to help poor people who make up his “fan” base. He wants to cut food stamps and welfare by encouraging poor people to beef up their work ethic.
In 1999, he was quoted in the New York Times saying, “My entire life, I’ve watched politicians bragging about how poor they are, how they came from nothing, how poor their parents and grandparents were. And I said to myself, if they can stay so poor for so many generations, maybe this isn’t the kind of person we want to be electing to higher office. How smart can they be? They’re morons.”
Poor people are morons and only a rich man deserves to be president. Shocking! Disgraceful! Outrageous! Thomas Jefferson was a poor man.
Trump has ushered in an uprising of indecency. A populist movement of disenfranchised white, conservative uneducated Americans who feel powerless after President Barack Obama, a black man, was in power.
Trump stirs up hatred of minorities saying, “political correctness” is the greatest threat to the United States. Not ISIS or nuclear war! One study concluded Trump speaks at a fourth-grade reading level. He is anti-intellectual and has anti-democratic values. He sees America as a has-been nation, full of weak leaders with no grit (and poor morons). Then in his fourth-grade despotic way, he presents himself as the gladiator with the simplistic solution — everyone needs to work harder. Among other frightening simplistic statements, when he was asked about his foreign policy, he stated, “I understand Russia. I hosted a beauty pageant there.”
“Look at those hands. Are they small hands?” he said in the midst of televised debate, raising them for viewers to see. “And if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you there’s no problem there.”
He tweeted: “If Hillary Clinton can’t satisfy her husband, what makes her think she can satisfy America?”
At a rally in Iowa he said, “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters, okay?” He mimicked shooting a pistol with his finger and added, “It’s like, incredible!”
These are the rantings of a sick man with a narcissistic personality disorder.
A lot has been written and said about Trump’s hairstyle, a garish yellow pompadour, combed sideways to hide his baldness. His hair is an apt metaphor for his narcissism. Only a person with a pathological sense of entitlement and overblown grandiosity could say, “You know, it doesn’t really matter what the media writes, as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass!” Trump rhymes with rump.
Race-baiting, anti-intellectualism, ethnic superiority and brute power mongering are often a part of every authoritarian movement. Trump offers all. Even a “University” in his name with no state charter, anywhere! As Ron Schnakenberg, a former Trump University salesman testified, “Based upon my personal experience and employment, I believe that Trump University was a fraudulent scheme, and that it preyed upon the elderly and uneducated to separate them from their money.” He resigned after he would not sell an elite $35,000 program to an ailing, elderly couple. “It was a classic bait-and-switch operation.” The students were constantly encouraged to buy the next training package for more money. A lawsuit is pending.
Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio, who was at first given free access to Trump, his children and three wives said, “What I noticed immediately in my first visit was that there were no books. A huge palace and not a single book.” He asked Trump what book had influenced him. “I would love to read,” Trump replied. “I’ve had many best sellers, as you know, and ‘The Art of the Deal’ was one of the biggest-selling books of all time.” Trump talked about “The Apprentice.” He called it “the number-one show on television.” He played himself and humiliated candidates vying for the privilege of a job within his company. According to D’Antonio, Trump spent what “seemed like an eternity talking about how fabulous and successful he is, but he didn’t name a single book that he hadn’t written.”
His biographer talks about the dark sides of Trump’s self-absorption. “Trump lacks any self-irony, any form of critical self-perception.” What worried him the most, says D’Antonio, is Trump’s belief that he is genetically superior to most people in the world. In all of their conversations, he notes, Trump kept returning to the notion that by virtue of his birth, he is simply better than other people in many areas — from playing golf to being a businessman. His son, Donald Trump Jr., shares his father’s conviction. He said he was a firm believer in the concept of breeding, in “race-horse theory.” Then he pointed at the ceiling with his finger, in the direction of his father’s office. “He’s an incredibly accomplished guy, my mother’s incredibly accomplished. She’s an Olympian, so I’d like to believe genetically I’m predisposed to (be) better than average.”
How terrifying is that? To my mind, his candidacy started out as a joke, but is no longer funny. Trump is too extreme, his view of the world and humanity too ignorant and dangerous. It is likely he will be the Republican presidential candidate. Some polls show that Trump even stands a chance of winning the White House in a face-off with Hillary Clinton. The combination of his twisted mental-health, racist fascism, combined with the reality that he could hold the planet’s most powerful office, makes him the most dangerous man in the world. With his grim beet-red face, his pursed lips and that threatening weird look in his eyes, he looks the part of the most dangerous man on the planet. Let’s pray he never gets to play it.