1) You think a great America consists of disrespecting our nation’s veterans, particularly our POW’s.
On July 18, 2015, Trump said of former Navy pilot and POW John McCain, ““He’s not a war hero. He was a war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”
2) You believe that in a great America it’s okay to mock people with physical disabilities.
At a rally in South Carolina last year, Trump mocked Serge Kovaleski, a reporter known to have a condition called arthrogryposis which affects joint movements. Because Kovaleski denied that a 2001 article he’d written supported one of Trump’s claims, Trump publicly “imitated” Kovaleski, jerking his arms about in a manner reminiscent of the disability’s symptoms. Though Kovaleski had covered Trump extensively during the 80’s and early 90’s, meeting with him repeatedly and knowing each other on a first name basis, Trump denied he was mocking Kovaleski’s appearance, claiming that he didn’t even know him.
3) You think a great America is where a woman’s purpose is to be a beautiful piece of a**.
Trump famously said in an interview with Esquire in 1991, “”You know, it doesn’t really matter what [the media] write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of a**.”
This is not to mention disrespecting his own first wife Ivana by having an affair and marrying his mistress who was 17 years his junior. Should we assume that his 2nd marriage didn’t last because she didn’t satisfy him either? To his “credit” he seems satisfied for now with his 3rd wife whom he married when he was 58 and she was 34.
4) You hope for a great America that strongly dislikes or refuses to accept entire people groups (and there’s a word for that).
Last year Trump made controversial comments that Mexico was sending us drug dealers and rapists as an argument for why we should round up and deport millions of illegals and build a wall. He also proposed that we put a ban on all Muslim immigrants.
Many, as a result, have accused him of being a “racist.” But it’s the continued pattern of activities and statements over a period of time that has many designating the label. But if that label of “racism” won’t stick, there’s another word that should. Its definition is:
a person who strongly and unfairly dislikes other people, ideas, etc.: a person who hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, that word is “bigot.”
Dictionary.com has the broader definition of “a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.” With his aggressive attack style, it’s hard to imagine a person more intolerant of other’s beliefs or opinions than Trump. As a Trump supporter you have not only failed to hold him accountable for any such statements or actions, you have often openly cheered him.
5) You look forward to a great America that is politics as usual.
In the last two decades Trump has gone from being a Republican to an independent to a Democrat and back to Republican.
He previously supported universal healthcare but now opposes it. He once proposed a tax increase on the rich but now stands against it. In 2010 he praised President Obama as having done a good job but now describes him as “incompetent.” In 2008 he supported Hillary Clinton’s campaign and In 2012 he said she was a terrific woman; but now he states that she is “the worst Secretary of State in the history of our nation.”
He once said he was “very pro-choice” and now he says he is “very pro-life.” In 2000 he supported longer waiting periods on gun purchases and a ban on assault weapons but now is against those.
Up until 2011 he had made more financial contributions to Democrats than to Republicans.
Just on the recent campaign trail itself he has flip-flopped on issues such as ISIS, Syria, Afghanistan, Planned Parenthood, military spending and the flat tax.
6) You fight for a great America where the ends justify the means and things like faith and character do not matter.
In your frustration and desperation for change you have compromised some of the very things that were once important to you.
There was a time where the particular faith of the President was of extreme importance to you. Right or wrong, many of you even questioned in the last campaign whether we could trust a Mormon president. You questioned the legitimacy of President Obama’s faith, arguing that he is really a Muslim. But now you strongly endorse a candidate who is clearly not Christian.
7) You believe in a great America in which the best way to win is to bully (and maybe you’re a bully, too).
It’s no secret that when challenged, Trump’s modus operandi is to attack a person’s character rather than substantively address the issue. No one who has questioned him is free from his degrading wrath.
His decision to publically give out Lindsey Graham’s cell phone number and social media bashing brings to mind the maturity and scheming of a teenage Mean Girl who belittles everyone around her. Only this Mean Girl you want to make into the school Principal.
Many mental health professionals have come out to say that Trump meets the classic symptoms of a Narcissist. They opened up about this out of great concern for what a Trump presidency could mean, in spite of a professional rule (as stated in this article) that you are not normally supposed to publicly comment on the mental state of an individual without directly examining them.
So why support a narcissist and a bully? Is it, again, because the ends justify the means and you’re happy for him to do the dirty work? Or is it, like in all the movies, bullies have their sidekicks? If you’re a supporter, are you a bully, too?
8) You dream of a great America with a strong central government that monitors and controls civil liberties such as freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press (and possibly even the right to bear arms).
And in terms of speech, Trump has already demonstrated he’ll use whatever means necessary (giving out a person’s cell phone #, having protesters thrown out, verbally assaulting and social media bullying, and even boycotting debates) in order to silence his opponents.
Furthermore, there was his questionable statement about closing down the internet:
“We have to go see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what’s happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way… Somebody will say, ‘Oh, freedom of speech, freedom of speech.’ These are foolish people.”
In regards to the press, Trump has threatened to sue the Washington Post for reporting on one of his bankruptcies. His own lawyer once warned a newspaper that if they reported about rape allegations against Trump, he was going to mess up the reporters’ life. He stated, “Tread very f—ing lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be f—ing disgusting.”
Now if he’s currently willing to use whatever weapons he has available to him to try to quell any opposing views or press reports, what happens when he has the chief lawyer of the land (the Attorney General), Homeland Security, the FBI, the Bureau of Land Management, the IRS, the ATF, and other Federal offices at his disposal to continue to do the same?
9) You think a great America is one that looks like Donald Trump.
Trump has promised to “make America great again,” invoking the idea of making it great like the past. Most discerning people now recognizes that there are things in our past that were good, such as things your “momma” or “daddy” taught you about honesty, hard work and respect, and there were things in our past that were bad, such as bigotry, misogyny, and abuse of power.
So far Trump’s demonstration of “great” seems to be a return to our past in what was bad, while ignoring the things that were good.
Many conservatives themselves, including “Tea Party” leaders, have said that Trump is actually dangerous for America.
While he may not claim to be a prophet, Libertarian author David Boaz heeds a similar warning now for us when he wrote for the National Review:
And yet, you as a Trump supporter, so far have ignored this, along with all the other warning flags.
Trump launched his campaign talking about Mexican rapists and has gone on to rant about mass deportation, bans on Muslim immigration, shutting down mosques, and building a wall around America. America is an exceptional nation in large part because we’ve aspired to rise above such prejudices and guarantee life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to everyone. Equally troubling is his idea of the presidency—his promise that he’s the guy, the man on a white horse, who can ride into Washington, fire the stupid people, hire the best people, and fix everything. He doesn’t talk about policy or working with Congress. He’s effectively vowing to be an American Mussolini, concentrating power in the Trump White House and governing by fiat. It’s a vision to make the last 16 years of executive abuse of power seem modest.
You’ve put Orange Adolf in the Oval Office and he’s busy putting together his Schutzstaffel of bigots, racists and fascists. Next, the FBI will become the Gestapo and people will begin to disappear in the night. You didn’t learn from history class . Now we’re repeating Germany of the 30s and there is nothing to stop it since we have a Republican House and a Republican Senate and soon we’ll have an extreme right wing conservative Supreme Court Justice, thanks to the obstruction of the Republicans. If we lose any more justices on the Supreme Court, we are looking at a right wing activist Supreme Court that will be 5-4, then 6-3, then 7-2 for decades.
Kiss your rights goodbye. The First amendment isn’t the only one Trump would like to ignore.