In 2015 he began his presidential campaign by sliming Mexican immigrants here illegally. He went on to provide numerous reminders of his indecency not just towards people of color but towards anyone who criticized or challenged him. I understand when fellow Americans’s call for legal immigration, and reject illegal, but the matter is much more complex than Trump’s portrayal of many bad Mexican migrants and few good ones.
He has developed a drum beat to the effect if you are here illegally, you are our enemy. Actually, less of an enemy than our fellow citizens according to several reports you can find by googling the subject. You want to really keep safe, keep a closer eye on your fellow Americans.
What a sad irony that at this moment when a president is normally looked to for moral leadership we have precisely the wrong man for the job. A guy who will deny any connection between his ceaseless attacks on Latinos fleeing to this country and what has just happened in El Paso. The mass murderer’s screed on the internet could have been written by Trump. You doubt that? Let’s recall how Trump kicked off his presidential campaign back in 2015 with the following:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
With so few “good” Mexicans, it makes sense to the deranged mind to kill off as many as possible. And so this man did.
Trump has followed an indecent campaign with an indecent presidency. Whatever our political differences, can’t most of us agree that at base we want a president with a common sense of decency?
P. S. – Mind and soul numbing news today about a second massacre, this time in Dayton, Ohio. I’m feeling that a massacre per week could become part of the American fabric, like our accepting maybe 40-to-50,000 deaths per year on our roads. Collateral damage of our way of life.
Unlike El Paso, this Saturday evening assault doesn’t seem to relate to past Trump attacks on Mexicans. Instead this seems to reflect his inclination to attack blacks. The gunman reportedly shot his white sister, while the other victims were mostly black. That suggests that race came into play.
An elected racist, xenophobic president. Oh, America, can’t we do better than this?