​​​​​Trump’s words are
​destroying our country

I looked at the United States flag today, which usually brings feelings of pride and patriotism. This time I was sad. The flag seems tainted with hate and fear. Our country’s values, morals, respect for people, and standards for accepted behaviors have fallen.

Bullying, name calling, public humiliation and criticisms are hurled regularly from President Donald J. Trump in daily Tweets, at rallies and when talking to the press. We listen again and again and again. It’s like we’re being hypnotized, and eventually we accept Trump’s rhetoric. He even told Russian President Vladimir Putin that members of Trump’s administration are “stupid.”

Is this the beginning of a similar movement the Nazi Party used that destroyed millions of people’s lives in Germany? The unspeakable horrors started with words that played on people’s fears.

Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi Party said, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.”  Trump seems to practice this theory regularly.

Our President’s words shape how we think – even behave. He hurls derogatory remarks and criticizes his colleagues and the news media daily. And he’s bestows offensive nicknames to countless number of people. Think of Crooked Hillary, former Secretary of State and Crying Chuck, Chuck Schumer, NY, Senate Minority Leader. Once Trump dubs a person with a demeaning name, he uses that name regularly. Unfortunately, those names get linked in our minds.

And once a person loses favor with Trump, he fires offensive, critical Tweets about that person – not necessarily once, but several times, and not necessarily the truth. Think about James Comey, former FBI director and Jeff Sessions, attorney general.

What does Trump’s vindictive communications do to the people who are being bullied – their confidence, their reputations, their families, the public’s perception… how our country is viewed by world leaders. What about Trump’s colleagues and their work environment? Is it fraught with tension?  Do people wonder when or if they will be Trump’s next victim?

Trump’s criticisms doesn’t stop with his colleagues. He referred to Haiti and African nations as shithole countries , and he compares immigrants to "snakes" that will kill our “tender” country with “vicious” and “poisonous” bites. 

Trump even christens world leaders with negative nicknames  – the Syrian president, Animal Assad  and the North Korean leader Kim Jung Un, Rocket Man. 

Whether you agree with Trump or not, some things shouldn’t be said. Remember when your mom said, “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything.”

Needless to say, Trump gets negative news coverage, which he handles by discrediting reporters and news media organizations. He refers to them as Fake News and the enemy of the American people.  Again, if we hear it enough, we buy into Trump’s words. It’s like being hypnotized. Trump even created a self-made list of news media, which he deems as failing – the “failing” New York Times and the “Fake News Network” for CNN. 

When we hear messages repeatedly, we tend to believe them – even misinformation. Some people act out.

An elderly woman lead Trump supporters into a frenzy – booing and shouting at CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, at a campaign rally in South Carolina.

Congresswoman, Maxine Waters, asked her supporters to harass members of Trump’s administration. "…if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they're not welcome anymore.” 

Words matter, and words can escalate to violence.

Through posters, film, radio and other media, the Nazi Party bombarded the German public with messages promoting Hitler’s vision for Germany.

America is in trouble as we listen to a bullying, name calling, lying president, and believe his words. Trump is playing into our fears – terrorism, crime, violence, immigrants...As we listen to him, we’re accepting unacceptable behavior as the norm. It’s up to us to decipher the truth, and disregard his bullying, critical rhetoric.

Trump is who he is, and we voted for him. We can begin change by voting for Democratic candidates in the mid-term elections on November 6, 2018. This will help derail the Republication Party’s control in the House, and leave Trump and the Republican Party impotent. Then in 2020, vote for a “competent” person who has a “good heart” for U.S. President.

As things stand now, Trump’s words incite fear, hate, distrust, prejudices and violence. He has over two years left in office. That’s something to fear.


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july 2018


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michele sprague

by michele sprague

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