Someone kidded after Michelle Obama’s brilliant speech to the Democratic National Convention where she again defended “going high when they go low,” suggesting the incredible commercials of the Lincoln Project “go low so Michelle can still go high.”
Going negative or low against Tweety McTreason is so easy because he is an openly disgusting individual apparently proud of his rampant racism, misogyny, sexism, and homophobia. Just listen to his older sister, Maryanne Trump Barry, to confirm this. His former lawyer is set to release a tell-all book about him and his niece already has. The Lincoln Project’s stunning commercials are clearly getting under his skin. Trump is a congenital liar and willingly lends his support to what Joe Biden called “the darkest elements” in our society and around the world. He defends Neo-Nazis and white supremacists and cozies up to dictators and thugs like Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin.
It is as if he wants to be attacked believing it will generate heightened support from his cult of followers. The definition of a cult being “a misplaced or excessive admiration for a particular person or thing, a cult of personality, surrounding the leaders.” He enthusiastically attacks anyone if he thinks it gets him a headline and will retweet any outrageous attack or conspiracy theory claiming later it wasn’t him who said it first. He has continued to attack the transgender community trying to keep them out of the military. He attacks women calling them names and using every trope as he did when he called Sen. Kamala Harris a ‘nasty’ woman. He attacks immigrants and puts their children in cages.
Trump continues to undermine the Constitution working to destroy our democracy. He is as President Obama said ‘kneecapping’ the post office in an effort to keep people from voting and using the Department of Justice, with the assistance of scum like Bill Barr running it, as his personal lawyers to defend his friends and attack his enemies.
In one of his more outrageous statements he defended QAnon “a far-right conspiracy theory alleging a secret plot by a supposed ‘deep state’ against him and his supporters. No part of the conspiracy has been shown to be based in fact.” He said “he didn’t know much about the online community and its followers other than ‘they like me very much.’” He went on to say, “I heard that these are people who love our country. When a reporter partially summed up the conspiracy theory to him — that it revolves around a false narrative that Trump is leading a secret, government-led charge against pedophiles, cannibals and satanic worshippers — Trump responded: “Is that supposed to be a bad thing?” “If I can help save the world from problems, I’m willing to do it.” Recently a QAnon candidate, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, won her GOP congressional primary by professing her belief in the QAnon conspiracy and posting racist statements about Muslims, Hispanics and Black people online. When she won Trump tweeted his praise, calling her a “future Republican star.”
Everything I have written in this column is verifiable fact contrary to the lies Trump and his sycophants will have spewed at this week’s convention. Trump will claim he is overseeing a brilliant economy but facts contradict that. According to Reuters: “The U.S. economy contracted at its steepest pace since the Great Depression in the second quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic shattered consumer and business spending, and a nascent recovery is under threat from a resurgence in new cases of coronavirus. The Commerce Department said gross domestic product collapsed at a 32.9% annualized rate last quarter, the deepest decline in output since the government started keeping records in 1947.”
So I question how anyone with a brain, a conscience, empathy or decency would even consider voting for this megalomaniac who is single-handedly destroying our democracy and turning us into the next Belarus. So whatever your party, or no party, whatever your place on the conservative to progressive spectrum, it is up to you to VOTE to ensure Trump is out of office at noon on Jan. 20, 2021.
Peter Rosenstein is a longtime LGBTQ rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.