June 21, 2018 at 5:07 am EDT | by Peter Rosenstein
Trump destroys families and facts
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President Donald Trump (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Donald Trump believes ripping children away from their mothers is the right thing to do. He is a disgusting lying SOB excuse for a man. What other way can you describe the person responsible for what is happening on our border and how his administration and Justice Department are enabling it?

We in the United States now have a self-inflicted humanitarian crisis on our hands. We are taking young children away from their mothers and warehousing some in an old Walmart. The administration is talking about setting up a tent city to house these children apparently learning how to do this from the refugee camps in Gaza and Syria. The difference here in the United States is we are setting up these tent camps for children who will be in them due to our taking them from their mothers. The Trump administration has determined mothers running away from violence and fleeing their homes for safety and a better life in the United States are criminals and punishing their innocent children is appropriate.

To justify this, the attorney general quotes the Bible. Aside from a blatant disregard for the separation of church and state he asks people to believe God supports this atrocity. Adding fuel to the fire, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the president’s spokesperson, lies about the basis for what is happening and insults a reporter who dares ask her “as a mother what do you think about what the administration is doing?”

Sanders’ lies include blaming Democrats for not passing legislation to stop this cruelty the Trump administration is inflicting on these children. She knows the White House can stop it immediately and that both houses of Congress are controlled by Republicans. She and Trump are trying to turn this into a political issue rather than a humanitarian atrocity of his making.

My question to Americans is have we fallen so far in our country people will not cry out demanding it stop? Have Evangelical Christians who support Trump become a cult and refuse to speak up when he rips apart families?

Is Trump their Jim Jones? Would they be willing to replay the scene from Jonestown, Guyana “where at Jim Jones’ direction, 909 members of the People’s Temple died, all but two from apparent cyanide poisoning, in a revolutionary suicide that included over 200 murdered children?” They must know this heinous act of ripping children from their mothers is Trump’s policy not law. Just as it is Trump administration policy to deport Dreamers even as he tries to deflect and blame others for it.

Have we fallen so far we will accept Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) castigating the few remaining Republicans with enough decency and spine to question the despot in the White House? Yes I am calling him a despot. This man who makes friends with our enemies and enemies of our friends. The man who calls Kim Jong-un, the most brutal dictator in the world, a fine man and lauds him for what he is doing for his people. This brutal dictator who has put 100,000 of his people in gulags; rules with an iron fist by intimidation; and murdered members of his own family. This is the man our president befriends and admires.

For sure the world is turned upside down and there will be no righting it until we rid ourselves of this madman in the White House. Whether he is taken down by the justice system or the voters, we must make sure he is stopped. The hate in our country is not new but Trump has enabled it to come out in the open. He encourages it. Trump watches a candidate like Corey Stewart in Virginia spew hate and stand with a white supremacist to receive his endorsement before adding his own full-throated endorsement.

One must pray the god I have always considered fair and decent will enter the conscience of those who continue to support this disgusting, vile man in the White House. That his daughter Ivanka, who believes it is OK to share a picture of herself hugging her daughter while her father rips other daughters from their mothers will open her eyes to this outrage her father is inflicting on innocent children. That Sarah Huckabee Sanders who claims to be religious, will realize defending a policy, not a law, that rips a baby from their mother is a vile and horrendous thing to do. That Mike Pence and his wife who claim to be so religious will actually follow the tenets of the Bible and love they neighbor as thyself and protect the children.

My fervent hope is Americans will wake up from this nightmare in time to make amends and reclaim our position in the world among our friends.


Peter Rosenstein is a longtime LGBT rights and Democratic Party activist. He writes regularly for the Blade.

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