Donald Trump isn’t President Hope
On the election trail, then Republican candidate Donald Trump got in some trouble for his vocabulary. It wasn’t a lack of his abilities to know words, but rather, he operated on fear. Constantly yelling about the dangers of society, along with racial slurs, gained the President many votes. He ran on anti-immigrant and anti-change rhetoric. When all was said and done, parts of the country believed him.
With yet another terrorist attack on Paris, President Trump had this to say, “It looks like another terrorist attack… and what can you say? It never ends.”
In all honesty, most of us were not looking for him to claim he will defeat the terrorists, but we looked for some sort of light at the end of the tunnel. Perhaps some sort of hope that Barack Obama was able to give. Anything— just not “… what can you say?”
Well, sir, if you’re so good at words, use them.
President Trump even made it worse by “It [Terrorism] never ends.” That is not what travelers to Europe would like to hear. It is not what Americans sitting in their homes would like to hear either. They would like to know everything will be okay, that everything is under control.
The fear mongering has only continued with his bombs on Syria and Afghanistan. While in hopes to make us safer, we don’t really feel like it. President Trump is mighty fine at riling people up; he struggles to calm humans, which makes me question him as a father when his children were young and scared of a monster under their beds.
It does not help to say, “It never ends.” Those words put you into therapy.
As well as his xenophobic responses to things have not calmed. Tensions have risen with hate crimes. In times like this, it is expected for the leader of the free world to claim that we should be friends toward our neighbors, we have nothing to fear because differences only make us stronger in the fight against hate. It is valuable to understand each other. We learn to talk and to understand. We learn to love.
Obviously, President Trump does not say this.
Trump’s fear mongering against anyone who is different continues as we deport more and more illegal immigrants from the US. Even if they were part of the DREAM Act via President Obama, we are forcing them out. Even people who have spent most of their lives here must return to countries that they have not been to in twenty years. This happened at my father’s work when the US deported a cleaner after living in the US for twenty years and having children.
We have been reassured that President Putin and President Trump are getting along so the Cold War is not repeated, however, many of his promises have been broken. Russia continues to create anxiety in the already filled United States of America. This does not mention North Korea launching nuclear weapons. Now President Trump wants to go back on the deal with Iran.
That is only some of the world’s problems, we have the US problems to work on, including health care, racism (especially racist killings of African Americans), heroin and opioids, the economy (because why not), and so much more. Depending on where and how you live in the US, there are anxieties about everything.
Yet, President Trump only makes it worse by opening up his mouth and spilling out lies— oh, sorry, alternative facts. With his lap dogs, like Sean Spicer and Kellyanne Conway, also spewing whatever they call the truth. It is not going to stop anytime soon. Only recently will we reach 100 days into President Trump’s presidency– and I, too, know it feels like it has been longer. We still have to too long, and we are given no hope from President Trump, so we must make it ourselves.