The Trump Show
8/27/2020, 6 p.m.
We are disgusted by the rhetoric, lies and blatant disregard for the American people occurring during this week’s “Trump Show” that replaced what should have been a Republican National Convention.
An incredibly weak GOP again knuckled under to a bully and voted to forgo a national party platform to espouse complete support for President Trump, a dangerous, self-centered hypocrite who has done little to lead America out of the health and economic crisis caused by a pandemic that has claimed the lives of nearly 180,000 people, jeopardized the livelihoods of millions of others and clouded the futures of college, primary and secondary school students across the nation.
Speaker after speaker at the televised “convention,” including President Trump, lied about the “great” things the president supposedly has done to curb the pandemic and to boost health care, education, job creation and the economy, voting rights, criminal justice and to help immigrants and African-Americans.
Fact checkers have had steady work this week debunking the speakers’ dozens of baseless claims. But we all know the truth — from the president’s belief that the pandemic was a hoax or that taking a swig of disinfectant could cure it to his administration still fighting in court to dismantle health care safeguards for pre-existing conditions that are part of the Affordable Care Act.
During this “convention,” he and his cronies have tried to take credit for the booming economy he inherited from the Obama-Biden years even as unemployment levels currently have risen to the highest levels since the Great Depression.
His administration has worked to defund public schools by trying to move federal dollars to private institutions, sent federal storm troopers into U.S. cities to quell protests and emboldened white supremacists with his love of statues dedicated to racist traitors of the past.
Football great Herschel Walker’s stock dropped in our estimation as he appeared at the “convention” to incredibly praise the president’s character, claim he isn’t a racist and say the president shows how much he cares about social justice and the Black community by his actions.
Where has Mr. Walker been these past three and a half years? President Trump’s non-action during the pandemic has caused widespread pain, with virus transmission and deaths disproportionately hurting Black and brown communities and with 30 million people out of work. His policies also have contributed to the growing wage gap between Black people and white people. He also has called neo-Nazis and white supremacists who brought violence, bloodshed and death to Charlottesville during 2017’s “Unite the Right” rally “very fine people.”
And under the Trump administration, the U.S. Justice Department has rolled back civil rights investigations into patterns and practices of discriminatory, abusive and/or unconstitutional policing by local law enforcement agencies, while the U.S. Department of Education also has rolled back civil rights investigations into disparate school discipline for children of color and disabled students.
He has done nothing to stop the police abuse and killing of unarmed Black people, but has fanned the flames of racial hatred and fear during continuing protests over police brutality and racial injustice.