A few days ago, I was confronted with the following n my Facebook feed:
We all have different views and that is ok! Just because you don’t like our choices doesn’t give you the right to waste millions of dollars on the witch hunt and riots. Many of us felt the same way with EIGHT LONG years of our former President. He did more to bring hatred between races. Never once did I see people behaving the way they are today. It is simple BE KIND and understand we all have a right to our own opinions. Stop the hate!!!
You see Trump’s arrogance, I see Trump’s confidence. You see Trump’s nationalism, I see Trump’s patriotism. You hear Trump’s unsophisticated words, I hear Trump’s honesty. You see Trump’s racism, I see Trump’s words being misconstrued and twisted by the media daily to fit their narrative. You see Trump as a Republican, I see Trump as a Patriot. You see Trump as a dictator, I see Trump as a leader. You see Trump as an Authoritarian, I see Trump as the only one willing to fight for our freedoms. You see Trump as childish, I see Trump as a fighter, unwilling to cave in to the lies. You see Trump as an unpolished politician, I see Trump as a breath of fresh air.
You see Trump as homophobic, I see Trump as the first President who has ever entered office supporting gay marriage. You think Trump hates immigrants, I know Trump is married to an immigrant. You see Trump putting an end to immigration in America, I see Trump welcoming immigrants to America LEGALLY. You see Trump’s cages at the border, I see Obama’s cages at the border. You see Trump with a struggling economy, I see Trump with an amazing economy until the Democrats shut it down. You see the violence in the streets and call it “Trump’s America”, I see the violence in the streets of Democratic run cities who are refusing Trump’s help and call it “Liberal America.” You want someone more Presidential, I’m happy we have someone who finally doesn’t just talk the talk but actually walks the walk. You and I? We see things very differently. And that’s ok, that’s what makes this such a great country!
I did not unfriend her, but I won’t see her posts, at least through the election. I mean, I do believe that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but people like this don’t offer opinions. Look at the phrasing; she states her opinions as fact, not as opinion. And the vast majority of her facts are wrong.
For example, the “witch hunt” and “the riots” are not actually reality. She seems to mean the Mueller investigation, which was not a “witch hunt” and which cost us nothing, since they convicted Paul Manafort and got $46 million from him, which makes the net cost of the entire investigation -$15 million. If only we’d done that with the last real witch hunt, which was the Benghazi hearings, which brought zero results and cost us a lot more money.
It is also nonsense that President Obama brought about more racism. In order to believe that, you’d have to believe that racism didn’t exist until we elected a Black man president. I have slavery and Jim Crow to argue; what does she have? The racism against Obama alone started before he even became President. And Trump was a ringleader, with his “Birther” nonsense. The declaration that Mitch McConnell made – that the number one goal of the Republican Party was t make Obama a one-term president was also racist in tone, since the GOP has never objected to anyone else who became president, until “the Black guy” won. Racism did increase in tone while Obama was president, but anyone would be hard-pressed to point to anything he said or did with the idea of stoking it and making it worse.
And let’s be clear; you are entitled to your own opinions, but you are NOT entitled to your own facts. Just because you believe something stupid doesn’t make it a fact. A fact can be proven, and none of the above claims made by this poster (I will not identify her, for privacy’s sake…) cannot be proven. They are just bullshit.
Consider her claim that Trump is “the first President who has ever entered office supporting gay marriage.” That is complete horseshoe and has been proven so for years. (Source) He’s never been in favor of same-sex marriage and his campaign platform in 2016 included a plank to “restore marriage.” He has never been in favor of same-sex marriage (BTW, the term “gay marriage” is a dead giveaway of a person’s homophobia. Just saying…)
As for Trump’s hatred of immigrants, well, the fact that his wife is a former model and grifter doesn’t certify his lack f hatred of immigrants. He hates the brown ones most, which I can prove by his actions, in which thousands of foreigners who came here looking for a better life have been tossed into cages run by his buddies, who get paid for each immigrant they place in these concentration-camp-like camps. The more they put in cages, the more money they make. Does this sound like someone who likes immigrants? And for the record, he does all of this without a hearing, before they even apply for asylum, which is why they’re here. In other words, before they can even manage to legalize their immigrant status, they are thrown in jail and prevented from making their case. If he supposedly likes “Legal” immigration, then why does he fight their efforts to become legal in the first place?
Also, the “cages at the border” were different during the Obama Administration than they have been under Trump. He didn’t pre-empt the immigrants attempts to come here legally and he ONLY detained those who were suspected of having committed a crime previously. Obama did not engage in a “zero tolerance” campaign and thew every human being who dared cross the border into a prison-like situation. That is Trump’s choice. He’s also severely cut the number of refugees allowed to come here, even though refugees are strongly vetted before they come here.
As for the economy, Trump has one absolutely nothing to improve it. The only thing he can take credit for before the pandemic is that he wasn’t able to derail the Obama recovery, even though he obviously tried. The Deficit tripled because of the extremely unwise Republican tax cut, and the Democrats in major cities who shut down their economies to fight the pandemic was because Trump did nothing to control its spread. In other words, if Trump had done something to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, those “Democrats” running cities wouldn’t have been forced to shut down all commerce in their cities.
As for the “violence in the streets,” there hasn’t really been that much. Mostly, there have been protests, centered on the tendency of law enforcement target and kill Black people. One of the most striking aspects of the current series of protests is the increased presence of white people. And there have been a lot of reports of strangers entering protest areas and starting shit. Therefore, it is likely that having more white people protesting makes it more possible that Trumpers and other right-wing and white supremacist groups may be causing trouble.
At the end of the diatribe, the poster claims that Trump doesn’t just “talk the talk… he actually walks the walk.” She is apparently unaware that virtually everything Trump says is fabricated. The Washington Post has details of more than 20,000 lies he’s told from the day of his sparsely attended inauguration to July 31, 2020. (Source)
Trump is the worst president in history. From both his words and actions, he shows daily that he has no idea what his job is, and there is nothing in his background or his actions now that indicate he would like to learn. That is why Trump’s cultists, like this person, can’t point to anything real that he’s done to prove their hero’s accomplishments. It’s not entirely their fault; the FACT is, he’s done nothing as President that someone can point to as a positive. Not a thing. And that’s not my opinion, it’s a fact. In fact, I’ll take a look at anything that proves me wrong. So, Trumpers, you want to show me? Show me.