Hateful political rhetoric needs to stop, on both sides, and on all fronts. It’s hard not to notice how division between communities across the United States and much of the world has deepened. The recent shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice is evidence that something needs be addressed and something needs to be done. It would be foolish to put the entire blame on the election of Donald Trump – political division and hate has existed long before Trump took office. It would also be foolish to turn a blind eye to what Trump is doing as the President of the United States.
Since his inauguration, Trump has acknowledged a handful of times that hatred and political division in America is a growing issue. He has taken to twitter to assure Americans things will change. “For many years our country has been divided, angry and untrusting. Many say it will never change, the hatred is too deep. IT WILL CHANGE!!!!”
Has anything changed? There hasn’t been any evidence yet. In fact, things seem to be getting worse and Donald Trump seems to be part of the problem, not the solution. For starters, Trump’s attack on the media has been dangerous. Anything he disagrees with has been labelled as Fake News and his base loves it. He has created a deep divide between one of the most sacred parts of American democracy; the press. Perhaps he fears the press will do to him what they did to Nixon. (For those of you who don’t know, President Nixon was forced to resign due to the stellar investigative work of two journalists.)
Trump’s twitter feed has also been used as a platform to label, mock and call out those who he disagrees with, often the “dems.” But twitter seems to be the most appropriate place for those who wish to troll and spread hate behind the lens of a computer screen in today’s digital era. I recently live tweeted my opinions on Jeff Session’s Testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, and I couldn’t have felt political hatred any closer. The irony is that I was tweeting about an event where the Attorney General of the United States, appointed by the President, had to testify about possibly colluding with Russians to win an election, and my OPINION of the situation was too outrageous for some members of the twitter universe. Take a look.
Exhibit E (A comment on my blog):
Needless to say, the divide and hatred is dangerous and it is up to our leaders in Washington to set the tone for our country. I’ll leave you with one last thing to compare, contrast and reflect on.
Barack Obama, July 2004:
“The pundits like to slice and dice our country into red states and blue states. Red states for Republicans, blue states for Democrats. But I’ve got news for them, too. We worship an awesome God in the blue states, and we don’t like federal agents poking around in our libraries in the red states. We coach Little League in the blue states and, yes, we’ve got some gay friends in the red states.”