Trump rhetoric only cre­ates more di­vi­sion in a di­vided US

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peo­ple at a gro­cery store in Ken­tucky af­ter he tried to en­ter a black church min­utes be­fore the fa­tal shoot­ing.

The al­leged gun­man, Gre­gory Bush, is claimed to have spared one man’s life due to the colour of his skin, telling him “Whites don’t kill whites”.

But whilst Trump and his ad­min­is­tra­tion will have you be­lieve any threat to the States comes from those abroad, the dan­ger it now faces has noth­ing to do with the likes of Cen­tral Amer­i­cans cur­rently walk­ing north.

As Trump rails against for­eign­ers and refugees, it’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that the pipe bomb sus­pect, Ce­sar Sayoc, is not a for­eign ter­ror­ist.

Nor is mass mur­der sus­pect Robert Bow­ers, who al­legedly shouted “all Jews must die” af­ter he burst into the Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue, nor is Gre­gory Bush.

None are ei­ther Mex­i­cans, Mus­lims or refugees – they are Amer­i­cans who grew to hate any­one who doesn’t think as they do.

No one will know whether the events would have hap­pened with­out Pres­i­dent Trump’s rhetoric over the last two years.

It’s true that po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence is noth­ing new. There has been an­thrax and ricin scares, mass shoot­ings in the past. There have also been vi­o­lent protests that turned deadly and as­sas­si­na­tions. You can’t just look at who the per­pe­tra­tor sup­ports and say they are cul­pa­ble.

But the fact is, Trump’s ag­gres­sion is with­out equal in Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, mak­ing it a rea­son­able ques­tion to ask whether he brought about such di­vi­sion that has not been seen in the States since the 1960s.

It is why many Jew­ish lead­ers in Pitts­burgh said Trump was not wel­come in their city as he vis­ited those af­fected by the mas­sacre on Tues­day.

It seems even in times of ter­ror, the US leader is tone deaf to the ha­tred he now pre­sides over.

Shortly af­ter law en­force­ment ar­rested Sayoc, Trump stood in front of a group of young, black con­ser­va­tives and snick­ered at the phrase “lock him up” about Ge­orge Soros, the bil­lion­aire who was sent an ex­plo­sive by the crazed ter­ror­ist.

He then said he has no plans to tone down his rhetoric. “I could re­ally tone it up,” he boasted be­fore not­ing the al­leged bomber “was a per­son that pre­ferred me over oth­ers”. Then im­me­di­ately af­ter the mass mur­der in Pitts­burgh, Trump went to In­di­anapo­lis to give a speech to the Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica where he said he nearly called off the rally as he was hav­ing “bad hair day”. Ac­cord­ing to the Anti-Defama­tion League, there was a 57 per cent in­crease in anti-Semitic in­ci­dents in 2017. That same year, Pres­i­dent Trump in­fa­mously said there were some “fine peo­ple” among the white su­prem­a­cists and neo-nazis march­ing in Char­lottesville, one of whom drove into and killed a young woman protest­ing against them. No­body wins from such un­re­strained vit­riol, it serves, as has been shown, only to put peo­ple’s lives at risk. It’s very hard to think of a leader in Amer­i­can his­tory who has been as ag­gres­sively di­vi­sive as this one. Trump isn’t mak­ing Amer­ica great again; he’s mak­ing it hate again.

Even in times of ter­ror the US leader is tone deaf to the ha­tred he now pre­sides over.

>US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump

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