Trump rhetoric only creates more division in a divided US
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.
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