A regular Joe’s take on the four years Donald J. Trump was President
Donald J. Trump began his political career when Barrack Obama was president. Prior to this, Trump swore off politics. However, being the media whore that he is, Trump went on to bask in the media limelight by attempting to defame Obama. Trump started it all by claiming that President Obama was an illegitimate president because he was not a United States citizen. With this assault, Trump gave birth to the so-called “birther movement”. This movement helped to swell the ranks of the so-called tea party whose members were ultra conservative’s that formed after Sarah Palin’s failed attempt to win the presidency and her battle cry of “Take back America.” These types of fringe hate groups are not new to America. People with this bent, or propensity have always existed in this country. They have gone by many names, the most prominent being the Klu Klux Klan. While some in these groups, the tea party, and the birthers, may attempt to distance themselves from the KKK, the root of each is the same idealogy – White Supremacy.
It was during that tumultuous time that Trump once again began legitimizing racism.
The Trump family has been a racist bunch since the beginning. In 1954 Fred Trump, then President of the Fred Trump Organization was investigated by a U.S. Senate committee for profiteering, and again by New York State in 1966. Donald Trump became the president of his father’s real estate business in 1971, and they were sued by the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division for violating the Fair Housing Act in 1973; in the case settlement, the Trumps were ordered to take several measures to curb racial discrimination.
In the late 1980s, Donald Trump proudly displayed his animosity and disdain toward blacks during the now-infamous “Central Park Jogger” case. In case you are not familiar with the Central Park Jogger case (watch the Netflix mini-series, “When They See Us,”), a young white woman was brutally attacked and raped while jogging in Manhattan’s Central Park on April 19, 1989. Trump, along with many white New Yorkers assumed, and then blamed, a group of young black teens and pre-teenagers that were out having fun in that park the night the incident occurred. The term “wilding” was then coined to define the supposed behavior of these black and Puerto Rican kids. Five of these youngsters were then arrested, tried, and eventually found guilty. After serving five and twelve years in prison, respectively, the real culprit, serial rapist Matias Reyes, came forward and confessed to the crime. This confession along with the lack of witnesses and new DNA evidence exonerated the five men wrongly convicted of this heinous crime. During the trial, Donald Trump became a strong advocate of the death sentence and took out a full-page ad in the New York Times stating his position.
Years later when the so-called Central Park Five were exonerated, Trump in one interview, when asked if he would take back his comments on the boys, now men, for stating all the hateful things he postulated back then, stated that he would not because “they are probably guilty of something else, if not that.”
Trump’s bid for the White House
When on 16 June 2015 Trump announced to the world that he was going to seek the U.S. Presidency, he did so on the escalator steps of his Trump Tower. His call to arms was that President Obama sunk the U.S. economy. However, most of his venomous speech was directed at Mexico, which he accused of “bringing their worst people” to America, including criminals and “rapists”. “They’re sending us not the right people,” he said, adding: “The US has become a dumping ground for everyone else’s problems. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing their problems,” he said. “They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some I assume are good people but I speak to border guards and they tell us what we are getting.”
In 2016, after he successfully stole the election, one of his very first acts was to ban Muslims from certain countries from entering the US. He banned Muslims from countries that were not involved in the 911 attacks but did not ban those that were. The reason is that in those Muslim countries Trump had significant business interest going on or being planned.
During Trump’s tenure as president, he perpetrated an agenda of hate toward all non-white peoples. He threw a bone here and there to appease certain black elected officials, but overall his was a racist administration.
In 2018 when the election results began to look unfavorable to him he began his racist attacks once again. Rather than taking a stand with the many black families that had lost a loved one at the hands of racist white police, he upped the pressure and incited more hatred. The breaking point took place in the summer of 2020. While in the midst of a global pandemic millions of people of all races, all over the world, joined forces with the black lives matter movement to decry that wonton killing of black people, mostly men, at the hands of white police. Rather than leading the people of this country and trying to quell the tide of racism that was about to burst, Trump continued to instigate. He called on the national guard and began to brutalize peaceful protestors. Some white-supremacist infiltrated the ranks of peaceful protestors and began to perpetrate violent acts. This gave Trump the ammunition he needed to unleash his white militia. While it is true that there was some vandalism and looting, it was nothing when compared to the acts of anarchy that ensued on January 6, 2021.
The Big Lie
In November 2021 Donald J. Trump lost his bid for a second term as president of the United States. Throughout his presidency, Trump would remark that he had never, ever lost at anything that he put his mind to. According to Trump, he was not a loser and only wimps (my words) lost. So, as I stated above, when the tide began to turn on him, Trump and his minions began what is now being called “the big lie.” In true Trump fashion, he began by mocking Joe Biden. Calling him names and mocking his stuttering. Next he, and his minions began to say that the only way he, (Trump) could lose the election was if the Democrats rigged or stole the election.
As election 2021, came closer and the polls showed him behind Bidden, the false claims and lies got louder and more often. On election night, when the results came in and Bidden was declared the obvious winner, Trump and his minions went full steam ahead and began to push the big lie. They (Trump et al) came up with another plan, i.e., to stop the election certification. So, on the morning of January 6, 2021, the day that the election results were to be certified Trump and his lackeys mounted a protest. Trump, Rudolph Guliani, and others used firey words to incite a mob action. Then Trump told that mob that he and they should March down Pennsylvania Ave to the Capitol and stop the steal. This erupted into a full-fledged coup attempt. These white Trump lovers, whom Trump and many of his White elected official followers, call patriots, stormed that capitol. As a result, six people lost their lives and hundreds of others were injured. To date over 600 people have been arrested in connection with that insurrection. Some have already been sentenced to prison terms and a congressional investigation is ongoing.
Any good that Trump many have done while president, I can’t think of any, but I’m sure there may be some, will forever be mired in muck. Donald J. Trump is the only American President to be twice impeached, the only President to be involved in a congressional investigation due to a failed coup de tat, the only President to be in litigation, both civil and criminal.
Donald Trump once upon a time represented class, style, and money. He was once Mr. New York with Gold Lettering boasting the TRUMP brand high in the New York Skyline. Now he is a resident of Florida because he is no longer welcomed in New York City. The Gold lettering of his brand is no longer the shiny pride of New York City. These days Trump calls Mar-A-Lago Florida his home, and even there he is a controversial figure. One that even his new neighbors do not want.
Many of his loyalists still call him their leader and kowtow to him. The fact of the matter is that Trump is no longer a shining star in the sky, he is more like a black hole or a dead star. Even his voice has become more of a whimper than a battle cry. Slowly his loyalists are beginning to turn on him. Soon he, like all bad actors in the political game, will end up nothing more than a footnote in the annuals of history. Which, by the way, I predicted back in 2018.
We Bad Hombres
Adios senior Trump, we bad hombres will live to see your body displayed in the rotunda of some Trump-owned building. I doubt you will be honored in death the way the maverick, John McCain, and the lion, John Lewis were. After all, the rotunda is the very building your “patriots” thrashed when they, like you, refused to accept your defeat.