CNN reported that President Donald Trump recently warned a group of about 100 evangelical leaders that if they don’t get out the vote, “(Democrats) “will overturn everything that we’ve done and they will do it quickly and violently. And violently. There is violence. ... There’s a level of hatred, the level of anger is very unbelievable.”
I will admit that some Democrats have violated the privacy of some White House officials and tried to shame them. That action does not represent most Democrats. However, Trump is overreacting by suggesting that Republicans should “be very afraid of violence.” He is damaging his own message by being violent himself.
Trump wants the evangelical pastors to preach a message of fear that if the Democrats win they will become violent with unbelievable hatred and anger.
As a Democrat, I resent that insinuation, especially when it comes from a president known for his violence. When Trump separated children from their immigrant mothers, I consider that a violent action against human dignity. When Trump speaks crudely about women, people of color and the handicapped, he is violating the morality of most Americans.
When Trump referred to Haiti and African countries as “(bleep)hole countries,” I consider that characterization as violence against civil relationships. When Trump claimed that “(Justin Trudeau) has done such a terrible job, he should be ashamed to call himself the president of Canada,” he violated common courtesy with our neighbor.
When Trump makes a blanket accusation of the immigrants as being murderers, rapists and thieves, he does irreparable violence to the truth. The truth is, many come here willing to work in our chicken factories, work for landscaping and roofing companies and to pick our fruits and vegetables in the hot sun.
When Trump gives support to the coal industry by changing previous clean air regulations, he does violence to the air we breathe. When Trump starts tariff wars that threaten to raise the cost of goods for 323 million people living in the U.S., he is violating our economic security. When Trump continues to call the media “fake news” and “the enemy of the people,” he threatens violence against the First Amendment right of a free press.
Trump is pleading with the evangelical leaders to create fear among their congregants by falsely suggesting a coming violence if they don’t vote Republican. Maybe he is covering up a fear of his own violence being exposed.
Mr. President, you may have accomplished some good things for our country, but stop using fear and violence as your modus operandi.