Donald Trump: More Than an Inconvenient Truth
At Donald Trump’s political rally in Phoenix on August 22, 2017, he lied about what he said after the sad events in Charlottesville. He omitted key words he used to defend white nationalists and neo-Nazis when he called them “some very fine people” in his diatribe against the media. He went on to characterize the media as “truly dishonest people.” “They don’t report the facts.” That was a lie.
This isn’t the first time he has lied. In fact, the majority of Americans know Trump has lied for years. His contention that President Obama was born in Kenya and his sightings of Muslims celebrating after 9/11—these blatant untruths have continued into his presidency. It is both sad and dangerous behavior for the man who sits in the Oval Office.
His Phoenix rally, like all his rallies, was a campaign stop orchestrated to fire up his base, not a policy speech by a sitting president. The rest of us saw his constant berating of the media, declarative invoking of “alternative facts,” and his jingoistic behavior. These rallies are aimed, not just to reassure his ego, but are also mean-spirited attempts to divide us. His consistent behavior is to create diversions from the issues and his actions when criticized. He is not interested in the rest of us. Even his populism is a lie. The majority of his aides hail from the financial elite and Trump has vowed to rescind Dodd-Frank, signed by President Obama in 2010 to promote financial stability after 2008’s financial crisis. Donald Trump isn’t interested in the welfare of his base, only that their continued support makes him feel loved. Trump has never stopped running for our acceptance. Every signing of an Executive Order is meant to be a reality TV episode which brings in high ratings.
Donald Trump’s actual political beliefs are an enigma. It’s too easy to say he is a white supremacist simply because he encourages the ideology. Since everything he does and everything he says is meant to bolster his own position, it is often hard to know just what he believes in. However, his actions have a greater impact than his motivations, whatever they may be. And, “alternative facts” become convenient ploys for his self-soothing. Ad hoc lies. Euphoric lies. Hurtful lies. Consistent lies. But, he has not worked alone.
The President’s spokespeople, like Sarah Huckabee Sanders and KellyAnne Conway and media surrogates like former CNN political commentators Jeffrey Lord and Kayleigh McEnany have been duplicitous in these lies as well. The media can be blamed for initially ignoring the dangers Trump and his world presented our country. But, as the lies mount, they have become too numerous and serious to ignore.
The Republican Party has also been complicit in Trump’s charades. While the President can be blamed for dismantling many of the programs and safeguards–financial, racial, and environmental–Americans count on, the GOP has stood by and enabled him to do so, all to keep their party in power. Trump has signaled he is ready to rescind the DACA program (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) for children brought illegally into the United States by their parents. Many Congressional Republicans are against that move, but not because they have any compassion for these children and young adults. Instead, they fear his actions “could be politically damaging for the party.”
For the GOP, it’s party before the good of the people. And, that’s why they tolerate Donald Trump and his lies. They are opportunistic collaborators, tolerating this man for their own benefit and survival. This is the real disgrace we must bear. Donald Trump is a serial liar. But the GOP has let those lies seep deep down into the groundwater of the republic. It is a pollution of our resources that will last long after Trump is gone.
Trump’s lies, the lies of his surrogates, and the complicity of the GOP are more than an inconvenient truth.
This is the latest in a series of posters Jeff Gates does under the guise of the Chamomile Tea Party. Often taking World War II-era propaganda posters (this poster is new), he remixes them with new text about the rancor so prevalent in American political discourse.
The upside down American flag in this image is an accepted sign of distress—the state of our country right now. The words on the flag are taken from our Declaration of Independence and read:
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…
This essay was first published by ExtraNewsfeed.