by Chandra K. Mittal, Ph.D.
As decent Americans try to grapple with and absorb the shock of President Donald Trump’s Tweets and messages over the past week, President might have discovered a new slogan “Love or Leave America” (LOLA) to win in Election2020. Never mind the moral “lowliness” of his message which is patently vicious, divisive and borders on fascism. But it seems to be working for now as an effective “hate glue” to bring his supporters together.
President Donald Trump’s Tweet of Sunday, July 14, 2019, …..“So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly”……and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….” which was the opening salvo in pursuit of his future objective, is not likely to go in American history as having any parallel in modern times. And if it did, it would come close to Adolph Hitler of Germany or Benito Mussolini of Italy, the fascist dictators who demonized Millions of their countrymen in the mid-1930s in the name of nationalistic purity, and killed many of them.
Besides being un-American and undemocratic in character, Presidential Tweets contained glaring factual inaccuracies in their contents. Of the four “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen he was referring to (Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts), three are US-born citizens of United States. So, they are as American as Donald Trump who could not go anywhere. The only person who came from outside, was Rep. Ilhan Omar who was born in Somalia and is a naturalized US citizen. This suggests that President Trump either had something more sinister in his mind (like their gender, skin color, ethnicity, race, etc) or that he suffered from memory loss. Either way it is inexcusable and unsettling for America.
While this moral decay and political decadence is playing out in full view, the Republican Party and its leadership has been completely missing from the scene with their silence. Both, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Congressional Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy have not even had the courage to comment on the immorality of the President’s actions of assaulting the elected members of the US Congress – the Co-Equal branch of the US government. It is only Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Caroline) who felt compelled to urge Donald Trump to “aim higher”, suggesting that President really took a “low” road in his Tweets.
Sadly, for America, Donald Trump’s divisive Tweets are part of a winning political strategy as he has continued to persist on his negative message by making it more inflammatory and vicious. For example, in his follow-up Tweet of July 16, 2019, President stated……“The Democrat Congresswomen have been spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate, & yet they get a free pass and a big embrace from the Democrat Party. Horrible anti-Israel, anti-USA, pro-terrorist & public…..”
The criticism in the media, political circles, among political pundits and Presidential historians that with his Tweets against the four “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen of color, President Donald Trump might have touched a new “low”, but he does not seem at all ruffled or unfazed with its aftermath. To the contrary, his vile Tweets seem to have energized the President and motivated him to go an extra mile down the “hate” lane as is apparent from his divisive rhetoric. At his recent public rally at North Carolina, his supporters chanted “Send Her Back” (referring to Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, D-Minnesota) when President mentioned her name to the crowd.
While many in the Democratic Party like Presidential candidate Kamala Harris, Julian Castro or Senator Chuck Schumer have called President Trump out for his Tweets and characterized them as racist and bigoted, President Trump’s condemnation is not universal. There are many on the Republican side who are either hiding or do not view President’s Tweets as racist. They instead criticize the four Democrat Congresswomen for their extreme Leftist views to justify Trump’s actions. People like former Senator Rick Santorum defends the President as being merely a reactionary to extreme Democratic leftist agenda. This should remind Americans of McCarthyism of the 1950s when socialists and communists were demonized.
Finally, to remove any confusion his proxies or surrogates might create by dissuading public against Donald Trump’s racial and fascist instincts, the President has directly reaffirmed in his faith in the inferiority of these Congresswomen to serve this country. His July 21, 2019 Tweet states ……I don’t believe the four Congresswomen are capable of loving our Country. They should apologize to America (and Israel) for the horrible (hateful) things they have said. They are destroying the Democrat Party, but are weak & insecure people who can never destroy our great Nation!
So, there you have it, America, making of a democratically elected fascist in the land of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Abraham Lincoln, where all men are supposed to be created equal, and no man is superior to the other. With this America seems to be at the verge of departing from its core values and enter into period of political decadence, which is moral equivalent of evil. Who can reverse it? Perhaps few good men, as British philosopher Sir Edmond Burke famously said in 1700s …“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”. But where are they to be found – that is question?
Dr. Chandra Mittal is Professor at Houston Community College, Op-Ed Columnist at Voice of Asia, and Co-Founder of Indo-American association, Houston.