I watched President Obama’s farewell address last night, and it brought me to tears. His eloquence, wisdom, grace, humility, and integrity run in sharp contrast to the man who spoke this morning, which brought me to tears for very different reasons. This whole thing is unfathomable to me; it’s like we are living in some alternate reality.
Then I go on social media and see people expressing glee (I do not exaggerate) about Obama leaving office and Trump entering. And this, too, is unfathomable to me.
This goes far beyond just having different political ideologies. I can accept that not everyone is a liberal Democrat like I am. What I cannot accept is anyone being able to dismiss or rationalize the repeated and continued obnoxious, vile behavior Trump engages in. This is not a matter of politics or differences of opinion, it’s a matter of human decency, and it speaks volumes to me about a person’s own ethics and integrity if they can support a man who has done and said all the things that Donald Trump has done and said.
I cannot understand support for a man who has openly mocked a disabled person. Do not tell me that’s not what he did, because it’s an insult to anyone with a shred of decency to claim that what he did was not mocking that disabled reporter. I have a disabled son, and Trump’s derision for the disabled (he’s also openly called people “retarded”), given his platform, invites more derision for disabled people. How can anyone be okay with this?
I cannot understand support for a man – especially by women! – who has so blatantly demeaned women. He has a long history of objectifying and demeaning women, and of sexual assault. And these are not just speculation or incidents open to interpretation – they are well documented and usually based upon actual recordings of Trump himself speaking. I am a woman, and I have daughters. How can anyone who is female, or who cares about a female, see past his egregious treatment of women?
I cannot understand support for a man who has insulted pretty much every racial minority group. His openly racist views not only further marginalize minorities, they embolden prejudice in others. This is not in any way unifying to our country – it’s divisive.
I cannot understand support for a man who is so dishonest and lacking in integrity. He changes his story like most people change their underwear. He has a well-documented history of cheating and defrauding people. He lies, he denies. He’s already broken numerous campaign promises – and he hasn’t even taken office yet. How can anyone believe that a man like this is going to be good for America?
I cannot understand support for a man who is so utterly immature. He seems to believe that it’s perfectly okay – even admirable – to criticize anyone in the world except him. He cannot take criticism. He has no filter and no self-control. He takes to Twitter to defend himself and insult anyone with whom he has an ax to grind like a spoiled nine-year-old. He refuses to be held accountable or to take responsibility for anything. He throws blame hither and thither like confetti in the wind. He has no humility. He will bring no grace or class to the White House because he has none.
Franky, I cannot understand support by Christians of a man who speaks and behaves in a way that is so utterly counter to what Jesus apparently taught. I am not a Christian, but supposedly Jesus was this upstanding man awash in humility and compassion, whose teachings were all about love and compassion. So how do Christians square this with their support of Trump? It is beyond me.
So, no – this is not just about different politics or different opinions. It’s about basic decency. It’s about how the person you support for the highest office in the land reflects your own feelings about your fellow human beings.
I have no respect at all for Trump supporters. None.