Bitterly, today in Trump’s America seems like a normal one. After yet more hollow Presidential empathy, we’re left to count the cost, and wonder who we’ve become.
There’s too much to say today, and it feels like there’s not much point in saying any of it. We’re dealing with yet another mass shooting, this time a hate-inspired attack on a synagogue. We’re dealing with this just a day after the arrest of a hate-inspired series of bomb attacks on prominent critics of President Trump – which took place just a couple of days after a hate-inspired double murder of African-Americans in a Kentucky grocery store (after the shooter failed to gain entry into an African-American church).
Officials identified the 11 people killed in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. They include a 97-year-old woman, siblings and a husband and wife. https://t.co/kLVRfybyKQ
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 28, 2018
In the face of all this hate, President Trump has once again proven himself incapable of performing the basic functions of his office. Instead of trying to unify the nation against this hate, he’s continued to encourage the anger and resentment of his followers. Instead of showing compassion for the victims of this shooting and offering comfort, he blamed the temple for not having an armed guard at the door. Instead of making a sincere call for unity, he continued to fuel the bitterness and the hate. He has falsely indicted Democrats and the news media for a lack of civility while absolutely refusing to acknowledge that his rhetoric plays any part in the problem.
Shouting anti-Semitic slurs, a man opened fire in a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, killing at least 11 people and wounding 6 others: https://t.co/e7Duc84igL
– What we know about the suspect: https://t.co/rt1rDnjXej
– President Trump’s response: https://t.co/y0tTz4ImVE
— The New York Times (@nytimes) October 27, 2018
Many of Trump’s supporters insist that all the hate and violence being inflicted on the public – including this mass murder – is a product of false flag operations conducted by Democrats and the Deep State, intended to hurt Republicans in the midterm elections. Instead of decrying this, Trump has fed into it, insisting that he is a victim of some sort of conspiracy. In doing so, the president has deliberately undermined public trust in many of the fundamental systems of representative democracy – law enforcement, the courts, the news media. And he’s done it purely in the interest of political expediency.
Again, there’s too much to say today. And right now it feels like there’s not much point in saying any of it. But I still think it’s important to say it. And to keep saying it. Over and over and over. Even if it doesn’t seem to do any good, it’s important to keep saying it.
The President of the United States joked about his wet hair at a rally just hours after 11 people were shot dead in an attack on a synagogue in Pittsburgh pic.twitter.com/hdg19tRJED
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 27, 2018