Trump: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

One of the toughest jobs in the United States might just be GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s communication director and/or press secretary.

The communications director is one of the paid campaign staffers whose job it is to explain/defend Trump’s statements. Being a communication director or press secretary is a great job when all is going well, but when a scandal hits or the boss says something stupid, it can become a freaking nightmare.

Plus, as the press person you have to be somewhat nice to reporters. Believe me – I’ve done many interviews and sometimes it’s difficult to keep from telling some reporters where to go.

Donald Trump seems to be able to “strike a nerve” just about every week with some outrageous statement. His press office must be busy. Although he’s pretty bombastic, he leads in just about every Republican Presidential poll. Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving.

He seems to be saying what many Obama haters believe deep down, but they are afraid to say out loud.

The Republican Party probably never thought that Trump would be relevant this long. Now he is becoming a problem. He could win this darn thing and take down the Republican Party all in one year! He already threatened to run as an independent and that would also sink the Republicans. If Trump is the Republican nominee for President, then the Democrats would probably win back the majority in the U.S. Senate.

Here’s a thought – wouldn’t it be great to see the Republicans nominate Donald Trump for President and then see him pick Ted Cruz to be his running mate?

This week the Associated Press (AP) reported that Trump called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” The sad thing is there are millions of closed-minded people in the United States who agree with Trump. Those closed-minded people seem to include Franklin Graham, who is probably embarrassing his father, Billy Graham, not to mention his heavenly father.

Another problem with Trump’s idea (besides the fact that it is racist) is that it is also unconstitutional.

Even Speaker of the House, Republican Paul Ryan came out against Trump’s remarks telling the AP that Trump’s idea is “not what this party stands for and more importantly it’s not what this country stands for.”

Amen to that. Sadly, Ryan belongs to the same political party in which some people still believe Obama was born in Kenya and he is a Muslim. That’s the same political party in which some people believe that watermelon jokes about the President are still funny. Here in Montana, some from the right believe it’s funny to display an outhouse with bullet holes in it and call it the Obama Presidential Library.

The bottom line is that Trump’s statement makes more and more Muslims across the world hate the United States.

It’s also becoming more and more dangerous to be a Muslim in America. USA Today reported that anti-Muslim attacks are on the rise since last week’s massacre in San Bernardino, Calif., and recent comments by presidential candidate Donald Trump could make the situation worse, Muslim and Arab-American leaders said Tuesday.

I thought we were better than this.

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8 thoughts on “Trump: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

  1. Great writing, Jackie. It is with great sadness that I am watching what is going on in our country. I don’t exactly know why but it reminds me of stories I heard from my mother-in-law about what happened in Montana during World War I, specifically the burning of German books and the high school in Lewistown and the passage of onerous sedition laws. The suspicion of immigrants, even though we were all once immigrants, is long standing. We should learn from the mistakes of the past, not repeat them. You are right, we should be better than that. I do not want history to repeat itself. http://mtmemory.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15018coll36/id/10737

    • Barry – I saw several comments about President Carter and his 1980 actions against Iran. The United Press International (UPI) reported that Carter “barred virtually all Iranians from future entry into the United States.”

      There’s a big difference between what Carter did and what Trump proposes.

      The difference is that Carter was banning Iranians, which are from the country of Iran and at that time were holding Americans hostage. As for Trump, he wants to ban Muslims from coming into the USA. Muslims are not from one country like Iran. Muslims follow the religion Islam.

      Thanks for your comments. -JmB

      • The situation between Carter and Iranians was different but the purpose is exactly the same, to preserve the safety of the US first and foremost. Since ISIS doesn’t not have a country or formal recognition as a country, the next level is to stop Muslims and develop a strategy, something our administration is lacking in. If we don’, there will be more San Bernadino’s type events in the news…

      • Barry – I don’t think “the next level is to stop Muslims” from entering the USA. The main reason that Carter did it was because of the hostages. There probably will be more mass shootings in the USA. That’s the sad part. The political parties are too partisan to want to do anything. Thanks, -JmB

  2. My wife’s family in Sweden wishes their leaders had closed their borders to Muslims years ago. They are facing a tragedy there.

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