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Day 315 – Lighting the National Christmas Tree Should Be a Moment of Peace and Grace, Mr. President. We Have Some Suggestions For Not Messing That Up.

Day 315 – Lighting the National Christmas Tree Should Be a Moment of Peace and Grace, Mr. President. We Have Some Suggestions For Not Messing That Up.

Image from Obama White House Archives

Mr. President,

Tonight you will be lighting the National Christmas Tree and taking part in the ceremonies of the evening. I hope that you have taken the time to visit the website, which provides a historical look at the ceremony.

There are 95 years of history involved in this event, which takes place virtually right outside your door in President’s Park. This is part of the National Park Service whose budget you have wanted to slash. Luckily, there is enough money for lighting the tree, lights paid for by General Electric.

According to the website, this “American holiday tradition continues to bring citizens together to share in a message of hope and peace.” You will be stepping up to light the tree just as Calvin Coolidge did in 1923. I can only hope that you will honor this country and this event with the grace and humility it requires.

Please have a speech prepared by literate and capable speechwriters, who have thoroughly researched the occasion, and have the appropriate words for this institution.

Please, do not veer off topic. This is NOT a political rally. Do not make it one.

Please walk the Pathway of Peace with your family and reflect on your great good fortune. America has treated you well. You have had a privileged life. Take a moment to lift up those who struggle every day with racism, sexism, oppression of many kinds.

Please do not use this event to ratchet up the hate speech – against anyone. Not the leader of North Korea or other world leaders you disagree with, not the Democrats, nor any other person or group that you demonize. Use this occasion to be loving and generous, and if you can’t do that, then don’t say a word. Just flip the switch.

Please use this opportunity to present a message of hope. Instead of swiping at people and calling them names, think of ways to support and care for others – like women and people of color in this country.

Please do not bring up Roy Moore and your despicable support for him. Keep your racist and sexist comments out of the light of the Christmas tree and show us a better self.

Please consider the bounty we have as Americans and the gifts that each individual brings to the future of this country. Think of the gifts you might give to immigrant families, to the poorest of our citizens, to prisoners in custody. You have been given a position that commands attention. Use it for good.

Tonight you will be lighting the National Christmas Tree. This is a symbol of hope and peace and unity.

Don’t disrespect it.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

Day 314 – Another No Good, Very Bad Day, Mr. President.

Day 314 – Another No Good, Very Bad Day, Mr. President.

Image from Melville House Books

Mr. President,

What a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day in the news.

I awoke to see that North Korea now has the capability to launch missiles to the East Coast of the United States.  Was I encouraged by your response that we will “take care of it?”  Not exactly.  North Korea has only escalated their missile tests and aggressive rhetoric since you took office.  Why should we believe that you have the capability to “deal” with North Korea and negotiate with them towards the extinction of their nuclear program, given the fact that you love escalating EVERYTHING?

Ah, but that was only the beginning.

You decided to re-tweet anti-Muslim videos from a British account known for its anti-Muslim content. Your talking head Sarah Huckabee Sanders said two things that were shocking to me.  First, that it didn’t matter whether the videos were real.  Really?  As a die-hard proponent of killing fake-news, wouldn’t you be at all interested in whether you were broadcasting material that was fake?  Why give more encouragement to seedy organizations like Project Veritas, whose aim it seems is to develop fake news to further their political aims?

Second, she stated that “I think [your] goal is to promote strong borders and strong national security.” And later added that she and the reporters were talking about border security so your tweets were “accomplishing exactly that.”  Um, please pass along to Ms. Sanders that I believe she is confused. They were talking about your inane tweets, not border security!

It gets even better.

The pièce de résistance of the day is how you responded to Matt Lauer’s termination at NBC.  By supporting the victim(s)?  Not quite.  By condemning inappropriate sexual behavior?  Nope, guess again. By attacking NBC as a harbinger of “fake news” and by suggesting we should look into Chairman Andy Lack’s past.  Of course, no one has any idea what you were talking about, but why should that be a surprise?  You’ve yet again taken a tragedy and turned it into your own aggrievement.

I’ll think I’ll move to Australia.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

Day 313 – You And Roy Moore Have So Much In Common, Mr. President.

Day 313 – You And Roy Moore Have So Much In Common, Mr. President.

Image from the BBC

Mr. President,

There’s a special place in hell for people who prey on children. I’ve yet to see a valid explanation and I have no reason to doubt the victims’ accounts.”—Ivanka Trump on Roy Moore

Ouch! That has to hurt. Does your daughter even know about your association with Jeffrey Epstein? What about the woman who accused Epstein and you of sexually assaulting (aka raping) her and another girl (aka sex slave) over several months in 1994? She was thirteen years old at the time. Huh, 1994. When was your daughter born? She would’ve been thirteen at the time. Suddenly, images of your teenage daughter posing on your lap seem less and less innocuous. Eww.

In 2005, you bragged about “grabbing pussy” because you’re rich and entitled and can get away with it (Ivanka was twenty-one years old). You managed to dodge the proverbial bullet on that and the multiple lawsuits and settlements filed against you over the years for sexual misconduct and still get elected. But today, with the truth coming out in every corner of America about how women have been systematically abused, harassed, defiled, and discriminated against, you could have been a champion of over half of the country’s population. You coulda been a contender.

“The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.”—Albert Einstein

It’s not a question of American women being preyed upon, nor is it a question of inevitability. No, the question here is “how many times?” Forced into accepting hush money and signing non-disclosures while predators are free to malign and discredit the women they’ve paid off, or worse, having domestic abuse accusations thrown out in court, rape victims being dragged through the mud…Well, I’m here to say that women all around this country are done. We are yelling, “Fuck the status quo!” from the rooftops. The band-aid of silence has not only been torn off, the underlying rot is being excised.

So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.—James 4:17

If you think you will come out of this unscathed, think again. Instead of being outraged by the accusations (have an honest conversation with your daughters, with your wife, and ask them to enumerate the abuses they’ve most certainly endured), you decided to support Roy Moore. Roy Moore? Color me not-surprised.

Do you really know who you are supporting? I mean, Roy Moore. Homophobic, sexual predator of young girls, tax-evader Roy Moore. A man who once was a Democratic then flipped. A man who knows the court system and how to use it to best promote his own self-interests. Wow, I didn’t even plan that.

Here are a few other tidbits that you might not know—and these, I promise, are all on Roy Moore:

By the way, the girl was 12! Any sexual history on her part was a rape perpetrated upon her.

This is your guy, Mr. President? Roy Moore? I didn’t even mention his bigotry against the LGBT community, nor his gun-waiving rhetoric, or even his refusal to follow the determinations of the Supreme Court. For a judge, he is a lawless man who warps our country’s legal system to support his views, accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars from The Foundation for Moral Law, a foundation that neglected to report his “salary” to the IRS. Roy Moore?

Every day you manage to lower the bar of your presidency. You will do so again tomorrow, and again next week, next month, and so on. Now, I don’t personally believe in hell, but I do believe in karma. And it is karma to which I cleave, knowing one day that there will be a reckoning.

Sincerely,

Letter2Trump

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Day 312 – Racist-in-Chief: Thanks For Supplying a Timely Example, Mr. President.

Day 312 – Racist-in-Chief: Thanks For Supplying a Timely Example, Mr. President.

Image from the NY Daily News

Mr. President,

I thought we covered things fairly well yesterday. We were pretty blunt in calling you a racist. Didn’t really mince words there at all. We supported our assertion with evidence and reckoned back to past letters, which also addressed your racist actions and words.

And then today, you took the opportunity, at a ceremony honoring World War II veteran Navajo code talkers, to lash out with a racial slur at Senator Warren. In the middle of remarks that clearly had no literate speech writer behind them, you chose to belittle the veterans, their culture and their service to our nation by again using a reference to a historic Native American figure and turning it into a derogatory nickname for someone who you clearly feel threatened by (no question that she is your intellectual, emotional, and political superior, by the way).

And then you had the nerve to clasp one of the men on the shoulder and say “But do you know what? I like you.” Like that made your racist comment ok or more palatable because you like Native Americans. Frankly, Mr. President, this is a lot like people who spout white supremacist bullcrap saying, “How can I be racist when some of my friends are black?”

Whoever staged the event also apparently missed the irony of holding a ceremony to honor Native Americans directly under the gaze of a painting of Andrew Jackson, the president responsible for the Indian Removal Policy, forcibly tearing Native Americans from their homes and their land. The ensuing forced marches, like the Trail of Tears endured by the Cherokee people, resulted in the deaths of thousands of men, women and children. So someone either failed to do their homework, or, even worse, did it and somehow decided that this ceremony was a good opportunity to subtly send a message to Native Americans about how little the president actually values them and their contributions to our country, or rather the country white people stole from them.

In the future, if you want to sound intelligent and like you care how other people perceive you, you could try taking issue with the things Senator Warren does, her stance on issues, as opposed to wearing your racism with pride and slinging insults at her. For instance, you could question her backing of Leandra English as the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, while you want Office of Budget and Management Director Mick Mulvaney to have the job, because who better to run the CFPB than someone who really just wants to shut it down?

Or, Racist-In-Chief, you could just keep going off script and letting your true colors show. Better, I suppose, to really know our enemy.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

 

Day 311 – You Are Racist-in-Chief, Mr. President.

Day 311 – You Are Racist-in-Chief, Mr. President.

Image originally from Twitter

Mr.  President,

Well, it looks like you’ve had another bad week; your support of an Alabamian pedophile and your vilification of his opponent (Did you know Mr. Jones successfully prosecuted the Klansmen who bombed a church and killed four little girls?  Oh, of course you did, everyone knows that.) has once again poured salt in the gaping wound that is now the GOP; Ivanka seems to have gone rogue in her condemnation of the pedophile (kids, they’ll drive you crazy with that critical thinking); gosh darn it, but it seems that Mike Flynn won’t return any of your calls or rather Ty Cobb’s calls (hey, have you guys ever heard of the term ‘ghosting’?  Google It.); and that smooth move you tried over at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is sure to trigger another headache.  Gee, I hope your Thanksgiving dinner was ok.   As tantalizing and important as all of this would be to discuss, I don’t have either the luxury, or the energy to get into this with you today. I want to discuss your racism.

I know, I know, we’ve been over this before in the Philando Castile letter, the empathy letter, hell, I think I devoted a section to it in the Boy Scout letter, but Mr. Trump, I never did define your actions as racism or you as a racist.  Today I’m stating it outright: you are a racist and your actions promote and normalize racism. When you were a D-list celebrity aggressively seeking mentions on Page Six (RIP Liz), your philosophy mattered very little to me, much like I deride the opinions of the keyboard warriors that valiantly sit in their mothers’ basements eating Cheetos and defending your honor on Breitbart and Fox News message boards.  But you see, now you have moved your pompadour and your simplistic slogans to the highest office in the land, and people are emboldened by the casual way you tweet bigotry, the nonchalant way you label large demographics of people dangerous and/or incompetent, and the shameless way you equate white supremacists with anti-racist activists. It’s personal. Your chickens are coming over to my yard to roost and I am hardly the one to let them roost.

I have not the time nor the inclination to educate you on the evils of institutional racism; you seem well-versed already as to how to use it as a beneficial political and financial tool. Instead, take this as a lesson: African American citizens by and large are not like your secretary of HUD, who cannot find his way out of an elevator, or your…what does Omarosa do again…your how-to-dupe-black-people-without-self-loathing-issues-into-liking-you secretary, who didn’t understand that the White House is not a wedding photo back drop.  We are educated, understand the Constitution, and are not likely to tolerate any move on your part to introduce MAGA legislation that endangers our children, like your CUT, CUT, CUT tax plan. We won’t allow you to MAGA the Department of Justice and prevent it from investigating hate crimes in police departments, nor any other institution.  We sure as hell won’t permit you to push a national “stop and frisk” policy forward in MAGA’s name. No, Mr. Trump, we are none of your skeins-mates.

Further, we are going to work to protect our Muslim, Latino, LGBTQ, and women (not Lena Dunham, though) from your tiny, tiny, hands. We’ll take your lead and sue the snot out of you for every travel ban, every infringement on reproductive rights, and every roll back of antidiscrimination protections.  You will be very busy, Donald, believe me.

Donny, I’m almost glad you have wallowed in the mud of racism, not because I plan to get into the filth to combat you, I won’t, but because it’s refreshing to see a person eschew company manners in order to reveal their true hearts. Be assured, we the people are revealing ours, and not that this is a contest, but…I imagine the size of your heart coincides with the size of your tiny, tiny hands.

Sincerely,

Letters2Trump

P.S. That was definitely you on the Access Hollywood tape.

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