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Good Morning, and Welcome to Another Terrifying Week in Trump's America

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | June 5, 2017 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | June 5, 2017 |

Asking whether the President of the United States or the terrorists are a bigger threat to American Democracy may seem like an absurd question, but right now, it definitely feels like the former.

We have a doddering, mentally unstable, racist old man sitting in the White House watching and reacting to the fears stoked by Fox News, which is also the unofficial source of intelligence for the POTUS. This man creates policy in this country, and he sees terrorist attacks not as horrific act of violence but as a political opportunity, as validation of his Fox News-stoked fears, and he’s willing to bend the facts to suit his whims.

He also sees it as an opportunity to distract us from the Russia collusion/Comey/obstruction investigation, and an opportunity to consolidate power and overwhelm both the legislative and judicial branches. He’s attacking pluralistic values …

… he’s encouraging his supporters to arm themselves, and thanks to Fox News, many of those supporters believe that all Muslims are the enemy …

… he is railing against political correctness again, which as we all know is code for diminishing the empowered voices of non-white, non-male, non-straight people …

… and he’s aggressively pushing the Supreme Court to ignore the Constitution and enact what he now fully concedes is a “ban” against Muslims.

Donald Trump is empowering the enemy, and I’m not just talking about ISIS. He’s empowering men like Jeremy Christian, who killed two men and badly wounded another for trying to protect two young women who were the subject of anti-Muslim hate speech. He’s inflaming both extremes, and he wants to use the violence perpetrated to centralize his own power. He wants to erect walls, enforce religious bans, imprison people of color, and take away their civil rights. And he’s one terrorist attack away from justifying all of those actions, in his own mind anyway. Whether he successfully does so will depend on how defiant we are, and how much of a fight we are willing to put up in the wake of whatever terror arrives.

Good morning, and welcome to another terrifying week in Trump’s America.

We could have had this, y’all.

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