On Friday night, President Obama tore into presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump for his shameful determination to further divide the country with his ethnonationalist scapegoating and continuous stream of lies about the state of our union.
Speaking at a fundraiser, the President slammed Trump for “looking for scapegoats [and] ignoring the evidence” and called for unity, asking Americans to “assume the best in each other and not the worst” following the massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, which the right-wing has been desperately trying to paint as a terrorist conspiracy when evidence points to a lone wolf homophobe with deep-set mental issues and easy access to dangerous firearms.
“We don’t have time for charlatans and we don’t have time for hatred and we don’t have time for bigotry and we don’t have time for film-flam and we don’t have the luxury of just popping off and saying just whatever comes to the top of our heads. Don’t have time for that” said the President with palpable frustration.
Donald Trump has been the epitome of a post-knowledge campaign, running on a platform of lies that could be debunked by even a cursory fact-check but that have largely gone unchallenged by the mainstream media. He is relentless with his demonization of Muslim-Americans and Hispanic immigrants, blaming them for making our country unsafe (it isn’t) and for channeling misplaced frustrations about the stagnation of wages and income inequality in our nation against people coming to the United States in search of the opportunities that our forefathers came here seeking.
Trump represents the very worst aspects of the human spirit. His message is one of the brutish, primitive emotions of fear, ignorance, and violence that do not deserve a place in the civilized discourse of a multicultural society, and we cannot allow this barbarous cur to become our President.
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Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.