Presidential debate, Trump is a danger to everything

Presidential debate, Trump is a danger to everything

Last night at the first presidential debate, Trump continued his stochastic terrorism against the US Constitution and its people. Telling the white supremacist, Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” and ordering his unaffiliated white supremacist supporters to “go into the polls and watch very closely.”

The United States has been officially at war for a large portion of my life. I know the United States has a horrible history, but even with all that history I have never in my life witnessed a sitting president unhinged and unrestrained on the public stage. 

I’m not going to wax poetically about debate techniques. There were none. You need two people to debate. Biden is sane and Trump is a narcissistic, sadistic, lying, disgrace. From Trump it was just lie after lie after lie. If you are from the “well, they’re both the same.” Go away. This is no longer theory time, we’re in actual practice. You inspiring Mercutios, your false equivalences and self-serving neutrality will not save you nor absolve you. Trump is actively bludgeoning the civic order. 

Trump’s words to his supporters was not a dog whistle. A dog whistle is silent and covert. Trump literally told his supporters to intimidate US citizens at the polls on a national stage. 

He told them to prepare for violence.

There are no safe states in this election. In New York, we had over 100,000 mail-in ballots misprinted, impacting a large portion of Black voters. If this is happening in New York, I shudder to think about what is happening in Arizona, Alabama, and Mississippi. 

And while people say that the military is not with Trump, so talks of coups are hyperbole, those people seemed to have missed WW2. 

Trump views the Proud Boys as his Storm Detachment (SA). The SA was Hitler’s paramilitary. He did not need the German military. He just needed a few people who weren’t afraid to get physical and an underestimating public to rise to power. 

Regarding the violent Proud Boy organized rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that killed Heather Heyer in 2017, Trump stated, “you also had people that were very fine people, on both sides.”

The Proud Boys is a white supremacist, neo-fascist, far-right, men-only organization founded in New York in roughly in 2016 by Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes. 

McInnes was one of the original purveyors of hipster racism. He successfully laid the groundwork for a generation of new racists that hid in the open under edgy jokes. 

On McInnes from the Eagle in 2005, “As one of three founders of Vice magazine, the traditional media’s snarky, renegade counterpart, McInnes is a purveyor of the good, the bad, the ugly and the politically incorrect. Deemed by some as potty-mouthed, by others as ethnically insensitive, and still by others as simply perverted.”

I hope last night was a wake-up call. 

Trump has no intention of doing anything but continuing to burn the Constitution for the insurance money. Trump is not random. He is actively planning harm. 

We have the tools to remove him, and we must do what we can to remove that vile human being and all the Senators who enabled him from the White House.  

Teka Lo, Public Intellectuals


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