On the face of it, this sounds like an outlandish question – ridiculous you might even say. However, let`s look a bit more closely and examine the facts.
We keep on hearing about the electoral base that brought President Trump to power. His base ranges from Liberal Conservatives right down to Neo-Nazis, Klansmen and a range of White Supremacy groups.
Mr Trump used sexism, racism, homophobia, and Islamaphobia to establish his credentials, to prove his commitment to the notion of the mythical past existence of a utopian, white Anglo-Saxon, Protestant America, where wholesome and functional family units celebrated the American dream, the Super bowl, thanksgiving and white Christmases in Church. An America in which men were men, macho, virile and straight and where women knew their place.
He openly insults women with regularity. His comments about Mexicans and Muslims would have landed him in the courts in the UK. He would have been taken down by The Sun, Daily Mail, the Guardian and the Daily Mirror. His political career would have been killed off quickly. His latest ramblings make Nigel Farage look almost reasonable and diversity friendly.
Depressingly in America, he was allowed to continue and campaign until he reached the top. His Presidency veers from one daily crisis to another. Not to mention the fact that he appears to be close to starting a war with North Korea.
Edmund Burke famously wrote ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.’ and ‘Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it.’ These words could not resonate more.
Mr. Trump seems to be under the impression that he is in a confidence and supply arrangement with the right (including the Alt-right) and that he was voted in by them and that he should not betray them by calling out elements of the right for what they really are.
He didn’t do it on Saturday which created a Political storm and only under pressure did he call them out on Monday, but it all seemed contrived and insincere.
Then we had the sensational outing of the real Donald Trump with him creating an equivalency between anti-racist protesters and the Nazi, White, KKK Supremacists who were marching robotically to torch light, quietly chanting “You will not replace us”, “Jews will not replace us” and “Blood and soil”. They had in common a chilling, glazed and brainwashed look and it was all very reminiscent of images of Nazi Germany.
It was like Mr. Trump had received a telephone call from Arch White Supremacist David Duke, reminding him of his obligations to the far right. Mr. Trump “went rogue” as described by one of his advisors during a press conference. He went off script and began to speak freely and if we take his words at face value we can see that Trump felt that some of the Alt-right marchers were “fine people”.
Mr. Trump is taking America into a cess pit which might take it decades to get back out of. Millions of non-whites, non-protestant LGBT, Jewish, Muslim, Latino Americans will be sleeping less easily of late.
It is time for all good people to speak out.
I leave you with a very poignant poem from Pastor Martin:
First, they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.