The Inhumanity Of Donald Trump.
Let's get this out of the way first: like most living, breathing, legitimate voters, I voted for Donald Trump in 2020. I didn't vote at all in 2016. I knew Hillary was fake and corrupt, but I couldn't work out my feelings about Trump back then. I had a nagging feeling he was going to let us down in a big way, so I stayed home. But after four years of watching him at least attempt to do good things for America while the Communists and their Democratic Party allies worked endlessly to tear him apart, my opinion of Trump began to change. By 2020 he had won me over, and I enthusiastically gave him my support and my vote.
But since then my enthusiasm has been slipping away, mostly due to the words coming out of his own mouth.
Trump's positions on two issues are so callous and insensitive I have to wonder just how decent and moral a man he really is.
The first issue is his unrepentant stance on the covid vaccines. When he announced Operation Warp Speed, even his critics were hopeful the program would be a success. And when the vaccines reached the market in record time, we trusted they would be as "safe and effective" as promised. But it didn't take long before reports began coming in about horrible side effects and deaths among the jabbed. Many of us saw early-on that something was seriously wrong with the vaccines, but the media suppressed the carnage while the government continued its "safe and effective" propaganda. And Trump's support for the vaccines continued even after he left office in 2021. The body count kept growing, with CDC reports indicating tens of thousands of victims of vaccine harm. But Trump didn't warn us. He didn't tell us to stop getting vaccinated. He kept on being a cheerleader for the jabs, even when the death toll surpassed 34,000 people in the US alone, plus hundreds of thousands who were seriously injured but haven't (yet) died.
In late 2021 Trump said "I came up with a vaccine, with three vaccines, all are very, very good.," referring to the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson shots. He didn't mention the risks. He didn't mention the injuries. He didn't mention the dead.
At a rally in Alabama, Trump told the crowd “I recommend, take the vaccines. I did it. It’s good. Take the vaccines.”
In an interview he told Candace Owens, "People aren’t dying when they take the vaccine.” But people were dying, and people are still dying from Trump's experimental vaccines. And to this day in 2023, he still hasn't acknowledged the harm being done nor apologized to any of its victims or the families of the dead.
As if Trump's insensitivity on the vaccine issue isn't enough, he's now stumbled into another controversy that makes him look cold and out of touch. On April 18 he posted a video on his Truth Social account titled "Homelessness Plan."
In it, Trump said "the homeless, the drug-addicted, and the violent and dangerously deranged" had ruined America's cities, "turn every park and sidewalk into a place for them to squat and do drugs. When I'm back in the White House, we will use every tool, lever, and authority" to "end the scourge of homelessness and make our cities clean and safe and beautiful once again."
How would he do this? "Working with states, we will ban urban camping wherever possible…. We will then open up large parcels of inexpensive land; bring in doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, and drug rehab specialists; and create tent cities where the homeless can be relocated and their problems identified."
Let's unpack this. He calls homelessness a "scourge", which is essentially saying the homeless themselves are a scourge. We've all seen homeless encampments in big cities and no one would argue that they're good for the communities they exist in. But Trump is implying the homeless aren't quite human and need to be cleared out of the cities in which they live, the same cities where they likely grew up, and still have family, friends, and some level of support. His plan makes poverty a crime, punishable by losing one's right to live freely without government interference. Do the homeless use drugs? Some do, but not all of them. And while drug abuse can cause homelessness, it's also true that homelessness often leads to drug abuse. When people lose hope, they find ways to numb the pain. Are the homeless "violent and dangerously deranged"? No more so than the general population. Most, in fact, prefer to stay calm to avoid any encounters with the police.
I agree that having more doctors, psychiatrists, social workers, and drug rehab specialists would be helpful, but these resources need to be available where people are right now. Rounding people up and shipping them off like cattle to government-run tent cities is inhumane and reminiscent of how the Nazi's treated the Jews and anyone else they considered to be undesirable. Trump's plan completely ignores that the United States has an affordable housing shortage of nearly 7 million homes. It ignores that rents across the country have nearly doubled in the past year while wages have remained stagnant. It ignores that local zoning regulations and building codes, along with inflation, have made the cost of home construction prohibitively high. Cheaper options such as tiny houses and mobile homes are banned in many cities, leaving low income earners few choices other than sleeping in their cars or living in tents. Here in the world's richest nation, we have senior citizens being evicted due to staggering rent increases, with nowhere to go. Trump would force them onto a bus and ship them to a tent city where they would live with all the other undesirables...the drug addicted, the violent, the dangerously deranged.
Trump's plan is the most immoral, inhumane, out of touch proposal I've ever heard from a man who seriously thinks he deserves to sit in the White House again. Combined with his shockingly insensitive and unapologetic stance on the covid vaccines, I have to wonder if he truly has the moral character to make America great again.
We need to find out before November 2024.