It’s been a few days since Donald Trump’s third Muslim ban was allowed by the Supreme Court. In a 7-2 decision, the Court released two orders that would lift the temporary block of Muslim ban 3.0, automatically putting it into effect. This comes just a few days after Senate passed his tax reform bill, and just a few days before he officially declared Jerusalem as the capital of Israel that resulted in the death of more Palestinians. Through his seemingly never-ending reckless decisions, Trump seems to be trying to prove one thing: that he not only seeks to divide the U.S. further apart, but also the world.
It almost seems as though a bulk of the public still fails to realize the magnitude of power that the president of the United States holds. We sit back and say that there is no way a promise made by him could possibly turn into reality–until it does. What’s more, some people still expect everyone to respect him as a president, and even worse, a person.
What supporters of Trump fail to realize is that he doesn’t have an ounce of respect for us, for our people, or for most other groups that make this country great. I will not respect someone who wholeheartedly believes and is coaxing others to believe that the religion I identify with is nothing but pure evil. And I will absolutely not respect someone who thinks just as little of other minorities as well – immigrants, members of the LGBTQ community, Black people, women, etc. My tolerance level for all-out bigotry, insensitivity, closed-mindedness and discrimination has reached an all-time low this year, as I’m sure many of you can relate to.
In addition to his recently inflammatory actions, the Republican party that increasingly serves as Trump’s institutionalized support has overlooked a number of allegations pertaining to sexual assault. Trump has repeatedly proven that he would take the side of the assaulter over the side of the victim any day, from praising Roy Moore despite his sexual assault allegations, to his own audio recordings being released to the public.
He has sided with who he described as “very fine people,” self-identified as Nazis during the Charlottesville protests, instead of denouncing their actions and beliefs. The condemnation instead took place at his speech about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, bashing players like Colin Kaepernick for “disrespecting” the flag as well as the troops that have served this country. A few other things Trump has done is repeatedly lie about relations with Russia, insult Native American chiefs and Native American people in general, push the plan to build a wall, no matter how impractical, normalize the KKK, heighten the feud between the U.S. and North Korea, and attempt to bring shame to the people of Puerto Rico in the wake of a natural disaster.
If anything, let his actions remind everyone of some of the worst things Trump has “accomplished” in the few months that he has been in power and serve as fuel to amplify resistance efforts. His impulsivity is dangerous to all of us. We as people of this country deserve to have a voice, and we must keep making it known that we are not ok with how this country is being run.