You'll Be OK, Governor, When Historians Ponder the Trump Phenomenon

Friday, May 6, 2016

Prior to World War II in the United States of America, Italian immigrants were commonly referred to as Wops and Dagos, and if an Italian immigrant achieved notable success in business, his wealth was often attributed to imagined ties to the Mafia.

No one looks back on that state of affairs today and thinks it was anything but an abomination.
Donald Trump has categorized all Mexican immigrants as “rapists,” and on Twitter he’s said “the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by blacks and Hispanics...,” as if ethnicity and race were determinants of an individual’s criminal tendencies.

Trump has also proposed banning anyone who adheres to  Islam from entering the U.S., and creating a national database with information on all Muslims residing in the U.S., the better for government to track their movements, our sacred Constitution be damned.
Then there are Trump’s attitudes toward women; he’s long been a raging embarrassment on that score.  In an interview with Esquire magazine in 1991, he said, “You know, it doesn’t really matter what (the media) write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

In “Trump: The Art of the Comeback,” published in 1997, Trump said, “Women have one of the great acts of all time.  The smart ones act very feminine and needy, but inside they are real killers.  The person who came up with the expression ‘the weaker sex’ was either very na├»ve or had to be kidding.  I have seen women manipulate men with just a twitch of their eye – or perhaps another body part.”
Millions of Americans already regard those comments, proposals and attitudes as abominations. And a generation from now, most Americans will not be able to comprehend how in God’s name the Republican Party nominated for president a man who thinks and speaks and feels that way.

Charlie Baker said the other day, again, that he will not vote for Trump in November.
I don’t know if our Republican governor was thinking in historical dimensions or concerning himself with how future generations might assess his position on Trump.

It could be that he simply believes Trump is not well qualified for the presidency.  (Our governor abhors incompetence.)
Either way, Charlie, you made the right move.

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