Listen son, come sit down for a second. It’s time we had a talk. We’ve been waiting as long as we can to avoid having to do this, but there comes a day in every boy’s life when he must learn. And it’s every parent’s right to be the one to tell them. So here it goes.
It’s time we talked about Donald Trump.
Amazingly, this is a conversation many parents have probably been forced to have with their kids over the last several weeks.
Because believe it or not, this weekend brought us to a new low in the Republican campaign. Calling it a train wreck is an insult to train wrecks.
We now live in a country where the front-runner for one of our major political parties is not only a bigot, but an instigator and an advocate for violence.
Since his campaign began, Trump rallies have been marked by protesters. And the aggressive and feisty tone that he has taken with these protesters has been well documented. And it all came to a head last Friday in Chicago, when violence caused one of his rallies to be canceled.
You know, Chicago. A heavily diverse city with many minorities, particularly Blacks and Latinos. As in, the same people who Trump has been subtly and not-so-subtly insulting for the past year.
If you spew hatred, it’ll come right back at you.
Trump has been so divisive that his mere presence drives people to violence. Foreign leaders are comparing him to Hitler and Mussolini. And even fellow Republican presidential candidates, who all signed a pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee, are beginning to waver.
This is not good. And it’s pretty clear that people who still support Trump are enjoying the chaos that he’s causing in Washington right now, and simply don’t care enough to even understand the danger that would come about if we put him in the White House.
(Though, this eerily relevant 1964 campaign ad for Lyndon B. Johnson that’s making rounds on the Internet should hold true for many Republicans today.)
As much as I hate to say it, I think what we saw in Chicago is only the tip of the iceberg. The longer Trump sticks around, the more violence will ensue.
And while people will deflect blame to the protesters — who, I will fully admit are far from innocent — there’s no doubt that Trump’s hate speech is what has driven them to such desperate measures.
If you don’t want to see America be diminished to a riot state, if you believe that love prevails over hate, and if you truly want to see people of all cultures, races, religions and skin colors work together to solve problems, then stop voting for this clown.
Let’s make America great again.
To the point we were at before Donald Trump decided to run for president.