No individual has disgraced and diminished the office of the presidency with his puerile conduct more than Donald Trump. Vladimir Putin could not be more pleased with his handiwork and the damage that Trump is inflicting on the status and moral leadership of the presidency. Trump is systematically attempting to dismantle the foundational principles, values and mores of American democracy.
Putin pal Donald Trump is no position to question the patriotism of any American.
Over the weekend, Donald Trump turned his plan to divide Americans on America’s professional sports teams and athletes — in particular, African-American athletes who protest police violence against minorities — something Donald Trump has encouraged, Trump’s speech encouraging police to be ‘rough’, and more recently, to protest Trump’s failure to adequately condemn white supremacist hate speech after Charlottesville.
In this regard, the U.S. Congress unanimously agrees that Trump has failed to adequately condemn white supremacist hate speech. Congress takes Trump to task over his Charlottesville comments.
President Trump is trying to silence athletes who protest police violence in his “law and order,” i.e. , institutional racism world, and more directly, silence critics of his white supremacy by attempting to reframe their protests as unpatriotic and disrespect for the flag. “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel” – Samuel Johnson, 1775.
We have seen this right-wing play before when the Bush-Cheney regime tried to silence the Dixie Chicks for their public criticism of their unnecessary and illegal war in Iraq. Like the Dixie Chicks, NFL players, coaches and owners were Not Ready to Make Nice on Sunday.