The political climate heightened by election season has many folks including myself on edge lately. Older folks have stated to me that it’s nothing like they’ve ever seen in political history.
The amount of vitriol, hate, racism, xenophobia , sexism, Anti LGBT rights and violence spewed by Trump has literally already waged a war between parties while we are only in the nomination stage of the campaign trail.
On Monday night, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders accused Trump of inciting violence and although people in the farther left have issues with Clinton because of things like her pro death penalty stance and her statements against decriminalizing sex work, Clinton stated she was the only candidate that had more votes than Trump and therefore would be the better candidate in the democratic party to run against him putting Sanders supporters in a predicament.
Chicago was in a state of unrest after Trump had to cancel his rally there following a series of violent acts carried out by his supporters and encouraged by Trump while earlier on his campaign trail a group of black college students were removed from a one of his rallies in Georgia for seemingly no reason at all.
Trump has consistently condoned his supporters violent and hateful behavior and egged them on by stating that he would pay their legal fees if they got violent with his protesters. he has offered lengthy and nostalgic rants on his love of violent retribution. On the eve of the Nevada caucus when a protester was being escorted out, Trump was quoted as saying:
"He's smiling. See, he's having a good time. Oh, I love the old days, you know? You know what I hate? There's a guy, totally disruptive, throwing punches, we're not allowed to punch back anymore. I love the old days, you know what they used to do to guys like that when they were in a place like this? They'd be carried out in a stretcher, folks. Oh, it's true."
Trump then began to make a fuss that "the guards are very gentle with him," before carrying on with "I'd like to punch him in the face, I'll tell you.” As the crowd roared.
"If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them," Trump urged his supporters. Were anyone to feel worried about being prosecuted for assault in such a scenario, Trump assured that, "I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees."
Since then the violence has increased, Trump however doesn’t seem to take any of this seriously as some have compared his antics to reality TV while the consequences have been real and terrifying.
I certainly am not one for censorship but his hate speech is infecting the minds of susceptible people who are now directing their anger in dangerous ways. So when lives could potentially be on the line, where do we draw the line?
High school students in Indiana are now chanting “Build a wall” at Latino students from a rival school while a black activist yelled “Black lives matter” at a Trump rally in Birmingham, AL only to be beaten, kicked, punched, and almost choked by an angry mob of Trump supporters and then escorted out while Trump defended his supporters violent behavior.
Much of his even his worst hate speech is protected under the first amendment but the question of actually inciting violence as both of his democratic opponents as well as democrats in general have charged him with will come down to what he tells his supporters to do at his rallies for which evidence is constantly building.
The lack of substance at his debates and rallies are certainly disconcerting enough, proving that in America as long as you are wealthy enough that even with absolutely no political experience, you can do just about anything you want.
The fact that Trump has been endorsed by the members of the Ku Klux Klan speaks for itself but when asked what he thought of the endorsement, Trump stumbled and deflected the issue by saying he didn’t know anything about it and refused to reject the endorsement.
The republican party itself has even distanced itself from Donald Trump and when you’re too much of an extremist for the republican party, there’s definitely a problem. In a strategic move the G.O.P. had republican hero Mitt Romney attempt to sway voters by speaking out against the leading republican candidate.
Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has already given hope to some of the disenfranchised americans dedicated to fleeing their country if Trump wins by welcoming them refuge in Canada.
For me, a low income queer mother of a biracial daughter whose father is a political refugee, A trump presidency would not only negatively impact myself, my loved ones and my community in terribly negative ways that I don’t want to begin to imagine. For many of us, just the possibility that a man like Trump be elected for president is unnerving enough.
That said, even my most politically apathetic friends and acquaintances that don’t usually exercise their voting rights plan on doing so this election to help do what they can to prevent a Trump presidency. I hope we can all take that initiative.