Trump's hate comes home to roost

To the editor,

The chickens have come home to roost on Donald Trump’s version of American greatness.

For years, Trump’s stock in trade has been promotion of fear, anger and resentment, and demonization of the “other.” The logical outcome of this is hatred, which all too often leads to violence.

Preferred targets have been Muslims and people fleeing violence & poverty in Central America, hoping for a
safer, better life in America. But Trump calls them an invasion of vermin, rapists & criminals. Trump has given a wink, wink, nudge, nudge to white supremacist hate groups.

Trump has been busy stoking these attitudes this summer. At a May campaign rally in Florida, he asked how do we stop the invasion. Someone in the audience yelled, “Shoot them.” Others laughed. Trump joked that “only in the panhandle” can you get away with that.

In July he was busy attacking four uppity young congresswomen of color, telling them to go back where they came from. At a campaign rally that week, his stoked-up crowd started chanting, “Send her back, send her back... ,” targeting one of the four congresswomen who wasn’t born in the U.S. Trump did nothing to tamp this down. Then at the end of July, Trump took aim at Baltimore and its black congressman Elijah Cummings.

But all through this, Hispanics from south of the border have been Trump’s most consistent target. On Aug. 2- 3 we had two horrific mass shootings, in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. A young white supremacist drove several hours to El Paso to target Hispanics.

Trump responded Aug. 5 with a scripted speech that called out hatred and white supremacists. He called the El Paso shooter evil. It sounded good, but how long will it take him to get back to promoting fear, anger and hatred? It’s who he is.

– Carole McWilliams, Bayfield