I am posting this in reply to comments between me and Erik in the RBG thread so as to not take that tread off-topic.
Erik, yes BLM has been around before the Trump presidency and so has racism and violence and riots and looting. None of that is new. What is new though is we have a President that cannot help but make these matters worse. He is a blow-hard, a bully and a flamethrower. He is absolutely the worst person I can imagine leading our country through the turmoil we are in. He brings out and emboldens the very worst in both the left and the right. Nobody is immune to it, including myself. I like to think of myself and a pretty calm person but far too often I now I see things that make me legitimately angry…I would hazard a guess that that goes for many other people on this board.
I said during the 2016 election that Trump was the most dangerous candidate of my lifetime. Fours years later I am confident that I was right. We are far more divided as a nation now that we have been in my 48 years. The hatred and violence is everywhere.
President Trump only makes matters worse. He is incapable of bringing people together and he just cannot seem to help but make matters worse. His campaign depends on fear and distrust. Fear of immigrants, fear of the evil Socialist democrats, distrust of our own government, fear and distrust of the fake main stream media etc, etc… . He has openly invited violence on a number of occasions. He continuously insults people. He has created a rage and hatred in followers and opponents alike.
Fear, hatred and a violence were around before Trump but like the amp in Spinal Tap, he has turned it up to 11. The longer he is President the worse these things will be. As a country we are more angry, more hateful, more violent and uglier…THIS is Trump’s America and I am sad for our country…