Friday, November 11, 2016

The hate show starts early

With Donald Trump losing the popular vote by about 400,000 and counting, his supporters are wasting no time in spreading his racism, misogyny and religious intolerance throughout the country.

It's not really surprising. This is the rhetoric that got Trump elected. His supporters love him for saying what they feel.

Unlike the anti-Trump protests throughout the country, the Trump hate won't fade over time.

It'll be with us for possibly another eight years. It's here in Oregon, even Bend.

Those of us who are disgusted by the Trump-led hate need to speak out.

In that vein, it was gratifying to read on ESPN, of all places, what Gregg Popovich, the esteemed coach of the San Antonio Spurs, had to say about the election.

He expressed exactly what more than half the country feels about Trump and this shameful election.

Here is a sample:

"I'm still sick to my stomach, and not basically because the Republicans won or anything, but the disgusting tenor, tone and all the comments that have been xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic," he said before the Spurs' home game against the Detroit Pistons. "And I live in that country where half the people ignored all that to elect someone. That's the scariest part of [the] whole thing to me."

"What gets lost in the process are African-Americans, Hispanics, women and the gay population, not to mention the eighth-grade developmental stage exhibited by him when he made fun of the handicapped person," he said. "I mean, come on. That's what an eighth-grade bully does, and he was elected president of the United States. We would have scolded our kids. We would have had discussions and talked until we were blue in the face trying to get them to understand these things. And he is in charge of our country. That's disgusting."

Thank you, Popovich. It took guts to say what you did. I hope other leaders do the same.

1 comment:

  1. They are speaking out. Onward social justice warrior.