Back in 2009, President Barack Obama said, “[e]lections have consequences.” Fast forward to 2017, and I’ve got President Obama’s words ringing in my ears.
Since Donald Trump moved into the Oval Office, he has:
- been caught promoting himself with fake magazine covers;
- insulted America’s intelligence services;
- lied to the Boy Scouts of America.
- taken steps to weaken the countries national security;
- attempted to ban Muslim people from entering the United States;
- rolled back common-sense protections for citizens’ and consumers’ rights;
- banned transgender patriots from serving in the military;
- slandered and insulted countless public officials and private citizens;
- promoted stripping vulnerable American of their healthcare;
- placed environmental and human health—domestically and abroad—at grave risk;
- insulted democratically-elected leaders of other countries;
- raised the specter of nuclear war with North Korea;
- obstructed justice;
- made critical hires based on nepotism and favoritism; and, among other things,
- continued to campaign as though it was still the late summer of 2016.
None of this is normal.
However, I can’t help but hope that swing voters in every state are watching. Because elections, and the decisions that come after them, have consequences. Just ask George W. Bush and the Republicans of 2008.
It’s Thursday the 27th of July, 2017.
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