Question for the disillusioned black people who managed to ignore reality and vote for Donald Trump:
How’s that working out for you?
Because in the weeks since Trump’s stunning election win, the president-elect has managed to middle-finger African Americans every chance he got.
It started with his appointment of suspected white nationalist Steve Bannon, who will serve as Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor.
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It continued with Trump’s selection of Alabama Sen. Jeff Session to be his attorney general, a pick so egregious that Coretta Scott King returned from the grave to denounce it.
Then, Trump launched a Twitter tirade against U.S. Rep. John Lewis, who survived a cracked skull during a protest march to preserve the right for black people to vote.
And, as if all that weren’t enough, Trump abruptly canceled a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday visit to Washington D.C.’s Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture citing a scheduling conflict.
All this from the man who famously asked black voters, “What the hell do you have to lose?”
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Those defending Trump for his attack on Lewis — he called the Georgia congressman “sad” for his plans to skip Trump’s inauguration in protest — say Lewis started it, a rationale for behavior most favored by kindergarten students.
The truth is that Trump actually got the ball rolling when he began attacking everyone from a Hispanic judge to the Muslim parents of an American soldier who died in combat.
It is hard to witness all this vitriol and not reminisce about that glorious cold day eight years ago when President Obama stood tall on the Capitol steps and took the history-making oath of office for the first time.
The nation’s first black president was getting attacked from all corners, a trend that continued for two terms.
Who could forget Obama’s 2009 health care speech when, while assuring Americans that his signature plan would not cover undocumented immigrants, a Republican congressman breached any semblance of decorum and shouted, “You lie.”
To the president of the United States. Before a joint session of Congress.
Obama didn’t jump on social media and call the congressman out.
He didn’t throw a tantrum and point out everything wrong with the congressman’s district.
He stayed above the fray. He maintained the dignity of his office.
Like a president should.
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