Count us in as part of the #NeverTrump movement.
When we launched our initial campaign in support of Scarlett Johansson, we called for a return to civility and dialogue. When the haters turned their ire to Neil Young, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and others, it was clear that bullying would continue be a favorite tactic of the enemies free speech and civil society.
And while the chaotic, shocking images coming out of Chicago have made it clear that Trump has been targeted by people who are themselves bullies, we are firmly of the opinion that like Roger Waters, he has brought this upon himself.
Consider the fact that Trump has behaved in the most obnoxious way possible towards his fellow candidates, while at the same time complaining about being treated “unfairly” by a media who has given him 2,000% more coverage than anyone else. Consider the fact that if elected, he intends to make it easier to sue people (something he has done on numerous occasions) for speaking out against him. Consider the fact that he shamefully mocked a reporter with disabilities during a “presidential” rally. Consider the fact that he has, on numerous occasions called for, defended, or encouraged violence at his rallies. Consider the fact that unlike any other candidate, there have been numerous violent incidents at his rallies.
And consider the following video that was put out by a CONSERVATIVE group that backs REPUBLICANS:
We could go on and on with his transgressions, but really, the conclusion is quite simple:
This isn’t about political correctness.
This man is a bully.
He deserves every bit of scorn that is heaped upon him.
And this is not a partisan issue. While he may currently be the Republican front runner for the election, dozens of politicians of good conscience on BOTH sides of the aisle have declared their support for the #NeverTrump campaign. As soon as he crossed the line and starting calling for violence openly and unabashedly, he went from simply being a loud mouth to being a bully. This man is running for PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. This isn’t some reality show! This man will have a say in the day-to-day lives of over 300 million people, if not the entire world!
We believe very strongly that Donald Trump has every right to say whatever he wants. However, just like Roger Waters and haters like him, it is upon us to denounce bullies at every turn. Just because some of the people that oppose Trump might use bullying tactics themselves is no excuse for him to shamefully and cynically act like he’s the victim, when he himself uses the exact same tactics – or worse! – against his opponents.
If we are going to call out Mahmoud Abbas for hypocritically and despicably pretending to be upset by violence while at the same time inciting it on a daily basis, then we need to hold Trump, who aspires to lead a vastly more powerful organization (not to mention a nuclear powered one) than Abbas, to the same standard we hold all “leaders” who are hypocrites.
And this is not to draw a parallel between terrorism and what has gone on at Trump’s rallies. But violence is violence and those who incite it, while crying victim tears are the worst kinds of bullies around.
Luckily, we still live in a democratic republic. Trump is not even the nominee yet, let alone president. There is still time, but it is running out.
If you are a Republican and live in a state that has not yet voted, VOTE for either of the other candidates, even if they’re not exactly what you want. If you are an independent or Democrat and live in a state with an open primary, VOTE in the Republican primary AGAINST Trump. And if you live in a state with a CLOSED primary, you may still have time to register as a Republican in order to vote in the Republican primary. We’re not saying it’s IDEAL to vote for someone you don’t like, but you can always vote in the general election for someone else!
This should be a bipartisan issue. It’s not about Democrats or Republicans, right wing or left wing. It’s about civility, dialogue, resisting the mob and standing up against bullies the same way we stood up for Scarlett Johansson, Neil Young and all the rest. We would be abject hypocrites if we did not stand up and reject the shameful behavior of someone who purports to be the next leader of the free world.