Coarsened our culture

Even his supporters acknowledge that they wouldn’t want Donald Trump to be their children’s sunday school teacher. President Trump’s words have profoundly impacted our culture. At best, he has normalized schoolyard taunts, name-calling, and gross vulgarity. And at worst, he has promoted violence between Americans.

Trump's Record

“An incendiary phrase used by President Trump in a tweet about the protests over George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis appears to have originated in a 1967 news conference held by a Miami police chief long accused of using racist tactics in his force’s patrols of black neighborhoods.

Mr. Trump, in a tweet after midnight on Friday, called the protesters in Minneapolis “thugs” and said: “When the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

“‘Looting’ Comment From Trump Dates Back to Racial Unrest of the 1960s”, The New York Times, May 29, 2020

“Iran knows that and has been put on notice. If you f*** around with us, if you do something bad to us, we are gonna do things to you that have never been done before.”

“Donald Trump drops expletive when talking about Iran, live on Rush Limbaugh's radio show”, The Independent

“At the start of and throughout his news conference Monday evening, President Trump attacked Joe Biden for condemning violence but not specifically left-wing perpetrators of it.

By the end of the news conference, Trump not only pointedly declined to condemn right-wing violence at the same demonstrations, he voluntarily defended it.

The president offered his first public comments about Kyle Rittenhouse, a supporter who was charged with murder in Kenosha, Wis., as well as other Trump supporters who converged on Portland, Ore., and apparently fired paintball guns and pepper spray at protesters.
Trump found little fault with any of them. He noted that at least the paintballs weren’t bullets and called it a ‘peaceful protest.’”

“Trump’s illuminating defense of Kyle Rittenhouse”, The Washington Post, September 1, 2020