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“F - U - C - K - !”
My co-workers were just sitting here too depressed to even start work this morning.
This past weekend the American people were attacked by white supremacist, neo-nazi terrorists in Charlottesville, Virginia. They were attacked again on Tuesday when Donald J. Trump held an impromptu press conference and explicitly sided with those terrorists insisting, once again, that "many sides" were responsible for the violence on Saturday.
* "Many sides" weren't marching through the streets carrying Nazi flags, chanting Nazi slogans, and throwing Nazi salutes. \
* "Many sides" didn't run rampant through residential areas threatening people and invading their homes. \
* "Many sides" weren't intimidating a local synagogue and threatening to burn it to the ground. \
* "Many sides" didn't isolate Deandre Harris and beat him with metal poles. \ [http://www.theroot.com/white-supremacists-beat-black-man-with-poles-in-charlot-1797790092]
* "Many sides" didn't murder Heather Heyer and injure nineteen other people by intentionally driving a car into a crowd at high speed. \
* It wasn't "many sides" who were reveling in the death of one of their "enemies." (Actual quote, "I'm glad that girl died.")\
* Eight months ago it wasn't "many sides" who posted videos on prominent websites of people driving cars into crowds of protesters with the helpful advice that "Study the technique; it may prove useful in the next four years." Nor was it "many sides" who hastily attempted to quietly remove those same videos from their sites when one of their own actually took that advice seriously. \
But hey, they had a permit, so I guess that's okay.
While we're at it:
* "Many sides" didn't run a campaign based on hatred of Mexicans.
* "Many sides" didn't run a campaign based on fear of Muslims.
* And there is definitively only one "side" that actively promoted violence at their campaign rallies. (Did I mention the glorification of torture? No? Add that.)\
It took Donald Trump _two days_ to make a half-hearted, obviously forced statement denouncing these terrorists and then barely _twenty-four hours_ to throw his full-throated support behind them. The terrorists took note. Former KKK leader, David Duke, going so far as to personally thank Trump for calling out the "real" terrorists and hate groups of the political left. [https://twitter.com/DrDavidDuke/status/897559892164304896] Donald Trump has given aid and comfort to white supremacist terrorists who have attacked and murdered American citizens, who will now be further radicalized and emboldened to push their hatred forward by any means necessary. This sorry excuse for a president has given them his blessing.
It's become a cliche for Canadian and American leaders to talk about the great friendship between our two countries: our shared heritage, our undefended border, our greatest ally and trading partner. And yet, cliche or no, it's true. We share much with our American neighbours, both good and bad, and we've been there for them in the past as they've been there for us. When terrorists attacked in 2001, Canadians opened their doors and their hearts to those who had suffered and lost and were hurting in ways that mere words can never describe. Not out of any particular love, or even tolerance, of George W. Bush but simply because our friends needed us.
Our loyalty, our friendship, does not belong to any particular government or administration, and it most certainly does not belong to any particular person or leader. It belongs to the people. In normal times it might be safe to assume that the needs of the people and the goals of their government are at least roughly aligned, though imperfectly. But these are not normal times and Donald Trump is no normal president. Which is why I will stand with our real allies, the American _people_. I stand with the American people _against_ Donald Trump and everything he stands _for_. I stand against those Republicans who are so very "concerned" about their president's behaviour but continue to enable him and do nothing to rein him in, even going so far as to hide from their own constituents.
When push come to shove, as it surely will sooner or later, I hope you'll be standing here on the right side of history with us. Abandoning them to a petty tyrant and his various hangers-on and boot-lickers is unacceptable and un-Canadian. People could die as a result of Trump's Tuesday temper tantrum and their blood will be on his hands, the hands of his supporters and enablers, as well as those who fail to denounce him and his actions specifically and by name. Please don't let those people's blood be on your hands as well. Our friends need us, possibly more now than ever before and I, for one, will not let them down.
> One trait you do NOT share is a modicum of self-awareness. And that truly makes all the difference.