After a truly nightmarish past week in America, Donald Trump releases a video that pours gasoline on the cultural fire.
Donald’s newest campaign video presses just about every button to offend people, and to make the cultural dialogue in America even more difficult than it’s already been.
This should make perfect sense, as Donald’s campaign is based entirely on cultural upheaval; peace and reconciliation would be the worst thing that could happen to him.
The video was tweeted Monday morning by his social media director, Dan Scavino:
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) July 11, 2016
“First they ignore you,” the video, says, followed by video of President Obama saying that “I continue to believe Mr. Trump will not be president.”
“Then they mock you,” the text says, with video of Hillary laughing at the mention of his name by Seth Myers.
Now, here’s where it gets into some particularly nasty territory: “Then they fight you” — followed by clips of demonstrators waving a Mexican flag; rioters surrounding a police car; and even the burning of the American flag.
The clear implication: President Obama and Hillary Clinton are part of the same “they” who wave another country’s flag, assault police officers, and burn the Stars & Stripes.
But not to worry, as the video shows video of a triumphant Donald speaking at his own rallies, and riding on his helicopter: “Then you win.”
On Friday, Donald had put out a statement that was seemingly conciliatory — so it obviously couldn’t have been written by him, as many people thought, and was probably written by some of the professional spin people around him.
Our nation has become too divided. Too many Americans feel like they’ve lost hope. Crime is harming too many citizens. Racial tensions have gotten worse, not better. This isn’t the American Dream we all want for our children. This is a time, perhaps more than ever, for strong leadership, love and compassion.
But now, Monday morning, we’re seeing what Donald and his campaign actually think — and the message they want to get out to their core base of angry supporters.
At this point, it’s very much worth noting the video that the Hillary campaign put out this morning, of Donald praising all sorts of nasty dictators and their violations of human rights: Kim Jong-Un, Muammar Gaddafi, Vladimir Putin, Saddam Hussein, and Communist China’s massacre at Tiananmen Square.
What does it say about a presidential candidate when he consistently showers praise on brutal dictators?https://t.co/YFVXJlpnIt
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) July 11, 2016
“If these are the leaders Trump admires,” the video asks, “what kind of president would he be?”
This may seem like a non-sequitur comparison, but it’s really not. What we have in Donald is a major-party presidential nominee whose entire campaign is based around cultural anger and an appeal to the most base human urges to take brutal revenge upon the nation’s enemies.
This is a very dangerous time — and Donald is only making it much, much worse.