Editorial: Trump - A Menace to Society
We all know Donald Trump is a menace to society. He is the biggest con man in America. Now Trump is trying for the biggest con job of all: getting elected president of the United States.
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Trump's impact has already been huge. The man has brought a brutality and cruelty to the presidential campaign that is unprecedented. As a result, the U.S. is meaner, angrier and more divided.
Trump spreads racism, misogyny and chaos wherever he goes. The extremists are coming out of the woodwork to support him. The ruthless and destructive now dominate the Trump campaign.
To climb to where he is, Trump has stiffed working people, destroyed businesses by not paying his bills, declared bankruptcy over and over, and been involved in more than 3,500 lawsuits. It is hard to imagine a more repellent person, yet he is one step away from being our country’s leader.
How did this happen?
So how did this happen? The short answer: It was both the conservatives and the corporate media. There are some very powerful right-wing media in America: Fox News, Drudge Report, Rush Limbaugh, Breitbart, and more. They are all in on mobilizing conservatives and the religious right—and not just for Trump, but with the goal of imposing their dominance, with their contempt for science and sanity.
Meanwhile, the corporate media have enabled Trump by being unwilling early on to tell the full truth. And big media has made tens of millions of dollars on the spectacle of it all, while giving Trump the equivalent of a billion or more dollars in free airtime.
What can we do? One solution is keeping the independent media strong. AlterNet and our sister progressive media have been doing the heavy lifting and pushing back against Trump hate from the beginning. Never have the progressive media been more important.
AlterNet has published many hundreds of informative and motivating articles, psychological analyses and investigative pieces about Trump's gambling casinos. We have probed his mob connections and his history of violence from his childhood to the present. And it is not a pretty picture.
In fact, there are very few pretty pictures in America right now because of Trump. There is a lot of anxiety and trepidation. But in the face of fear, we need to be brave. We have to fight back against the threat of the NRA, the truthers, the white supremacists, and the fact-free zones of ignorance that dominate Trump rallies.
With the scent of fascism and violence in the air, we really do need to be courageous and committed. This is not like any other presidential campaign—and even if Trump doesn't win, things are going to be a mess into the future. It will be a long way back from this election travesty. Things may actually get worse before they get better.
An investment in us is an investment in a positive, more equal, diverse and humane society where it is most important to remember our common ground. We will move forward by working shoulder to shoulder, by backing each other up and knowing that we are in this together.