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The body politic in Mesa County used to be in lockstep with the Republican Party, but no more. An increasing number of area residents are proudly displaying signage opposing Trump, and for good reason.
It’s becoming extremely difficult for anyone, even Republicans, to continue supporting the President, especially after the past week.
On September 3, Trump urged North Carolina voters to commit felonies en masse by trying to vote twice.
On September 4, the Trump Administration ordered an end to programs aimed at promoting racial sensitivity among government workers (pdf), calling them “un-American propaganda.”
American war dead are “suckers and losers”
On September 3, the Atlantic reported President Trump turned down a scheduled visit to a French cemetery dedicated to American troops while visiting the country in 2018. The article cited statements from four people who personally accompanied Trump on that visit and heard him say “Why should I go to that cemetery? It’s filled with losers.” The sources, who did not want to be named, said that later in the same trip Trump referred to Americans killed at Belleau Wood (the location of a World War I battle in France) as “suckers.”
By September 5, the Atlantic story was confirmed by multiple additional news outlets including the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times and even by Fox News’ national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin (video):
The story was bolstered by statements Trump has made publicly in which he has disparaged Americans who served in the military, including Senator John McCain, a Vietnam veteran who was a military pilot, got shot down, captured and spent 6 years as a prisoner of war, during which time he was tortured. In 2015, Trump called Senator McCain “a dummy” and “a loser” in saying “He’s not a war hero. He’s a war hero because he was captured, okay. I like people that weren’t captured.”
Republicans nationwide are lining up to oppose Trump
Long time conservative pundit Bill Kristol formed Republican Voters Against Trump (RVAT), a group for previously Trump voters who are disappointed in the grotesque ways Trump has debased his office, his skyrocketing debt, inhumane immigration policies and who just “want to move on from this deeply un-American presidency.” Disillusioned Republicans can visit the site and record their own unscripted, impromptu story about how they flipped from being a Trump supporter to opposing him in 2020.
Mesa County Republicans, it’s not too late to come to your senses, too.
It you’ve been a die-hard Trump supporter but have come to your senses and can’t take any more of Trump’s horrific, cruel, thoughtless, embarrassing and often criminal statements and behavior, and if you, like so many others, fear losing our precious democracy, join the club. Jump on the bandwagon and vote for Biden for President this fall, and let’s restore this country to sanity and a leadership role in the world.
Have you seen anti-Trump sentiment on display in Mesa County? Take a pic and send it to me!