Trump: More Than an Inconvenient Truth
At Donald Trump's political rally in Phoenix on August 22, 2017, he lied about what he said after the sad events in Charlottesville. He omitted key words he used to defend white nationalists and neo-Nazis ( "some very fine people") in his diatribe against the media. He went on to characterize the media as "truly dishonest people." "They don't report the facts."
This isn't the first time he has lied. These rallies, more like campaign stops, rather than policy speeches by a sitting president, are orchestrated to rally his base. The rest of us watch the constant (and consistent) berating of the media, declarative invoking of "alternative facts," and jingoistic behavior. These rallies are aimed, not just to reassure his ego, but are also mean-spirited attempts to divide us. Part of his consistent behavior is to create diversions from the issues and his actions when criticized. In this speech, his suggestions he would shut down the government until funding for a border wall is approved by Congress and that he "might" pardon former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted in July of criminal contempt in a racial profiling case, were efforts to distract us from his own actions and words. Donald Trump is not a uniter, the type of leader America needs right now.
The upside down flag in this image is an accepted sign of distress—the state of our country right now. The words on the flag are taken from our Declaration of Independence and read:
That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government...
Donald Trump doesn't deserve the respect of the American people. He is adored by his relatively small base. But, that's it. And, his actions are making it worse for him and for the country. "Liar" is branded on his forehead.