Donald Trump The Divider


Donald J. Trump has been President for the past nine months.

He frequently refers to President Abraham Lincoln, compares his actions to Mr. Lincoln, and occasionally gives credit to Harry Truman. If the President spent more time studying Lincoln he might learn about the great line uttered on the eve of his unsuccessful campaign for the U.S. Senate. His remark was “a house divided against itself cannot stand.” Lincoln eventually became the national face of the Republican Party, and his words and deeds gave that party the basis for its existence.

While the President is not really a Republican, he has become the unwanted face of the party and, to their utter dismay, he may well be tearing the party apart to the extent that it will take them decades to recover. One recent NBC survey showed that there are more people who call themselves “Trump voters” than “Republican voters.” If the Republicans are meek enough to let Mr. Trump block their priorities and bludgeon their reputation that is their problem.

On the other hand, should Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and the House Speaker Paul Ryan sit by idly as their leader tries to tear apart the America we know and love?

Look back at the political landscape since Donald Trump rode down his gilded escalator to announce his candidacy. His campaign was based on his appeal to the working-class citizens of our country, but at the same time he gave a wink and a nod to the racists, Neo-Nazis and all the other sick factions in our country. Stating that he had no idea who Ex-Klansman David Duke was, even though he was a visible Trump supporter, turned out to be the first hint of the dark side of this President. From those very early days until the present, one man with an ugly agenda has torn the melting pot that we call America, apart…

Jerry Kremer was a state assemblyman for 23 years, and chaired the Assembly’s Ways and Means Committee for 12 years. He now heads Empire Government Strategies, a business development and legislative strategy firm.

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