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That was no dog whistle

Let's get something straight: that was no "dog whistle."

Donald Trump when asked on Tuesday night to condemn white supremacists, couldn't do it. In fact, he told the Proud Boys – the racist thugs who've been terrorizing Portland for years – to "stand back and stand by."

Let's be very clear: That's not a condemnation. That's an affirmation.

You know what you call someone who affirms white supremacists?

A white supremacist.

Trump's dog whistles – his endless references to low-income housing, gangs, inner cities, etc – make clear that he's a racist, willing to exploit our country's most disgusting history for his own gain. Those statements alone disqualify him from the presidency.

But telling a violent right-wing extremist mob to "stand by," as if Trump is planning to issue further orders, is beyond the pale. It's a disgusting comment inspired by the most bloodthirsty fascist regimes in history. And, I'm afraid, a preview of his vision for our country.

Once again, Trump's own words and actions prove that this is the most important election of our lives. We must do everything we can to defeat Donald Trump and the Congressional Republican cult of personality that applauds him.

We all need to be on board. Please visit the Election Action guide and commit to at least one step listed there, and urge your friends and family to do the same.

Courage,

Earl

Posted on September 30, 2020.