The GOP thinks a refusal to accept Trump as a legitimate president is a partisan issue. They're wrong: It's a matter of life and death.
On this day, January 20, 2017, a man who lost the popular votes by nearly 3 million to Hillary Clinton, a man who stokes hatred and incites violence, and one who is under investigation for his ties to Russia, has been sworn in as the president of the U.S.
We are being scolded by the GOP for protesting this tainted election, being told to “give him a chance.” But we don’t have the luxury to do any such thing. And I have no intention of doing that to meet any respectable politicizing of the office of the president, a temporary job for someone who should be willing to work for us.
There’s no giving a chance to a monster whose rhetoric led to a television news program airing the “Are Jews People?” segment.
There’s no giving a chance to a man who spent years questioning the legitimacy of President Barack Obama’s U.S. citizenship, with his thinly veiled “Where’s your papers, boy?” line of questioning. Nor his meltdown or slanderous attacks on civil-rights hero Rep. John Lewis, who rightfully referred to the 45th president as “illegitimate.”
No world leader gets a chance when 867 hate crimes were committed within the first ten days of his election.
There’s no giving a chance to a man whose major endorsements came from the KKK and neo-Nazis
There’s no giving a chance to a man who threatens our national security, by refusing to sit for intelligence briefings.
There’s no giving a chance to a man who threatens our national security, by encouraging Russia to hack into U.S. emails.
There’s no giving a chance to a man who threatens our national security with his mercurial temperament and thin skin, who instigates trouble with people around the world on Twitter at 3 a.m.
There’s no giving a chance to a man who threatens our national security by wanting to, in general, change up our international alliances, make new enemies, and break off from NATO.
There’s no giving a chance to a man who perpetrates the lie that “millions of people voted illegally” which has yet to be proven.
There’s no giving a chance to a man who doesn’t understand the basic principles of the U.S. Constitution. Who threatens Americans their citizenship or prison for burning the flag.
Not only will I refuse to participate in my own soul murder of a foul man who takes a Victory Tour that got rebranded a “Thank-you” tour while visiting only states where he “won,” but that foulness doesn’t get a chance.
There’s not a person on the planet who gets a chance after allowing “Lock her up” chants or racial and imperialistic violence at his rallies to win a seat to work for us.
No influential person worth his salt gets a chance after messing in the business dealings of Carrier or Toyota or General Motors or who influences stocks to fall when he publicly pouts about their loyalty. No one who affects Boeing stock and causes it to plummet after lying about the cost of it compared to Air Force 1, gets a chance.
There’s no giving a chance to a man who sides with a murderous leader like the Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte. DUTERTE.
There is no giving a chance to a person who claims he’s going to drain the swamp of D.C. only to fill it up with Goldman Sachs vipers, and whose stock has gone up 35 percent since election because of backdoor deals.
I’m not giving a chance to anyone who caused Chuck Jones, a private citizen and United Steelworkers 1999 president, to get death threats.
There is no giving a chance to a ratings-obsessed man for influencing a change in permits for the Women’s March because he doesn’t want a demonstration to be bigger than his paltry inauguration.
There is no giving a chance to a manwho began asking for a list of climate scientists and “gender-related staffing, programming, and funding” jobs of government employees.
I will not give a chance to someone who ejects the press corps from the White House.
This man, now the 45th president of the U.S., will get no chances. NONE. He blew it well before he got to Washington.
I’m getting to work. Good morning and bless up.
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