As the most divisive president in modern history, President Trump has managed to alienate all but 38 percent of the American populace without even trying to pretend that he represents all of the citizens of this country.
With his racist views, his dog whistles to white supremacists, and refusal to condemn neo-Nazi violence, his obvious disdain for the majority of Americans — who rejected his agenda by delivering a popular vote win to his opponent, Hillary Clinton –continues to shape a nation more divided than at any time since both the 1960s era fights over the Vietnam war and the 1860s era fight over slavery.
Now, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has issued a clarion call for unity in the face of Trump and his Republican cronies’ attempts to set the citizens of our nation at odds with one another, just like Vladimir Putin and his Russian oligarch buddies in the Kremlin would like.
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Senator Sanders took to Twitter to spread his message of strength through mutual support and to challenge President Trump directly.
Our message to Donald Trump, perhaps our most important message, is that we will not let bigots divide us up. Regardless of race, religion, gender or sexual orientation, we are going to stand together.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 10, 2018
Amen, Senator Sanders, amen.
While Sanders message may be referring to an “us” divorced from the Republican party, it’s a potent reminder that the only way to defeat the divisive Trump agenda is to focus on that which unites us, our common humanity, rather than the numerous issues such as trade policy, taxes, even regulatory matters that keep progressives and more traditional mainstream Democrats from becoming a sufficiently cohesive force to defeat the party that is currently reversing decades of hard-fought and slowly-enacted forward progress.
Those of us opposed to Trump’s corrupt self-dealing and incompetent administration of the executive branch of government need to keep Senator Sander’s exhortation in the front of our minds as we move forward toward the midterm elections.
We need to avoid the internecine squabbles that are an impediment to our mutual goal of returning the country to a semblance of normalcy that is far more important than the issues that divide the center from the left.