The President of the United States has publicly declared himself to be a Nazi sympathizer. He doesn’t get to be president anymore.
Trump showed us who he really is on Tuesday. Now each of us has one of two choices to make.
- Justify why, for some reason, it is alright for someone who has come to the defence of white nationalists, the KKK, and Nazis to continue to hold the position of President of the United States. OR
- Call for his impeachment and removal.
No more excuses.
There is no moral ambiguity here. We cannot allow ourselves to be a society in which a nazi-sympathizer can be the President of the United States. It’s as simple as that.
If for some reason you still need convincing:
And he is more isolated now than he has ever been at any point in his presidency. The institutions that support him are swiftly turning their backs on him.
- Corporate America abandoned him yesterday
- Military officials are condemning him
- Members of his own party refuse to defend him, many have opposed him publicly (and they can now do so without worrying about the impact it will have on their campaign funding). We could need to flip as few as 6 of them.
- Former CIA directors are speaking out
- Most of Twitter wants him gone
- 40% of Americans want him to be impeached
Yet he’s digging his heels in, standing firm.
This is a moment. A moment that is not just defined by Trump’s action, but by our reaction. Will we allow Trump, now a self-professed ally of nazis to return to the White House? Or will we show moral leadership is to call for his impeachment and removal and to back up that call with action? This is not just about who he is. It’s about who we are and what we’ll allow.
Moral leadership has doesn’t come from the White House it ends there. Moral leadership has always started with the people.
And let me just be totally clear — this isn’t a silver bullet.
- It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t also take down confederate monuments. We should.
- It doesn’t mean white supremacy is over. It isn’t and when we remove Trump it still won’t be.
But it will mean that in 2017 when the President of the United States outed himself as unapologetic neo-nazi sympathizer we did something about it.
— Surround the White House to call for his impeachment and to prevent him from getting back inside.
— Call your representatives tell them to call for Trump’s impeachment or explain to you why a neo-nazi ally should be president of the United States. Or better yet, visit them — they’re home now.
When we look back in history and the next generation asks us what we did when the President of the United States used his position to come to the defence of torch-bearing neo-nazis and the KKK I’m gonna be able to say I took action to remove him from office.
I don’t yet know what that action will be or look like. But I know I have to try.
What about you?