Trump’s presidency has been characterized thus far by an abundance of xenophobia, hate, racism, and extremism. Americans continue to stand by waiting for Congress to act especially in the wake of Mueller’s testimony. However, it seems likely that the only course of action is to vote Trump out in 2020.
Historian Jon Meacham spoke about the current political climate on Tuesday at an event marking the American Evolution 400th Anniversary Commemoration in Jamestown, Virginia.
‘We honor liberators, not captors. Extremism, racism, nativism, xenophobia and isolationism driven by a fear of the unknown tend to spike in periods of stress – a period like our own.’
Meacham, a 50 year-old Pulitzer Prize winner, continued saying:
‘As we gather here, faith in representative institutions is ebbing. Reflexive partisanship is the order of the day. Too many seem more interested in producing heat than shedding light. Our politics rewards the clenched fist and the harsh remark more than the open hand and the welcoming word.’
‘Yet history teaches us that we’ve always grown stronger the more widely we’ve opened our arms and the more generously we’ve interpreted the most important sentence ever rendered in English: Thomas Jefferson’s assertion that all men are created equal.’
Meacham, who wrote “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” compared “the story of America” to the history of Jamestown.
‘At our best we reach out, we look ahead and we dream big. And at our best we close the gap between the ideal and the real.The test turns on how often we heed our better angels rather than our worst instincts.
‘Jamestown is a mirror of who we were and who we are. Dreamers and doers came here and they built, and we stand in the light of their achievement.’
‘In our finest hours, America has been about life, it’s been about liberty, it’s been about the pursuit of happiness not just for some, but for all. And in that history, history rooted here in this place, lies our hope.’
Mr. Trump later spoke at the event, using the occasion to blast Rep. Elijah Cummings (D- and the city of Baltimore.
According to CBS:
‘During Mr. Trump’s remarks, a single protester was led out of the event as he held a sign that read “deport hate.” Chants of “Trump” drowned out the demonstrator as he was removed by police.’
The event was boycotted by some black lawmakers, and Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney resigned from the Jamestown Committee in protest of the invitation extended to the president, saying “Mr. Trump denigrates our democracy.”
Before he left for Virginia, the president tweeted:
‘Heading to Jamestown, Virginia. Word is the Democrats will make it as uncomfortable as possible, but that’s ok because today is not about them!’
Of course, it’s all about Trump instead. He takes every opportunity to make it about him.
Another important event aired on CNN Tuesday night, the Democratic debate. Over of the course of Tuesday and Wednesday nights 20 candidates will take the stage, and there will be a first ever matchup between Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
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