Donald Trump seems to hate the United States.
What other conclusion can one reasonably draw from Trump trying to characterize the United States, at least in significant part, as more of a supposed threat to Western civilization, as he called it, than actually documented military adversaries of the United States? Even as he runs for president, he’s not trying to unite disparate factions of Americans behind his vision for the country. He, like other members of his party, is trying to drive those he doesn’t like from the public conversation and power. Sure, they could try to say the same thing themselves in accusation against Democrats, but if you look at the basic, real-world facts of what these people are saying and doing, there’s no systematic conspiracy to silence conservatives, either on social media or in the news.
But there is a guy running for the White House who seems very interested in referring to fellow Americans as the enemy. “This is the darkest, most insane video yet,” Adam Kinzinger, the former Congressman, said on Twitter about a clip of Trump’s remarks. “I cannot imagine any other president saying Americans, not RUSSIA, is our enemy. This should put chills down the spine of every American.”
“Our foreign policy establishment keeps trying to pull the world into conflict with a nuclear-armed Russia based on the lie that Russia represents our greatest threat,” Trump said in the actual video itself. “But the greatest threat to Western civilization today is not Russia. It’s probably, more than anything else, ourselves and some of the horrible, USA-hating people that represent us. It’s the abolition of our national borders. It’s the failure to police our own cities. It’s the destruction of the rule of law from within.” Trump’s list went on. It is utter derangement that is totally not reflective of reality to claim that the borders of the U.S. have in any way been abolished, and it’s nonsensical to allege that policing just isn’t getting done to some meaningful extent. More generally, the idea of the war in Ukraine, in which the U.S. has been providing arms support to the Ukrainians, representing a special threat of World War III seems to be simply not realistic.
This is the darkest, most insane video yet. I cannot imagine any other president saying Americans, not RUSSIA, is our enemy. This should put chills down the spine of every American https://t.co/A8ZeB4DIFH
— Adam Kinzinger #fella (@AdamKinzinger) March 18, 2023