Donald Trump, the divider in chief

One has to admire Donald Trump. He really knows how to play to his constituency.

On October 12 of this year, Sir Donald became the first US president to speak to a group known as the Family Research Council. Not so surprisingly, the members of this organization include white supremacists, religious extremists, members of the KKK, and other assorted haters.

Despite this organization’s reputation as a LGBT hate group, “our” president was comfortable and at home among these hate mongers. One of his first comments was it was great “to be among friends”.

This reminds me of an address that George W. Bush made during his administration. “W” was speaking to a large group of very wealthy men and women and opened his talk by sharing how at home he felt among his true constituency. A moment of honesty by “W.”

You can tell a lot about a person by the friends he/she keeps. Yet, we the people, keep deluding ourselves into thinking that these are “our” representatives in Washington and in the state capitals.

“I am honored and thrilled to be the first sitting president to address this gathering of friends, so many friends.” Sir Donald continued. “I pledged that in a Trump administration, our heritage would be cherished, protected and defended like you have never seen before.”

What exactly is our heritage? A program of genocide of the Native American people, a program of slavery for the African American people, dropping 2 nuclear bombs on Japan, being the sponsors of the death of over 20 million people since WW2, etc.

Is there anyone out there who continues to feel proud to be an American?

I’m drifting and we must remained focused. Why was Sir Donald at this summit? He was there to share and celebrate with the haters his recent directive that will allow religious businesses to discriminate against LGBT people across the US. He, in essence, has declared that, under the cover of religious rights and liberty, this country’s homophobes and haters can now deny members of the LGBT community their civil rights as citizens.

No elected president has ever spoken at the summit—making Trump the first to endorse the hate group.

Sharing the podium with Sir Donald was Phil Robertson who has declared that we should rid the Earth of “wicked” gays and Alabama US Senate candidate Roy Moore, who has stated that he is considering supporting the death penalty for gays and lesbians.

This man, Donald Trump is the most powerful man on Earth and the person who has his finger on the button.


Dave Alpert has masters degrees in social work, educational administration, and psychology. He spent his career working with troubled inner city adolescents.

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One Response to Donald Trump, the divider in chief

  1. There’s a certain irony I guess in deciding to write a piece about how the president is a “divider in chief” and then basically imply that every conservative fundamentalist Christian is a reprehensible hate monger. “That Trump! He’s tearing the country apart at the seams with his actions and rhetoric! Now watch my neat trick as I bemoan that while simultaneously pit Americans against one another!”

    By the way, this, “The Family Research Council is a hate group” is such low level intellectual and journalistic laziness that I sure wouldn’t want to type it as someone that has “master’s degree in multiple disciplines” in my tag line. Some news publications, corporate and allegedly independent, ran that headline and you folks have just went copy pasta with it all over the place.

    Even if you wanted to say, “As defined by the Southern Poverty Law Center”, I could say, the Southern Poverty Law Center, started by a mail order salesman to further market and enrich himself and choosing a radical left wing business model and ideology because he decided that was where the money was at.

    And that’s not even the best or most detailed expose on them by a long shot.

    Besides, you guys are missing the boat. If you want to get offended and deliver a bombshell story, the bombshell isn’t, “Republican president speaks to Christian Republicans.” The story is “Man on his third trophy wife who is a serial adulterer, pathological liar, unabashed narcissist, and bragged about being able to grab women by the vagina goes to Values Voter Summit.” There’s your bombshell and story- with the bonus even being that they cheered him on there. If any of you need further help, let me know.

    And to further the irresponsibility, I doubt that you can find, or provide, any evidence that the group included white supremacists or KKK members. But hey, what’s a little radical and angry hyperbole amongst people we’re trying to unite?

    Seeing as how calling the Family Research Council a “hate group” spurs people like Floyd Lee Corkins to travel to their headquarters and want to kill as many of them as possible and smear Chick Fil-A sandwiches in their faces, at a certain point repeating that arguably becomes a “hate act” in and of itself. By the way, was what Corkins did hateful or understandable? When Chick Fil-A workers literally went and offered free water to people protesting them on a hot day and when a fired CFO went through a drive thru at Chick Fil-A to get a free water and lecture a random employee on her company’s “hatred”, which act was worse and more hateful? Offering water to your enemy or blindsiding an innocent girl to make an asinine point?

    We can go on and on. Which is more hateful? Christian owners of a pizzeria in a small Indiana town saying gay customers are welcome but they wouldn’t cater a gay wedding, or someone in response threatening to burn their business down?

    I’m pretty sure every single president has gone to speak at “friendly” gatherings. It’s a combination of pandering, motivating the base, paying back donors, and having their own little safe space. Obama went and spoke to Planned Parenthood employees and said, “God bless you”, but abortion isn’t a divisive hot button issue or anything and Planned Parenthood isn’t a major ally of the Democrat party. Not at all.

    The thing is Donald Trump is indeed divisive. But you are just as radical on the left as what you think the Family Research Council is on the right. An organization that is apparently hateful because many of their members are Christians who believe the bible as written and who have done studies to show that the best model for a family is the model that has essentially been in place since man has walked the earth- a husband, a wife, and children. That is utterly horrifying and I can’t believe how mean it is to believe in the God of the Bible, live and speak accordingly, and stand for the traditions and values, that when kept intact, have worked for thousands of years. That’s just hate indeed man.

    You have more degrees than me, which I could care less. You have I’m sure more money than me, which, hey I’ll take more money if offered but if I don’t get it I’ll try and find a way to survive. You’re also every bit as hateful and divisive as Donald Trump or anyone else you want to rant against. Which would be humorous if it weren’t so sad.