Opinion: Trump is Not a Uniter – A Call for Demonstrations

Donald Trump courtesy of Mark Taylor.

Donald Trump courtesy of Mark Taylor.

By: Roy Trachtenberg

The day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, thousands of women of all religions, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and color, together as one voice for women’s rights, will march in Miami at the Bayfront Park Amphitheater. 

Promoting itself as neither a pro-Hillary or anti-Trump event, the message organizers of the Woman’s Rally in South Florida want to get across is to stop oppression. After his election, President Elect-Trump said he would act “Presidential” and “Unite all the people,”  Since then, he continues to lie, bully – as well as Tweet without giving much thought to either of his pledges. 

For instance when he hosted Saturday Night Live, it was a great show, yet when the show pokes fun at him, it is the “worst show” in history. He just announced that he saved 1,100 jobs at Carrier, preventing them from moving their factory. “The greatest deal in history” according to Trump. The truth: he saved 800 jobs with Carrier getting over $7 Million in tax benefits and he took to Twitter to berate the Union President for telling the truth. Trump wanted to cancel a Boeing contract for two Presidential airplanes because it “cost 4 billion”, The truth: according to Boeing, each plane cost $170 million. He’s not saving us money. This was a publicity stunt.

Since his election, there has been a rise in prejudice and discrimination that the Anti-Defamation League directly links to Trump’s behavior. Who could ever forget how Trump mimicked a disabled reporter along with embracing anti-semitic groups and propaganda.

The First Demonstration – The Woman’s Rally in South Florida Jan. 21, 2016

The first demonstration is scheduled for the day after Trump is sworn in as President. The major march is in Washington, D.C., and people from every area, including South Florida, will be demonstrating against Trump. Women as well as men are clearly angry over Trump’s treatment of women. During the campaign, Trump made disgusting comments about women who opposed him. He has called women ugly, fat and disgusting.

According to Stephanie Myers, one of the South Florida organizers, women are rallying in solidarity with those marching in Washington DC. “We will rally for the marginalized. We will rally to protect each other. We will rally so that humanity continues to move forward, always forward. Our message shall not be lost,” she said.

Demonstrations by Americans have led to the founding of our Republic, civil rights, the end of the Vietnam War, it has led to labor unions and women’s right to vote, just to name a few. There may be more demonstrations when Trump’s picks have to be approved by the Senate. Demonstrations have to take place to show Trump that we are not united, do not like his picks and the direction that he is taking. The Woman’s Rally in South Florida is only the first of many demonstrations to come.

Just take a look at Trump’s picks for government posts:

Scott Pruitt to be head of Environment Protection Agency who is against climate change and for economic ownership and development of our national parks. Who favors the big oil and the pipeline through native American lands.

Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education who is against public education and favors elitist charter schools – who never taught and has no administrative abilities.

Jeff Sessions for Attorney General who is against the Voting Rights Act and wants to deny voting rights to minorities and is the Senate’s most extreme anti-immigration, anti-environment, anti-women, anti-veteran, anti-health care ideologue.

Ben Carson for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development who is against the Fair Housing Act and has no administrative or government background.

Wilbur Ross who is known as “King of Bankruptcy” for Commerce Secretary who is against the Dodd-Frank Act and became a millionaire off of the mortgage crisis and the thousands of people who lost their homes.

Tom Price for Secretary of Health & Human Services who opposed the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and is against Medicaid expansion and subsidies to help middle class buy health insurance.

Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation made $1.2 million while overseeing Wells Fargo Bank that admitted to creating millions of fake accounts.

Andrew Puzder for Secretary of Labor who is against raising the minimum wage.

Ret. Gen. Michael Flynn for National Security Advisor who has also spread false stories and re-tweeted anti-Semitic threats. He’s been criticized for dabbling in conspiracy theories and Islamophobia, for his questionable ties to foreign governments and wants to imprison Hillary Clinton.

None of these picks appeal to the vast majority of Hillary voters or Independent voters. Trump claims that he won the popular vote. The truth is that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by 2.7 million. Trump cannot lie or bully his way out of the facts. The overwhelming voters of the U.S. do not like these picks and will demonstrate.

See you Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Bayfront Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, Florida 33132. I’m urging all Coral Springs and Parkland residents to head to the Facebook page to Woman’s Rally in South Florida to register.  Or join their private group on Facebook here.

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