Former president Donald “Dog Whistle” Trump made his beliefs and motivations clear more times than anyone cares to count – on top of his tens of thousands of lies. Hearing that he was willing to use the power of the president to attack US citizens is something we’ve heard about before. It’s not a new revelation. But, another former Trump crony trying to profit and sanitize their image from their time in office seems to have confirmed the previous reporting.

According to Axios, former defense secretary Mark Esper’s memoir “A Sacred Oath” proves what was reported by New York Times reporter Michael Bender last year. Bender wrote in “We Did Win This Election” that Trump sought to “beat the fuck” out of Black Lives Matter protesters in Washington DC. Bender adds that Trump said, “just shoot them” on several occasions.

Bender also went on to say that Trump toned down his demands only after Attorney General William Barr and Joint Chiefs Charmain Gen. Mark Milley offered pushback. Then, Trump allegedly asked about just shooting protesters outside the White House in the legs or feet. Considering Trump wanted to shoot asylum-seekers at one point, none of this is shocking.

So excuse me when I call bullshit on Esper saying that it “was surreal, sitting in front of the Resolute desk, inside the Oval Office, with this idea weighing heavily in the air, and the president red-faced and complaining loudly about the protests underway in Washington, D.C.

I mean, come on. They all knew what Trump was capable of just like we did. Including Esper.

Excuse me if I show no interest in supporting any Republican turned Democrat who claims to have had a “come to Jesus” moment and realized the error of their ways. Every single one of them, from Steve Schmidt to Mark Esper, is responsible for giving us Trump. The Schmidts of the world are who created the environment for someone like Trump. Are you kidding me? 

Lincoln Project? Please.

The only thing so-called center-right right-wingers will do is further drag this country to the right politically. That’s been the conservative plan all along, and that’s still the plan. I’m amazed at how quick so many so-called liberals embraced Republicans for bailing on Trump. They only ran from the GOP because the monster they created broke free and was out of control.

Most of the current Republicans the political left supports stayed silent or were part of the near-constant race-based attacks against Barack Obama. Maybe some of you don’t remember that Klan-like “Obama is a socialist” propaganda. Or, perhaps you forgot about the attacks against him for supposedly being a Muslim intent on destroying The United States.

Oh, you thought open political bigotry is new?

Yeah, it’s not.

Stop supporting those that paved the way for an autocratic shitheel like Trump and start paying attention before we end up with another one. Those clowns want to kill people like me and my uber-diverse family and that’s not a joke or hyperbole. If you think it is, then you clearly don’t understand the magnitude of a president’s wanting to shoot, immigrants, Black people, and their allies.

There’s a reason the majority of white America has supported Republicans since the passage of the Civil Rights Act. They’re still mad about it. The inevitable browning of America scares the shit out of them too. Also funny. The hilarity of watching them freak out about white people going extinct as we watch an ocean whiteness from Europe to Russia on TV is pretty entertaining because that’s a lot of white people. Like, a lot, A LOT.

Extinct, my ass.

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Arturo Dominguez

Arturo is an anti-racist political nerd. He is an upcoming author, journalist, advocate for social justice, and a married father of three. He is a top writer on Medium and a regular contributor to several news media outlets. He writes educational and informative material about systemic racism, white supremacy, and racial injustice.

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