Nov. 1 brought yet another example of the alternate dimension the U.S.A. entered with the recent election. We now occupy a space where mendacity and venal pursuit of wealth and power are saluted, instead of vilified.
President Donald Trump took to the Twitterverse to spread yet another divisive lie, taking political advantage of the terrorist tragedy in New York. He blamed Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., for a bipartisan bill, signed by President George H.W. Bush in 1990, which was a modification to our immigration policy that sought to equalize immigration from a wider range of countries. Twenty-three years later, Schumer and a bipartisan group passed the removal of this modification in the Senate, but the Republican-controlled House refused to go along.
Despite this history, our “fake news” president sought to take political advantage with his immigrant-hating base by lying about the whole issue. This is not the first time, and it will certainly not be the last, that Trump has sought to divide and thereby control the American people for his own aggrandizement.
What kind of morally bankrupt people, what kind of bamboozled nation, would follow such a demagogue?