‘By Their Fruits They Will be Known’:* (Trump Edition)

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me

Martin Niemöller


People who can watch this and still support this man– and who actually, unbelievably think this moronic bombast is presidential behavior–well, it says as much about their character as it does about his. I know there are those who rationalize their support for him by saying they don’t agree with his bigotry, but you can’t separate the bigot from the man at this point. If you support Trump, by default you DO support bigotry. Period. And that’s on you.

For my fellow PCD peeps, please, as you consider who you want to be president of this country, be aware that the woman who has done more for identifying and understanding PCD genetics, including being the primary driving force in developing a genetic test for PCD, is Muslim. She is in this country legally, loves this country, loves her job, loves the PCD community–and is exactly the sort of person Trump and his supporters would go after for deportation if he is allowed to put his idiotic policies in place. She is one of thousands of Muslims, Hispanics and people of color (we never hear him threatening to deport Norwegians, do we?) who make not just vital, but extraordinary contributions to our way of life, yet are at risk from the vile policies of this person and his angry and ill-informed horde of supporters. Many of you know her personally. Keep her in mind when you hear the hate speech and the even more vile (and generally childish and impossible to implement) policies coming from the Trump campaign. When you support this behavior, at any level, there are very real consequences for individuals that you may know and care about.

Will you speak out before there is no one left to speak?

*Matthew 7:16–“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?

Since a lot of Trump supporters identify themselves as Christian, (apparently not understanding what that term actually means), here is an authoritative source–one they cannot argue with– that clearly spells out that what you do, what you associate yourself with = who you are. You cannot support someone whose entire schtick is based on bigotry without covering yourself with the slime from that brush.