In the run up to Donald Trump’s nomination, his election, and even his inauguration, the prospect of a Trump presidency felt like a twisted nightmare that could never crawl its way into our reality and infect every hour of every news cycle.
But here we are.
Donald Trump has said and done some outrageous things since taking office. Many Democrats, political commentators and moderate Republicans thought – or rather hoped with all their might that the president would tone down his rhetoric and actions once entering the White House, but no, his presidency has been exactly what should have been expected from the outset.
The latest Trump incident was the retweeting of videos from the account of the far-right's Britain First’s deputy leader.
According to CNBC, following criticism that much of the content of the videos, which talk about the so-called threat of “islamisation” of the UK, is actually “false or misleading”, the White House’s Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders declared that:
“The threat is real, what the president is talking about, the need for national security and military spending, those are very real things, there's nothing fake about that."
This is astounding. The United States of America’s administration is backing fake news posted by a far-right, anti-Islam group. The only words in the tweets accompanying the video were: “VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”, “VIDEO Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!” and “VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!” The language used is clearly designed to promote division, and it’s just heart-breaking to watch America’s president share these videos.
.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 30 November 2017
Donald Trump’s administration is everything we should have expected, and the out of office the is gone the better. On the one hand, right now he is a buffer between the more statesman-like, yet perhaps even more regressive Mike Pence. Forcing an impeachment could make things worse.
Democrats need to focus there efforts on the 2018 mid-terms and deliver a Democratic-led House of Representatives and Senate. America was designed to have a system of checks and balances; 2018 gives the American public the opportunity to curb Donald Trump’s authority and put him in his place.
And after that, the Democrats should have an open and competitive - yet civil - primary in order to pick a candidate who can champion values of tolerance and show the world what America really stands for.