#DumpTrump: A Call to Action!
Even though Bernie Sanders has the same level of support as Donald Trump, the news media has dedicated more coverage to almost every Republican candidate. Bernie’s message is of hope and love, while Trump’s rhetoric is fueled by hate and fear, representing the worst elements of American society. The right-wing has been trending fascist for years but this is serious. We can no longer laugh at his Saturday Night Live skits while dismissing him as some sort of comic relief candidate. Trump has been leading the polls for months despite insulting the disabled, immigrants, Mexicans, black people, and anyone who speaks against him.
Protesters have been attacked at his rallies, and his rhetoric legitimizes the ideas of militant far-right groups, which have been becoming more popular in recent years. When we think of Trump, we must remember Dylann Roof and the nine people he killed in that Charleston Church. Let’s recall that just a few weeks ago, five Black Lives Matter protesters were shot by a white supremacist in Minneapolis. A mosque in Southern California was firebombed and armed “protesters” are gathering outside of mosques in Texas. This is completely unacceptable.
The biggest problem isn’t even the Donald, but the millions of people who cheer his rallies and support him. We cannot continue to allow these ideas to have an uncontested, safe space. The protests disrupting his events must continue, but we must go even further. Fear and xenophobia doesn’t spread in a vacuum. The right-wing media cabal of Fox News, pundits like Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck, and the hundreds of right-wing digital media sites that emulate Breitbart have been providing a sanctuary to these hateful ideas.
Enough is enough. Any media outlet that provides a safe haven for banning all Muslims or giving them special ID cards must be boycotted. We must flood their headquarters and put continual pressure on their operations. If any politician or organization provides support for a candidate who has called Mexicans murderers and rapists, we must pressure them with the will of the masses.
We must use all of our weapons to fight back against Trump. The sit-in. The rally. The tweet and Facebook share. The petition. The strike. The ability to unite under a common cause to commit civil disobedience and direct action.
The time is now. We must fight hate with love before Donald Trump becomes the next Adolf Hitler.