Enough is absolutely enough.
I no longer really care about whether Trump colluded with the Russians to win the White House, or what missteps either Ivanka Trump or Kellyanne Conway have made that further demonstrate what a gong show the Trump administration is. We all know that both Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, Trump's oldest son and son-in-law respectively, see no issue with their behaviors and are unconcerned with details such as national security. We can dance around those issues for days without focusing on the real issue itself.
President Trump's rampant self-aggrandizing behavior, as well as his racism and bigotry make him the biggest liability the United States has ever had.
We all knew Trump was a bit of an egomaniac - one need only watch his persona on The Apprentice to appreciate that - but the tweets that have come out of his personal account since he began his run for the highest office in the United States only serve to illustrate just how deluded by his own ego he is.
Recently, I read a tweet that said he was the best 10-month president the United States has ever seen.
"Since the first day I took office, all you hear is the phony Democrat excuse for losing the election, Russia, Russia,Russia. Despite this I have the economy booming and have possibly done more than any 10 month President. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" he tweeted November 26.
Granted, he cites no facts because perhaps he felt restricted by the mere 280 characters Twitter now offers, but still - where on Earth is he getting his information? His approval rating is spectacularly low - a poll from Wall Street Journal and NBC News in late October suggested it was sitting at 38 percent, the lowest rating any modern president has gotten in this stage of their presidency - and he continues to insist he's doing wonderful things for all facets of the United States. If one was to read the lion's share of his tweets lately, it would seem that Trump believes the NFL is a large part of that, but still...
However, it's not just Trump's runaway ego that's the problem - it's his blatant racism and bigotry. At a ceremony honoring Navajo Code Talkers on Nov. 27, Trump chose to use the name "Pocahontas" to take a clear swipe at Senator Elizabeth Warren, with whom he has frequently verbally sparred. CTV News noted that Marty Thompson, whose great uncle was a Code Talker, was thoroughly unimpressed with the president's remarks, as anyone should have been.
"He can say what he wants when he's out doing his presidential business among his people, but when it comes to honouring veterans or any kind of people, he needs to grow up and quit saying things like that," Thompson said.
Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, who sits as vice chairman of the Indian Affairs committee, noted that "Donald Trump's latest racist joke - during Native American Heritage Month no less - demeaned the contributions that the Code Talkers and countless other Native American patriots and citizens have made to our great country."
Who would have thought we'd be living in a world where a mention of the president and his "latest racist joke" would actually be a thing?
I'm not American, but I am deeply concerned by the increasingly racist rhetoric coming from Trump. My two kids, who are 13 and 8, hear his diatribes on the news regularly and wonder how someone who is so "mean" could have ever been voted into office.
The United States has long been viewed as a cultural "melting pot" where people of all cultures have been welcomed to have a fresh start on their lives, but how welcome is anyone going to feel with Trump's continued bigotry? He's attempted to ban transgender individuals from serving in the military, said vile things about individuals from Mexico, and now, used a racial slur when referring to someone who should really be referred to as a colleague. We could also examine his terrible comments regarding women, but those have been discussed ad nauseam.
If the United States wants to be regarded as a strong nation, strength doesn't always come from military might. It comes from the inner strength of its people, and that should be reflected in the office of president. That is not what is currently happening, and if the American people want to be appropriately represented again, they need to get Trump out of office immediately.