Watching news coverage of the rally in North Carolina last week brought me to tears. Hearing the chants of “send her back” reverberating in the room as the racist-in-chief stepped back from the mic and beamed — basking in the fevered adulation from the crowd — made me lose my breath. I felt as though I was witnessing the earnest beginning of the slow, tortuous death of American democracy; and the call to let a modern day Nazi Reich rise in America.
In that moment, my longing for Pete to become President had never been stronger. I knew that a man such as Pete who has lived his life by never straying from the deeply seeded moral compass that guides his path, would be similarly stunned by the horrific spectacle the country witnessed last week. “We must denounce and reject the president’s racist demagoguery,” he said.
But perhaps, even more than the overwhelming disgust I felt after watching the news clips of the rally, I have been even more astounded by the SILENCE from Republican lawmakers. Their unwillingness to call out their de facto party leader’s racist’s tweets and lies gives us a good look at the hellish descent that will be our nation’s fate if we give him four more years. Many of these lawmakers have confided privately that they fear “death by tweet” if they buck the chief racist by publicly confessing the disgust they feel.
But it’s not over. Not by a long shot. It seems certain that 45 intends to intensify his racist attacks on the four congresswomen — all women of of color — in his 2020 campaign. He will hold them up and proclaim that they hate America, that they are socialists, and that they are the racists — not he. He will shout that they are anti-Semitic — using Jews as a shield for his virulent racism. (Note: Several months ago, Rep. Ilhan Omar — one of the women in the so-called “squad” of four — issued an immediate and “unequivocal apology” for insinuating that American support for Israel is fueled by money from a pro-Israel lobbying group.)
Friends, we have much work to do. I believe that you realize the urgency and absolute necessity of sending Pete to the White House. Pete, who has called for the emergence of “a new form of American solidarity” — and who has said that, “I am ready to use my story, my energy, my alliances and yes, my privilege, to throw myself into tearing down those walls” — will not be silent as the racist rants continue from the Oval Office. We will not be silent. Our voices will rise. We will truth testify. And I believe without hesitation that we can make this happen if we are are all in for Pete. Our democracy (and many innocent lives ) depend upon our ability to succeed. Let’s go. #20PETE20