I watch Fox News. I listen to Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity on the radio. I even watch Jimmy Swaggart Ministries on late night TV to get a peak into the evangelical right. I do all this to understand where my political opposites are coming from, what they “know” and what they are not being told.
What I have learned over the past few weeks is that those who oppose Trump are being described as “Hating Trump” or “Hating Our President”.
Hate is an emotional reaction. To be called a “Trump Hater” is to be dismissed as being emotional, not rational, not basing ones opinions in fact.
I urge all of us to be ready when anyone calls us a “Trump Hater” or otherwise to be ready with a quick response. Here is mine.
No, I do not hate Trump. I oppose his legislative agenda, his foreign and domestic policy, his failure to comply with the Constitution and place his assets in a blind trust and thus, avoiding non-compliance with the emoluments clauses, his failure to be open and honest with the American people and release his tax returns. I oppose his treatment of Gold Star families, his denigration of past presidents of both parties, his mocking of the disabled. I disagree with the number of days this president has spent on the golf course instead of working to make this country a better place for all of us. But no, I do not hate him.