I posted this in the Women's March thread, as well,
but it probably should be here too. Thanks.
Someone just forwarded me this article interviewing Bono on his thoughts toward Trump.
Bono's Pitch Perfect Approach to Trump
He is right to say that we should try to understand why so many in the country felt ignored and condescended to during the Obama administration, because surely many of us were.
And, it is true that the Women's March on Washington -- the National team (which I have nothing to do with)-- is made up of many Obama, Clinton and Bernie Sanders volunteer supporters,
which I also have nothing to do with.
But, compassion toward those who have been hurting is not a justifiable reason to normalize Trump.
Trump did terrible things to the country during the election.
He attacked and abused every single vestige of national and communal pride and decency and endangered the lives of millions by appealing to fear, ignorance and bigotry.
He dragged the country through the gutter and kicked us, our national heroes, our traditions, our values, our institutions and our Constitution in the face, and then turned around and spit on them for good measure, just out of malice and spite.
He gives succor to our national enemies.
He cannot be forgiven.
Yes, DC is arrogant. I have never liked it here.
I will be leaving the city this week after 15 years, the last 8 of which were a miserable hell.
People in power did not see Trump coming and
have not yet acknowledged their complicity in his rise.
Bono is right about both of those points.
But MANY MANY of us did see him coming.
And, most important, Trump's rise isn't just a case of people voting for a candidate and that candidate winning.
There were all sort of other unethical and nefarious activities going on during the campaign that affected the outcome, including interference by a foreign adversary.
A fair, honest and informed mind also has to acknowledge this.
Bono is quoted in this article saying,
"Instead of protesting, boycotting or calling for impeachment,
how about starting with an honest and humble attempt to understand."
He is not wrong in calling for understanding, humility and honesty toward
those who have been aggrieved. But, again, one cannot extend that to Trump.
Trump is simply not a good person.
He is not a leader. He is a liar and a bully.
Plain and Simple.
So, I gather from these comments, that were published on the day of our international actions, that Bono is not much in support of Women's March.
I wish to thank U2.com for letting me keep a WM stream here.
I will stop adding to it now.
Wishing the best to all Women, the Men who love and respect them,
and to all those, including the environment,
that are now under existential threat.
We will do our best to try and protect you.
Please work with us.
On behalf of Women's March Global, we love you!
Bye, and thank you.
Edited by voicefromdc, 23 January 2017 - 06:03 PM.