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Marie PickettRegrettably, I feel the need to preface this article with this statement: I’m not a paid liberal activist….

 

What a week! How many times has President Trump tweeted about the crooked media? He loves the word crooked. During the entire 2016 campaign, he called his educated, intelligent opponent crooked. If anyone knows what makes a person crooked, it would be him. Hunting For Thompson has made that observation over and over.  Just read any of the articles previously published on HuntingForThompson.com, and you’ll see that we have been constantly proclaiming that “the emperor has no clothes” ever since the election ended. Mr. President, we are not fake news either. We fact check and cite our sources. Unlike you, who like a magician making doves appear, magically pulls facts from thin air.

 

The president continues to refer to the free press as the enemy of the American people. I beg to differ, as do most Americans. It is you Donald J. Trump and your small band of bigots, which hopefully will only be briefly occupying the White House, that are America’s worst enemy. You and the GOP seem oblivious to the fact that you did not win the popular vote.  You lost by a very large margin: a 2.86 million margin. You are marginalized – not us.

 

Retired four-star admiral and former Navy SEAL William H. McRaven (who organized and oversaw the operation that killed Osama bin Laden) called Trump’s characterization of the media as “the enemy of the American people” the “greatest threat to democracy” that he has ever seen.1 So, Mr. President, I am not alone when I beg to differ with you.

 

It seems as if the occupants of the White House are trying their best to follow in the footsteps of their good friend, and presidential bestie, Vladimir Putin; who dismisses facts and endeavors to expunge truth. In an article on Spiegel Online, one of the most widely read German-language news Websites with an English translation, is a report that a Siberian weekly newspaper, the Novaya Buryatia, removed “page 16” from 50,000 copies. That took seven editors working nearly three full days to accomplish such a daunting feat. Page 16 contained an article about a woman whose son was ordered to Eastern Ukraine. He fought side-by-side with pro-Russian forces based in Kiev. The piece had two pictures; one with him smiling, standing by his tank right before it was hit and exploded, and another with him severely wounded in the hospital.2 Those censored photos were evidence that the Kremlin had lied … and the Kremlin wanted to hide its lie. Is this what is in store for America? Censorship? Presidential bullying of the press into submission? No! Just like Spiegel Online shined a blinding light on the Kremlin’s failed attempt to suppress the truth, our free press will resist and will prevail of any such attempts to trump it.

 

While Trump was bad mouthing the press, several GOP Senators and Congressmen were busy trying to bully their constituents. For instance, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), had the audacity to smirk and tell his constituents that “winners make policy and losers go home.”3 He even had the nerve to say his constituents don’t have the same agenda as he does. What exactly is his agenda? It ought to be to do the right thing for America and her people. Instead, he dismisses protesters confronting him as simply sore losers who just don’t like the election results. Well, he is partially right. Many of us don’t like that fact the Trump is president because he lost the popular vote by 2.86 million votes! McConnell isn’t even man enough to hold a town hall meeting for his constituents. Instead, he opted to have a luncheon. Where only those with the cash to pay for admission could attend and speak with him. He has no honor. He is spineless. He would not answer questions from those attending his luncheon. Hilary Clinton was drilled relentlessly on Benghazi and emails (for 12 hours at a time before Congressional hearings), yet he can’t even man-up to answer questions from his constituents who pay his salary and his healthcare benefits. You, sir, are not worthy of my breath. I know you’re not listening. I’ll bet you hear your constituents loud and clear when they say to you – “You’re Fired!”

 

Then there is Dave Brat (R-VA), who with a smug look told his constituents that “Obamacare is collapsing.”  He went on to say, “Since Obamacare and these issues have come up, the women are always in my grill no matter where I go.”4 Mr. Brat, it’s too bad you were focused on mocking and dismissing the people who elected you and who pay your salary and healthcare benefits, because if you were paying attention to them you would have heard them say, “If you do not listen to us – You’re Fired!”

 

Not to be outdone, Tom Cotton (R-AR) said that his town hall contained professional protesters, a manufactured base…5 No, you are wrong, Mr. Cotton! Those are the people who voted for you, your constituents! They want healthcare, just like you have. You didn’t even have the courtesy to answer them when asked, “How could you support a president who wants to grab women by the pussy?”  You also gave no answer to the 7-year-old boy who doesn’t want funding taken away from PBS to build “The Wall.”  Guess what Cotton, you too are going to hear the words “You’re Fired” if you dare to stand for reelection.

 

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) tweeted, “Freedom is the ability to buy what you want to fit what you need.  Obamacare is Washington telling you what to buy regardless of your needs.”6 Well, Ryan is certainly the spinner in chief.  I hate GOP rhetoric! To un-spin Ryan, The Affordable Care Act mandates insurers sell to people with preexisting conditions. That, Mr. Ryan, is needed for all Americans. It is also designed to help prevent carriers from preying on those who are without access to decent coverage. It’s noteworthy to know that Speaker Ryan and his family have healthcare coverage courtesy of us. We will be free to buy healthcare alright, freeing us to be burdened with medical debt. On election day Mr. Ryan, you too shall hear – “You’re Fired!”

 

Only eight short years ago, this country was on its way to greatness. America was filled with hope. Now, not so much. But what we do have is moxie and tenacity; an unwavering fighting spirit. America is a democracy. We are not yet living under a dictator. We will hold the GOP responsible. We, The People, the tax paying public, will no longer cover your healthcare benefits or pay your salary. Our free press will survive your blatant attacks. The GOP will not fare as well. It’s legacy will forever be tied to this time. To a time when they attempted to destroy democracy. Take notice and heed this well Republicans – you and your children, and your children’s children, will live with shame for a very long time.

 

President Trump and his band of bigots are quick to point the finger and blame everybody and anything else but themselves, for the hatred and anger they incite. The picture below says it all…. But to ensure clarity: Donald Trump, you are not my president! And soon you shall be FIRED!

 

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