I told you so

Gore Vidal said, “The four most beautiful words in our common language:  I told you so.”  And it didn’t even take that long — Donald Trump has been in office just over six months.  Maybe next time listen when a minority group is saying “hey, this guy is just pandering,” because we KNOW how that feels and what it looks like.  Our issue may not be your issue, but chances are good we’ll smell the doodoo before you do — because we are used to being lied to, used to being betrayed, used to being sacrificed as pawns to advance someone else’s game.

donald-trump w:rainbow flag

People told me, “you’re wrong about him; didn’t you see him holding that rainbow flag during the campaign and didn’t you hear him at the Republican National Convention say L-G-B-T-Q?”  Yes, I did see him looking like a constipated matador trying to distract a gay bull with the rainbow flag; did you notice the rainbow flag was upside down, and did you actually listen to what he was saying when he mentioned the LGBTQ acronym in his RNC speech?  He was not talking about issues important to queer voters like enacting employment nondiscrimination or protecting marriage equality — all he said was it’s not okay for a radical Islamic terrorist to murder LGBTQ Americans in a nightclub in Florida.  Then he congratulated the crowd for not boo-ing him for saying LGBTQ.  Wow!  What an ally.

See, we knew we were being used when after The Pulse massacre in Florida his response was not about ending systemic bigotry but rather loosening gun restrictions — he wished the Pulse victims had brought guns with them to the club that night… because what goes better with impaired judgement and loss of impulse control caused by alcohol than a weapon?

“If the bullets were going in the other direction,” he fantasized wistfully.

Fast-forward a year, and President Trump fails to mention LGBTQ Pride Month even in passing during LGBTQ Pride Month.  He’s done away with Department of Education protective guidance for transgender students, tried to stop the Census from counting LGBT people, and threatened us with an executive order to legalize discrimination by Federal contractors who fire LGBTQ people because they believe that’s what Jesus wants them to do modeled on legislation Vice President Pence signed as governor of Indiana.

If you are one of those Americans concerned about national security, immigration, jobs, and crime, wake up!  Mexico isn’t paying for the wall.  Our joblessness isn’t caused by our immigration policy any more than crime is the result of sanctuary cities.  His betrayal of the queer community is just an example of his betrayal of every constituency he appealed to during the campaign.

And, I told you so.  You’ve been played!  We in the queer community saw this coming while you were busy ordering Trump Steaks or signing-up for Trump University classes.

In her latest televised press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders avoided answering questions about the health care votes taking place in the Senate instead describing, while mentioning the size of the crowd several times, how successful President Trump’s partisan address to the Boy Scouts National Jamboree had been even as the Boy Scouts of America issued a statement apologizing for Mr. Trump’s speech during which the president mocked his opponent in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, for losing the state of Michigan, while the crowd booed mention of her name, attacked the “fake media” and celebrated his “incredible” election victory, and asked the crowd of mostly under-voting-age children, “Do you remember that incredible night with the maps?”  Then, he pointed out the fact that President Obama declined to attend the Boy Scouts National Jamboree during his 8 years in office, neglecting to mention that Mr. Obama stayed away from the event over the Boy Scouts' ban on gay and transgender scouts and scoutmasters, which has since been lifted.  Ironic, when President Trump had just used Twitter to announce a ban on transgender personnel in the US military.

Sick of winning-Trump

We are in an alternate universe with alternative facts.

We’re going to win. We’re going to win so much. We’re going to win at trade, we’re going to win at the border. We’re going to win so much, you’re going to be so sick and tired of winning, you’re going to come to me and go "Please, please, we can’t win anymore." You’ve heard this one. You’ll say "Please, Mr. President, we beg you sir, we don’t want to win anymore. It’s too much. It’s not fair to everybody else.” And I’m going to say "I’m sorry, but we’re going to keep winning, winning, winning, We’re going to make America great again.”
(from Trump campaign speech in Billings, Montana on May 26, 2016)

And, I told you so.

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