“I thought I was going to die.”
When Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez uttered those words on her Instagram Live last week, it immediately invoked the once unthinkable scene of our Capitol building under siege by White domestic terrorists. As the world watched the images of violence and terror unfold, Ocasio-Cortez was living through it—hiding in a bathroom, holding her breath, and hoping to God that she wouldn’t be found by the people hunting her.
For months prior to 45’s departure, speculation ensued that as soon as disgraced former President Donald J. Trump was out of office, the Republicans would run from him like America did his bleach injection comments. In almost every off-the-record political piece written there was a consistent theme of some type of quiet objection from the GOP. Murmurs of their fears of retribution if they dare object to his willful ignorance, blatant racism, and overall authoritarian whims allowed for the creation of empathy for their cowardice.
We read comments like, “this isn’t who the Republican Party is — they are being…
Living with heinous governance at both the federal and state level is utterly and completely exhausting. Residents in most Republican-controlled states bear the brunt of a sadistic double whammy. We deal with President Donald Trump’s asinine rants, blatant lies, and reckless policies and then endure the same from our own governors. Every day brings a flurry of contradictions and rampant chaos. Attempting to navigate this is like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube in a blackout.
After two White men shot dead more than 31 mostly people of color in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in the space of 14 hours last weekend, President Donald Trump corralled the White House press corps on Monday so that he could deliver a prepared statement. The United States, he said, must condemn racism, bigotry, and White supremacy.
I literally laughed out loud.
To hear a president who has incited racism, bigotry, and White supremacy condemn the very things he has come to be associated with, was as if the satirical newspaper the Onion had written the prepared statement…