Monday, April 10, 2017

Will the real Trump please stand up?

Chalk one up for the Narcissistic Bully.  Using the tragic death of Syrian children to score political points is disgusting.  Acting like he cares so much about the suffering of Syrian children is even more disgusting.

Syrian refugees packed into an air raft survive the Mediterranean Sea.
He said, “Beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this very barbaric attack." He said Assad’s actions were heinous and an affront to humanity. True.  All true.  But, he doesn’t deserve to talk about it. He certainly doesn’t have the right to imply he’s concerned about Syrian children.  His actions prove just the opposite.


When he banned Syrians from entering the US, his ban contributed to the death of many children.  The US turned away boats filled with refugees-the majority was women and children. Many were ill, most were hungry and thirsty.  Some drowned in overloaded boats crossing the sea.  Some froze. Others died due to lack of medical attention.  But, Trump ignored human suffering –including  ‘beautiful babies’ exposed to the elements, in desperate need of food and shelter.

So, which Donald is the REAL Donald?  Is it the fear mongering Donald banning people from 7 Middle East countries? When a man at a Connecticut town hall talked about the relocation of a previously vetted and approved Syrian family with children anxious to return to school, Trump told him it couldn’t happen.  

Two Syrian children walk through a refugee camp searching for family.
When the man challenged him by asking if he could tell child refugees he wouldn’t give them food or shelter, Trump said, “I can look in their faces and say, ‘You can’t come here’.”

The first line in his official ban read, “I hereby proclaim that the entry of nationals of Syria as refugees is detrimental to the interests of the United States and thus suspend any such entry…”
Trump told CNBC, “We have no idea who these people are . . . This could be one of the great Trojan horses. We cannot let them into this country, period.”

So first he says Syrian children can’t come here.  They could cause problems.  “We don’t know where their parents come from, they have no documentation whatsoever," Trump said. 

Throughout his life Trump has shown an open contempt for most of the things Jesus lived and preached:  humility, generosity, respect, empathy, kindness, peace.

Now that he claims to be a devout Christian, he needs to reread a few key Bible verses filled with messages he’s openly violated.  Several passages from Matthew and James speak to empty words meaning nothing unless you’re willing to take action.  

One example is from James 2:14-17: 

What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, 'Go in peace, be warmed and filled,' without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

I understand he’s a serial liar. I know he needs constant attention.  That’s most likely related to his narcissism.  It doesn’t matter.  Using the image of children burning and writhing in pain to his advantage is deplorable.  All of a sudden appearing compassionate and concerned about Syrian children when he has turned his back on them, is a new level of hypocrisy.

If he’s no longer a dishonest poser, then he can prove it by repealing the ban on Syrian refugees.  He is in a position to make a plea for all countries to play a humanitarian role in relieving the human suffering of refugees.  As the old cliché says, you’re either part of the solution or part of a problem.

Pope Francis posted a stern reminder for Trump and others claiming to be Christians,
“The sickness (sin) that Jesus condemns most is hypocrisy, which is precisely what is happening when someone claims to be a Christian but does not live according to the teaching of Christ. You cannot be a Christian without living like a Christian.”