David Weissman

Former Trump supporter stands with Dem Squad

Most of my adult life I have been a Republican. I have explained in a few columns why I have left the Republican party. Many elected officials along with conservative pundits are often confused and don’t know the difference between patriotism and white nationalism.

Republican Party has often demonized Muslims and equates them to terrorists because of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. I personally have fallen to this ideal.

I along with many people who voted for Trump, allowing hatred to cloud our judgment when it came to immigration. I didn’t learn the laws of seeking asylum which many Republicans chose to ignore. In fact, Marco Rubio was condemned by his own when he had a soft spot for immigration during the 2016 primaries. Their racism towards migrants keeps them in this alternate reality that the MS 13 gang invaded America, but they really originated in the States. Conservatives over the years have condemned the organization Black Lives Matter for standing up to the injustice of police brutality.

We can also go further back during President Obama’s election when Trump himself started the birther conspiracy, falsely claiming he’s from Kenya and not an American born citizen. I again made the mistake because of my own ignorance and hatred believed this. Republicans and conservatives gave President Obama hell for being the first black man to be President. They called him Muslim, a terrorist sympathizer and so much more. The only thing he tried to do was have white America look at other people’s points of view.

The Republican Party is home to some of the vilest racist people, not just Trump. People like Paul Nehlan, David Duke, Steve King, and their propaganda brainwashed many people to think racism is OK and eventually led to the Trump victory in the Presidential election of 2016. Now with a racist who is President, he is enabling racism and we can’t allow this. This week he told 4 progressive Democratic members of Congress who are Women of Color to go back to their home countries. 3 of them are American born and 1 of them is a legal immigrant. I believe Congresswoman Omar is a person we can look up to us Americans because she lived the American dream. We need to stop being complicit when it comes to racism in our government and start holding some accountability. We need to be a country that respects people from different walks of life regardless of politics. We need to hold propagandists accountable for spreading fear and hate because that’s where the problem is coming from. We need to be that beacon of hope America is meant to be, and we need to do it now before it’s too late. We don’t have to agree with all of their policies, but we should stand together to fight this bigotry.

I want to make amends from my hateful past in political commentary, I condemn Trump and the Republican party’s racism.and I stand with the squad of Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ilan Omar and Ayanna Pressley.

About the Author
David Weissman was born in New York and served in the US Army for 13 years, with two deployments to Afghanistan. He is a former Republican and left MAGA and ended his support for Trump. He joined the Democratic party now fighting for the rights of others.
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