I don’t blame Donald Trump for using social media to put out his messages. If mainstream media were giving me over 90% negative coverage I would probably do the same.
But that doesn’t mean the messages he puts out are appropriate…as proven by this one:
“Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats can’t put down the Impeachment match. They know they couldn’t beat him in 2016 against Hillary Clinton, and they’re increasingly aware of the fact that they won’t win against him in 2020, and Impeachment is the only tool they have to get….
….rid of Donald J. Trump – And the Democrats don’t care if they burn down and destroy this nation in the process. I have never seen the Evangelical Christians more angry over any issue than this attempt to illegitimately remove this President from office, overturn the 2016….
….Election, and negate the votes of millions of Evangelicals in the process. They know the only Impeachable offense that President Trump has committed was beating Hillary Clinton in 2016. That’s the unpardonable sin for which the Democrats will never forgive him…..
….If the Democrats are successful in removing the President from office (which they will never be), it will cause a Civil War like fracture in this Nation from which our Country will never heal.” Pastor Robert Jeffress,
Is Donald Trump warning of – some might say threatening – a civil war? Technically no – he is quoting a pastor (more on him in a minute) saying it will cause a “Civil war like fracture”. So Trump supporters can claim it isn’t like he specifically said there would be a hot war with, among other things, shooting and killing. But it certainly has that broad implication.
And who is he quoting? Robert Jeffress, a highly successful (you can take that both religiously and profitably) Southern Baptist clergyman whose wit and wisdom includes the claim that:
“There is no such thing as a separation of church and state in the Constitution”.
This, despite the fact that our first amendment says that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”…
…and that, in 1802, no less a constitutional authority than Thomas Jefferson wrote:
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man & his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, & not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ʺmake no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,ʺ thus building a wall of separation between Church & State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
If that doesn’t tell you the first amendment separates church and state, I don’t know how to reason with you. But the President of the United States uses someone who claims it doesn’t exist as a twitter source.
Look, I’ll say it again: I have no problem with Donald Trump putting out tweets per se. In fact, given the massively negative and dishonest press coverage he receives, I don’t blame him a bit for doing so.
But I do blame him for putting out tweets that, whether because they involve inconsequential matters beneath his status as president or, as in this case, thinly veiled, intentionally inflammatory threats, are just plain stupid.
Mr. President. Remember, you ARE President. This is not the school playground in your old Queens neighborhood. Stop with the stupid tweets. They make you, and us, look ridiculous.