Words have meaning and leadership influences followers. Just like the head of a company who sets up the corporate culture, so too does a political leader for his or her followers and for the entire constituency.
That’s what happened with Adolph Hitler in Germany and that is now what is happening with Donald Trump in the United States. Yes, Trump, his advisor Steven Miller and the rest of the nesting vipers have used language that foments hate, violence and divisiveness. They use code words to call their white supremacists and neo-Nazi followers from their lairs to murder people of color and non-white, non-Christian ethnic groups.
Twelve bombs sent to Trump’s opponents and critics; two dead in a Kentucky Kroger market; and 11 dead at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Penn. These atrocities are the blood in the streets that Miller and former advisor Steve Bannon want. They are a direct result of the language, tone and words of the Trump presidency. Complicit in the atrocities are John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, Texas two U.S. senators; and, Michael Cloud, the newly minted congressman supposedly representing this areas. As of 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 29, none of these three Trump allies have issued a statement condemning the violence. By their silence, they are, as the Germans who stood knowingly by in the 1930s, condoning the violence. By their silence, they are aiding the violence.
Because the blood in the streets is what they want.
And those who are calling these atrocities the act of madmen are doing something even worse. They are diverting from the real issue. They, and those who they do not condemn, are evil. Deeply, deeply evil — as deeply evil as the leadership that contributed to the Holocaust in Germany.
Yes, I am charging Cornyn, Cruz and Cloud with being as evil as Nazis. I am not trivializing the Holocaust by so doing. I am consciously and affirmatively saying that these three, among the many supporting Trump, are aiding white nationalists to move this country toward another kind of Holocaust.
But here’s the message: Not now. Not ever. Never again.