An American Tragedy

Theodore Dreiser wrote “An American Tragedy”.  As the 2016 Presidential election approached, Democrats began writing a new American Tragedy.

“‘You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables.  Right?’ [Presidential candidate Hillary] Clinton said.  ‘The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it.’”  [Time, September 2016]

Hollywood’s “Richard Gere compared Donald Trump to a dictator … ‘Here’s a guy who’s obviously Mussolini’.”  [“Entertainment Weekly, October 2016]

Hollywood’s “Madonna gave a message … ‘I have thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.’”  [“The Atlantic”, January 2017]

Hollywood’s “Samantha Bee said what a lot of other people have been thinking … Ivanka Trump, she said, is a ‘feckless cunt’.”  [“Esquire”, May 2018]

Congresswoman Maxine “Waters told a crowd … ‘If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd, and you push back on them, and you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.’”  [“Time”, June 2018]

Hollywood’s “Robert De Niro stunned the crowd … ‘Fuck Trump.  It’s no longer down with Trump.  It’s fuck Trump.’”  [“HuffPost”, June 2018]

Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said “if we don’t start to address climate change aggressively right now, the world will end in 12 years.”  [“The Washington Post”, January 2019]

“University of Texas Instructor: Trump Is a ‘Nazi’ And ‘You Are Too If You Support Him’” [“News Punch”, August 2019]

Presidential candidate “Bernie Sanders announced that he has plans to cancel America’s $81 billion in medical debt.”  [“Nation Of Change”, September 2019]

Presidential candidate Elizabeth “Warren won’t say if she’d raise middle class taxes to pay for Medicare for All” [“ABC News”, September 2019]

“‘You get a tax break for a racehorse, why in God’s name couldn’t we provide an $8,000 tax credit for everybody who has childcare costs?’ [Presidential candidate Joe] Biden told a crowd.  ‘It would put 720 million women back in the workforce.’”  [“MSN News” September 2019]

Stephen B. Benisch, September 22, 2019

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