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Wade writes: "Over the weekend, two Democratic representatives shared stories of their constituents telling them they are straight up terrified of President Donald Trump and his policies."

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings. (photo: Alex Brandon/AP)
Rep. Elijah E. Cummings. (photo: Alex Brandon/AP)

Americans Are Absolutely Terrified of Trump

By Peter Wade, Rolling Stone

22 July 19

“They say, ‘I’m scared.’ And I have not—I’ve never in my total of 37 years in public service ever heard a constituent say that they were scared of their leader,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings

ver the weekend, two Democratic representatives shared stories of their constituents telling them they are straight up terrified of President Donald Trump and his policies.

On CNN’s S.E. Cupp Unfiltered Saturday, Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI) told the host that a young child, a third-generation American, told her they are scared that their family will be taken in the middle of the night. “A child grabbed my legs and said, ‘Mrs. Dingell, Mrs. Dingell, I am worried that someone’s going to come to our house in the middle of the night, drag my family out, and no one’s ever going to see us again.'”

Dingell added that she spoke with the superintendent of the school district who said the child’s comments are not uncommon. This is what America’s kids are worrying about. “Debbie,” the superintendent told her, “you need to understand that’s what our kids are talking about.”

These children’s fears are not unfounded. In addition to detaining thousands of undocumented immigrants, ICE has also been taking American citizens into custody. It’s such a concern, some Americans have been carrying their passports with them at all times. One US-born Marine veteran was arrested by ICE despite having his American passport with him at the time.

Then, Sunday on ABC’s This Week, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said that many of his constituents have told him they are “scared” of Trump. When host George Stephanopoulos asked Cummings whether he was worried about the direction of American politics after the president’s racist comments, Cummings said most Americans do not support what Trump has been saying.

“No matter where I go, what I’m hearing over and over again is—from my constituents is please save our democracy, please save our country,” he said.

He added, “And you know something else they say, George? They say, ‘I’m scared.’ And I have not—I’ve never in my total of 37 years in public service ever heard a constituent say that they were scared of their leader.”

“Scared of their leader? Scared of the president of the United States?” Stephanopoulos asked.

“Of the president of the United States, that’s exactly right,” Cummings replied.

Stephanopoulos then asked if Cummings believed Trump is racist. Cummings responded in the affirmative, saying unequivocally, ” I believe he is—yes, no doubt about it. And  I tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, but I got to tell you, George, when I think about what he said to these young ladies who are merely trying to bring excellence to government and trying to make sure that generations yet unborn have an opportunity to experience a true democracy, when I hear those things it takes me back, like I said. And I can still remember bleeding from my forehead when people were throwing bottles—and these were adults, throwing bottles and saying go home, nigger.”

America is reliving and reviving the darkest moments of our history. And it’s not just Americans who are terrified. It’s the world. As a 2019 Pew poll revealed, a growing number of people around the world see America as a major threat.

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+10 # chapdrum 2019-07-22 15:41
Well then, it's at least a good thing that Congress and the Courts are not terrified. Those bodies don't mind putting us in harm's way. Exceptional.
-21 # chapdrum 2019-07-22 15:43
“Scared of their leader? Scared of the president of the United States?” Stephanopoulos asked.

Once a tool, always a tool - so naturally, the corporate media continues to take him seriously.
+31 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-22 16:01
"they are straight up terrified of President Donald Trump and his policies."

Americans are terrified of everything. They think N. Korea is going to invade and kill them all with nuclear bombs. It has always been this way. Reagan told them that the Nicaraguans would invade the US by entering through Harlingin, Texas. They too would kill them all.

Why don't people have the balls to just tell Trump to fuck off; tell him they are not afraid of him or his policies. I was among the last group of people to resist the war against Vietnam. I burned by draft card and told Nixon to piss off, I would not go fight for him. I would go to jail but before that I would do all I could not to get caught. None of us were scared of Nixon or his henchmen.

This is the darkest moment of American history. America has become a chicken-shit nation. They are a scardy-cat people. It is dark because they have shoved their heads in the sand and can't bear to see the light of day.
+23 # revhen 2019-07-22 17:51
Listen. I am 85 years old and have boldly and bravely thrust myself into dangerous and difficult situations. But I am frightened of Trump, of what he and his "followers" are doing to us, making us haters and nasty and untruthful and so forth. I'm not afraid for myself. I'm afraid for our country. We are emulating Germany in the early 1930s. It is SCARY!!!!
0 # chapdrum 2019-07-23 19:53
revhen - you are spot on, in the way that RR very rarely is.
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-24 05:47
chap -- how is this "spot on"

"frightened of Trump, of what he and his "followers" are doing to us, making us haters and nasty and untruthful and so forth."

Exactly how is Trump making revhen into a hater and nasty and untruthful. I think revhen has not been transformed by Trump into a hater and a liar. Revhen simply opposes Trump on many grounds, as he probably opposed many elected official.

Also, was revhen "afraid for my country" before Trump became president? Or did he think things were perfectly OK?
+10 # Salus Populi 2019-07-22 18:15
A lot of people may be scared of Trump, and with good reason. A lot more are so tired of the direction the country has taken under the previous five presidents, the domination of the country by the billionaires, the hedge fund managers, the war hogs, that they cut off their collective noses to spite their faces, or live in fantasy land believing that Trump is their Savior and that he cares about them.

But there are many people who are working at the grass roots, despite the cruelty, hatred, and terrorism of the State under Trump and his enablers, to help those most in need.

Here in Albuquerque, Muslims, Bahá’ís, and the city government are working together -- and if you know the history of the former two groups, you know just how radical that is -- to feed the hungry homeless in the city, and to send blankets, clothing, food, and other forms of sustenance to the migrants and asylum seekers who are being deliberately dehumanized and psychologically and even physically tortured by the ICE-SS on the orders of the wannabe Duce.

Think globally, act locally, as the old saw has it. And read the late Walter Karp's essay "The America That Was Free and Is Now Dead" at Third World Traveler. The piece is about the crimes of the detestable Wilson regime, and the Messianic terrorism that was visited on the citizenry a hundred years ago, It gives some perspective,

The slogan of the Catholic Inquisition was "Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here." It's what the billionaires want.
0 # NAVYVET 2019-07-23 18:30
Thanks! Until Dubya and Drumpf, I considered Jackson and Wilson, Teddy Roosevelt and Andrew Johnson our worst presidents. Glad to see the crimes of the racist Wilson reign are revealed.
+7 # elizabethblock 2019-07-22 18:27
Americans are scared of a lot of things that aren't actually threatening them. After all, a frightened populace is a cowed populace. Frighten people and they'll do what you want.
But this is a genuine threat. And you can't expect little children not to be afraid.
+3 # chapdrum 2019-07-22 19:54
Good for you RR, except that even when all was known about Nixon before the '72 election, he still somehow managed to beat McGovern in forty-nine states. We underestimate their mendacity at our great peril. And finally, just how are "scardy-cat people" (or not) supposed to rid the country of Don?
+6 # coberly 2019-07-22 23:28

look again. he's talking about kids being scared.

i'm scared too. we are facing racism and ecocide.

i can't fight him alone. and the left doesn't know how to fight. shouting racist won't do it. we are all in this together,
+8 # Glen 2019-07-23 07:28
The militarism, propaganda, threat of militant racists, government members willing to go along with Trump, decades of brainwashing, a huge population, lack of general education of citizens, and the need of the government to control citizens through the fear of "the enemy at the gate". It is a worn out method perfected through the centuries.

Just how does one organize 300 million people?
0 # economagic 2019-07-23 20:14
Do a web search (on any platform but the former "Don't Be Evil, Inc.") on "self organizing criticality," an aspect of all complex systems which our present world certainly is.
+1 # Salus Populi 2019-07-26 13:11
startpage, duckduckgo, and privatelee are three search engines that keep your searches private.
+5 # NAVYVET 2019-07-23 18:21
Drumpf is the most dangerous of all the conmen crooks who've been in the White House, but not the ONLY one ever elected to the Presidency! They go back to the slaveholder hypocrites of the Republic's early days. I used to think that Jackson, a mass murderer, was the worst--until the post WWII self-delusions of US "superiority" brought a string of slimy crooks, racists and warmongers, both Republicans and Democrats, into the White House.

With all their faults, the 1952 and 56 campaigns of Ike and Adlai were THE LAST US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS IN WHICH ONE OR BOTH OF THE CANDIDATES DIDN'T MAKE ME UNEASY AND SUSPICIOUS! I was too young to vote until 1960, so maybe I just didn't dig deep enough in 52 and 56 to have nightmares.

Ever since 1960 at least one of the candidates for the presidency has been a frightening conman, or easily manipulated by conmen and $$$. Just think about it. Some of you understand my joy and relief when a citizen with character, brains and experience--nam ely, Bernie Sanders--finall y ran for President. He could have beaten Drumpf, but the Dum-o-crats were so rotten they ran Hillary, another scary hypocrite, making 2016 a race between two monsters and the most frightening presidential election of my lifetime. Biden is the same type, since the Dum-o-crat leaders are so brain dead they are no longer able to support needed changes, and the Greedy Oil Party--anarchis t NeoCon(federate )s--win at any treasonous cost to our nation or the world.
-2 # chapdrum 2019-07-23 19:56
RR-heck of an armchair warrior.
And, pairing the assertion that this is "...the darkest moment in American history..." with "...America has become a chicken-shit nation..." is a non sequitur.
+13 # librarian1984 2019-07-22 17:31
Americans are terrified? Speak for yourself. Trump is a manipulative narcissist, like most politicians. I was more scared when Dick Cheney was president.

The Democrats have totally mishandled Trump. They retook the House in 2018 because they talked about policy rather than the boogeyman.

To be terrified of Trump or the GOP is handing them power, and I refuse to do that. I'm more afraid of climate change, but what are we doing about that?

Note the last paragraph says a 'growing' number, meaning it wasn't zero before. The US has been a rogue nation for decades, killing civilians, torturing, black sites, assassinations, causing more than one financial collapse.

The world has been afraid of us for a long time, and I've held many of our presidents in contempt. Trump is just the most recent.
+3 # economagic 2019-07-23 20:28
Amen, Sister.
-17 # skylinefirepest 2019-07-22 18:03
Scared of trump? Has the democrap party gone ape crap crazy? Well, yes they they imagine that trump is going to end the if he could. Why don't you guys go get a bottle of Jack Daniels, sit down, take some deep breaths...and realize that S+P is over five thousand...for the first time in history. Unemployment is was down, gdp is up, our president is willing to be friends with other countries IF they return the favor ( he's not giving away millions in cash like obummer did, now is he? ) other words he's doing a damn fine job for the country and you leftist freaks are going crazy because a liberal loony isn't in the White House.
+3 # Elroys 2019-07-22 18:14
No need for fear - this is exactly what this trump fu** wants everyone to feel - that he is a real live thug and will hurt you. He us nothing but a fool gone mad. There is a vey simple no cost, hassle free way to crush this moron and everyone one of his sycophants in Congress (the spineless Repugnants)and his administration: VOTE IN NOV. 2020 FOR DEMOCRATS ONLY. Yes, they are clearly imperfect and need to be held accountable. But none - zero - are anywhere near as awful as anyone of the Repubs and trump. VOTE DEM ONLY IN 2020. Problem solved and we can be on our way to healing our nation, our people and lead the world to the future any sane person would want for themselves and their children. Dump trump into the dustbin of history.
All it takes is your vote and to tell all who you know to vote Dem for president and Congress. Problem solved, no fear needed
+9 # boredlion 2019-07-22 18:39
It’s what happens when you get deja-vu fascism all over again, in a country with neither the education nor the instinct to resist it when it rears its ugly head.
+5 # maverita 2019-07-22 18:47
The only people NOT afraid of Trump and what he stands for are either ignorant fools, the uber-wealthy or like-minded a-holes.
+3 # jazzman633 2019-07-22 20:13

I thoroughly appreciate your comments on VN. I wasn't going ether. I had a handbook on emigrating to Canada.

The answer to your question is that there's a world of difference between then and now, Two words: volunteer army.

The military is inherently an immense pyramid of obedience, but these days it's unchecked by civil unrest, media coverage, or, it appears, sanity.
+4 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-24 05:55
jazz -- yes, there was really a resistance back then. As many people have observed, it was because privileged college kids were being drafted and sent to a war they did not support. Like many people, only a year or so out of high school I already had friends who were killed or seriously wounded in Vietnam.

We were all very close to the war so it was pretty much impossible not to be involved. As you say, things are much different today. People can be disconnected.

There was a strong anti-war movement during the Bush era. But it died out with Obama. It is still dead now. All of the resistance has moved over to the hate Trump movement and impeachment.

It is clear that the main problem in the US is its Forever War and the military industrial complex.
+5 # economagic 2019-07-22 20:23
Yes, Trumps policies are having precisely the desired effect. He enjoys nothing better than seeing people expressing fear of him in the very media he called "fake news."
-7 # BKnowswhitt 2019-07-22 20:32
Cummings wrongfully using the race card here. After 9/11 all these policies changed. Remember we got all those folks in NY twin towers and Pentagon and on planes killed. Obama deported just as many .. so then OBumma hates Mexicans we can deduct from the small minded short sighted reasoning of the 'false left' here. Also: A police statement at the time said police contacted ICE because they believed the incident may have been a possible act of terrorism. He has PTSD and set fire to a stairwell in a hospital and was trying to get to the helipad .. even his attorney state that to be fact .. this is complete garbage ..
+5 # margpark 2019-07-22 20:40
I am scared of Trump and his followers. Perhaps more afraid of his followers than him. Those who aren't cheering for him fear him. The U.S. didn't use to be afraid but they had a big shock when two oceans couldn't protect them on 9/11. And then the government did everything to keep them scared.
+2 # hereandnow 2019-07-23 00:24
Rod Ras: You are absolutely correct. The American Public have been lied to for so long and been fed such a long list of propoganda that they actually believe what they have been told and lo and behold if one dares to try to tell then that what they believe is just a mental construct like a house of cards. The bearer of truth is attacked, called every name in the book, publiclly shamed as being a heretic spreading lies meant to undermine the "truth". There are so many good and well meaning Americans, one can only hope that they will throw off the yoke of believing they are exceptional and indispensible. No country or no empire has ever been or ever will be indispensible, Believing so only makes the downfall of said Empire that much more painful.
How old is our planet? How long has mankind been on the planet? How many civilizations and thier empires have come and gone? How old is the United States? From a purely logical and scientific point of view is it concievable that the US Empire is any more exceptional or indispensable than any which has come and gone before it? While it is true that the scale of the Empire is unprecedented, that can only mean that the downfall will be unprecedented. Time to wake up, throw all fear and misgivings out the window and try to save what can be saved. I love most Americans, but those in the out of control power structures have taken that country that had so much promise 250 years ago in its beginning in the totally wrong direction.
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-23 05:35
I just ran across this story from CNN. It shows that many people in America are not afraid. When ICE agents came to an immigrant's house to arrest him and his son, neighbors rallied to protect the man and drive the ICE agents away. They were not afraid to stand up to Trump and his ICE Gestapo.

The story above is idiotic and insulting to all of us. I used to know Elijah Cummings. I used to work a block from his office in Baltimore. I saw him often. He's always been a tool. I never liked him.

"ICE officers came for a Tennessee man. His neighbors stepped in to stop them"

By Theresa Waldrop and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

"When US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers tried to take a Tennessee man into custody early Monday morning, the man's neighbors stepped up to stop them, CNN affiliates WTVF and WZTV reported."

Trump's attempt to round up immigrants last Sunday failed because people were ready and they resisted. No one is afraid of Trump or his policies. It is the idiotic media like Rolling Stone that keeps telling us we should be afraid. I really don't understand why they do this. It seems so counter-product ive.
0 # economagic 2019-07-23 20:26
To every person above whose fear of T-Rump leads to anything but decisive action, I strongly recommend FDR's First Inaugural Address, the one with the familiar, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

But read the entire first paragraph, and for further inspiration, the other 25 paragraphs as well. This is one issue on which I agree completely with RR's comment, second from the top above.

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