Last week, after many in the media declared him the next President of the United States, Joe Biden, in a speech called for unity and healing.
Biden said. “It’s time to put away the harsh rhetoric, lower the temperature, see each other again, listen to each other again. And to make progress we have to stop treating our opponents as enemies.”
He added: “This is the time to heal in America.”
I agree, it’s time. The question is will those in the Democrat party listen to him?
On Saturday supporters of President Trump traveled to Washington D.C. for a so-called Million MAGA (Make America Great Again) March to show their support.
There are videos of peaceful Trump supporters — including elderly and families — being mobbed and attacked by members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
I guess they didn’t get the message of unity and healing from Biden.
In America, we all have the right to gather peacefully to present our views. Antifa and Black Lives Matter — whose leader, Patrisse Cullors last week requested a meeting with Biden to “discuss the expectations that we have for your administration and the commitments that must be made to Black people” — apparently don’t agree with that.
Let’s look back at the division this nation has endured the last four years and who has been behind it.
On Jan. 20, 2017, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. In that solemn ceremony, 62 elected Democrat leaders boycotted it. Did that refusal to attend help bring about unity?
Just minutes after Trump was sworn in as the commander in chief a campaign to build support for his impeachment went live at ImpeachDonaldTrumpNow.org. Was this done to bring about healing after the 2016 election?
On June 23, 2018, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., told a crowd that it was time to attack Trump supporters in the streets. That doesn’t sound like someone who wants healing.
Did Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., try to bring about peace and unity when she ripped up Trump’s State of the Union speech last February? How about when she encouraged violence by asking why aren’t there “uprisings all over the country.”
Did Democrat leaders, such as Hillary Clinton try to end division over the last four years when they declared Trump’s presidency illegitimate because of Russian collusion?
Several Democrat leaders, including Adam Shift, did everything in their power to prove there was Russian Collusion. Shift said numerous times that he had irrefutable proof that Trump colluded with the Russian government to influence the 2016 election.
That proof never materialized. How did those lies help eliminate division?
In September two women from Wilmington, Del. were indicted on hate crimes after they were recorded stealing a Trump-supporting 7-year-old boy’s red MAGA hat and threatening the child’s mother on the final night of the Democratic National Convention.
Over the last four years, there have been countless instances of Trump supporters being attacked for wearing a MAGA hat. That was only profitable to Nick Sandmann after he reached a settlement in his $250 million lawsuit against the Washington Post.
In October a family of seven was pepper-sprayed while participating in the peaceful rally for Trump in New York City.
Let’s face it. We have just witnessed four years of attacks on the Republican party, President Donald Trump and his supporters by Democrats.
Now the new leader of the free world — and the Democrat party — declares we need unity and healing. Ironic.
Some will say I am spreading the seeds of discontent. I’m sorry if the truth hurts. It should not be swept under the rug as if nothing happened.
In my column, dated October 7 of this year, I asked if some of our local Democrats would refute or apologize for their party’s representatives call for violence and hate.
No one has responded.
As usual, “unity” for many Democrats means Republicans agreeing with them.
Unity and healing takes action from both sides. It will begin when the leaders of the Democrat party start treating Trump and his supporters with respect.
They could start with an apology.