President Donald Trump will attend the College National Championship football game in Atlanta today. Little does he know, Atlanta doesn’t want him. Here’s why:
- Trump leaves a trail of racism behind him.
Trump took over 48 hours to denounce the white supremacist-led violence in Charlottesville. Some of his top advisors, cabinet picks and endorsees have histories of prejudice.
Trump also launched a travel ban targeting Muslims, refused to immediately condemn the white supremacists who advocated on his behalf, condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester, stereotyped Jews and shared an anti-Semitic image created by white supremacists, and called supporters who beat up a homeless Latino man “passionate.”
We just don’t have room for racism in Atlanta. Atlanta has been labeled a welcoming city for everyone, has the sixth largest Muslim community in the U.S., and has the second largest community of foreign-born people.
- After examining both Trump’s personal views and policy decisions, the Huffington Post called Trump “the most Anti-LGBTQ president in history.”
“Trump has only been in office for a little less than eight months and yet, as hard as this may be to believe, the pro-active anti-LGBTQ measures he’s originated and enacted are greater in number and depth than those taken by Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and all other presidents ― during their entire terms, combined.”
And that was before he fired all of the members of the HIV/AIDS advisory council. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions have been pushing an extremely anti-LGBTQ agenda that repeals Obama-era policies and threatens the LGBTQ community.
Atlanta has a larger LGBTQ community percentagewise than New York.
- Trump supports the NRA despite rising deaths from gun violence in Atlanta and Georgia.
Trump came to Atlanta to speak to the NRA and was hoping to visit Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s grave in the same visit, despite Dr. King dying as a result of gun violence. Trump doesn’t seem to understand or care about the grave issues caused by gun violence in Georgia.
As of right now, you’re twice as likely to die from gun violence in Georgia than New York.
- Trump dissed Rep. John Lewis, a man who’s given his life to improving Atlanta as well as the nation.
Trump called John Lewis’s Atlanta district a “crime infested” area that is in “horrible shape and falling apart” and tweeted that he should “spend more time fixing and helping his district… rather than falsely complaining about the election results.”
Trump tried to punish John Lewis with his tweets but the Civil Rights icon and congressman isn’t scared. Lewis organized sit-ins and other kinds of nonviolent protest throughout his time as a Civil Rights hero. He received punishment in the form of harassment, brutal beatings and arrests, all in the name of one of the most important causes in U.S. history.
Atlanta prides itself on its diversity, which is something Donald Trump doesn’t understand or appreciate. He doesn’t get it and isn’t welcome.