My Aberdeen neighbor Bill Fuhrman represented the worst of Trumpism in his comments in our local paper last week. But in this week’s AAN Reader Panel on hopes for the new President’s first 100 days, Fuhrman challenges Trump to put the good of our American Indian neighbors above Trump’s own financial interests and cancel the Dakota Access pipeline:
I run with the elephants, but he must understand the harm that has been done to our Native Americans since at least the mid-19th century. Treaty after treaty has been broken. The Dakota Access Oil Pipeline could devastate those dependent on Missouri River water. Trump must stop it! [Bill Fuhrman, Reader Panel, Aberdeen American News, 2016.11.21]
Making up for Fuhrman’s lapse from Trumpism is Bernie Webb from Gettyburg, who recommends this unconstitutional and unconscionable action:
I would like to see Trump in the first days — in loving memory of the victims and their families — privately, without fanfare or delay, execute the terrorists likely linked to the Sept.11, 2001, mass murder and the Fort Hood radicalized terrorist incident. Also dispose of their remains at sea [Bernie Webb, Reader Panel, Aberdeen American News, 2016.11.21].
Asking the Commander-in-Chief to perform summary executions on individuals “likely linked” with illegal activity—hmm, that doesn’t sound like a Trump voter focused on economic issues to me.
Ah, but we can’t accept wishes for atrocities from anti-Trump readers, either. Aberdeen builder Sea Atwood asks, “Can I go with a plane crash and a car fire?”
No, no, no, Sea. Only Trumpists get to wish violent death on their political foes. We in the Resistance have set the moral example. The only justifiable call for death in this sample is Fuhrman’s call for the death of the Dakota Access pipeline.