In the Valley of Elah

Does this man looks nervous? Does this man look worried? Does this look like a fellow who really thinks Ted Cruz is going to take the GOP nomination away from him?

Donald Trump knows that Cruz’s victories in Kansas and Maine last night were flukes. He knows that it is virtually impossible to stop the momentum he has built up over the past several months. He knows that his vocal Republican critics will inevitably fall in line and bow their heads in the name of winning. He also knows that if he can turn enough economically anxious voters against the Democratic nominee (still likely to be Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders’s victories in Kansas and Nebraska last night notwithstanding), he will make the White House the next property owned by the Trump Organization.

Tuesday will mark eight months until the 2016 presidential election; just take a moment to imagine the sort of prideful and profane victory speech Trump will deliver if he wins that night. Trump is nothing short of an existential menace to America’s highest principles; stopping this sarcastic sociopath must become the progressive movement’s number-one priority.

The specter of Trump being so close to the presidency must shatter the hearts of progressives of faith in particular. After all, the success of the Trump campaign is a sign that America is in a state of spiritual crisis. The legions backing Trump have obviously abandoned the values of tolerance, civility, kindness, decency, humility, grace and compassion; had they held fast to those values, they would have laughed Trump right off the stage the day he announced.

For progressives of faith, the fight against Trump and the prejudice he represents is both political and spiritual warfare. The hatred that Trump has spewed since he started his campaign must be rebuked in the name of all that is good and fair and right and just; it would be an amazing disgrace to see a wretch like him taking the oath of office on January 20, 2017.

Over the course of the next eight months, progressives of faith will not remain silent, knowing that if this man becomes the 45th president, he will scorn the needs and concerns of America’s most vulnerable citizens. They will not remain silent, knowing that this man will likely fill his Cabinet with authoritarian minions (just imagine Chris Christie as Attorney General). They will not remain silent, knowing the wars this man will likely launch to prove just how macho he is.

Progressives of faith will declare, firmly and forcefully, that Donald Trump in the White House means more for those that already have and less for those who barely have anything, more discrimination on the basis of race and religion, more women being harassed and harangued by misogynist men who see Trump as their role model. It means more injustice, more ignorance, more intolerance. It means America abandoning its best values…which is why progressives of faith cannot and will not let Donald Trump destroy America’s melting-pot legacy.

D.R. Tucker

D. R. Tucker is a Massachusetts-based journalist who has served as the weekend contributor for the Washington Monthly since May 2014. He has also written for the Huffington Post, the Washington Spectator, the Metrowest Daily News, investigative journalist Brad Friedman's Brad Blog and environmental journalist Peter Sinclair's Climate Crocks.