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Dear God’s Gift to America,

As the Christmas holiday approaches, and your first year in office comes to a close with a mammoth tax cut for the wealthy and crumbs for the rest of us, I find myself thinking about:

  • young American citizens whose deported mothers or fathers won’t be able to watch them opening presents on Christmas day
  • DREAMERS whose lives are in limbo because you’ve ended their protection
  • victims of mass shootings and other gun violence whose numbers increase daily while you do nothing to address this deadly epidemic
  • women you’ve sexually molested or harassed and now defame as liars
  • the destruction of pristine wilderness areas your administration has opened to fossil fuel extraction
  • victims of hate crimes perpetrated by neo-Nazi’s, white supremacists, and religious extremists emboldened by your words and deeds
  • those who must forego health insurance, or suffer barely affordable premiums, now that you’ve sabotaged Obamacare
  • children who will lose life-saving medical care without CHIP funding
  • your unending assault on truth, scientific knowledge, basic decency, democratic institutions, and American values
  • weakened protections against toxic chemicals, air and water pollution, workplace and food-safety violations, and Wall Street greed
  • refugees fleeing war, oppression, famine, and gang violence who now find the door to America slammed tightly shut
  • adult women and girls in third-world countries deprived of needed health care due to drastic cuts in the US contribution to the United Nations Population Fund
  • human beings and animals everwhere whose lives and habitats are threatened because of climate change you call a hoax
  • a heavily polarized nation you show zero interest in uniting

It therefore seems fitting to wish you, Donald Jr., Eric, Ivanka, and Jared — grifters all — something for Christmas that the five of you have given to so many others: indigestion, gas, heartburn, diarrhea, nausea, heart palpitations, and nightmares.

And if Santa is in a particularly generous mood this year: backed-up toilets at Mar-a-Lago.

Now that would be a wonderful Christmas present for the American people.

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Last week, I spoke with the head of Mar-a-Lago’s Catering Department under the pretext of holding a wedding reception there. I began by telling her I was a big fan of the president, and was excited by the prospect of celebrating my daughter’s marriage at his famous club. Even though I wasn’t a member, I asked, would it still be possible to reserve the main ballroom? “That won’t be a problem,” she replied. “What date did you have in mind?” “We’re pretty flexible,” I explained. “You must be booked months in advance already, given all the Trump supporters who’d love for a special family occasion to be blessed by the president’s brand.”

Before diving into details, I asked if any Muslims were on staff. “Why do you want to know this,” she responded. “Terrorism, of course. But if you do have Muslim employees, I’m sure each was subjected to the extreme vetting President Trump says is necessary to keep Americans safe.” “Mar-a-Lago doesn’t discriminate,” she announced with considerable irritation before hanging up on me.

It was good to hear that Islamophobia isn’t running as rampant on Florida’s Gold Coast as it is in the current White House. My only hope is that the catering head went on to tell her friends and colleagues about the nutcase she spoke to earlier. Maybe she even mentioned it to her boss who was down for the weekend entertaining the Japanese prime minister.

One question I’m sorry I never got to ask though: Are guests allowed to carry guns at the reception?

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Reading about the president’s disastrous weekend call with Australia’s prime minister, one sentence in particular leapt out at me: “Trump was also skeptical because he did not see a specific advantage the US would gain by honoring the deal,” the Washington Post reported.

The abruptly terminated phone conversation between the two leaders centered on war-ravaged and persecuted refugees from countries like Iran, Iraq, Myanmar, Sudan, Somalia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan who were seeking asylum in Australia. Intent on keeping them out of the country and discouraging further boat migration, Australia had arranged for them to be detained indefinitely in Papua New Guinea. There they’ve been subjected to mental and physical cruelty that includes beatings, sexual abuse, malnourishment, and inadequate medical care. Conditions are so desperate, in fact, that PTSD, depression, and mental illness have become widespread. Many commit suicide or die from readily treatable injuries or disease.

The United States agreed to accept half the number of refugees, based on a United Nations brokered agreement, providing they passed the current vetting standards. Trump, however, said he didn’t “want these people,” “it was a dumb deal.” He referred to them as prisoners even though the only crime they committed was to risk their lives in search of a future for themselves.

Does our Child-in-Chief ever consider doing something simply because it’s the humane thing to do? Does every foreign conflict have to be a deal in which America comes out on top? When the next overseas epidemic or typhoon strikes, will he want to negotiate first about humanitarian aid?

If his campaign and nascent presidency are any indication, compassion, truth, and basic decency will never take up White House residence as long as he is living there.

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Deported

Donald Trump issued this proclamation today:

It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.

Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest.‎ As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent.

In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.

Coming from Trump, these words are obscene. Shortly afterwards, he issued an executive order suspending the entry of all refugees into the United States for 4 months, barring Syrian refugees indefinitely — the very people who have had their lives destroyed by ISIS and Assad’s crimes against humanity.

The disconnect is beyond belief.

One also wonders if his call for extreme vetting measures will include the waterboarding of Muslim families if and when they can apply for entry visas.

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