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Members of Vets Against Trump say: "Donald Trump is Not Who We Are"
As a member of the Vets Against Trump community, I invite all our members and other Veterans across our country to stand together against the intolerant and bigoted rhetoric that Donald Trump is promoting through his platform and his policies. This senseless discourse is putting our Latino, Muslim-American, those with disabilities, and other community members directly at risk.
There is no place for this kind of discrimination at Vets Against Trump or in America, where we flourish through the multiplicity of visions and experiences that we have achieved by welcoming the rich histories and backgrounds of others.
As a community, we affirm the values that make us who we are: diversity, openness and compassion.
Join me in saying: Donald Trump is not who America is, and he is not who Vets Against Trump is.
Why is this important?
Having proudly served our country, we at Vets Against Trump understand that a key principle to America's history of successes and accomplishments is our openness — our unwavering ideal to receive opinions and cultures different from our own —, knowing that the advancement of all is best achieved through the integration of a variety of experiences, that our wisdom grows by acknowledging the diversity of our backgrounds.
"E pluribus unum" has been one of our nation's mottos for centuries. This is not just a recommendation from our forefathers, it is a mantra we must be constantly reminded of, especially when confronted with people such as Donald Trump who thirst for power and want to reach it by means of ridiculing and dividing, when what we need is healing and embracing.
We must honor our culture of inclusiveness — Donald Trump wants to ignore valuable inputs. When Trump says he wants to secure our borders, he’s actually saying that he wants to stereotype Mexicans as rapists.
We have to grow and mature as a multicultural entity — Donald Trump appeals to severing limbs he deems unworthy.
We need to empower our communities — Donald Trump aims to divide us.
We must stand together against bigots and intolerants like Donald Trump.