Members of the Old White Men of the U.S.A. Community say: "Donald Trump is Not Who We Are"

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Members of the Old White Men of the U.S.A. Community say: "Donald Trump is Not Who We Are"

As a member of the Old White Men of the U.S.A. community, I invite all members to stand together against the racial, religious and other intolerance that Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric promotes. It 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 Old White Men of the U.S.A. or in America.

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 Old White Men of the U.S.A. is.

Why is this important?

WE are the old white men of the United States of America.

Some of us are veterans, some not. We ride Harleys, BMWs and Bianchis. Drinkers, teatotallers, recovering from all manner of ills. Beards down to there. Hair too - or nary a follicle left. We wear leather, t-shirts and, yes, when the occasion calls for it, business suits.

Everywhere we go, just because of our looks, people mistake us for people we’re not.

We’re not intolerant, incoherent people who blindly fall in line behind someone who says they can “fix” things without giving one iota of how they’ll go about it.

We’re not people who blame everything we don’t like on immigrants, blacks, or hispanics. We don’t think women are inferior. In fact, many of us suspect women are the best of humanity and as such certainly have as much claim to helping direct where humanity goes from here as any man.

For the record, even though not every one of us graduated from college, fewer still hold a Ph.D, we’re not illiterate clods who never learned the importance of critical thinking. In fact, we learned all the way back in high school the importance of questioning everything, including ourselves.

That’s why, we old white men could never be Trump supporters.

We have listened closely to him, to both Donald’s actually. The unscripted Donald who Tweets hate before breakfast, incites it in rallies convened for the purpose of his self aggrandizement. We have listened also to scripted Donald, stumbling over words someone else has written to make him seem more rationale than he actually is. We’ve noted as he reads those words, saying over and over, “so true,” a sure sign he’s just pondering how much he agrees with his speechwriter’s positions.

Yes, we’ve seen others attempt to put lipstick on this pig, only to watch him lick it all off hours later. We’ve heard others suggest he can be controlled, only to watch him go off the rails the very same day.

Donald Trump, the King of scripts, a creation of not-quite reality TV, a man who boasts of buying off politicians, a man so in love with himself he’s called up reporters pretending to be someone else, some imaginary friend (the only kind he has) just so he could pretend someone other than he believes he’s practically perfect in every way.

No, Trump does not speak for us. He didn’t speak for us when he screwed our friends over in Atlantic City, New York and Scotland. He didn’t speak for us when he was telling people looking for a way to better themselves that if they just gave him enough money, his Trump University would hand them the keys to the secret “success” vault.

He didn’t speak for us when he demeaned Gold Star families and went on to demean the people holding the highest positions in our military.

He certainly didn’t speak for us when he proclaimed that authoritarian, Putin was better than our own President.

We are the old white men of the United States of America. We see Donald Trump for what he is, what he stands for, where he would take this country. He is the worst our country has to offer - a man with not one hour of public service in his background, not one ounce of compassion in his heart.

He is a man all about himself, to the detriment of everyone else.

He is NOT who we are.

The views expressed in this letter are solely those of the individual author. They do not express the views or endorsement of any named organization