Issues on both sides of the coin

By: Dylan Brennan, Columnist 

More than a full year into his presidency, I can certainly say that Donald Trump isn’t going down as our best president in history. He acts like he still hasn’t won, holding rallies and interviews complaining about the election and Hillary Clinton. All the while, there are disasters and crises our nation has had to deal with, and he can’t seem to find the time for them with his golfing schedule.

Yet, I can’t see myself voting for a Democratic candidate. Why? Because the other side of the coin is still as scummy as the other, just in a different way. I have no love or loyalty for the GOP, as I’m aware of all their sins from false information to policies that I inherently cannot agree with. But at least enough people know of their problems. So many of the things done by Democrats are either unheard or paid no mind because they’re “the good guys.” But, just because one side has problems doesn’t mean that the other is better in every way.

One of the most recent examples is inexcusable. Over winter break, I was dumbfounded at what the DNC Deputy Chair had tweeted (which he has not removed, I may add) on Jan. 3. A picture of him smiling while holding a book titled “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” His tweet: “At @MoonPalaceBooks and I just found the book that strike fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump.” This is is not only grammatically frightening, but frightening by itself. Antifa — for those of you who are unaware — is a far-left, some would say alt-left group of individuals who sometimes engage in violence and looting to further their extreme political ideals. This is an instance of terrorism, and thankfully the Department of Homeland Security – which still is staffed by Obama-era men and women – agrees.

I could go on about the shutdown or the petty squabbles of a few Hollywood elites, but this one really shook me and barely anyone has talked about it. If someone so high up in the Democratic Party is willing to smile while holding domestic terrorist propaganda, I’m worried for the future of American politics. Say what you will about Donald Trump: whether he took too long to condemn the Ku Klux Klan — or if he equated them to anti-racist protesters — he never once held up a hooded cowl or burning cross with that trademark smirk on his face.

Anyone in the Democratic Party, please call out Antifa for what it is: a domestic terror organization that has no place in America. They claim to be on a crusade against Nazis and racists — yet they have never clearly defined who and what that actually is. They were and continue to be my most talked about topic, mainly because they seem to often recruit at a college age. Please stop the madness and let us return to peaceful discourse, or this fighting fire-with-fire will burn our country to the ground! 

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