by Tommi Avicolli Mecca

Even though Ivanka Trump and hubbie Jared Kushner apparently convinced Daddy Dearest not to overturn the pro-LGBTQ executive order that was enacted by former president Barack Obama in 2014, I do not stand with Ivanka and Jared. I stand with them.

Even though in his statement, he, whom I call Not My President, said that he was “determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community,” I do not stand with him. I stand with them.

I stand with Mexicans. No wall.

I stand with immigrants. No travel ban.

I stand with Muslims. No registry.

I stand with refugees. Let them in.

I stand with the recipients of Obamacare, as imperfect as it is. Don’t cut them off. Give us national healthcare, not some form of sick Trumpcare.

I stand with Native Americans in opposing the pipeline. Don’t poison our water or land.

I stand with women around the world who look to International Planned Parenthood and other organizations for a safe abortion. Fund women’s reproductive healthcare.

LGBTQ people are Mexicans. We are immigrants. We are Muslims. We are refugees, not only from other lands, but in this country as well where we are often the targets of hate and murder.

LGBTQ people benefit from Obamacare. We are Native Americans. We are women. We are African Americans. We are everywhere.

I will not express any gratitude for the fact that Not My President has chosen, at this moment, not to come after the LGBTQ community by name. I will not accept the crumbs he has thrown my way.

I don’t want a seat at his table, a table occupied by racists, sexists, classists, homophobes/transphobes, white nationalists, and others who want to dismantle the progress this country has made in the past 50 years. He has already come after my brothers and sisters who are immigrant, Muslim, refugee, Native American and Mexican.

I have no doubt that, at some point, he or his scary right-wing vice president or any of his equally horrible appointees will come after the LGBTQ community by name.

I do not forget the words of Pastor Martin Niemöller.

I stand with them.

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on February 8, 2017 at 9:23am

<---  This is me standing right beside you, Tommi.

Even though he is/will be a horrible, horrible president, what I do NOT stand for is getting him empeached.  As much as I detest Mr. Not My President, replacing him with Mike "The Antichrist" Pence would be a million times worse.  I'll do and support anything to block any thing NMP tries to enact, but he is still better than the alternative if you are other than perfectly white, non-Xian, LGBTQ or a woman.

Comment by Jonathan Wolfman on February 8, 2017 at 9:35am

Tommie  you make the point better than any I've read on this.

Comment by koshersalaami on February 8, 2017 at 10:15am

I'm certainly not going to disagree with you. 

It's a simple principle. The identity of the target isn't the point. The practice is. 

If I write a post condemning American anti-Muslim bigotry (I've written a few over time), it's not because I know any Muslims well at the moment. The word "bigotry" is enough. The word "bigotry" is the point. Who do we stand with? Whoever gets targeted. Period. I spent a while fighting on this site for a Christian Biblical literalist I thought was unfairly generalized about.  Not generally my kind of people, but that was irrelevant. 

Comment by JMac1949 Today on February 8, 2017 at 10:37am

Despite my recent bout with cynicism, I still believe we all need to stand up and be counted. R&L

Comment by Maui Surfer on February 8, 2017 at 11:28am

Trump out, Refugees in- then we go after Pence with large teeth. Not scared of that paper tiger in any way whatsoever, he's a propped-up coward who will fold like an Appalachian accordion.

Comment by nerd cred on February 8, 2017 at 2:07pm

That's exactly right: The identity of the target isn't the point. The practice is.

I'm most scared by Ryan and the empowerment of the tea party. Ryan is where the power lies.

Comment by moki ikom on February 9, 2017 at 1:08am

"Who do we stand with? Whoever gets targeted. Period."

How can one then stand for Israeli zionaustic aggressions in Palestine? Are Palestinians not targets of Zionazi aggressions? And how can one stand for one's own governments, federal, state, county bankrolling Zionazi war machinery to project Zionazi settlements on stolen lands in Palestine? "That's exactly right: The identity of the target isn't the point. The practice is." hypocrUSy to the hilt!

Comment by moki ikom on February 26, 2017 at 12:22am

OK nead cred, you stand with Zion nazi war machinerUSlie$. What 8Feb you have something you think is rational and logical given your unfailing support of Zion nazi$m:

"Comment by nerd cred on February 8, 2017 at 2:07pm
That's exactly right: The identity of the target isn't the point. The practice is." ???
yet
what about fascUSt$’ zio-nazi in palestine, their leadership being increasingly predominantly of zionazi Reagan-era heritage in the sense of being CCCP “(terrorUSt$-recognized) dissidents” about whose “freedom” Reagan et.al are/were disposed to use as a pretext to declare war on CCCP/Russia.
Had Hillary been elected, more likely it seems to me that before a hundred days expired podst-coronation, her brzezinski-kissinger-abrams-negroponte-otto reich neoliberal wing of our terrorUSt$ government would have had us (not necessarily US, but terrorUSts of trumpi$m zionazi strain of humanity) going to war over Crimea, Ukraine, بشار الأسد , جمهوری اسلامی ایران and the maintenance of Zio-nazi-ism in Palestine.

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