first_imgI’ve watched every State of the Union Address since I graduated high school in 1983.But, not this year.I had no desire to listen to the sh*thole president blather on about what he’s done and what he’s going to do (too bad the Congressional Black Caucus didn’t have the guts to boycott the SOTU as they threatened), because everything Trump says is a lie, or is rooted in a lie. And that’s not hyperbole.I know that every president from George Washington (despite American mythology) to Barack Obama has lied, some more than others. But, Trump is transcendent in his lying; he is truly incomparable in mendacity, he has no peer.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Around Jan. 10, Trump crossed the 2,000 lie threshold (something about building “the wall” in one year, blah, blah, blah), according to the Washington Post, which has chronicled his list of lies since day one. Of course, this odyssey began literally on day one of his presidency, when Trump (with a huge assist from now vanquished spokesman Sean Spicer) lied about the size of his inauguration crowd. That’s also when the disheveled Kellyanne Conway, his senior advisor introduced the term, “alternative facts,” into the American lexicon.Now, a little more than a year into his maniacal presidency and his first SOTU address, for Trump and his most rabid followers, the lie is the truth.In Davos, Switzerland last week at the World Economic Forum (an event no U.S. president has attended since Bill Clinton ironically), Trump took his nihilistic act to the world stage. While he was in Davos, (where allegedly most of the men and women assembled find Trump personally repulsive), the New York Times broke the story that Trump attempted to fire Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor in the Russia investigation in June 2017, just weeks after firing the director of the FBI James Comey, who had been conducting the Russia probe. Trump’s response was predictable, `fake news.’No, real news, fake president.This week, presumably bowing to pressure from the Trump White House, FBI Director Christopher Wray pushed out Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, a man Trump has personally attacked because of his wife ran for state office in Virginia as a Democrat.It seems clear, in order to make “this Russia thing,” go away Trump is prepared to tear down the J. Edgar Hoover Building brick by brick.The FBI was created by Hoover, who led the Bureau from 1935 to 1972, over the course of six presidential administrations: Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon. Hoover, once referred to Martin Luther King as, “the most notorious liar in the country.” I was a little boy when Hoover weaponized COINTELPRO (Counterintelligence Program), against the Black liberation movement in America in the 1960’s, he was an enemy of Black people and his imprint on the FBI is still ubiquitous. So, I am under no illusion about what the FBI is.However, to witness the Republicans in Congress, a group of almost exclusively White men, aid Trump in the demolition of the leadership of the FBI (and the Department of Justice, Trump obtusely refers to DOJ Deputy Director Rod Rosenstein as, `the democrat from Baltimore), another group of White Republican men, most of whom are lifelong public servants, is at once hilarious and horrifying.Trump is an enemy of the state (or “deep state” for the ever burgeoning lunatic wing of the Republican Party) and of Black people simultaneously, seemingly paradoxical positions. But, for the diabolical 45th president, nothing is impossible. He presses forward, seemingly indefatigable; shredding the Constitution, mocking the rule of law, while undermining the country’s so called institutions of law enforcement, the FBI and the Department of Justice. Perhaps, Trump should appropriate his mantra from Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “God damn America.”The State of the Union for the vast majority of Black people and Brown people, poor people, LGBTQ people, sh*thole immigrants, anybody who is a victim of, or fighting against the “American carnage” being perpetrated by Trump, The State of the Union is misery.No Trump lie can change that essential truth.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore Editor of the AFRO and host and executive producer of the AFRO First Edition video podcast, which airs Monday and Friday on the AFRO’s Facebook page.last_img

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