by Dr. E. Faye Williams
It’s not unusual to have a person who is scary, but scary and scared in the same person is unusual. Even while #45 was campaigning for President, we understood he was scary. We looked at his record in business and knew we wouldn’t choose to be his business partner. We listened to his thoughts about women, African Americans, Hispanics, people of the Islamic faith and so much more. Black Americans immediately saw that he was too scary to think about getting our vote, so we didn’t vote for him despite his asking us what did we have to lose.
We understood how scary he is. He shows us day after day with his behavior behind every podium, with his hostile remarks on the White House lawn as he walks to his transportation and by the messages he tweets without restraint. We see his scary part as he says one thing one minute then contradicts himself the next. We knew how scary he was long before the media began advertising that #45 has told the American people on record over 6,000 lies—without any indication the number will slow down.
We, in the Black community, never saw him as the “Master of the Business World.” We believed his life’s record, and we believed his son-in-law’s record on poor and minority people when it comes to housing. For the few Black people who didn’t see him as scary began to understand when he started choosing staff and bragging about who his supporters and friends were. Many of the supporters and staff have left him now upon finally learning how scary he is. Almost no one wants to work for him! Poor Donald! Some of his friends have also backed away from him. Among people I know, nobody wants to visit him in the White House. (I don’t know Darrell Scott or Kanye West!)
I admit it took us some time before we learned he was also scared! The media had begun to talk about his never visiting places perceived to be dangerous, not even places to visit our military personnel who live in scary places every day of their tour. In order to try to convince the American people he wasn’t scared, in the dark of night, he sneaked out of the White House without announcing he would be going to Iraq or Afghanistan.
When he made an effort to convince us he wasn’t scared to go abroad to visit our troops, he couldn’t contain his fear as he tried to explain he wasn’t scared. When asked about whether he had any concerns about the visit, his face showed his fear clearly, and he blurted out that he was just concerned. He said: “I had concerns for the institution of the presidency (Wonder who he thought the President is!) He went on to say, “Not for myself, personally. I had concerns for the First Lady I’ll tell you.” (Like he cared about how she felt when he totally disrespects her!)
He nervously rambled on with this, “But if you would have seen what we had to go through, with the darkened plane, with all windows closed, with no lights on whatsoever, anywhere—pitch black. I’ve never seen it. I’ve been in many airplanes – all types and shapes and sizes. I’ve never seen anything like it.” He misses the lights a Mar-a-Lago!
It took this man two years to visit troops in a combat zone, and he’s scared! Does he even care about the conditions the soldiers live through daily? I wish I could help Robert Mueller finish his investigation so we can move closer to getting a President who is neither scary nor scared!
(Dr. E. Faye Williams is President of the National Congress of Black Women. www.nationalcongressbw.org. She is also host of “Wake Up and Stay Woke” on WPFW-FM 89.3.)