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By: Roy Douglas Malonson, Publisher of African-American News & Issues & Author of column series We MUST Understand

Anyone that knows me would tell you that I don’t profess to be some religious scholar or overzealous saint. But, one thing is for sure… I am very well acquainted with the scriptures from my many years of teaching and attendance at St. Monica Catholic Church growing up in the heart of Acres Home. With that being stated, there is one scripture that has constantly been weighing heavy on my mind. Galatians 6:7 says, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” To me, this scripture is a literal depiction of exactly what America is witnessing within this Trump administration.

Here lately Donald Trump’s children, namely, Ivanka Trump (who has become quite the defensive mouthpiece for her dad) has been ranting and raving about how she is totally appalled by the critics that have “viciously” attacked her father. To those who are unfamiliar with the intense scrutiny that the president has been under, I will enlighten you. The president’s business ties are being called into question, as he has willfully maintained ownership; while choosing only to step down from the operations role. As president, Trump had a duty to divide his presidential duties from his business interests, which he refused. His defiance is a threat to national interest and undermines the integrity of the executive branch, which ultimately is an abuse of public trust.

Trump is also being investigated for obstruction of justice in relation to the Russian interference and involvement in the November, 2016 presidential elections that resulted in him attaining executive power. After his firing of FBI Director James Comey, in what some refer to as “Trump’s Watergate moment”; his calls for impeachment have been ringing from coast to coast. And this does not even touch the surface of the underhanded things he has done since taking office.

To his defense, Ivanka Trump recently twitted that, “There’s a level of viciousness I wasn’t expecting,” Furthermore, in an interview with the Fox and Friends morning TV show, she expressed that she was basically caught off guard by the “ferocity of some of the attacks leveled against her father.” She went on to state that she was “not expecting the intensity of this experience”. However, the political rookie concluded that she understood that the “business of government, isn’t supposed to be easy”. She declares that her father and his administration, “intends to be transformative, and we want to do big, bold things.” Of all that she said, I will state that this factor can easily be assumed that they are true to upholding its concept… Because BIG and BOLD THINGS, appears to be exactly what the Trump administration is all about.

If that wasn’t enough, her brother, Eric echoed her sentiments in a separate interview with Fox News. In it, he exclaimed that he’d, “never seen hatred like this” and “morals have flown out the window”. He suggested that, “They’re not even people,” referring to those who disapproves of his father’s actions.

I hear the first family talking and so does America… But what I’m really wondering is… Were they asleep when  Donald Trump was attacking and being “vicious” on the former president? As I have heard the young people ask, “I mean, what is really going on???”Don’t they know, ‘what goes around, comes around’? How stupid can you be to think that you can hold the highest seat in the nation; and think that the things that you do and say will not be called into question and scrutinized?

We MUST Understand, that there is now and has always been a double-standard in place when it comes to the mistreatment of members from the African-American race. As long as the color is on the other skin and we are the ones that are being humiliated, disrespected, belittled and demeaned, without reason then nobody says a word. But when the tables turn, people want to get offended and act like the world is coming to an end.

As it is, this president has tried to do everything within his executive power to overturn and discredit former President Barack Obama’s achievements’ and accomplishments’. It matters not, that the first Black POTUS has gone down in history as one of the greatest presidents of our time. All that mattered to Donald Trump when he first took office was trying to dismantle and destroy the legacy that President Obama left on record. So much so, that he could not focus and tend to matters that should have weighed much heavier on his mind regarding his own folly and cover-ups.

The term, “hypocrisy” in this situation is definitely an understatement. Because I seriously doubt that Ivanka had very little concern for Sasha and Malia Obama when her father was furiously criticizing and attacking the former president! So once again I ask, “Has Ivanka Trump been in Hibernation??? Because there is something seriously wrong with this picture if she thinks that her father deserves an ounce of consideration after the way that he has maliciously attacked the character and efforts of his predecessor.

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