You sent him.
You sent him in 2016 if you somberly assured that Trump was "good for the economy."
I know people with money who wanted more money and they saw Trump as a guy who would preserve their kind of order.
Money guys. Republican guys. I don't talk politics, or anything, with people like that, these days.
The evidence was clear in February of 2016: Trump was a guy who would stand up in a rally and whip up the boosters by whining how people like him couldn't get a break any more.
Had to hide their psychic white gowns and mental peaked hats.
Trump and his money guys unleased the mob on Feb. 16, 2016.
Violence was in the air, in Trump's sneering lament that life was tough for guys like him.
He prepared his mob to rush to the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and somehow he encouraged the guy with the hammer to rush to the Pelosi household on Thursday evening, looking for the Speaker of the House or her husband or anybody.
Who set up the vigilantes preparing to swarm to the voting stations between now and Election Day? The mobs plan to intimidate people who want to vote, and officials who want to give an honest count of the ballots.
You did, many preachers of America, who told their flocks that Trump was a true soldier of Christ, who would fight against abortion, who would approve of Texans to run around with a gun, without even a license to carry it.
Who put a target on Nancy Pelosi and her family? The same candidate who put nicknames on the Speaker of the House, using venom he frequently shows toward women. He has sought a reputation for seeking sex with many women, but behind that is a contempt for the entire gender. He cannot tolerate a political opponent, particularly somebody smart and entitled and female.
Just the way Trump put a mark on the heckler early in 2016, he encouraged the mob to rush the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 -- making Nancy Pelosi a leading enemy.
But people who voted for Trump should remember, as the mob picks up its weapons: Trump is good for the economy.
Welcome to World Cup 2022, the most absurd thing that the routinely absurd world of sports has ever produced.
Those extreme descriptions were what virtually the entire world, save for those who had walked off with bags of cash from Qatar, called the awarding of soccer’s greatest event to the incredibly tiny, incredibly wealthy country back in 2010.
Twelve years ago, many were convinced this event couldn’t possibly happen: staging the world’s biggest sporting event in a country the size of Connecticut, one with zero soccer culture and even less soccer infrastructure? The tournament couldn’t possibly take place in 120-degree heat, and FIFA, the governing body of soccer, most certainly wouldn’t upend football leagues around the world to change the traditional summer schedule, could it?
And, for God’s sake, what about the beer?
Those were just the logistical concerns. The moral concerns are far more distressing. FIFA, so busy paying lip service to equality, couldn’t possibly expect the world to embrace a country where you could go to prison for being gay, where women’s rights are severely curtailed and female victims of sexual assault could go to prison, charged with engaging in extramarital sex. And all those questions came before the global realization that the World Cup was being built on the backs of migrant labor: modern-day slaves held in Qatar with virtually no rights, low wages and no ability to leave. Migrants make up 90% of Qatar’s stated population of 3 million. The country’s native-born equal about 300,000, or roughly the size of Anaheim.
---Ann Killion, columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle.