America’s Heroes: Right or Wrong | donald trump

America’s Heroes: Right or Wrong |  donald trump
America’s Heroes: Right or Wrong | donald trump

America has always needed heroes.

Heroes are rarely real. It is not to worry. America will imagine them. Instantly. For many Americans, it’s reassuring, I suppose, to believe that it’s still possible to make heroes in America.

But, these days, like everything else in America, few can agree on who is and who isn’t a hero. One American’s hero is another American’s villain or, worse yet, traitor. These days, heroes can also turn into scoundrels and vice versa just as quickly and easily.

Americans, particularly in the media, can be pretty fickle about their heroes.

America’s mercurial relationship with real and made-up heroes was on display earlier this week during a congressional committee hearing on Jan. 6 that investigated the thuggish modus vivendi of a mob boss turned president who wanted to remain boss. despite being told by millions of wise men: no know-it-all: Americans on November 3, 2020, that he was no longer the boss.

Some of the witnesses (Republican politicians and poll workers from Arizona and Georgia) said that Don Trump and Rudy Giuliani, their consigliere one step away from being disbarred, leaned on them like thugs with smashed noses to break their oaths, if not the law, to ensure that Don Trump served another four-year sentence (excuse me, term) in that other “big” house, the White House.

One of the Republicans Don Trump and Consigliere Giuliani put the screws on was Rusty Bowers, a Republican from Arizona who is reportedly as staunch a conservative as that fictional American hero in a leather chair, John Wayne.

Bowers told the committee that Don Trump lied when he claimed that the speaker of the state legislature had said that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and that he, Don Trump, had won Arizona.

“That’s not true,” Bowers said.

Don Trump and his consigliere double-teamed Bowers during a phone call some time after the November election, when the pair of tailored-suited con artists claimed they had “proof” of voter fraud in Arizona.

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Bowers asked for the “proof” over and over again.

There was no evidence, proving, once again, that Don Trump and his consigliere have, all along, been auditioning for roles in Martin Scorsese’s next mob-themed play.

The would-be Tommy DeVito (see Joe Pesci in Goodfellas) were probably sure that their not-so-subtle form of persuasion would convince an uncooperative “civilian” to accept their offer to, you know, get along.

Don Trump and his consigliere even pressured Bowers to convene a special state committee to examine the phantom “test” and “take action,” including replacing the Biden “constituencies” with a more responsive team that would back Don Trump.

Bowers said, in effect: I don’t agree with any “bum beef” (translation: false accusation) and risk spending time in the nasty “big house” so you can stay in the nice White House. No. I’m not going to “get in the car” (translation: get into the plan).

OK, Bowers didn’t use prison lingo. Instead, he said this: “It is a principle of my faith; that the Constitution is divinely inspired. [It is] my most basic and fundamental belief. And for me to do that because someone just asked me to, it’s foreign to my very being. I will not do it.”

Editorial writers and cable news personalities on CNN and MSNBC swooned. Finally, an honest man emerged from the shameless political wilderness. Move over, Atticus Finch, you’ve got dummy company.

Regardless, Don Trump’s armed locusts invaded Bowers’ office, phone, and home after he told Don Trump and his consigliere he wasn’t going to play baseball.

They threatened him. Through the loudspeakers they shouted that he was corrupt and a pedophile. They molested his “gravely ill” daughter who died in 2021.

Bowers was not only praised for relying on his faith and fidelity to the US Constitution to push back against Don Trump’s heavy-handed tactics, he was also anointed as an inspiring and staunch defender of democracy and of course , a hero on the part of the Democrats and a longing for the established media. for heroes.

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Unfortunately, Bowers’ tenure as “hero” lasted a little over 24 hours. In an interview with the Associated Press, Bowers said he would vote for Don Trump again in 2024 because, beyond planning, pursuing and applauding an attempted coup, the extortionist former president did great things.

“If (Trump) is the candidate, if I was against Biden, I would vote for him again,” Bowers said. “Simply because what he did the first time, before COVID, was very good for the country. From my point of view, it was great.”

Bowers went from being the beefy hero of the rebar of America’s rapidly evaporating rule of law to becoming Trump’s evangelical lackey in a news cycle. The Guinness World Records should take note.

Now, two reluctant heroes testified on the same day as Bowers: ordinary citizens thrust into extraordinary circumstances who did their jobs with the humility, honesty, and integrity that Don Trump and his greasy, drooling, hair-dyeing consigliere never had and never did. they will have.

I suspect that Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and her mother, “Lady” Ruby Freeman, would rather do what they did for much of their lives in Fulton County, Georgia: help people, especially older Americans, to vote, than come before Congress to describe how Don Trump and his consigliere lied about them, smeared them, and destroyed them.

Mrs. Moss took a deep breath to calm herself before she began answering the committee’s questions. When she did, she reminded enlightened Americans of what dignity looks and sounds like.

Mrs. Moss reminded enlightened Americans that despite the serious damage done to her good name and charitable spirit by two professional bullies, she and her mother will be remembered for their grace and insistence on doing the right thing in service of the rights of other Americans. to cast a vote.

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I am not going to reiterate the vile lies that two dishonorable white men hurled at two honorable black women because that would be repeating the disgusting slander.

In a sickening sign, the attacks caused Don Trump’s pack of rabid locusts to descend, this time, on Moss, his mother and grandmother.

The locusts promised to find Mrs. Moss and lynch her. That was not an idle threat. The FBI urged Ms. Freeman to leave home. Her life was in danger. The locusts invaded her grandmother’s house to make a “citizen’s arrest.”

“I felt horrible. I felt like it was all my fault,” Moss said. “For choosing this job, for always wanting to help.”

It was not his fault.

It was the sinister work of Don Trump and his waving MAGA-flag, incoherent with locusts of ignorance, hatred and rage.

The horror inflicted on Ms. Moss and her family by the former President of the United States and his shock troops requires us to denounce any effort, by anyone, in any forum, to ask us to stop to understand or consider why Don Trump’s “disenchanted” locusts inflict such harm and evil on good people doing good.

Today, Mrs. Moss and Lady Ruby mostly stay home, where it’s safe. When they leave the house to do the shopping or other tasks, they do not go together. They are afraid of being heard or recognized. And they no longer help other Americans vote.

Still, in agreeing to testify, Wandrea “Shaye” Moss and “Lady” Ruby Freeman stood up to thugs and locusts despite the danger.

His courage and endurance are the definition of heroism. They are an example for all of us.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of Al Jazeera.