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Poor, pitiful Trump

Poor, pitiful Donald J. Trump. He’s the most persecuted president in the history of the Republic. Nay, the most persecuted person in American history, which would further include the colonial era. Just ask him.

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Poor, pitiful Donald J. Trump. He’s the most persecuted president in the history of the Republic. Nay, the most persecuted person in American history, which would further include the colonial era. Just ask him.

How terrible for him! He’s suffered more than the six U.S. presidents who literally took a bullet for their country — five of whom died. He’s suffered more than the 4,743 persons who were lynched between 1882 and 1968. He’s suffered more than George Takei and the other 120,000 Japanese-Americans who were forced into interment camps. He’s suffered more than the 100,000 Native Americans who lost their lands to greedy White settlers, were charged $5 million for worthless land west of the Mississippi, and forced into a 5,000-mile trek westward. Four thousand died on the Trail of Tears. He’s suffered more than the 20 million Africans who were transported to these shores in the Middle Passage. He’s suffered more than the 9 million slaves born in what was or would become the United States.

Yet, poor Donald has suffered more than all of them. Combined.

There has been no greater travesty in the history of this nation. Not the wars of conquest in Latin America. Not the spread of smallpox to vulnerable Native Americans. Not the millions of children sold into prostitution, mills, or mines in the 19th and early 20th centuries. How could those compare with CNN being mean to then-President Trump?

Last year, the former president lamented thusly about the Russian-interference investigation: “This could only happen to me. Who has been through anything like this? Seriously?”

Exactly! Who has ever been persecuted for having their people admittedly cooperate with an enemy foreign power? Well, except for Alger Hiss, Benedict Arnold, Vidkun Quisling, Thomas Nelson Conrad, and Tokyo Rose.

Most recently, poor, poor Donald has been indicted, accused of stealing secret government documents, lying about them, hiding them, and revealing their contents to unauthorized persons. Who has ever been charged and arrested for something like that? Well, except for Daniel Ellsberg. And Julian Assange. And Edward Snowden (in exile). And Reality Winner (four years in prison). And Jack Teixeira.

But they had it easier than Trump because … well, I haven’t figured that out yet. But I’m sure Ben Shapiro, Arthur Brooks, or Tucker Carlson will come up with something.

Poor, pitiful Donald Trump.

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Ivonne Rovira

Ivonne is the research director for Save Our Schools Kentucky. She previously worked for The Miami Herald, the Miami News, and The Associated Press. (Read the rest on the Contributors page.)

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