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'America is more divided than ever thanks to Donald Trump's tsunami of untruths'

The Mirror's US correspondent Christopher Bucktin says the country is filled with more hate, death and destruction that has left it unrecognisable to the one he arrived in eight years ago

It was the first of many instances of his apparent support for the far-right that, along with the radical left, has seen many of America’s cities more recently go up in flames.  The fact that now no one blinks an eye when the leader of the free is called a “racist”, should be of enormous concern to us all.  It was never more apparent in the wake of George Floyd’s death in May this year killed after white cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.  As I stood watching the city of Minneapolis looted and torched, it was a time for the President to show leadership to bring together a country that was clearly hurt and in turmoil.  Instead, Trump added fuel to the already burning fire pitting Black Lives Matter protestors against police and more shamefully white nationalist groups.  Yet despite high-profile incidents of police violence against Black Americans in recent months, including the killing of Floyd and the shooting of Jacob Blake sparking nationwide protests, renewed calls for the removal of Confederate symbols and public condemnations of systemic racism from lawmakers, corporations, sports leagues and others, recent research shows adult white America feels largely unmoved.  Americans are sceptical the current moment of racial reckoning will lead to major changes in the States, according to a new Pew Research Centre survey.  They found: “The public is about evenly split on whether the increased focus on issues of race and racial inequality in the country in the past three months will lead to major policy changes to address racial inequality 48% say it will and 51% say it will not.  A sizable share (46%) say this will not lead to changes that will improve the lives of Black people.  And while a majority say the heightened attention to racial issues represents a change in the way most Americans think about these issues, just 34% say this represents a major change.”

They found overall, 49% of U.S. adults now say the country hasn’t gone far enough when it comes to Black people having equal rights with White people but “White Americans are virtually unchanged”.

But it’s not just races that Trump, who became only the third president ever to be impeached, divides, its gender too.

We should have all known. While campaigning for the White House, he was heard on tape saying of women it was perfectly acceptable to “Grab ‘em by the p****. You can do anything.”

Yet still, America’s females voted for him in their millions.  He has repeatedly, even during this campaign, belittled women none more so than the two dozen who have accused him of sexual impropriety and even rape.  In response to writer E. Jean Carroll’s claim, he sexually assaulted her in a dressing room at a Manhattan department store in the mid-1990s he simply replied: “She’s not my type”.

Yet despite the accusations, the evangelicals of America still embrace him as he claims to be a good Christian “a man of God” using the Bible as a prop for any photo opportunity.  Even after his alleged 2006 marital affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels came to light paying her off to keep her silent, that was ok with the church because he was now a “changed person”.  If it were left to Trump, the Bible would no doubt read: “Let he who has bedded a porn star just after the birth of his fifth child with his third wife cast the first stone.”

He also pushed for transgender servicemen and women who unlike his dodge of the Vietnam draft were prepared to put their lives on the line for American freedoms, to be banned from the military.  It’s challenging to know which of Trump’s policies have been for the greater good.  There is no doubt he had continued to build on the economy inherited from Barack Obama and almost wiped ISIS from the earth.  Still, his recent handling of the pandemic will go down as one of the worst disasters in US history.  The deaths of 232,000 Americans and a further 9.4 million infected through Covid may, may in 2070 US history classes be the one thing that stands out above all about Trump’s leadership.  The number one job for any US President is to protect its people yet, but reality in his handling of the coronavirus has never been an option for the former reality star.  Instead, he has falsely claimed America is “rounding the corner” and that the virus will “simply disappear” all while numbers of those infected set new daily records.  Yet the message for those who lost their loved ones from covid-career Trump left hospital after receiving treatment unavailable to others was simple “Live with it”.

It seems America will be living with Trump whether he wins or loses for decades to come.