“She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!”

This quote is from the book of Lamentations by the prophet Jeremiah, mourning the destructionof the first temple. This is how I felt when listening to Trump’s press conference last night. I feel that Trump, through his vile shadiness, egomania, and paranoia is going to destroy this great gem of a nation. This nation, however flawed, has been looked up to for 230 years as a shining example of democracy.

For me as a Jew, it has been a place where my four grandparents were able to come and escape persecution. They established businesses, got educated, enjoyed complete religious freedom and built families that would go on to prosper and thrive, and be completely integrated into socitey.

Personally, as a handicapped man and as a poet, I have enjoyed historically unprecedented freedoms, opportunities, and acceptance. Now listening to Trump, I felt like this great country, America, is slowly being dismantled. I even fear for the future of my baby. Although she lives here in Jerusalem, I still have to worry about Trump’s loose lips and his finger never far away from the button.

“Therefore she is become as one unclean; all that honoured her despise her, because they have seen her nakedness; she herself also sigheth, and turneth backward.”