Silence is golden.
That’s my motto when I fly. So I applaud a captain on American Airlines who warned a pack of pro-Trump passengers shouting “USA! USA! USA!” to shut up or face removal.
A member of the “party” reported on Twitter that the captain threatened her and others during a flight to Phoenix. Either pipe down or face an ejection in Kansas, piped the captain (it isn’t clear why he chose Kansas as the drop-off point…).
Wow. I’m on a plane full of patriots flying from DC to Phoenix and we started chanting “USA” …and the Captain came on said told us he’d drop us off in Kansas if he had to if we didn’t obey their every single rule.
— Mindy Robinson 🇺🇸 (@iheartmindy) January 8, 2021
An airplane is not the time for chants of any variety that obstruct other passengers from quiet enjoyment of their flight. It is selfish, rude, and wholly counterproductive.
And while I acknowledge my voice is small and my platform limited, let me just speak to the many conservatives who supported President Trump and are dismayed at the way the election has turned out. Don’t sell your soul to the devil.
The insurrectionists who vandalized the U.S. Capitol are not conservative. They are idol worshipers, worshiping a cult of personality around Donald Trump. Sure, there were some Confederate battle flags and U.S. flags in the group that raided the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, but did you notice how many Trump flags there were? Did you notice there was not even a published Republican Party platform in 2020, with leaders noting that the President would set the agenda? These people pledge allegiance not to nation or party, but to a man.
To all the decent, honest, patriotic folks who supported Donald Trump: is this who you want to be lumped in with? Do you support a constitutional form of government or a demagogue who plays upon our worst instincts to pit one against another? The violent white national extremists who breached the U.S. Capitol are seditionists who must be condemned and held accountable for their actions.
It is your constitutional right to redress grievances against your government by protest. It is quite another matter to vandalize and ransack the very edifice of that nation you seek to conserve.
For those who embrace law & order, please understand that the President’s legal team had opportunity after opportunity to present evidence of election-altering fraud to sympathetic courts with Republican-appointed judges. But it didn’t work. Is it really more likely there was a grand conspiracy against the president than that this was another close election in a divided nation and Joe Biden narrowly won (though by a bigger margin in battleground states than Trump won four years ago)?
But I’ll stop. I tried. I’m sure I’ll be told I just simply do not understand.
But can we at least agree on leaving people alone on a flight? Silence really is golden.