Does President Trump have more votes than Joe Biden? Kareem Abdul-Jabbar seems to think so, given the fearful tone that pervades one of his latest columns.
On October 29, with election day looming upon the nation, hollywoodreporter.com published a lengthy work penned by the former basketball star. Written in a dramatic tone, the piece is a plea for people to go out and vote for Joe Biden, while at the same time listing reasons to distrust Donald Trump. The problem is that Abdul-Jabbar’s reasoning is full of rubbish.
Abdul-Jabbar’s opening sentences basically said that voting for Trump is like wanting America to resemble the “theme park version of Mayberry in the 1950s,” while voting for Biden was “a commitment to build a reality that embraces the U.S. Constitution’s values of equality and inclusion.”
The famous skyhook player also denounced Trump for not condemning white supremacist groups (even though he actually has): “And yet, Trump and his Republican talking heads — who not only don’t condemn such groups, but tell them to ‘stand by’ — have instead tried to frighten us about the 15 million to 26 million protestors who took to the streets this year to support the end of racism.” Who took to the streets this year to loot, riot, and murder police officers is more accurate.
“The past four years have indeed been a crime scene in which the America of the U.S. Constitution has been duct-taped to a chair and relentlessly waterboarded by those chanting ‘Make America Great Again,’” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “To them, Trump is not a real person, he is a cult figure in whom they have blind faith regardless of what he says or does. Evidence is dismissed — including his own recorded admissions of guilt that prove he has disregarded their welfare, health and even their lives.”
He’s one to talk about “blind faith.” The left itself seems to put an awful lot of trust in a man who has been accused of sexual assault, is currently involved in a scandal concerning his son’s deals with Ukranians, and whose mental capacities are steadily declining. In addition, nobody is displeased that the “evidence is dismissed” for all of Biden’s troublesome affairs.
“If you think that sounds harsh,” Abdul-Jabbar said, “then you haven’t been paying attention as the Trump Administration has reduced benefits for the poor, dismissed the existence of systemic racism, endangered the free press, and fought to reduce the rights of women, immigrants and the LGBTQ+ community.” Amy Coney Barrett may have a somewhat different opinion on Trump and the rights of women. Meanwhile, Biden has planned to raise taxes (which will damage the economy), uttered racist remarks himself, and has remained silent while his supporters actively censor social media posts that criticize him or support Trump. He’s attacking the poor, being racist, and allowing the endangerment of free press too. “Reduce the rights of women?” Is Abdul-Jabbar trying to be funny? Trump has allowed another female justice onto the Supreme Court and pardoned renowned suffragist Susan B. Anthony.
“Perhaps the most evil, insidious and even traitorous action by Trump and the Republican politburo is the aggressive suppression of the vote of minorities, the poor, seniors and youth,” Abdul-Jabbar fumed. Of course he was referring to how “Trump, whose entire family votes by mail, has tried to undermine mail-in voting.” Little lesson in logic for the protest-supporting Abdul-Jabbar: if it’s safe enough to go out and protest, it’s safe enough to go out and vote.
But it sounds like Abdul-Jabbar has spent the last four years living in a nightmarish hellscape created by his own imagination. Maybe if Biden wins, he’ll finally be able to get some free meds.