Charles Blow called on patriotic Americans to trust their instincts and stand up against Donald Trump, who appears to be intent on destroying the U.S. government.
The New York Times columnist pointed out Monday that Trump is staffing his administration with his top donors and other wealthy elites who have spoken out against the very agencies and services they’ve been tapped to lead.
“Trump seems to be trying to destroy these agencies from the inside out, the way a worm slowly devours an apple,” Blow wrote.
The columnist said Trump’s transition has been a mind-bending torrent of chaos and horror, but he reminded his readers they weren’t alone in their fear and anxiety.
“I know that it can feel like we are all drowning in a deluge of compounding outrages, with every headline about this impending administration appearing to one-up the last, but take heart,” Blow wrote.
Polls are showing that a majority of Americans disapprove of Trump’s cabinet choices and appointments — which is historically unusual — and fewer people view him as well-qualified than in October.
“You may have been on the losing side of this year’s election, but you are on the right side of history,” Blow wrote. “In the final tally, courage will always defeat fear; love will always conquer hate; the beautiful diversity of America, and indeed all of humanity, will always outshine the darkness of racial enmity.”
He shared the words of Founding Father and abolitionist Samuel Adams, who urged fellow revolutionaries in 1780 not to retreat into private life.
“If ever the Time should come, when vain & aspiring Men shall possess the highest Seats in Government, our Country will stand in Need of its experiencd Patriots to prevent its Ruin,” Adams wrote during the Revolutionary War. “There may be more Danger of this, than some, even of our well disposd Citizens may imagine. If the People should grant their Suffrages to Men, only because they conceive them to have been Friends to the Country, without Regard to the necessary Qualifications for the Places they are to fill, the Administration of Government will become a mere Farce, and our pub-lick Affairs will never be put on the Footing of solid Security.”
Blow said those words ring especially true today.
“A ‘vain and aspiring’ man now possesses the highest seat in government and the administration of the government is on the verge of becoming a farce,” Blow wrote. “America needs you … now. Speak up.”