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Dave Kane: Trump and the Fire Marshall

Sunday, July 31, 2016


In the past year I, like so many Americans, have been exposed to the pasquinade that is Donald Trump.  A pasquinade is a farce in a public place.  Each time he spoke on a new topic I would go through the “seven stages of Trump”.  Like the seven stages of grief, Trump rhetoric brings on certain feelings and calls for a series of actions in an attempt to cope with the trauma. 

First, you are stunned.  Then, you rewind the DVR to make sure you heard it correctly.  Third, you repeat what you thought he said in an effort to find some sense.  The next three stages vary according to your life experience and religious beliefs.  The last stage is always the same, total despair. 

But, this week I didn’t have to go through any of those stages.  The words Trump spoke were clear.  His trade mark ignorance and apparent disregard for public safety, unmistakable.

According to MSNBC reports, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Friday afternoon, Trump repeatedly called out the event's fire marshal for not allowing more people into the venue. "Hey, maybe they're a Hillary person. Could that be possible? Probably," Trump said of the marshal, complaining that the attendance limit was "unfair." "Then you wonder why we're going to hell. That's why we're going to hell.”

There it is in a nutshell.  The classic Trump mantra “I want what I want and I don’t care who I hurt or endanger to get it”.  Anyone who has been touched by the horror of the Station Nightclub fire is sure to recognize this attitude.  It is the same selfishly stupid  mindset that took the lives and disfigured the bodies of so many of our loved ones.  

In November, if you can’t bring yourself to vote for Trump’s opponent.  Then write in a name.  Write in a name of someone you respect.  A good person, a caring person, someone who is loved, appreciated and missed.  If you need help thinking of someone, I have a list of 100 names I could suggest.

Dave Kane is the father of the youngest Station fire victim, 18 year old Nicholas O'Neill. Kane has since become a proponent of fire safety awareness and the enforcement of strict laws for the administration of fire safety inspections on public buildings. He is also a radio talk show host, comedian, performance artist, and author. 


Trump Rally in Warwick Rhode Island, April, 2016

Photography by Richard McCaffrey

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