Leland Melvin — former cosmonaut, NFL player, engineer, writer, and owner of the best damn official NASA photo of all time — shared a perfect takedown of President Donald Trump to his Facebook page on Saturday.
In his post, Melvin denounced Trump for many of his recent acts, calling them both “boorish and disgusting.” The post touchings on multiple incidents, including Trump’s NFL-connected attempts on free speech, his tweet which illustrated violence against Hillary Clinton, his comments after objectors clashed with racists in Charlottesville last month, and just his general pettiness and inability to unite the country.
Melvin’s letter should absolutely be read in full, below, but if there is one takeaway, it’s this passageway: “Donald Trump please know that you are supposed to be a unifier and a compassionate and empathetic president. If you can’t do the job then please step down and let someone else try. I pray that you do the right thing. May God bless you.”
To Donald Trump
I believe in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of this country even though at the time they were drafted, their doctrines of life, liberty justice for all and eventual freedom of speech, religion, assembly, press and petition amendment ratified in Dec 1791, merely applied to a select group of people and not ones that looked like me. Donald Trump I listened to your Alabama rally rant and could not believe how easily you say what you say. We have become numb to your outlandish acts, tweets and recent retweet of you knocking down Hillary Clinton with a golf ball that you hit. Donald Trump your boorish and disgusting actions are not funny. They actually promote violence against women especially when your followers act out what you say.
I used to walk the grounds of UVA in Charlottesville, VA as a graduate student simply to watch in horror as those same grounds became a battlefield being trampled by Nazi and anti-Semitic worshippers armed with assault style weapons ready to fight to stimulate America White again.( their terms ). You actually said there were nice people on both sides. People armed and ready to kill other Americans for the purpose of eradicating Blacks, Jews, Hispanics, Mexicans, Asians, Latinas and even the first real Americans, Native Americans to construct America Great Again were “nice people”? Verses what you say in condemnation of an unarmed black boy peacefully complaining by exercising his constitutional First Amendment rights by silently taking a knee is horrendou, unnerving and reprehensible. You called Colin Kaepernick “a son-of-a-bitch.” And said he should be fired. You are basically calling his white mom a bitch. The strong contrast in speech for a black man and a Nazi is very telling. Do you have any sense of decency or shame in what you say to the American people that are part of your duty to serve respectfully with dignity, presidentially?
The National Anthem that we listen too has been edited to try not to offend because when Francis Scott Key penned the ballad he watched freed slaves fighting for the British and wrote this stanza 😛 TAGEND
“And where is that band who so vauntingly swear,
That the havoc of campaign and the battle’s confusion
A home and a Country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wash’d out their fouled footstep’s pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight or the gloom of the tomb,
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.”
I guess if I were a slave back then I probably would have done anything to obtain liberty from my American oppressors who were whipping, killing, raping, dismembering, hanging or releasing the dogs on people like me all under our Constitution. In 1814 former slaves opposed with the British for their liberty from their American enslavers and Key witnessed a battle from a vessel off the Maryland shore at Fort McHenry which inspired him to write what became our National Anthem.
I served my country not in the military forces but as 1 of 362 American Astronauts that have investigated the universe to help advance our civilization. Not simply Americans but all humans. I also was briefly in the NFL and stood for the National Anthem with my hand over my heart. What makes us great is our changes and respecting that we are all created equally even if not always treated that behavior. Seeming back at our planet from space truly helps one get a bigger perspective on how petty and divisive we can be. Donald Trump maybe you are able to ask your good friend Mr. Putin to give you a journey on a Soyuz rocket to our International Space Station and realize what it’s like to work together with people we used to fight against, where your life depends on it. Determine “the worlds” and get a greater appreciation of what it means to be part of the human race, we call it the Orbital Perspective.
Donald Trump please know that you are supposed to be a unifier and a compassionate and empathetic leader. If you can’t do the job then please steps down and let someone else try. I pray that you do the right thing. May God bless you.
Former Astronaut and