Local Businessman Attacks Trump Critics

Skip Tharp

It would seem to me that the owner of a large funeral home would resist the temptation to post a vicious political screed on Facebook, but this is a political climate the likes of which I have not before seen.

I have lived through the McCarthy Hearings, the Johnson/Nixon Vietnam War, the Women’s Movement, Civil Rights, several other optional wars and political scandals, two stolen presidential elections (Kennedy, Bush II),an impeachment and George Bush. Twice. Nothing, however, comes close to the division we see with the Trump election.

Skip Tharp, CEO of one of the region’s biggest funeral homes (Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory), is apparently a Trump supporter and he posted this a couple of days ago. I have been considering ignoring it, but I thought I’d put it up to show you where we are when a respected business professional turns his attention to defending the indefensible. Here’s what he posted (unedited):

“I offer no apology for what I am posting for this is truly how I feel. Please know this is my opinion and not open for debate. If you disagree or find my position offensive, that’s your problem.

“I have lived through a Lot of United States Presidents prior to our current President Trump. In my lifetime I have never seen or heard of a President being scrutinized over every word he speaks, humiliated by the public to the point of disgrace, slandered, ridiculed, insulted, lied to, lied about, threatened with death, threatened to rape our Beautiful First Lady, and have his children also insulted and humiliated. The man turned down his paycheck as President and is working for free to make this country better.
I am truly ashamed of the people of MY country.

“I am ashamed of the ruthless, hating, cruel, Trump haters who have no morals, ethics or values and the reporters who feel they have the right to carry on with lies and say the things they do for the purpose of furthering to divide this country. The immense display of disrespect is intolerable. Every other President before he was elected, took the oath of office was left alone, especially children, they weren’t on the news 24/7 being scrutinized by their every word. While failing to report the truth in real and important events affecting this country.

“This has been the Jerry Springer era of “news media “. ALWAYS BEING PRESSURED to do this or that and never given the time to take care of the important work this country really needs. ENOUGH is ENOUGH is ENOUGH, LEAVE THE MAN ALONE AND LET HIM DO HIS JOB FOR GOD’S SAKE! Our future and freedom depend on it.”

Let me mention one little item: Jerry Springer (a Democrat and former mayor of Cincinnati) Tweeted during the election that “Hillary Clinton belongs in the White House. Donald Trump belongs on my show.”


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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.

2 replies on “Local Businessman Attacks Trump Critics”

Ubelievably, he can not take credit for this. It is a chain letter going around FB. I was at first humored until I saw how many names were tagged with it. He didn’t write it but I am baffled at his attaching his name.

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