Sandi Bachom is a cinematographer and documentary film maker who has dedicated her craft to chronicling the disturbing effects of Donald Trump’s rise to power has wrought on the nation she loves.
Among her credits are True Believers at The Insurrection her eye witness account of the Jan. 6th assault on the Capitol, Blood and Soil in Charlottesville her accounting of the deadly fascist rally in Charlottesville early in Trump’s residency and
Telling Jokes in Auschwitz in which holocaust survivor Werner Reich recounts how he survived the death-camp in part by relying on humor.
Thursday at the Trump arraignment at the E. Barrett Prettyman Federal Courthouse in Washington D.C. she filmed an unnamed man who said he was there because his WWII veteran father thought it imperative for them to do everything in their power to stop Trump’s crusade to destroy America.
Ms. Bacholm considers the following among her most profound interviews, and the emotion I felt watching it compelled me to share it here:
This is one of the most profound videos I’ve filmed since the rise of Trump. I asked him why he was there. Tears rolled down his cheeks. His father who was a WWII veteran (like my dad) told him “We gotta stop this guy”. He was a squadron commander and he lost 110 men and he never… pic.twitter.com/FUnRSibJX7
— Sandi Bachom 📹 (@sandibachom) August 5, 2023
“I asked him why he was there. Tears rolled down his cheeks. His father who was a WWII veteran (like my dad) told him ““We gotta stop this guy”. He was a squadron commander and he lost 110 men and he never got a scratch. And he lived his whole life trying to be worthy of their sacrifice. And he asked me to do the same. So this is a very small thing to do. But why everyone in the country isn’t doing this and trying to understand what this man is doing to our country. I don’t get it. But everybody needs to do something to stop this guy”” Please listen to every single word and share.”
Some of the comments on this post:
My father also served in
WWII. Would never talk about it. I urge everyone to read up on the Nazis and the Holocaust. The similarities today are frightening. We can never let this happen again.
— Sittig (@Sittig2022) August 5, 2023
But Trump heads such big rallies… pic.twitter.com/xJsgNC0nmw
— ThinkifyUSA 🌊 Think for yourself (@ThinkifyUsa) August 5, 2023
♥️🇨🇦 History will remember the greatest failure of humanity as that time when some chose to do nothing when they should have done something.
This man deserves all the sunshine. He is doing whatever he can before it’s too late.♥️🇨🇦
— Liz May (@Brookings17) August 5, 2023
I so much respect and admire the depth of his emotion. He's doing what's right, for the right reasons. Bless him, esp thru the next year and a half…
— Larkin Warren (@LarkinWarren) August 5, 2023
We also need to realize that this is not Trump alone. We need to stop the entire infrastructure that supports and encourages the dynamics that make Trump possible.
— DMC (@DonMcGahan) August 5, 2023
I very much admire the man in the video, and, considering his age and demographic, think him every bit as brave as his father who actually fought the Nazis in battle, because he is doing what he can to prevent that dire necessity from visiting itself in own country.
We could definitely use a couple of million more like him.