Patients arriving with their kids for a checkup at a Colorado family practice left the clinic sicker than they entered. The doctor wanted everyone to know how he feels about the president and didn’t care who he offended in doing so. However, he took it to the extreme, covering the walls of his waiting room with vile “reading material” that nobody should have been exposed to, especially children. Now he’s paying a big price for his vile opinions.
Dr. Steven Chae is the owner and only practitioner at his family practice in Aurora, Colorado, which is a suburb of Denver. When Chae isn’t treating patients, he’s hating on our president and feeding himself a steady diet of anti-Trump rhetoric, fueling himself with anger. He took how he feels about the Commander-in-Chief to the walls of his business, which was apparently so important to him that he didn’t care if he lost everything in expressing his insanely divisive messages.
First Coast News reports:
Chae has had political statements in his office “ever since he can remember,” the doctor said. This includes a poster of Elizabeth Warren and a “Bernie Sanders for President” sticker.
“This isn’t something brand new,” Chae said.
What is new, however, is a heightened attention to his wall decorations. Pictures of Chae’s office have gone viral on social media and sparked outrage. One picture shows the wall above the front desk with the words “morally bankrupt pile of crap in White House” and “for our country, for our children, fight this monster.”
“[I’m] just surprised that a business — any business, you know, let alone a doctor — would have not only political messaging but such hateful political messaging,” said James Woodley, who took one of the original photos now circulating online. “I believe everyone has a right to their opinion, it’s just the manner in which it was done.”
Woodley is a former Republican candidate for Colorado’s state senate. He lost to Sen. Nancy Todd in 2016. He saw the writing on the walls while at the doctor’s office with a friend whose kid was a patient, he said.
“It was clear that it was just derogatory toward the president in language that I would never teach my children to speak about anyone,” Woodley said.
At the time this article was posted, Woodley’s picture was shared nearly 7,000 times on Facebook.
Chae said he was grieving the 2016 election results when he posted the statements and thinks he should’ve waited till he was “a little more level-headed” before putting up those statements.
Chae said if the statements on his walls come across as hateful then the wrong message was put out. He said his real intention behind putting them up was to motivate his patients, who he said are mostly minorities, to vote.
He surely might motivate his patients, but to leave his practice and seek another doctor who doesn’t try to cure all that ales them with anti-Trump rhetoric where it doesn’t belong. It’s fine to have your opinions and it’s even his prerogative to display them in his business, but if and when he destroys his practice by doing so, he’ll inevitably blame that on Trump too. Afterall, he’s a Bernie Sanders supporter and as such, is incapable of taking responsibility for the outcome of his own actions.
“There’s a lot of fear among minorities, especially within the Hispanic community,” Chae said. “I wanted to reach out. The way we address this — not necessarily fix but at least address — is by going out to vote. That was all my message was supposed to convey.”
What’s worse, is that this divisive behavior has become acceptable when it’s against Trump but would have never been tolerated if targeted at Barack Obama. You don’t have to have voted for our president or support him, but it’s time for everyone, certainly professionals, to show some respect. In the slightest, this would be to keep your foul language-riddled opinions off the walls of your business that’s open to the public.
Chae said that the only way his massive messages are coming down from his walls is if he finds out it violates policies of medical associations. Until then, they’re staying up, regardless of what opinions his patients have about it.