Trump's Bone Deep Racism is Intentional and Strategic...

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"Do not forget that Trump’s racist outburst came on the very same day that ICE launched a national deportation sweep"

Truthout - July 16, 2019

... "Look closer, however, and perceive the fascist design within the chaos. Trump and the Republicans intend to campaign in 2020 on a platform of frightening voters into believing socialist immigrant hordes are coming to steal their hamburgers and internal combustion engines, or something. It may sound silly, but it is happening, and it is happening right now. And as it justifies concentration camps and the mass exile of people to their deaths (because for many, that is what deportation means), it is anything but silly — it is lethally serious.

Trump’s Sunday tirade fits the pattern he has been unspooling for years. He was deliberately terrible right out of the gate, and has grown incrementally worse with each passing day. None of this is accidental.

More than four years into the experience, Trump can now pull a stunt that would have obliterated any previous politicians’ career before sundown and get away with it, because it’s incrementally more of exactly what he has been doing since he rode that golden escalator into this elongated infamy we now endure.

This is part and parcel of creeping fascism. An instance of horrifying racism becomes merely “expected” from the president, and then he moves on to another one, and then another, and another after that. He and his administration are laboring to normalize the grotesque.

It’s about setting the bar so low it is barely visible: You can’t trip over that bar if it’s a painted line on the ground. That’s what Trump has done, and he has worked every day to do it.

There was a whole kettle of fish in the fryer on Sunday morning. One goal was making sure the white nationalists and white supremacists in the U.S. — his people, beyond all doubt or excuse now — know that he is their people, too. In the dismal tailspin reality of the 21st century, this is called “campaigning.”

Yet another goal was to deliberately inject himself into the intraparty tensions that have been on display between House Speaker Pelosi and her allies, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and hers. These tensions have been tinged with racial overtones, and it seemed like Trump’s brazen racism served to unite Democrats at a moment when they were in crisis. This would appear on the surface to have been a poorly timed tactical error on Trump’s part.

Look closer, however, and perceive the fascist design within the chaos. Trump and the Republicans intend to campaign in 2020 on a platform of frightening voters into believing socialist immigrant hordes are coming to steal their hamburgers and internal combustion engines, or something. It may sound silly, but it is happening, and it is happening right now. And as it justifies concentration camps and the mass exile of people to their deaths (because for many, that is what deportation means), it is anything but silly — it is lethally serious. ...
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