Trump’s Racism Is Not Blundering — It Is Tactically Deliberate
Truthout - July 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."
Donald Trump is a giant flapping racist and doesn’t give a single damn if that bothers you. Given this reality, it is important to note that when Trump dispensed with all pretense and held a one-man Sunday morning Klan rally on Twitter, it was not a blunder on his part.
When he dug his heels in on Monday morning and said the women of color he insulted were the ones who owed an apology, it was not an oops.
When asked pointedly by reporters on Monday if he was bothered that white nationalists have been celebrating his outburst, Trump replied, “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me. And all I’m saying, they want to leave, they can leave.” It was not a misstatement.
When Trump’s allies piled on, the purpose of it all became clear. “We all know that AOC and this crowd are a bunch of communists. They hate Israel. They hate our own country,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham on Monday. “They’re anti-Semitic. They’re anti-America.”
It is all just more of the same thing Trump and his people have been doing day in and day out since he denounced Mexicans as murderers and rapists while announcing his desire to become president of the United States.
Remember when Trump pointed out a lone Black man at one of his campaign rallies in 2016 and said, “Oh, look at my African-American over here. Look at him”?
And when he tried to ban Muslims from entering the country?
And his “shithole countries” remark?
And when he said all Haitian immigrants have AIDS?
And when he used the slur “Pocahontas” to describe Sen. Elizabeth Warren during a meeting with Navajo code-talker veterans of World War II?
And when he argued the existence of a moral equivalency between Nazis in Charlottesville — you know, the ones who killed someone with a car — with the people who came out to protest them? ...
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