The Trump op-ed resistance people aren’t looking to be on the right side of history
They back his policies. They just don’t like his style.
When I read the New York Times op-ed piece authored by an anonymous resister in the Trump administration, I was intrigued. However, that intrigue didn’t include wondering who wrote it but rather why they wrote it.
The author says:
To be clear, ours is not the popular “resistance” of the left. We want the administration to succeed and think that many of its policies have already made America safer and more prosperous.
That last sentence tells me these aren’t people who believe Trump is harmful — even deadly — to marginalized communities. The author goes on to say Trump doesn’t espouse the values of true Republicans. I beg to differ. He’s a run-of-the-mill Republican, and few of his colleagues are willing to stand up to him for his racist rhetoric and white supremacist alliances.
The author goes on to say:
President Trump is facing a test to his presidency unlike any faced by a modern American leader.
They think he’s being unfairly tested, but President Obama was tested more. As the first Black president, he faced criticism his entire eight years from Republicans. You only had to read the news to see how much they hated him, even though for all his faults, he tried to make this country a better place for everyone.
Trump does no such thing. Yes, he’s being tested. His alleged collusion with the Russians to win the 2016 election should be enough for anyone to understand why Robert Mueller is investigating and bringing people to justice for their part. But it goes further than that. Trump blatantly allies himself with neo-Nazis and white supremacists. He goes golfing as children are locked in cages. He encourages punishment for NFL players for exercising their First Amendment rights while saying nothing as white supremacists attack — and murder — protestors marching peacefully to call out injustices.
So yes, he’s tested — if you call “tested” being investigated for breaking the law. These resistors want us to believe Trump makes good policies that strengthen and help unite our country. I can’t name one policy he’s made that has done anything but further divide us. He’s given white people permission to hate people who are unlike them. And they have taken that to mean it’s an all out war on marginalized people.
I’ve never felt so unsafe in this country as I do now. The 2016 election and Trump’s friendships with known racists and white supremacists tell me I might die at the hands of a white person who doesn’t see me as a human being. I worry for myself and for my family. I worry for everyone who doesn’t fit the mold of an American and a patriot.
The author continues:
The bigger concern is not what Mr. Trump has done to the presidency but rather what we as a nation have allowed him to do to us. We have sunk low with him and allowed our discourse to be stripped of civility.
This is patently untrue. Black people, particularly Black women, overwhelmingly voted for Hillary Clinton. So place the blame where it lies — with the 53% of white female voters who threw their support behind a misogynist woman-hater who cares nothing for women’s rights. I knew most white men would vote for him because they have little interest in equality if it means that equality threatens the unfair advantages they are used to receiving. So if anyone has “sunk low” with him, it’s white people. Don’t blame black folks. We tried to save you. We knew what a Trump presidency would mean. We told you he would come for you, too. You didn’t believe us, and here we are.
The author ends with this:
There is a quiet resistance within the administration of people choosing to put country first. But the real difference will be made by everyday citizens rising above politics, reaching across the aisle and resolving to shed the labels in favor of a single one: Americans.
How often have Republicans been willing to actually put our country first? They’re not known for even recognizing the plight of struggling Americans, let alone discussing ways to help them. It’s been this ridiculous idea of trickle-down economics and the notion that everyone has bootstraps and should use them accordingly. This is white supremacy in all its dark glory. This is the ideology that keeps us divided.
What would help unite us is a brutal conversation about the history of this country and how white people continue to cast a long shadow of oppression over people of color and other marginalized Americans. I want Republicans — and all white people — to recognize and internalize the violent history of hatred and the price so many of us have paid and continue to pay. Without this dialogue, I have little hope anything will change.