Donald Trump Isn’t Just Playing a Racist on TV; He Really Is a Racist.
Ever since Donald Trump descended the Trump Tower escalator to tell us that Mexico wasn’t sending us their “best people,” his apologists have been flooding the airways with a noxious form of gaslighting in which paid spokespeople assure us that what he said is not really what he meant, that we should ignore his daily racist brainfarts on Twitter, that we should pay attention to what he does, not what he says, that he knows better but is playing to his base like the most stable marketing genius since Joseph Goebbels.
Last week’s rally in which he allowed his rowdy band of deplorables to chant the oldest and most tired of racial insults — “Send Her Home” — about four American congresswomen who just happen to be black or brown and said nothing, should convince even the most skeptical. Donald Trump is a racist, who really believes the white supremacist crap that comes out of his mouth.
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Since then he has tried to clean up the ugly incident a bit by wrapping himself in American (and, strangely, Israeli) flags, by accusing the women of “hating America,” of calling America and Americans “garbage,” and being anti-semitic. (Not one of the Congresswomen has actually said any of those things.)
The truth is that it is Donald Trump who hates America. He is the person whose inaugural speech declared that the “American carnage” was about to end. It is he who does not believe in the concept of “one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all.” He clearly does not believe that “all men created equal.” He has said (and in this case, I’m inclined to believe him) that he doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism — the idea that the U.S. has a better claim to the moral high ground or a higher commitment to freedom and equality than, say, North Korea.
For most of my seven and a half decades on the planet I have believed that America was the greatest and most powerful nation in world, a bastion of freedom built by immigrants — refugees from religious and economic persecution — a place where hardworking people of all ethnicities have the right to become whatever they want to become, as long as they have the talent and ingenuity to do it.
A land of true opportunity where even a young man of Germanic immigrant descent could take a small $400 million inheritance from his KKK-loving dad and build an empire that is now worth at least as much as it would have had he taken dad’s money and invested it in a decent index fund.
In fact, it is Donald J. Trump who has turned trashing America and its political system into a coldblooded sport for his own political ends. How else would we have learned that for the past 240 years of American History, politicians have quietly been destroying America from within by being suckers, making bad trade deals, allowing people into our country who are not white or even Christian?
That’s why all the black people and brown people and yellow people around the world are so much better off than we are today. Did you know that we Americans are down to only 41.6 percent of all the world’s wealth? Sad.
He assured us that what we needed is a man who can take us back to the days when America was really great.
You remember those days?
Women got up at dawn to make their men biscuits and gravy before they marched off to the fields and factories to earn enough money to pay billionaires’ taxes and live as far away from ”coloreds” as possible.
Children didn’t give you any sass because they knew you would beat the hell out of them.
Schools were separate but equal and every child over the age of 10 had the God-given right to work in the mines and the mills.
Women didn’t need to go to college because everyone knew they were “just going to get married and knocked up anyway.” Boorish men said to each other at the end of a great expense-account lunch “I’ll have my girl call your girl.”
In those days, there were no Muslims or wars or floods or hurricanes or tornadoes. The trains always ran on time.
I didn’t use to believe the great mass of Trump’s supporters are intentionally racist or homophobic or white supremacists (although those people who are almost certainly voted for him). Now, I’m not so sure.
Clearly, a minority (a large minority) have been unhinged by what they feel are too many changes too fast. The rapid fading of the white majority, a black family in the White House, gay marriage, transgender people in bathrooms, hip hop, Taco trucks, baggy pants, Amigas who talk to each in Spanish instead of you at Walmarts. These are everyday reminders that we don’t live in Kansas anymore. Older white people are simply overwhelmed by fear of the new and the unknown. That will eventually change as younger, more tolerant, better-educated, more diverse people change our demographic mix. But, the racist Donald Trump is daily, living proof we’re not there yet.