Donald Trump retains making an attempt to persuade any disbelieving holdouts that he’s a raging racist. At least, that’s how I think about his motives. In reality, it’s extra doubtless that his truest nature is solely being revealed, time and again, and he’s utilizing his personal racism to attraction to the racism within the individuals who assist him.
On Sunday morning, the identical day that the Trump administration earlier introduced it could conduct raids to spherical up undocumented immigrants, Trump weighed in once more on the battle between 4 feminine freshmen congresswomen and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, tweeting a collection of three of probably the most racist tweets he may produce:
So fascinating to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who initially got here from nations whose governments are a full and whole disaster, the worst, most corrupt and inept wherever on the earth (in the event that they even have a functioning authorities in any respect), now loudly …
… and viciously telling the folks of the United States, the best and strongest Nation on earth, how our authorities is to be run. Why don’t they return and assist repair the completely damaged and crime infested locations from which they got here. Then come again and present us how. …
… it’s completed. These locations want your assist badly, you possibly can’t go away quick sufficient. I’m positive that Nancy Pelosi could be very completely satisfied to rapidly work out free journey preparations!
Those progressive congresswomen are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts.
First, the info: The nation Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib and Pressley “originally came from” is that this one. They had been born in America. Omar was a refugee from Somalia.
But, that is a very powerful reality: They aren’t white, and they’re girls. They are “other” within the framing of the white nationalists. They are descendants of Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.
The central framing of this type of pondering is that that is a white nation, based and constructed by white males, and destined to be maintained as a white nation. For anybody to be accepted as actually American they have to assimilate and acquiesce to that narrative, to bow to that heritage and bend to these customs.
It sees a nation from which black and brown folks come as poor — “a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world” — as a result of, at its base, it sees black and brown folks as poor.
And so, it chafes when these black and brown women from exotic-sounding places with exotic-sounding names would dare to challenge the white patriarchy in this country. Why do they not know their place? Why do they not genuflect to the gentry? Why do they not recognize — and honor — the white man’s superiority?
Start here: because the entire white supremacist ideology and ethos is a lie. America expanded much of its territory through the shedding of blood and breaking of treaties with Native Americans. It established much of its wealth through 250 years of exploiting black bodies for free labor.
And, for the entire history of this country, some degree of anti-blackness has existed. Now, there is an intensifying anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant xenophobia.
America was born with a congenital illness and it has been in need of active rehabilitation ever since, although it has often rejected the curative treatments and regressed.
Challenging America to own its sins and live up to its ideals isn’t a vicious attack, it’s an act of patriotism. As James Baldwin once put it, “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”
And, who better to lead the charge than four women who represent the future face of America.
But, Trump — and many of his supporters and defenders — spew their racism and tell themselves that it is perfectly acceptable when it is read back to them, in much the same way that a dog will eat its own vomit.
This is the second time Trump has weighed in on the dispute between Pelosi and the congresswomen. Friday he seemed to be coming to Pelosi’s defense, telling reporters: “She is not a racist. O.K.? She is not a racist. For them to call her a racist is a disgrace.”
But, he wasn’t really standing by Pelosi but hiding behind her. It was his way of saying that people who are not racist can be falsely assumed to be, like him. He established a parallel in Pelosi, two victims in kind.
But, there is no parallel. There can be no more discussion or debate about whether or not Trump is a racist. He is. There can be no more rhetorical juggling about not knowing what’s in his heart. We see what flows out of it.
White people and whiteness are the center of the Trump presidency. His primary concern is to defend, protect and promote it. All that threatens it must be attacked and assaulted. Trump is bringing the force of the American presidency to the rescue of white supremacy. And, self-identified Republicans absolutely love him for it.
We are watching a very dark chapter in this nation’s history unfold in real time. We are watching as a president returns naked racism to the White House. And we are watching as fellow citizens — possibly a third of them — reveal to us their open animus for us through their continued support of him.
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