I’ve sat up and watched the reactions to Trump make racist statements in the past. This week, he did it again via Twitter. Anyone who claims to not know that telling someone to “go back where they came from” is offensive is either under the age of 30 or they’re lying their ass off.
That wasn’t the only statement he made about that either. These came later on still on July 14th.
Then, President Bigot went right back into that well on the 15th. These are just two, and not even the first or last two on that day.
Once again, here’s the “go back” theme making its presence known.
This verbal diarrhea continued both on Twitter and in press conferences when he was asked about this. Don’t expect Trump to apologize or admit that what he said was racist. He’s already told America that he doesn’t apologize for anything because apologizing equals weakness in his view. He is all about presenting strength, no matter how ignorant it appears.
Now, you would think that all Americans would find this kind of talk at least questionable if not outright racist and indefensible. Well, let me introduce you to the modern GOP. Not only do they not find this talk to be offensive, they are defending him and claiming it’s not racist at all. If you don’t believe me, then listen to Trump voters yourself.
If you don’t believe me, then look at the reaction from Republicans in Congress and other elected Republicans. You can count the number of elected Republicans who called his words racist on one hand. There is a reason why you don’t hear many Republicans speaking out against Trump and his antics, and it is not because Republicans are scared if you ask me. You don’t hear Republicans speak out against Trump because they agree with him.
I’ll say it right her and right now. I believe the GOP is now pretty much a party that depends on white supremacist and racism to survive. There may be a few individual Republicans/Conservatives who will claim they are not racist or bigoted, but the overall party ideology has been transformed over the past 40 plus years beginning with the Southern Strategy and culminating with the election of Donald Trump. I’m not the only one that has come to that conclusion either.
At the White House, Trump defended his position. The bulk of the party said nothing. Why?
For Kurt Bardella, a commentator and former GOP congressional aide, it’s fairly simple. They share Trump’s views.
“Republicans agree with the president’s racist tweets,” he said. “At this point, it’s the only explanation. It’s a pattern of behaviour that the president engages in overtly racist rhetoric.”
Bardella highlighted examples including Trump’s attacks on African American football players who “take a knee” during the anthem to protest racial injustice; his pardoning of Joe Arpaio, a sheriff who discriminated against Latino people in Arizona; his drawing of moral equivalence between protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia; and his reported description of African nations, Haiti and El Salvador as “shithole countries”.
“On and on we see this president insulting people who aren’t white,” he said. “The Republican party says nothing and they support the president. Not one is willing to challenge him when he blows these racist dog whistles. The only conclusion is they agree with him and his racism.”
Bardella argues Trump is giving voice to sentiments long seething in the party. “The agenda of Republicans has always favoured white people and now for the first time in contemporary times they have a leader who is willing to ascribe words to that agenda.”
While Republicans fear Trump’s base, the truth is “deeper and darker”, Bardella said.
“It’s not that they’re at Trump’s mercy; they agree with him. The Republican party practices racism and white nationalism. It’s not fear; they approve of it.”
This revelation came to me by looking not only at the non-reactions to what Trump said but the outright agreement the base shows to what Trump said. Trump’s popularity within the Republican party increased after these comments based on polling data.
This is the result of the continuous purging of RINOs from the GOP. The far-right has taken control of the party, and there are no longer any moderates left to temper the platform. What we’re witnessing now is pure, unfiltered, right-wing ideology running unabated. Trump is not the problem that people think he is. To the GOP, Trump is their savior, their knight in shining armor. Trump is the one who will say and do what needs to be done to ensure the survival of “America”. By “America”, that means white culture.
As a country, we are at a serious point of inflection, but this is not the first time we’ve been here. We were here in the 1780s, and the Three-Fifths Compromise was the temporary band-aid of the day. We have stared down the barrel of this gun several more times in our history. Each time, we applied a temporary fix to the monumental problem that has plagued America. From the Fugitive Slave Laws, the Civil War, the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and 1968, and other laws, we have never gone far or deep enough to deal with the root cause of all the issues which is racism. Once again in 2019, we are dealing with racism yet again.
Democrats, especially the leadership and elder members, need to open their eyes to see what is happening. There is no moderation from the Right that is going to tamp down the bigotry coming from Trump. Trump, Graham, and others are going to do all they can to demagogue the Democratic Party. If you don’t believe me, count the number of times you hear the words socialist, communist, or some other negative pejorative come from the mouth of Republicans and conservatives when they talk about the left.
We are at the point where we have irrational people in positions of importance making decisions that dictate the future of America, and it is downright scary to see the nonchalant attitudes of those in power. Lincoln was right in that a nation divided against itself cannot stand, and we have been two nations within one from our existence.
I don’t expect anyone to admit to supporting racism. Doing that requires a level of self-awareness and courage that is missing in America. Those who sit on the side seeping in their apathy are the ones who can step forward to break this current cycle of racism. I do not believe we will defeat it nor will we eradicate racism from America. As we have done in the past, we will simply apply a temporary fix. The only way to cure racism is for the racists to want to change, and there is no indications anywhere in this country that we will see that happen.
Add: In defense of Trump’s words, racist word vomit is protected free speech. He is free to spew that crap all he wants. His supporters are free to agree with and support him as well. That said, they all are free to deal with the repercussions of expressing and agreeing with said speech.
Republicans knew Trump was racist as well. Republicans, under Paul Ryan, intentionally changed the rules of the House to make it verboten to call Trump racist and other things along that line. That’s why they wanted Pelosi’s speech stricken from the records when she called Trump racist. Some people love free speech, but not when that free speech is used against them.
In addition, Trump may have violated the rules of workplace harassment under the EEOC by using the “go back” statement. Don’t hold your breath on the DoJ or Congress doing anything about that.