Can We All Just Agree Trump Is a Racist Now?

Donald Trump was right. He could stand in the middle of the street, shoot someone in cold blood, and his base would still support him.

Especially if the someone he shot happened to be brown or black.

Trump has always at least flirted with racism. Back in the day, he got in some trouble for discriminating against non-white renters. He’s called neo-Nazis “fine people.” And suggested Mexican immigrants are mostly drug runners and rapists.

He even famously demanded a “Muslim ban.” In his own words, a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslim immigration to the U.S.

But this latest revelation takes the cake. And it’s not even something Trump did himself.

More Than Just Guilt by Association

Before we get to what Donald Trump didn’t do, let’s take a look at a few things he did

  • When DNA evidence cleared the Central Park Five, Trump still insisted they were guilty… and called the settlement “outrageous.”
  • Trump said a judge couldn’t be impartial on Trump University because the judge is “Mexican.” The man – whom Trump called a “hater” – was born in Indiana.
  • According to multiple witnesses, Trump referred to Haiti and poor African nations as “shithole countries” in a meeting. He stated a preference for immigrants coming from countries like Norway.

One of Trump’s few associates of color – former staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman – claims he uses the “N-word” regularly. She also said he’s called George Conway – who is half Filipino – a “fucking Flip” and a “fucking Goo-Goo.”

Yet Trump and his supporters insist he is no racist. In his own words, Trump is “the least racist person you’ve ever met.”

So why does he tolerate associates like Steven Miller?

Because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) just released about 900 e-mails written by Miller – a key Trump advisor. And some 80% of them include material favorable to the White Nationalist movement.

These racist e-mails influenced the actions of other Trump associates – including Steve Bannon. Here’s a quick run-down of the sordid story.

From Breitbart With Love

Donald Trump loves him some Breitbart. The far-right “news” organization has provided both inspiration and staffers to our 45thpresident.

Back in 2015, Miller was an aide to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. He also agreed to provide editorial direction to Breitbart staff. That’s where the e-mails come in. A former Breitbart editor broke with the radical Right… and turned over hundreds of e-mails from Miller to the SPLC.

According to Katie McHugh – the ex-Breitbart editor – her employer introduced Miler as someone who would be guiding the “new” site’s editorial direction.

That direction included references to a White nationalist book called Camp of the Saints. The book predicts “the end of the white world” at the hands of non-white immigrants/refugees. The tone and contents of the book are extremely racist.

According to pbs.org, at least two Breitbart employees – who became Trump staffers – gave the book’s contents favorable exposure. Both Steve Bannon and Trump’s special assistant, Julia Hahn, promoted the book’s message.

Meanwhile the White House has attacked the SPLC as left-leaning… but hasn’t denied the contents of the e-mails.

And Trump plows ahead with immigration policies built around White Nationalist ideals. Immigrant families are held in concentration camp conditions. Legal immigration numbers for people of color are squeezed to a trickle. And Bahamians – whose homes and entire islands were destroyed by hurricane Dorian – are denied emergency entry.

Now we’ve seen the Miller e-mails. They contain an outline of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Clearly linked to White Nationalist ideals.

Please, can we all now agree Donald Trump is a racist? If you said, “No,” it’s time to consider that maybe you’rea racist, too.

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Donald Trump and The Republicans’ Sunk Cost Problem

Donald Trump created a problem for the Republican Party the day he declared his candidacy. He opened his campaign outside the normal bounds. And once the GOP began backing him, they had a problem.

You see, Trump’s campaign started on a dicey note. He launched it with an appeal to white nationalism. He made racist comments about Mexicans. His party failed to respond. And this set the direction the GOP had no choice but to follow ever since.

Here’s how Donald Trump hijacked his party… and made it all but impossible for them to break from him.

The Theory of Sunk Costs

A sunk cost is an investment you can’t get back if you change direction. The phrase began with the oil industry… but it quickly made sense in politics.

For example, the GOP leadership didn’t outright condemn Trump’s early racist comments. They saw his core voters respond to his racist message. They probably thought they could transfer these voters’ loyalty to a more reasonable candidate during the primaries. So, they remained silent.

That silence was a sunk cost. Once you begin digging a racist hole, there’s no climbing out.

With each outrageous act and statement, Trump dug the GOP’s hole a little deeper. The party leadership continued to think they could reel in Trump’s supporters when he failed. Only Trump’s primary opponents voiced dissent.

Then those opponents fell one by one. Trump won the nomination. Then he won the Electoral College… and his voice became the official voice of the GOP.

Every event – like the Charlottesville incident – moved Trump and his supporters further and further from the mainstream. And dragged the Republican party with them.

Step by step, the Republican Party had multiplied their sunk costs in Trump. To maintain unity, the GOP had to defend his increasingly bizarre words and actions.

Party leaders had to bend over backwards to explain what Trump “actually meant” when he said something crazy – or racist. To spin his outrageous claims into something the rank and file could swallow. To excuse his bizarre behavior.

Now, they find themselves defending the actions of an increasingly unhinged would-be dictator. The sunk costs have grown too large. So, the GOP has dug in.

Party Before Country

Trump suggested to the president of Ukraine that U.S. financial support hinges on Ukraine “investigating” Joe Biden. Trump knows this is wrong, because White House senior staff “buried” the call in a top-secret server. Even though nothing on the call involved secrets.

Now we know this isn’t the first time White House staffers have done this – to protect the President from himself. Calls with other leaders have suffered the same “bury-the-evidence” fate… Even though nothing on the calls was classified or secret.

Just potentially damaging to the President. And the GOP that backs him.

After all, this is the man who…

  • Revealed classified information to Russian officials – and laughed about it
  • Suggested those who exposed his unlawful acts should be executed
  • Claimed speaking to whistleblowers should be considered “treason.”

Trump withholds information from Congress – even information the Constitution says Congress should have. He’s “hinted” he’d pardon staffers who ignore the law. He’s even suggested defying him could lead to civil war.

This lawlessness should set off alarm bells for any American – especially those sworn to uphold the Constitution. But his GOP allies have dug in, and continue to defend their standard-bearer.

Mike Pompeo sat in on the Ukraine call… but feigned ignorance when asked about the transcript. Congressman Jim Jordan lied to Jake Tapper on national television about that call. GOP leadership insists Trump did nothing wrong on the call – in spite of the clear quid pro quo even the doctored transcript reveals.

The GOP has thrown their lot in with Trump. They’ve backed his radical platform to the hilt. Now, not backing Trump means not backing their own platform.

Today’s Republican party can’t abandon Trump. They’ve tied themselves too closely to his radical agenda. So, as suicidal as it may seem, Republicans have no choice but to back Trump.

Facing the GOP’s Hard Reality

That’s why the GOP isn’t calling for impeachment. And why most Republican leaders will fight it tooth and nail. Damning Trump has become the same as damning themselves.

As richly deserved as that irony may be, the GOP can’t go there.

They counter charges of Trump’s corruption with a fabricated story about Joe Biden’s “corrupt” defense of his son. They’re counting on the repetition of a lie to create controversy. It’s the age-old “charge-your-enemy-with-the-crimes-you’ve-committed” play.

Fortunately, we now have the ability to record – and play back – the truth. Which shows the GOP’s claims about the Bidens are lies.

But they’ve invested so much in their corrupt leadership, they have no other viable option. They must follow Trump off the rails. Or undermine their whole position.

So, the White House refuses to cooperate with Congress. The GOP leadership lies about the call. And their party defends a president who used strong-arm tactics to get a foreign government to smear a political opponent.

But – for better or worse – they’ve hitched their star to Trump. Maybe they should have listened to one of his biggest detractors back in 2016.

A Sober Assessment of Donald Trump by a Leading Conservative

So, what does the Republican leadership really think of Donald Trump? Here are some thoughts from one of their most influential members.

“At the end of the day, Donald Trump, his foreign policy is gibberish,” he said. “His understanding of the world is bizarre…”

“I think Donald Trump would be a pathetic commander in chief,” this Trump foe continued, “unequal in temperament, judgment and understanding of who our friends are.”

This same man also said of Trump, “He’s a race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot.” And claimed, “He doesn’t represent the values that the men and women who wear the uniform are fighting for… He’s the ISIL man of the year.”

Another observation from the same source: “I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative, nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as commander in chief.”

In February 2016, this GOP leader said, “I think he’s a kook. I think he’s crazy. I think he’s unfit for office.”

So, who is this GOP official with such a low opinion of Donald Trump?

None other than Senator Lindsey Graham. Yes… the same Lindsey Graham who golfs with Trump regularly, defends the President’s every indiscretion, and seemingly worships the ground Trump walks on.

The party has invested so much in Trump, even his harshest critics within the GOP have become toadies. Lindsey Graham now dances like a puppet on the end of Trump’s string.

And if Graham – one of Trump’s harshest critics – will do this… imagine how far the rest of the party leadership will go. Because they’ve painted themselves into a corner.

So, we can’t rely on help from the Right to defeat Trump. Which means we have to get out the vote of every reasonable, freedom-loving American in 2020. Because, if we don’t, we may not have the chance in 2024.

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The Party of Lincoln?

I don’t want to beat a dead horse, so I’ll keep this short. Once again, racism has raised its ugly head in the form of a Republican leader.

Ronald Reagan, speaking to President Richard Nixon, made some of the most offensive racist remarks I’ve ever heard. “Last night, I tell you,” Reagan commented, “to watch that thing on television as I did. To see those monkeys from those African countries – damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes.”

That’s pretty bad… but so was Nixon’s response. He laughed.

That’s right. Two Republican presidents of the last half-century shared an incredibly racist moment.

The Republicans call themselves “the party of Lincoln.” But literally half their presidents in the last 50 years have been unapologetic racists.

And Trump is no different.

A Consistent History of Racism

Reagan’s opposition to civil rights legislation is a matter of record. And how much more do you need from Nixon than that laugh? Well, how about this:

“We’re going to [put] more of these little Negro bastards on the welfare rolls at $2,400 a family—let people like Pat Moynihan … believe in all that crap. But I don’t believe in it. Work, work—throw ’em off the rolls…”

Now, to his credit (?), Nixon followed this up with a claim he had “the greatest affection for” African Americans. But he also noted, “…but I know they’re not going to make it for 500 years. They aren’t. You know it, too.”

Nixon also appeared to blame African nations for the U.N. vote to seat Beijing in place of Taiwan in 1971.

“As you can imagine, there’s strong feeling that we just shouldn’t, as he (Reagan) said,” Nixon complained to then-Secretary of State Rogers, “he saw these, as he said, he saw these… these, uh, these cannibals on television last night, and he says, ‘Christ, they weren’t even wearing shoes, and here the United States is going to submit its fate to that,’ and so forth and so on.”

“Negro bastards”… “cannibals”… No racism there, right?

Reagan made quite an impression on Nixon on that call. “But he is, of course,” the president told Secretary Rogers, “outraged. And I found out what outraged him… and he said, ‘These cannibals jumping up and down and all that.’ And apparently it was a pretty grotesque picture.”

Yup. There’s the “party of Lincoln,” actively pursuing racial equality. But here’s the point…

The Tail Follows the Head

Some may claim “rogue elements” within the Republican Party are also racist. But that’s not how a body works.

The tail wags when the head tells it to. And if the racist tail of the Republican Party is wagging, it’s only because they’ve gotten a message from the head.

Like neo-Nazis at the Charlottesville protests being “fine people.” Or the “Send her back,” chanters at Trump’s recent rally being “incredible patriots.”

Or Trump’s misrepresentation of NFL players’ protests against police violence. He re-cast the protests as being anti-flag and anti-American. Not anti-violence.

Or his frequent attacks on majority-black communities as “rat-infested, “crime-infested,” or any number of other negatives. Noting “no human being” would want to live in Baltimore… suggesting those who do are something less than human.

The resurgence of open racism in America has taken its cues from the Racist-in-Chief. Trump has normalized racist sentiments. He consistently depicts non-whites as sub-human. And when anyone dares push back, he accuses them of racism.

Lincoln Is Spinning in His Grave

Lincoln may have been a reluctant convert to equality. But he saw it as the key to a successful Union. And to his credit, he took the ultimate political gamble. He fought Congress to make black Americans at least nominally equal to white Americans.

But the party of Lincoln has been hijacked. The GOP long ago abandoned the idea of equality. And that’s been abundantly illustrated by the party’s leadership over the last 50 years. Their fight to preserve segregation… their “separate but equal” charade… their opposition to the civil rights movement.

Nixon was a racist… Reagan was a racist… and so is Trump.

Time and again, Trump denies his racism while sounding racist dog whistles. He claims ignorance, while white supremacists praise his words and actions. He protests his innocence, while his administration pursues a clearly racist agenda.

Why has the only black Republican Congressman just announced his retirement? Why is there only one black Cabinet member? And why has the Trump Organization been dogged by charges of racial discrimination since the 1970s?

Let’s face it. The party of Lincoln has become the party of White Privilege… and those in power are reluctant to share. Especially with people of color.

As for Honest Abe, he’s busy spinning in his grave.

Is Donald Trump a Christian?

The Religious Right has rallied behind Donald Trump in huge numbers.

He’s a twice-divorced serial adulterer. His attacks on his opponents are often petty, vile, and lewd. As president, he’s lied over 12,000 times to the American people. He once ran a gambling empire. His company has been accused of systematic racial discrimination.

Hardly hallmarks of Christian purity.

Yet the Religious Right clings tenaciously to Trump. Almost as if their loyalty to Trump is more important than their loyalty to the Son of God.

Let’s take a quick look at just how “Christian” Donald Trump really is. In his own words…

Trump on Violence

“If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously, OK? Just knock the hell … I promise you I will pay for the legal fees. I promise, I promise.” – Donald Trump, February 1, 2016

“If she [Hillary Clinton] gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do folks. Although the Second Amendment people… maybe there is. I don’t know.” – Donald Trump, August 9, 2016

“The audience hit back and that’s what we need a little bit more of.” – Donald Trump, regarding a violent incident at a Las Vegas Trump rally, March 11, 2016

“Maybe he should have been roughed up because it was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.” Donald Trump to Fox & Friends hosts about an African American who interrupted a Trump Rally, November 2015

Trump on Women

“You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the pussy. You can do anything.” – Donald Trump, September 2005

“You know they’re standing there with no clothes. Is everybody OK? And you see these incredible looking women. And so I sort of get away with things like that.” – Donald Trump to Howard Stern regarding his ownership of the Miss Teen USA pageant, 2005 (Yes… TEEN.)

“Such a nasty woman.” Donald Trump referring to Hillary Clinton as she suggested raising taxes on the rich in 3rd debate, 2016

“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she’s a woman, and I’m not supposed to say bad things… but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?” – Donald Trump on fellow candidate Carly Fiorina, September 2015

“I heard poorly rated @Morning Joe speaks badly of me (don’t watch anymore). Then how come low I.Q. Crazy Mika, along with Psycho Joe, came to Mar-a-Lago 3 nights in a row around New Year’s Eve, and insisted on joining me. She was bleeding badly from a face-lift. I said no!” – Donald Trump, June 29, 2017

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes… Blood coming out of her wherever.” – Donald Trump to CNN’s Don Lemon regarding Megan Kelly’s debate questions, August 2015

Trump on Racism

“You had many people in that group other than neo-Nazis and white nationalists. The press has treated them absolutely unfairly… You also had some very fine people on both sides.” – Donald Trump on Charlottesville rally violence, August 2017

“It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me.” – Donald Trump in response to a reporter’s question on the “Send her back!” anti-Omar chant at a Trump rally, July 2019

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” – Donald Trump, December 2015

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.” – Donald Trump, June 2015

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” – Donald Trump on Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations, January 2018

Violent, misogynist, racist… Donald Trump framed in his own words. Are these the words of a Christian? Not that I’d recognize. And I studied for the ministry.

Yet the Religious Right Clings Desperately to Trump

Sadly, the Christian “revival” in America has become a one-issue movement.

If you’re pro-choice, you’re out. If you’re anti-abortion, you’re in. No matter how un-Christian your other actions or opinions may be.

So, Barak Obama, a faithful husband, devoted father, and observant Christian, didn’t measure up. His work as a civil rights lawyer? Didn’t matter. His time as a community organizer? Laughable. His service as a U.S. Senator? Meaningless… Because he’s pro-choice.

And Donald Trump? Sure, he’s an inveterate liar. That’s no big deal. Sordid affairs with porn stars and Playboy bunnies? Who cares? He seeks help from the Russians to win an election? No big deal. He’s anti-abortion… so he’s just fine.

Which brings us down to a rather sobering conclusion. The Religious Right is willing to trade virtually everything that identifies them as Christian to favor a position that’s not once mentioned in the Bible.

But here are a couple of opinions the Bible does venture. And the Religious Right would do well to start paying attention to them.

“By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.” – Jesus, Matthew 7:16 – 19 (NIV)

“So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” – Jesus, Matthew 7:12 (NIV)

Is Donald Trump a Christian? Not by the definition in Matthew 7. And the Religious Right folks who follow him? Well, I’d reevaluate my position, if I were them. Because backing a reprobate isn’t exactly the Christian ideal.

The Party of Lincoln

I don’t want to beat a dead horse, so I’ll keep this short. Once again, racism has raised it’s ugly head in the form of a Republican leader.

Ronald Reagan, speaking to President Richard Nixon, made some tryly offensive racist remarks. “Last night, I tell you,” Reagan commented, “to watch that thing on television as I did. To see those monkeys from those African countries – damn them, they’re still uncomfortable wearing shoes.”

That’s pretty bad… but so was Nixon’s response. He laughed.

That’s right. Two Republican presidents of the last half-century shared an incredibly racist moment.

The Republicans endlessly refer to themselves as “the party of Lincoln.” But literally half their presidents over the last 50 years were apparently unapologetic racists.

And Trump is no different.

A Consistent History of Racism

Reagan’s opposition to civil rights legislation is a matter of record. And how much more do you need from Nixon than that laugh? Well, how about this:

“We’re going to [put] more of these little Negro bastards on the welfare rolls at $2,400 a family—let people like Pat Moynihan … believe in all that crap. But I don’t believe in it. Work, work—throw ’em off the rolls…”

Now, to his credit (?), Nixon followed this up with a claim he had “the greatest affection for” African Americans. But he also noted, “…but I know they’re not going to make it for 500 years. They aren’t. You know it, too.”

Nixon also appeared to blame African nations for the U.N. vote to seat Beijing in place of Taiwan in 1971.

“As you can imagine, there’s strong feeling that we just shouldn’t, as he [Reagan] said,” Nixon complained to then-Secretary of State Rogers, “He saw these, as he said, he saw these… these, uh, these cannibals on television last night, and he says, ‘Christ, they weren’t even wearing shoes, and here the United States is going to submit its fate to that,’ and so forth and so on.”

“Negro bastards”… “cannibals”… No racism there, right?

Reagan made quite an impression on Nixon on that call. The president told Secretary Rogers, “Reagan called me last night, and I didn’t talk to him until this morning.”

“But he is,” Nixon continued, “of course, outraged. And I found out what outraged him… and he said, ‘These cannibals jumping up and down and all that.’ And apparently it was a pretty grotesque picture.”

Yup. There’s the “party of Lincoln,” actively pursuing racial equality. But here’s the salient point…

The Tail Follows the Head

You can claim there are simply “rogue elements” within the Republican Party who are also racist. But that’s not how a body works.

The tail wags when the head tells it to. And if the racist tail of the Republican Party is wagging, it’s only because they’ve gotten a message from the head.

Like neo-Nazis at the Charlottesville protests being “fine people.” Or the “Send her back,” chanters at Trump’s recent rally being “incredible patriots.”

Or the response to Trump’s misrepresentation of black NFL players’ protests against police violence. He re-cast the protests as being anti-flag and anti-American.

Or his frequent attacks on majority-black communities as “rat-infested, “crime-infested,” or any number of other negatives. Noting “no human being” would want to live in Baltimore… suggesting those who do are something less than human.

The resurgence of open racism in America has taken its cues from the Racist-in-Chief. Trump has normalized racist sentiments. He consistently depicts non-whites as sub-human. And when anyone dares push back, he accuses them of racism.

Lincoln Is Spinning in His Grave

Lincoln may have been a reluctant convert to equality. But he saw it as the key to a successful Union. And to his credit, he took the ultimate political gamble. He fought Congress to make black Americans at least nominally equal to white Americans.

But the party of Lincoln has been hijacked. The GOP long ago abandoned the idea of equality. And that’s been abundantly illustrated by the party’s leadership over the last 50 years. Just look at their opposition to the civil rights movement. And how they’re trying to roll its gains back even today.

Nixon was racist… Reagan was racist… and so is Trump.

Time and again, Trump denies his racism while sounding racist dog whistles. He claims ignorance, while white supremacists praise his words and actions. He protests his innocence, while his administration pursues a clearly racist agenda.

Why has the only black Republican Congressman just announced his retirement? Why is there only one black Cabinet member? And why has the Trump Organization been dogged by charges of racial discrimination since the 1970s?

Let’s face it. The party of Lincoln has become the party of White Privilege… and those in power are reluctant to share.

As for Honest Abe, he’s busy spinning in his grave.

Can We Back Up a Moment, Please?

I realize things are now happening almost faster than you can absorb. The release of the Mueller Report unleashed an avalanche of potential crimes and misdemeanors. And Trump’s misinformation machine has been running at full steam ever since.

But I’ve been frozen in time. Locked in disbelief over something Trump did prior to the Mueller Report release. Something I think reveals fundamentally who he is… and what he stands for.

And it ain’t pretty.

Donald Trump, Full-Blown Racist

When he announced his candidacy, Trump ran down Mexican migrants. He called them rapists, drug dealers. All the dregs of society.

Never mind that tens of thousands faced persecution – even death – at the hands of drug kingpins. Or that many simply wanted to earn enough to make a better life for their families back home.

Trump painted all Mexican immigrants – legal and undocumented – with the same broad brush. Except for those few he admitted might be good people.

Time and again, Trump has vilified immigrants. His Muslim ban. The “sh*thole countries” comment. The pointless military build-up on our southern border.

It’s become clear Trump’s view of America is a white paradise. Brown folks need not apply. And he’ll seemingly do almost anythingto preserve this vision.

What else could explain his removal of Kirstjen Nielsen – who separated infants from their parents at the border – for not being tough enough? Or giving hardliner Steven Miller free reign over immigration policy?

Simply put, Trump appears to be a full-blown racist.

And Miller – the architect of Trump’s harshest policies – is an unmitigated hypocrite. Since his great-grandparents were refugees from the Russian pogroms of the early 1900s.

One More Step on the Path of Violence

But there’s something else. Another insult Trump has perpetrated that perhaps “trumps” many of his other anti-immigrant stances. Because it strikes to the heart of our government.

Because, in April, Donald Trump orchestrated an attack on a duly elected member of the United States Congress.

Trump took a quote out of context, paired it with a video of the burning NYC twin towers, and laid it at the feet of Ilhan Omar… one of two Muslim women elected to Congress in 2018.

“We will never forget!” Trump tweeted. The message couldn’t have been clearer. The President of the United States had just unleashed the full force of his influence against a member of Congress. A member of the opposition party.

The President was inciting violence.

Reality Matters – Except to Trump

Omar’s comments – taken in context – are hardly as offensive as Trump’s post made them seem. But reality doesn’t matter to some people. Especially to Trump.

He knew misrepresenting Omar’s words would encourage anger – even rage. So he chose to misrepresent them. It was a conscious choice.

And a dangerous one. Rep. Omar noted she received threats of violence – even death – from Trump supporters. Nancy Pelosi had to assign extra security to Omar.

Because the President of the United States chose to act recklessly.

This Is Hardly the First Time

Trump sided with Putin over U.S. intelligence services… called African and Caribbean nations “sh*thole” countries… and has lied repeatedly over issues clearly recorded on video.

This is, after all, the President who condemned the killings in New Zealand’s mosques… but remained remarkably silent after the burning of three African-American churches barely a week before.

So when Trump attacks members of Congress, we shouldn’t be surprised. It’s exactly the tack he’s taken in the past. And the path he’s taken since.

We must be prepared to speak out for our Republic. To stand up for our shared American values. And to defend our fellow Americans from the attacks of a full-blown racist.

If They Don’t Like It Here…

We all heard Donald Trump’s latest (as I write this, anyway) racist dog whistle. “Why don’t they go back,” he tweeted about four members of Congress, “and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.”

Generations of racists have shouted pretty much the same thing to anyone in the U.S. that didn’t look like them. Or speak their language. Or go to their church. Etc.

Now that his base has gotten the message, Trump has been backing off just a bit on the language. Now he’s not saying, “Go back where you came from!” Instead, he’s tempered his message to “If you don’t like it here, leave.”

There are two reasons this message may be even more dangerous than the openly racist “Go back where you came from.” Here’s why…

Nobody Said They Didn’t Like It Here

Trump’s “tempered” message starts with a boatload of lies. Members of The Squad – as they’re now known – hate America. They’re anti-Semitic. They’ve called Americans “garbage” and praised al-Qaida.

Of course, none of these claims are true. Trump is making it all up. Just as he made up the claim that he tried to stop attendees at his rally from chanting, “Send her back!” He basked in the chant till it stopped on its own – a full 13 seconds. Then he said nothing to discourage the audience.

Congresswomen Pressley, Omar, Tlaib, and Ocasio-Cortez have shown they love our country. Their policy stands favor the majority of Americans over the handful of wealthy masters Trump serves. They press for a living wage… universal healthcare… a clean environment… women’s equality… LGBTQ rights… and affordable college. (To name a few.)

All these issues put them at odds with the Trump Administration. And they’re not shy about calling Trump and his cronies out.

Those disagreements are why Trump says they hate America. And he’s willing to fabricate all sorts of horror stories to “prove” it.

Open racism is indefensible. Criticizing those who hate America isn’t. So, Trump has moved on to safer ground. As he so often does.

Give the base a solid shout-out… then back off a bit to a safer path. A path that’s usually paved with lies.

The Master of Hypocrisy

Let’s take Trump at his word for a moment. What he really meant, he tells us, was they can leave if they don’t like it here. And they must not like it, because they’re always complaining.

Okay, fair enough. Let’s look at someone else complaining…

If there’s one thing Donald Trump knows how to do it’s complain. Followed closely by finding fault. So you’d think he’d leave any country or organization he didn’t like, right?

Let’s see how Trump has tweeted about his own political party over the years. Here’s a sampling…

  • Jul 2011 – “The GOP doesn’t waste an opportunity to waste an opportunity.”
  • Oct 2011 – “The GOP primary schedule is a disaster.”
  • Jan 2012 – “The GOP primary is getting very nasty. The candidates need to remember that @BarackObama is the main target.”
  • Jan 2013 – “The worst negotiators in history (otherwise known as Republicans) have just offered to suspend debt ceiling for four months. Pathetic!”
  • Jan 2013 – “@GOP is burying itself. 63% of Republican voters think @GOP Congress is ‘out of touch.’”
  • Feb 2013 – “The ruling @GOP consultant class of losers like @KarlRove have no respect for the Tea Party. They do this at their own peril!”
  • Feb 2013 – “What is wrong with the @GOP? Now they want to give all authority on the sequester cuts to Obama… Pathetic.”
  • Jul 2013 – “Why is the @GOP congress focusing on amnesty when so many Americans are unemployed?”
  • Apr 2015 – “Why are the Republicans giving Obama fast track authority for TPP and the Iran agreement?! Obama gets more from the GOP than his own party.”

And then Trump entered the 2016 race…

  • Jul 2015 – “@GovernorPerry failed on the border. He should be forced to take an IQ test before being allowed to enter the GOP debate.”
  • Nov 2015 – “Going to Ohio, home of one of the worst presidential candidates in history–Kasich.”
  • Nov 2015 – “With Ben Carson wanting to hit his mother on head with a hammer, stab a friend and Pyramids built for grain storage – don’t people get it?”
  • Dec 2015 – “A new poll indicates that 68% of my supporters would vote for me if I departed the GOP & ran as an independent.”
  • Feb 2016 – “Cruz is the worst liar, crazy or very dishonest. Perhaps all 3?”
  • Mar 2016 – Rubio is weak on illegal immigration, with the worst voting record in the U.S. Senate in many years.”
  • Feb 2016 – “Lightweight @JebBush said tonight he didn’t know his family used private eminent domain in Texas- Lie!”
  • Feb 2016 – “Mitt Romney, who was one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics…”
  • Feb 2016 – “Wow, Jeb Bush, whose campaign is a total disaster, had to bring in mommy to take a slap at me.”
  • Aug 2017 – “Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done.”

And this is just a sampling from Trump’s tweets. No speeches, interviews, or other sources. Just. His. Tweets. And look how he apparently despises the GOP.

Yet he ran as a Republican. Hired the people he trashed during the primaries. And praised others he had so recently run down. What happened to “love it or leave it?” What’s the difference?

The difference is clear. The members of Congress he attacked are women of color. Trump’s message couldn’t be clearer: America is for whites. All others can take the crumbs they’re tossed… or they’re welcome to leave.

And it just doesn’t get any more racist – or anti-American – than that.

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Tweets sourced from trumptwitterarchive.com.