In Charlottesville, Heather Heyer, was murdered. She died only yards away from heavily militarized armed far right militiaman. She died because Donald Trump has unleashed hatred made in his own image into the American mainstream.
Trump’s week long rhetorical ricocheting — from declining to even name the KKK and Nazis in the murder of a non-violent protester in Charlottesville, to his grudging (forced) acknowledgment that neo-Nazis and white supremacists “are criminals and thugs” to his classic doubling down on his original remarks — highlights the most basic truths about Donald Trump: He will always find a way to pull any conversation back to himself. And he’s inclined to always find the lowest road and then gleefully takes it.
Trump’s “low roads” include his unhinged ego as well as a nasty tendency to molest women then brag about it. But most recently he’s been highlighting his race hatreds.
Trump’s race hatreds go way back to a time when he and his father conspired to keep black people out of housing they controlled and were sued by the government. Trump has spent a lifetime as a confirmed bigot. His hobby has been blowing so-called dog whistles to energize hate groups that mirror his own disturbed personality.
In the 1980s, Trump bought full-page ads in four major newspapers calling for the death penalty to be reinstated in NY against five innocent black and Latino youths in the Central Park jogger rape case. Known as the Central Park Five, they were later completely exonerated.
The police were condemned for framing them. Trump never apologized. He never backed down. He just kept on playing his race game and worked to heighten racial division and tension.
When President Obama was in office, Trump was a holdout for the conspiracy theory that Obama was not a natural-born US citizen. Again- Trump stoked fires of hate for no reason other than his own smoldering pathology.
The Trump run for the White House was built, on ugly comments about minority groups and women.
White evangelical misogynists and racists heard the call. Nazis heard the call. Southern bigots heard the call. White supremacists heard the call.
This call was no longer coded. It was overt: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you … they’re bring drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people,” he said when he first announced his run.
The context of Trump’s lifelong racism isn’t encouraging.
As Bill Curry writes in Salon:
Trump got to be president in part because there were so many things Democrats and the media didn’t think or couldn’t bring themselves to say. Trump’s whole life is a fraud that Robert Mueller may soon expose as a criminal enterprise. His business career was a disaster till a book someone else wrote and a TV show someone else produced made him a celebrity. He then fell into the only line of work he ever prospered in: licensing that celebrity. He does it pretty well, but Zsa Zsa Gabor did it first and Kim Kardashian did it better and neither of them should be president.
In 2016 Trump’s real vulnerabilities were his mental health and personal finances. We can now add his proto-fascism … There are effective and responsible ways to talk about all such things, but first our media and political elites must find the courage to name them. They know as well as you or I who he is.
Trump’s Nazi, KKK and “alt-right” fans also know “as well as you or I who he is.”
As the Huffington Post noted Richard Spencer, the 39-year-old white nationalist leader, said that he didn’t take President Trump’s statement denouncing hate groups seriously, and two of Spencer’s associates shared a somewhat similar sentiment with HuffPost. “The statement today was more Kumbaya nonsense,” Spencer said, speaking to reporters in his office and part-time home in Alexandria, Virginia. “He sounded like a Sunday school teacher. I just don’t take him seriously … it sounded so hollow and vapid.”
Another associate, Nathan Damigo, a white supremacist and Marine veteran who was filmed punching a 95-pound female protester in Berkeley, California, earlier this year, also told HuffPost he was not too worried about Trump’s statement.
When HuffPost asked another Spencer associate about Trump’s statement, he said, “Yeah, of course he’s going to do that.” The man added, “It’s the same platitudes over and over. You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times.” The truth is Trump is true to himself. He always–but always–returns to the darkest corner of his seething dysfunctional brain.
Trump’s problem is not that he lacks the courage to denounce racists. Trump’s problem—and America’s eternal shame—is that he’s one of them and has been a dedicated bigot for his entire adult life.
There is, amid all the random tweets and undisciplined press comments, a remarkable consistency to Donald Trump. He is a racist, and above all an Obama-hater.
Having a black man in the White House literally drove Trump the-life-long-racist over the edge.
The only consistent compulsion directing of Trump’s troubled presidency seems to be his visceral hatred of Barack Obama. Trump has no other clear ideology and no other clear purpose to his presidency… other than his obsession with overturning everything Obama stood for from Obama defending clean air and water regulations, to climate Obama’s change activism, to his fighting for medical care for the poor.
Trump’s presidential campaign began with a racist lies about Obama’s birth certificate and his presidency continues to this day to smolder with resentment about the enduring life of Obamacare. In fact Trump is a microcosm of the white backlash against a smart, kind, upright black man who somehow got elected thus proving to bigots everywhere that whites no longer can take for granted their unearned leadership.
In his third set of statements about the murder of a young woman Trump once again reverted to defending the Nazi and KKK by spreading the blame. “I’ve condemned neo-Nazis,” Trump said. “I’ve condemned many different groups, but not all of those people were neo-Nazis, believe me. Not all of those people were white supremacists, by any stretch … Those people were also there because they wanted to protest the taking down of a statue of Robert E. Lee.”
But there were no chants about Gen. Lee on that hot torch-lit Friday night, as the gun-toting fascists thugs carried their torches through the University of Virginia campus. The chants were about Jews, gays, blacks and others who the marchers hate. That torchlight rally was populated by men who the Nazi salute, chanted “blood and soil!” — the Nazi slogan — and “Jews will not replace us!”
In Trump we face the fate of those who gloss over their sins.
America has never had the moral equivalent of the Denazification program launched in Germany after the war (the Allied initiative to rid German and Austrian society, culture, press, economy, judiciary, and politics of any remnants of Nazism.
- That there are ANY monuments to the traitors of the South who attacked us from within
- That a slave-holding rapist like Thomas Jefferson — who raped and impregnated a 14-year-old slave and didn’t even free his own children he had by her–has his very own monument in Washington DC
- The 8-year slow motion lynching President Obama endured at the hands of the Republican white oligarchs who obstructed him at every turn.
Trump is an aberration only because of his pathological self-evident mental unfitness to lead. In every other way Trump is the logical fulfillment of the racist American past that has never been honestly addressed.