” If you’re not joyou, you can leave .”
Those are the words of an American director, spoken from the phases of the White House this morning. Even for someone like Donald Trump, a male with a long history of bigotry and racism, the stage was breathtaking. This is who he is, and who his supporters are.
” If you’re not fortunate in the U.S ., if you’re complaining all the time–very simply ,” he said.” You can leave .”
No one expected the president to walk back the racist tirade he released on social media over the weekend. After three years of Trump , no one was assumed that congressional Republicans “wouldve been” securely and unambiguously denounce his latest string of bigoted, racist announcements. Or missionary Christians. Or reactionaries. Or White House staffers.
That’s not who they are. They are standing with this president because they either is in agreement with him or are content that their own political power is fueled by white supremacy. The few who spoke at all parsed commands until they were drained of all making. And then, there are still the legislators like Sen. Lindsay Graham and cable word pundits like Fox News’s Brit Hume and Katie Pavlich, who audaciously cast aspersions on those who dared to speak up in defense of the common good, those who honestly celebrate the inherent importance of embracing diversification. They are willing to forego the promise of this person in order to hitch their wagons to a hate-mongering, chest-thumping demagogue.
While the president’s notes, fastened with bravado and mendacity, were placed at four freshmen members of Congress–all of whom are women of color–on Monday Trump was speaking to a person. He stood before a bank of cameras and told us frankly and without pause that he meant every deplorable thing he’d tweeted and that if you don’t like it, get out.
” Does it concern you that many beings saw your tweet as racist ?” a reporter expected.
Trump, who appears incapable of shame, did not spare a breath before he responded,” It doesn &# x27; t concern me because many people agree with me .”
I candidly imagined his presidency was over the day he protected white supremacists from the vestibule of Trump Tower. After a progressive partisan was killed in Charlottesville, intentionally hit by a vehicle driven a grey patriot, Trump wanted the world to believe the torch-baring band of alt-right objectors spewing” Jews will not supplant us !” were” some very well prepared people .” I was wrong.
Just after he spoke Monday in Washington, one of those” punishment parties ,” James Alex Fields Jr ., was sentenced to life and 419 years for assassinating Heather Heyer and injuring others in Charlottesville. But that’s not the sort of person Trump is telling to leave America.
Instead, he aimed his ire at lawmakers who disagreed with his policies, and by postponement anyone who agrees with those lawmakers, and advocated us to leave the country. Last-place week, he delivered a similar sense to immigrants detained in government-sponsored concentration camps. They should stay in their own country, he said, if they don’t like the inhumane conditions.
Trump has singlehandedly turned Ronald Reagan’s” light municipality on a mountain” into a sewer of malfeasance and brutality. Rooted in the now defunct Tea Party’s” make home countries back” mantra, the theme was then and it is now: America–the district of the free and the residence of the brave–is for white people.
It was always coming to this. There was always going to be a day when this commander-in-chief challenged a brand of personal loyalty most commonly required by autocrats and oppressors. A soldier who circumvents himself with glad-handing flatterers, Trump has never once publicly acknowledged a disappointment of judgment and is unable to brook dissent. He is both uninterested in and incapable of hearing more than one place of an reason or grasping the complexities of public discourse. He cannot grasp the notion that what makes a nation extraordinary is its ability to devote its exertions to the progress of its people.
All of them.
Presumably buoyed by the fact that he would never be removed from office by the GOP-controlled Senate, even if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved forward with an impeachment inquest, Trump appears to believe there are no real checks on his powers. He has been demonstrated himself more than willing to flout the judicial system and thumb his nose at congressional subpoenas. And who could blame him?
After all, his actions have been celebrated by his political base– which has been demonstrated no declining trend since his inauguration. For them, Trump is simply divulge it” like it is” by boldly, unapologetically adopting the politics of white resentment. Reminiscent of men like onetime Georgia Governor Lester Maddox–who wielded an ax treat to keep African Americans out of his whites-only restaurant–Trump’s revival of Jim Crow-style politicking is openly cuddled in certain quarters of “the two countries “. While some political prognosticators continue to blame” fiscal nervousnes ,” that has always been a fallacy.” Reagan Democrat” was always system for ethnic intolerance.
And as long as those red hats and t-shirts continue crowding stadia all over the country, this president will continue plug the kind of contentious, horrid talking details he has become known for. He will forego the opportunity to unify and induce, preferring instead to provoke and disparage.
This is who he is, and he has shown himself incapable of anything else.