Even though it’s been well over a year since Donald Trump announced his candidacy for president, I still struggle coming to grips with the shameful reality that what we’re all witnessing is actually happening. It’s still hard to believe that there are tens of millions of people in this country who can’t see how totally full of crap he is.
Whether it’s lying about why he won’t release his taxes when even the IRS has debunked his excuse, or the “thousands and thousands” of Muslims he said he personally witnessed celebrating in the streets of New Jersey even though there’s not a single shred of evidence to back up his claim (because it never happened), he knows that his supporters will believe anything and everything he says.
However, at the end of the day, what these people are supporting — whether some of them want to admit it or not — is a vile, racist bigot who’s blatantly pandering to white nationalism.
When I watch the media discuss Trump, it’s maddening how many won’t simply admit that this is happening. Sure, some will skate around the issue, hinting that there’s a “subtext” in his message that’s clearly appealing to white nationalists — but most aren’t actually honest about what’s happening.
Look no further than the fact that – well over a year into his campaign – he continued to refuse to personally say that he believes President Obama is an American. Then when he did, he made it a small side note to a nearly half-hour long speech, treating the blatant racism that fueled such an asinine conspiracy as an afterthought. This is someone who spent the last eight years as a leading voice of the racists in this country who’ve done their best to push this idea that our nation’s first African American president isn’t legitimate because “he’s from Kenya” — and he acted like a child who was being forced to eat their vegetables.
Sure, for weeks, his surrogates and campaign manager had been saying he now believes President Obama was born in this country– but he continued to avoid saying it.
Now, why is that?
You don’t have to answer that question, it’s rhetorical. We all know the reason why it took him this long to personally say it: Because he’s a racist who knows many of his deplorable supporters are racists who don’t believe President Obama is an American citizen.
This is someone who made his name in modern-day Republican politics by being one of the most well-known birthers in the country. Someone who said “he heard” (one of his famous lines) that the president faked his birth certificate; pushed the idea that he lived under a fake identity; and accused Obama of having his college transcripts destroyed (when all transcripts are legally sealed by every university). All beliefs that were created and fueled by racism.
Even his campaign has built a large part of its foundation by pushing the very theme of white nationalism: This country is no longer great like it used to be, “we’re” losing it, there are those within the country who don’t belong and we need to take it back. Then when you combine that message with the fact Trump has shared anti-African American propaganda created by white nationalists, while vilifying Mexican immigrants and Muslims — he’s essentially running his campaign with a slightly water downed version of the “white supremacist handbook.”
Just look at the idiotic comment he made during an interview last Wednesday when he was asked about whether or not he believes the president was born in the United States:
I’ll answer that question at the right time. I just don’t want to answer it yet.
That statement in and of itself showcases just how worried Trump was to go on the record as denouncing birtherism. And like I said earlier, the only reason he even addressed it now is because he knew he would get called out on it during the first debate where he would either have to admit he believes the president is an American in front of a massive audience, or continue to avoid answering a very simple question his campaign and surrogates had been answering for weeks.
Then when he said his comments, it was on a Friday (a day notorious for dumping information to smaller audiences as Americans gear up for their weekend) and he tried pushing the soundly debunked lie that Hillary Clinton was the one who started the birther conspiracies. Even when he’s forced to publicly admit he was wrong — he’s still trying to blame it on Hillary Clinton.
So much for that whole “personal responsibility” shtick.
The fact that it took him this long to give a half-assed answer to this very simple question is absolute proof that he’s a racist who is well aware of the fact that he’s pandering to white nationalism, It’s obvious he tried to do his best to avoid going on record personally legitimizing the presidency of Barack Obama. There’s absolutely no rational, logical or even sane excuse one could use to defend Trump’s behavior.
Donald Trump, his campaign, his surrogates and his supporters can spin this however they want, but the bottom line is that he spent several years pushing the racist birther conspiracies, then waited this long to finally denounce them. It’s undeniable proof that he knows a large part of his campaign has been geared toward pandering to some of the most deplorable and shameful parts of our society.
Otherwise, he would have just answered the damn question about the birther conspiracies over a year ago when he was first asked, instead of spending most of his campaign pandering to the very people who still don’t believe President Obama is an American.
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