I haven’t given Donald Trump credit for much, and for good reason. However, one thing I will admit is that he is who he is. Despite the fact that he’s a pathologically-lying con artist who’s almost never honest or upfront about anything, Trump really doesn’t hide the type of person he really is.
Are there millions of people who fall for his never-ending stream of b.s. and lies? Sure. But their naivety doesn’t negate the fact that it doesn’t take a whole lot of common sense to realize Trump’s an unethical crook who’s completely full of crap.
That’s why I’ve been rather disgusted watching Republicans, and even some of his supporters, act as if his pathetic response to the white supremacy-driven violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia was offensive and not indicative of the values of their party.
Excuse my language, but that’s total bullshit.
Words cannot express how sick and tired I am of Republicans claiming that their party isn’t driven by racism. The modern day GOP was built upon a foundation of racism ignited in the 50’s and 60’s in large part by the racist political maneuver commonly known as the “southern strategy.” Since then, Republicans all over the country have been pandering to white resentment and racism, constantly pushing the idea that people “not like them” were “ruining their country.”
As I’ve mentioned numerous times before, it’s not a coincidence that nearly every state that comprised the Confederacy is, today, “strongly Republican.” The ideologies of the parties switched during the civil rights era, but the ignorance of conservatives in the areas that opposed ending slavery, women’s suffrage, desegregation, the Civil Rights Act, and the Voting Rights Act remained the same.
When it was discovered a couple of years ago that Rep. Steve Scalise had attended a white nationalist event, not only did he keep his spot as House Majority Whip, but the party backed him. When Trump spent years pushing the blatantly racist birther conspiracy against our country’s first African American president, most Republicans said nothing. When Trump appointed then-Sen. Jeff Sessions, a man Republicans denied a spot as a federal judge in the 80’s over accusations that he was a racist, he was easily confirmed by the very same GOP as our current attorney general.
What we’ve seen over the last few decades, and especially over the last several years, is Republicans only offer lip service when condemning racism.
That’s how a blatant racist and bigot like Trump managed to not only win their party’s nomination, but the “presidency,” too.
This is someone who launched his campaign by pandering to bigotry by calling most Mexican immigrants “rapists and criminals.” He then proceeded build one of the most hate-driven campaigns in modern political history. One where he vilified Muslims, immigrants, and Mexicans at nearly every campaign rally. One where he retweeted anti-African American propaganda that was created by a white supremacist. One where he used, to use Speaker of the House Paul Ryan’s own words, “textbook racism” in trying to slander an American federal judge who was from Mexican heritage. When Trump brought on alt-right hero Steve Bannon, someone whose ex-wife accused him, under oath, of anti-semitism, Republicans defended the move.
I feel it’s also important to remind everyone that Trump’s someone whose company once settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice over accusations that they were racially discriminating. He was also found guilty of setting up a fake anti-gambling organization that used blatant racism against Native Americans trying to scuttle their attempt to build a competing casino.
When Trump “won” last November, these same horrific groups that descended upon Charlottesville on Saturday cheered his “victory.” In their minds, Trump was a candidate who was finally speaking to them — white nationalists, the KKK, and Nazis.
Former grand wizard of the KKK David Duke called Trump’s “win” a “great victory for our people.”
By the way, Duke, an unapologetic white supremacist, won an election to be a state representative for Louisiana as a Republican in 1988.
It’s kind of a joke to claim your party isn’t supported by racists when a former grand wizard of the KKK and infamous white supremacist wins an election as a member of your party — the same guy who now proudly supports and defends Trump.
While it’s true that no politician can help who supports them, it’s not a coincidence that Trump, a person many feel is a racist and a bigot and ran a campaign fueled by racism and bigotry, just happened to energize and inspire these reprehensible hate groups to levels we haven’t seen in decades.
Then during his first real domestic test as “president,” where all he had to do was simply say, “I completely condemn white nationalists, the KKK, David Duke, and Nazis,” instead, twice he alluded to “many sides” needing to share the “blame” for what took place in Charlottesville on Saturday.
Each instance when Trump’s been faced with having to condemn or denounce white supremacy, he’s failed that “test” every single time.
Though as we saw on Monday and Tuesday, there’s a massive difference in what Trump says when he’s reading words written by someone else and what he really thinks.
So I don’t want to hear these fake attempts at outrage by any Republican. Donald Trump has been, and always will be, a bigot and racist — and they knew that from the beginning. As I just pointed out, besides a few comments made by a handful of Republicans, the party hasn’t done a damn thing to condemn Trump, himself.
All Republicans do is offer lip service when it comes to “condemning racism.” Nothing else.
Until Republicans start actively taking steps to truly condemn racism, while rejecting the racists within the GOP and those who support their party, I don’t want to see a single one of them make some empty mostly-for-PR public statement claiming they oppose these types of horrific groups — because their actions prove that they don’t.
And that starts with the swift and stern rejection of Donald Trump.
Though as I sit here writing this, I have absolutely no doubt that a few Republicans will talk big, yet when it comes to taking action against Trump, they’ll be just as hypocritical and gutless as they’ve been for the past two years.
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