The fact that today’s extremist Republican Party in Name Only supports Trump’s loyalty to white supremacy is proof positive that they are the party of racism and bigotry. However, individual actions and words by their party’s leaders, Kevin McCarthy, and Moscow Mitch McConnell offer proof that they are all supportive of “white power” in America.
Trump recently held a small rally at a retirement home in Florida. Within the first eight seconds of the event, one of the old farts, someone my age, shouted “white power.” Later, Trump re-tweeted the footage. Hours later, a White House official took down the tweet, lying as he or she claimed that the “president did not hear it.” Impossible.
A pattern has emerged from the Trump administration, his ‘circle of sinners.’ Racist remarks and actions have increased during 2020, with the same after the fact response. They claim “ignorance.”
Leah Wright Rigueur, professor of public policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and author of “The Loneliness of the Black Republican,” calls that pattern “convenient.”
“If it was actual ignorance, we wouldn’t see this happening repeatedly and we also wouldn’t see the same kind of targeted type of re-tweets, tweeting commentary, etc. So, it just seems like a very convenient shield as defense to use, when once again they find themselves in the position that they’re often in,” Rigueur told ABC News.
It goes without saying that Trump’s administration, and the Trump Klan are supportive of white nationalism. The truth is that the Trump Klan has a long history of harboring racism, and most of Trump’s top advisers share his views. Stephen Miller, Betsy DeVos, Mike Pence, Steve Mnuchin, Wilbur Ross, and others share a past tarnished with actions and words harshly demeaning minorities.
Mercedes Schlapp is a former White House aide and a current Trump campaign adviser. Recently she released a disturbing video on twitter in which a man wielding a chainsaw, shouting the “N” word, was chasing peaceful protesters denouncing the murder of George Floyd.
“I deeply apologize and I re tweeted without watching the full video,” Schlapp said in a statement to ABC News.
Trump campaign senior adviser Katrina Pierson posted a meme on her Instagram account calling Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar a “terrorist.” Ms. Omar is herself a refugee from Somalia.
In the image, Omar is featured saying she hates Trump, with the president replying, “most terrorists do.”
The list of similar actions by Trump’s staff is long and revolting.
On “Morning Joe,” Joe Scarborough proposed an idea. He believes that Trump does not want to win the election, and that because he hates losing more than he loves winning, may resign from his campaign.
Personally, I do not believe his ego or his arrogance will allow this to happen. He ignores the polls and with a severe level of mental incompetence continues to believe that the American people “love him.”
Regardless, Trump’s display of a failure to lead is destroying his plans for a second term. Once again, he is self-destructing, what people with a low level of intelligence always do.
Op-ed by James Turnage
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