As a former republican until 2016, I have become painfully aware that there is a racist living in the white House but President Donald Trump could never have been elected without the help and support of the current republican party which created the environment to guarantee his success.
In 2013, I had started to become painfully aware of a strain of racism that had permeated the republican party to where I finally left it in 2016. It started with the Trayvon Martin case. Too many in my former party (2012-2013) were propping up as a hero the likes of a bum, George Zimmerman. Then there was the demonizing of Trayvon Martin as a pot smoking thug when he was just a kid walking home from a store. When George Zimmerman was declared “not guilty” by a Florida jury, a Pew poll indicated that the vast majority White older republicans favored this vote. This was my wake-up call.
Along came the democrat President Barack Obama (2008-2016). I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to push back on fellow republicans when they would spout their talking points, like President Obama was a Muslim, born in Kenya and not really an American. With rare occasions, did “we the people” hear FOX TV folks, and/ or republican leaders/ lawmakers out-rightly and firmly denouncing this talk?
I recall one example when Senator John McCain was running for the presidency in 2002 when he graciously corrected a woman in his audience who referred to President Obama as a Muslim who hates the USA.
And it was the republican President Donald Trump who was the number one marketer-in-chief of the “birtherism” myth against President Barack Obama questioning his American citizenship. He helped peddle the myth that alleged President Obama had been really born in Kenya and not in Hawaii? How many republicans did “we the people” hear denouncing this talk? Their silence was deafening.
There have been numerous other signals. Even today, Republicans have been frequently attempting to define the Black Lives Matter movement as a hate/ terrorist group which is definitely “fake news.” They are echoing right wing pundits like FOX TV hosts who have been describing the “Black Lives Matter” movement as a hate group since its inception, instead of a minority group trying to garner attention to wrongs being done in their communities by law enforcement and the judicial system.
Even after all the recent events like the NFL players not being allowed to respectfully protest the plight of men of color being too frequently mistreated by police by kneeling during the playing of the our national anthem, and the star Roseanne Barr who felt it was okay to tweet ugly racist comments, too many in the republican party would like to portray that the impact of racism on the America culture as being exaggerated all out of proportion with what’s real.
This republican talking point does not bear up to scrutiny. Racism is such a virulent, insidious disease that has been spreading its ugly tentacles throughout the republican party to where racist hate groups, now feel emboldened. It is not by accident that leaders of these hate groups have been openly praising President Trump. This ugliness has been allowed to flourish because republicans don’t want deal with the reality of racism in their party that they have allowed to flourish, unchecked, and that they now have a standard bearer who is a racist.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On May 30, 2018, Max Boot for the Washington Post penned the following report, “President Trump is normalizing racism”
“Fast forward to this week. Roseanne Barr’s show has been canceled by ABC after she compared former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett, an African American, to an ape and falsely accused George Soros, a Jewish Holocaust survivor, of being a Nazi collaborator. And now, if you listen to Trumpland, the fired TV star has nothing, absolutely nothing, to do with the former reality TV star in the White House.”
I beg to differ.
“My immediate reaction, upon seeing the news of Barr’s vile comments, was to post on Twitter: “Trump is normalizing racism.” Brett Baier and Dana Perino of Fox News were incredulous. “I don’t think that President Trump had anything to do with this tweet,” Perino said. Baier denied that Trump is “responsible for that tweet.” Brit Hume jumped in on Twitter to proclaim that my comment “is an example of the way too many Trump critics think everything is somehow about him.”
Of course I wasn’t suggesting that the president dictated Barr’s comments or that she wasn’t a racist before Trump was elected. Barr has a long history of pushing crazy conspiracy theories — lately, pro-Trump conspiracy theories — and of making racist comments. In 2013, she tweetedthat Susan E. Rice, another African American and former Obama aide, was “a man with big swinging ape balls. ” Such comments did not, of course, prevent Trump from embracing Barr — indeed, he thanked her for her support in 2016. He still hasn’t condemned anything she has said — instead , he condemned ABC for not apologizing for criticism of him! And his son Donald Trump Jr. hasn’t apologized for retweeting Barr’s vicious attack on Soros.
What I was suggesting is that racists such as Barr might feel emboldened to publicly vent their hatred because they see the president doing something similar. This should not be such a radical idea for conservatives. They used to believe that a president’s conduct mattered, because it set a moral tone for the entire nation.”
“Here is Bill Bennett writing in 1998: “Civilized society must give public affirmation to principles and standards, categorical norms, notions of right and wrong. Even though public figures often fall short of these standards — and we know and expect some will — it is nevertheless crucial that we pay tribute to them.” Bill Clinton’s flagrant misconduct with Monica Lewinsky, Bennett opined, “is moral bankruptcy, and it is damaging our country, its standards, and our self-respect.”
“How much greater must the damage be from a president who pays off a porn star, endorses an accused child molester for the Senate, mocks a disabled reporter, lies an average of 6.5 times a day — and, yes, engages in flagrant racism. It is striking how little conservatives who scolded Clinton have to say about any of this — and especially about Trump’s regular attacks on minorities.”
“Remarkably enough, nearly 80 percent of Republicans claim that Trump isn’t biased against black people. (More than 80 percent of Democrats and 52 percent of all Americans say he is.) How can they deny what’s in front of their eyes? He has a decades-long history of racist comments and acts, and he rose to political prominence by claiming that the first African American president wasn’t born in America. As president, Trump has said there were “very fine people” on both sides at the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, defended Confederate monuments, pardoned racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio, described African nations as “shithole” countries, and vilified African American NFL players who were peacefully protesting police brutality by saying they “shouldn’t be in the country.”
“Trump calls certain immigrants “animals” — this has become part of his rally shtick — and complains that people in sanctuary cities are “breeding” like, well, animals. He claims it’s only MS-13 gangsters that he is referring to as “animals,” as if that somehow makes it okay to employ the kind of dehumanizing language used by ethnic cleansers from Rwanda to Nazi Germany. But he is seeking to make these outlaws, who make up less than 1 percent of all gang members in America, the symbols of undocumented immigrants.”
“Do (conservatives) simply not care that a president is setting a racist tone for the nation?”
Link to entire op-ed piece: President Trump is normalizing racism – The Washington Post