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American Carnage

Aug. 15, 2017 1:24 am
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After our so-called president’s cowardly failure to call out the white supremacists and Nazis behind Saturday’s violence in Charlottesville, Va., he finally made an insincere-sounding statement today. It was a mechanically delivered statement that was obviously written for him. This was not his voice and the words didn’t seem to come from his heart.

After two full days of equivocating, he finally gave in and called racism evil, adding,“and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the K.K.K., neo-Nazis, white supremacists and other hate groups that are repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.”

Trump’s campaign and his early months in office have energized the “alt-right,” white nationalists who at long last have one of their own in the West Wing. Stephen K. Bannon, a strategist and Trump advisor has been proud and bragged about turning Breitbart News into an alt-right platform.

White nationalist leader Richard Spencer has said that Trump himself “is a white nationalist… he is alt-right whether he likes it or not.”

Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke exulted over Trump’s victory, saying election night was “one of the most exciting nights of my life.” He tweeted that his supporters played a major role in getting Trump elected.

No wonder Trump finds it hard to criticize his Nazi friends.

Trump stands out as possibly the only president whose father has ever been arrested at a Klan rally. The Trump family has a long history of discrimination in its real estate business, and has been sued for it. Donald Trump has spouted racism for years. Who can forget his behavior in the Central Park Five case, when he took out full-page ads in New York newspapers calling for the execution of the juveniles held in the case — four blacks and one Hispanic — all of whom were subsequently cleared? Trump inflamed the situation and played on ugly racial stereotypes.

And then, of course there’s Trump’s years-long racist “birther” campaign to delegitimize Barack Obama, our first African American president. And then there’s his attacks on Mexican immigrants and Muslims in the 2016 campaign, and his many other dog whistles.

Today Trump was hinting that he might pardon the racist Arizona sheriff, Joe Arpaio, and on and on.

But Trump’s words are music to the ears of racists and Nazis, and Trump is reluctant to say anything bad about his bros.

So we learned this weekend about Trump’s rhetorical no-fly zones. Unless forced to do so, Trump will not criticize Russia and Vladimir Putin, and he will not criticize his racist base in the Klan and other white supremacist organizations. And if he does criticize, it will sound like he is merely mouthing words without any sincerity. His hate-filled supporters will respond with a knowing nod and a wink.

 
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