President Trump has barely even begun starting to put out the fires from yesterday’s “shithole” remark scandal before being blindsided by yet another, reinforcing what is an unmistakable pattern of racist remarks that makes it clear that the President of the United States is fundamentally prejudiced at the most basic level of his being.
NBC News just shared this disturbing anecdote, which shows the President behaving in an astonishingly infantile and condescending manner to a female member of the State Department.
A career intelligence analyst who is an expert in hostage policy stood before President Donald Trump in the Oval Office last fall to brief him on the impending release of a family long held in Pakistan under uncertain circumstances.
It was her first time meeting the president, and when she was done briefing, he had a question for her.
“Where are you from?” the president asked, according to two officials with direct knowledge of the exchange.
New York, she replied.
Trump was unsatisfied and asked again, the officials said. Referring to the president’s hometown, she offered that she, too, was from Manhattan. But that’s not what the president was after.
He wanted to know where “your people” are from, according to the officials, who spoke off the record due to the nature of the internal discussions.
After the analyst revealed that her parents are Korean, Trump turned to an adviser in the room and seemed to suggest her ethnicity should determine her career path, asking why the “pretty Korean lady” isn’t negotiating with North Korea on his administration’s behalf, the officials said.
Once again, the president has been exposed only viewing women as objects, relying entirely on visual cues to assess a person’s worth and utility to him and discarding all considerations of competence or experience.
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His approach to governance is one of a stunningly stupid man, capable of only seeing the world organized in a very crude hierarchy of superficialities, viewed through a cloudy haze of overbearing narcissism and petty prejudices.
A racist through and through, his continued occupation of the Oval Office is a direct affront to the values of pluralism and diversity that our nation ostensibly aspires to. But the political salience of Trump’s brand of casual racism is a loud warning that we need to do some serious soul-searching and decide just what kind of nation we really want to be.