Tomorrow’s midterms, if they go well for Democrats, could stop Trump’s disastrous administration dead in its tracks. Seizing the House of Representatives will finally give Democrats the power to put up meaningful opposition to the Republican legislative agenda and turn the regressive tide that has been sweeping this country since a conman television star took office.
The GOP has grown more and more desperate as the election nears, demonstrated by their increased reliance on overt racism to drum up votes from their base.
Trump has been ranting incessantly about the migrant caravan, with the manufactured hysteria being amplified and spread by Fox News and his other right-wing media surrogates.
The weaponized bigotry came to a head with the release of a vile ad from “Donald J. Trump for President” in which footage of the caravan was intercut with footage of an undocumented Mexican immigrant who murdered two California sheriff’s deputies. The ad blames both unrelated incidents on Democrats.
Numerous news stations have since pulled the ad over its racism, the correct decision given the obvious fact that the advertisement is a transparent, blunt attempt to stoke fears about people of color within the white community. There is nothing subtle about it.
Now, Trump has been challenged directly over the ad and when asked directly about it by reporters he feigned ignorance.
“I don’t know about it. I mean you’re telling me something I don’t know about. We have a lot of ads. And they certainly are effective based on the numbers that we’re seeing,” he said. The statement is hardly convincing given the fact that Trump shared the video on his Twitter account.
A reporter pressed him on the issue, pointing out that a lot of people have found the advertisement offensive.
“Well, a lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive a lot of times, so you know,” Trump said inanely.
This is trademark Trump behavior. He refuses to denounce the racism or take any kind of responsibility it, sending a coded signal to bigots that he’s one of them. His instinctual move to turn the accusation back on reporters is deeply dishonest and incredibly childish. This man is a coward to his bones, and patriotic Americans have an opportunity to finally make him pay at the polls tomorrow.
Trump on racist ad: "I don't know about it […] a lot of things are offensive. Your questions are offensive" pic.twitter.com/YfqjVIm6is
— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 5, 2018