August 16, 2022

Trump just tried to argue that accusing his fans of being racist is a hate crime

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President Trump’s paranoia and narcissism give him an extraordinary ability to portray himself and his followers as the victims as he attacks his perceived enemies and any target that will help shore up his political support among his base, so many of which have been accurately portrayed as “deplorables” by those who oppose the prejudice, fear, and hatred that the president regularly preaches.


Trump’s victimhood was on full display today as he tweeted —apropos of nothing in particular — his grievances about the case of Jussie Smollett, the actor on Fox‘s Empire TV show whose bizarre tale of a racially-based assault was quickly refuted by police as being a staged publicity stunt but had the felony charges against him of filing a false police report dropped suddenly and inexplicably shortly thereafter.

Obviously, the president is more concerned with the damage to his own image and that of his followers than with any violations of the rule of law — a concept for which he regularly demonstrates total contempt by his own actions.

Whatever the story behind the Jussie Smollett incident and the mysterious reasons for the Chicago police department’s unexplained decision to drop all charges against him, the details of the whole affair are due to be revealed soon after Cook County Judge Steven Watkins ruled on Thursday that the files in the case need not be sealed to protect Smollett’s privacy as they have been since the case began.

Perhaps President Trump was just getting that news a bit late due to his international travel itinerary visiting Tokyo for a summit with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and was then inspired to fire off his indignant reply on behalf of the incipient MAGA racists he values so dearly as “very fine people.”

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Most ironic, however, is Trump’s belief that he has any standing whatsoever to complain about someone trying to lie and mislead the public for their own benefit.

Whatever the truth behind Jussie Smollett’s strange case of self-promotion, as the most deceptive president in history, Trump’s moral basis for demanding an apology for misleading statements — as the media often likes to whitewash the president’s own deliberate lies — is non-existent.

Smollett’s accusations only gained currency to begin with because they were entirely believable in the atmosphere of racial animosity that Trump himself has done everything possible to promote.

It seems that the president likes to dish false accusations out, but has a difficult time being on the receiving end of them. Unfortunately for Trump, most of what he is accused of is far from false and misleading, leaving him in the perilous political situation he currently finds himself in, on the verge of impeachment proceedings.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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