The political oxygen in this country has once again been sucked into the raging inferno of Donald Trump’s racism, ignited recently when he suggested that four female Congresswoman — all people of color — should go back to their own countries.
With the exception of Somali-American immigrant Representative Ilhan Omar, all of the women in question are natural-born citizens of the United States. It was one of the president’s most blatantly bigoted attacks to date, and the GOP’s almost unanimous failure to condemn his words shows just how far the Republican Party has descended into xenophobia and hatred. There appears no low to which he can sink that they won’t defend.
Despite widespread and appropriate blowback in the media and from the Democrats, Trump has refused to apologize and even escalated his offensive language by stating that Ilhan Omar, a Muslim, likes Al-Qaeda, as absurd and prejudiced a claim as one can conjure.
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Now, Trump has been confronted over the ongoing scandal and his answer is every bit as disgraceful as expected. During a phone conversation with the DailyMail.com, the president said he was “not unhappy” with how the discourse around his attacks is shaping up.
“Look, they played the race card on Nancy Pelosi. She then – it’s one of the all-time classics, they played it on Nancy Pelosi! And I came to her defense. She then, a week later, played it on me! It was rather amazing,” Trump claimed.
The glaring problem here, of course, is that Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is not racist and has long been an advocate for marginalized groups whereas Trump is a bigot to his rotten core who accumulated political power in the first place by stepping on minorities.
“I’m not relishing the fight. I’m enjoying it because I have to get the word out to the American people,” Trump added, simultaneously claiming that he doesn’t like and does like what’s happening.
“And you have to enjoy what you do. I enjoy what I do. It’s not a question of relishing. They’re wrong, they’re absolutely wrong. We’re not going to be a socialist country,” he insisted, even though Democrats are decidedly not pushing for socialism.
Trump and his Republican allies are cynically employing redbaiting to cover for his racism, and to distort the Democrats’ true agenda: helping the average American and breaking the plutocratic grip the super-wealthy have over this country. The GOP has to lie because to tell the truth would be to admit how deeply corrupt their agenda really is.
When pushed to address yesterday’s House vote to condemn his racism, the president response was despicable. “Well, let’s put it this way. I’m not unhappy,” he said.
In other words, the President of the United States doesn’t mind being publicly labeled as a racist. If he did, he’d stop saying so many racist things. He cannot be allowed to live this down and it falls to every American to reject him at the ballot box come November.