On Monday morning, President Trump continued his racist dog-whistle attacks against Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and took aim at civil rights leader Al Sharpton in response to a rather innocuous tweet that merely said that the beloved reverend was flying to the city of Baltimore and that he’d had a “long day.”
Interpreting the tweet as an attack on himself, the President went on the offensive, doing the thing he does where he cites a previous relationship with his target that involved praising himself before calling them a liar and other insulting names.
In this case, he called the reverend a “con man” who was “always looking for a score” and accused him of “hating whites & cops,” which is a blatant and unashamed white supremacist dog whistle.
I have known Al for 25 years. Went to fights with him & Don King, always got along well. He “loved Trump!” He would ask me for favors often. Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Just doing his thing. Must have intimidated Comcast/NBC. Hates Whites & Cops! https://t.co/ZwPZa0FWfN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019
The modern white supremacist movement is motivated by their terror at the notion that the ethnic white demographic majority will someday be lost along with the socioeconomic dominance that American whites have enjoyed for the past three hundred years.
The idea that white America is “under attack,” that whites are being “replaced,” that “white culture” is being diluted by multiculturalism and diversity, are all white supremacist ideas and are all echoed in the idea that a black leader “hates whites.”
Perhaps without even realizing it, the President’s racist rhetoric makes one thing clear: that he and the rest of American conservatives see the police as the enforcers of white supremacy, and if we’re being quite frank here their behavior over the past few decades makes it clear they are eager to fulfill that role.
The complete lack of any substantial response to the president’s appalling behavior over the past two weeks from Republican leadership and the rabid approval of the President’s hooting and baying supporters makes it clear that American conservatism is taking the hood off once and for all in a full-throated embrace of blood and soil white nationalism.
We need to grapple with the grim reality that this evil extends much further than Trump, and it’s going to take more than a Special Counsel’s probe or one electoral victory to defeat.