Much as we dislike trampling through a trail of crap, that is the path we take recounting Trump’s racist past. Fortunately, we don’t need to travel too far back, though we would be remiss to neglect his call for the death penalty during the Central Park Five incident or his refusal to rent housing to African-Americans.
“There’s not a racist bone in my body,” Trump declared, and to accept this admission is to believe he’s a boneless ectoplasm, a piece of unadulterated slime. He is certainly spineless when it comes to standing up for the downtrodden.
For all his declarations, he has more than a sufficient pile of recent racist rants to indict him. Consider his outrage against Black athletes after Colin Kaepernick took a knee in protest of the scourge of police brutality.
Trump went ballistic on this act of defiance. And he was no less unbridled when he chose to condemn Islamic countries and countries of color, citing them as you know what. Most disturbing was his soft-pedaling the right wing racial attacks in Charlottesville that resulted in the death of a white woman protester.
And, lest we forget, once Trump was into presidential campaign mode, he found comfort with the “birthers” who claimed that President Obama was not an American citizen and born abroad. Like so many of his outrageous assertions, he has not backed off this absurd charge.
Now, to bring his ignominy to this moment, he has unleashed a torrent of racist, reactionary tweets and comments on four women of color who occupy congressional seats. These insults have even roiled a few of his GOP colleagues but hardly enough.
This current outburst from Trump is very much in keeping with his previous intemperate remarks—an appeal to his unwavering, unrepentant base and to distract from whatever unfavorable news and setbacks he may be enduring.
To this end, Trump has found his métier in bullying the four congresswomen, fresh whipping girls, so to speak, to apply his lash of epithets and denunciations. And we can expect he will be relentless on this attack, keeping them in focus as he propels his re-election campaign into high gear.
By now we should be on to his game, and while it may leave some Democrats in a quandary over whether to take the bait or to allow the normalization of his insinuations, we are not stymied by this bullying racist and for the umpteenth time—Make America Great Again—Trump Must Go!