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Taylor writes: "The president is a racist, in his words and his actions."

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, three of the four Congresswomen President Trump has attacked on twitter, during a House hearing last week. (photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley, three of the four Congresswomen President Trump has attacked on twitter, during a House hearing last week. (photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)


Trump Is a Racist. If You Still Support Him, So Are You.

By Goldie Taylor, The Daily Beast

15 July 19


The president keeps baring his ass, and the people talking about his clothing as he does so are part of the problem.

he president is a racist, in his words and his actions. 

Before you go clutching your pearls and extolling the virtues of “civility,” let me say this: Put a sock in it. 

This is not a new revelation, nor is it something that we can continue to ignore as though it were coming from a drunk uncle at the family barbecue. Bigotry is dangerous and, coming from our nation’s commander in chief, it can mean an inability to recognize individual humanity and a failure to act with moral authority in times of crisis. Every person talking about his clothes as he cheerfully bares his ass is part of the problem.

On Sunday, he claimed that newly elected progressive Democrats “originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe” and “the worst, more corrupt and inept anywhere in the world.” And he told freshmen Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar—outspoken Democratic women of color who have challenged the administration’s inhumane immigration policies—to leave the country

Three of the four were born here in the United States. All are American citizens, and duly elected members of Congress.

Trump’s repugnant rebuke of American values did not come out of thin air.  It unfolded days after “the Squad” travelled with a delegation of congressional Democrats to tour detention facilities in border states. What they found was deplorable. Reports of rampant abuse and neglect filled the airwaves, leading Trump to again dismiss accurate coverage as “fake news.” Rather than focus on improving basic conditions and getting to work on bi-partisan, comprehensive reforms, the president basically said if immigrants didn’t like how they were being treated, they should stay in their own country. 

This morning, he turned his ire on some of his most vocal critics in Congress—all of whom have previously called for his impeachment. 

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” Trump tweeted about the four congresswomen today. “Then come back and show us how it is done.”

“These places need your help badly,” he went on, “you can’t leave fast enough.”

While Republicans predictably remained tight-lipped and oblivious, Democrats reacted swiftly. 

“Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ and the country we all swear to, is the United States,” Rep. Ocasio-Cortez responded. “You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.”

“When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to ‘Make America Great Again’ has always been about making America white again,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a tweet. “Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.”

This isn’t simply disgusting and divisive rhetoric. Whether it is the abhorrent, inhumane treatment of immigrants detained in government-sponsored concentration camps or the slow, piecemeal aid sent to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, for some, his policies have been deadly. 

Certainly, this is not the first time Trump has shamelessly revealed himself in public. His “Make America Great Again” campaign was always about catering to our lowest common denominator—a hateful sector of the electorate that believes themselves culturally superior by skin color and religion. 

For years, even before mounting a formal bid for the presidency, Trump regaled television news audiences with racist conspiracy theories about former President Barack Obama. He pledged to send investigators out to prove the nation’s 44th president was not born in the United States. He later derided immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador, and African countries, calling those foreign nations “shit hole countries.” He once said immigrants from Haiti all “have AIDS” and that Nigerian immigrants would never “go back to their huts.”

In Trump’s mind, a judge’s Mexican heritage made him incapable of ruling fairly in a civil fraud case against one of his companies, and he believes “laziness is a trait in blacks.” Trump, whose real estate company was sued for housing discrimination in the 1970s, went on to place a full-page ad in the New York Times calling for the execution of five innocent black teenagers. Even after the Central Park Five were exonerated, he refused to take it back. After Heather Heyer was murdered in Charlottesville, Virginia, amid a white supremacist protest, he lamented the there were “some very fine people” on “both sides.” 

Trump is not a fine person. His words Sunday were not racially “charged,” “fueled,” or “tinged.” They were unapologetically racist. 

And, if you support him, so are you.

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+4 # 1dfnslblty 2019-07-15 15:57
Excellent essay - direct, honest and important.
Indictment and impeachment are in order.
 
 
0 # DongiC 2019-07-15 17:10
Face it, America has a lot of racists at loose in the land. They are proud of their stance and rally naturally to the Big Racist in the White House. But America is more than just a group of angry white people concentrated in the red states. It has Progressives , Independents, Central of the road Democrats and even a fine sprinkling of Republicans who are ready to give everyone a chance. Who accept the notion that our country was built on the backs of hard working immigrants and who acknowledge that immigrants were an important source of strength in the Civil War and World Wars One and Two.

So we will have an election next year to see
which philosophy prevails. It certainly beats fighting (and shooting it out) in the streets.

I am ready to put the matter to a vote. I trust the essential good nature of the American people. Let the electorate decide.
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-15 18:37
When you are looking at an ocean of filth it is very hard to point out single fish and call them filthy. America is a racist nation. It always has been. Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow clearly makes the case that America still is an apartheid state. Jonathan Kozol's work on American schools entitled "Separate and Unequal" shows that racism is first and foremost in US policy.

It does not matter if you support Trump or not. If you are an American you are a racist. If you don't want to be a racist, stop paying taxes or just leave the nation and go live somewhere else. As long as you support the government with taxes, you are supporting apartheid and racism.

I wish the Daily Beast would get over Trump. He was elected by one faction of racists in America. He defeated the other racist faction (the Clintons). Had Trump been defeated, we'd still have a racist in the White House.

This author does not understand Trump's tactics. He baits the hell out of people to provoke a conflict. He believes he can win in these conflicts. To some extent he does win. The Daily Beast should heed the advice of Lyndon Johnson -- "don't get into a pissing match with a polecat." Polecat is Texan for skunk. Trump is a polecat. This author just got into a pissing match with a polecat. Guess who will come out smelling bad? The polecat can't smell his own stink. Goldie Taylor can sure as hell smell it.
 
 
+1 # DongiC 2019-07-17 18:52
And so can a growing majority of Americans, RoRask. Trump is carrying a lot of wood for his own impeachment fire. He may be incinerated along with much of his base. Not to mention any of his favorite trolls.
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-07-18 06:16
DC -- let's hope he is carrying the wood for his own impeachment fire or his defeat in 2020. He is a vile human being. We don't need him as president. But we also did not need the war mongering GW Bush or the weak and clueless Obama.

All I'm saying is that Trump appeals to a pretty big segment of US society. Racism is pervasive in US culture. Trump helps everyone see that clearly. The correct response to Trump is policy, not a war of words.
 
 
+1 # CEB 2019-07-18 23:54
“The correct response to Trump is policy, not a war of words.” Of course RR you are absolutely right. I’m sick of all the talking heads and most of the potential nominees analyzing and diagnosing Trump who indeed is a vile human being. But —its time to devise and communicate new policy objectives to the voters. They seem to have given up on doing anything but preaching to the choir: even simple things like a universal healthcare single payer option is not well communicated . Instead of detailing it and describing how it works in other democracies and specifically how it is cheaper and results in a healthier society they just use code phrases which obscure its benefits and make them vulnerable to charges of socialism and profligate spending. Which allows Trump and company to weaponize any meager policy attempts. Elizabeth Warren succeeds in drafting policy goals which appear to be worked out and which if she is given response time is able to clearly communicate. We can’t continue to just talk , and get embedded in the quicksand of name calling and psycho babble regarding Trumps inadequacies peccadilloes , corruption, and mental illness. Those things are not fixable by any means except his replacement by a Democrat who has more to offer. So RR keep saying what you are saying, eventually they’ll get the point.
 
 
+2 # EternalTruth 2019-07-18 06:15
“If you are an American you are a racist. If you don't want to be a racist, stop paying taxes or just leave the nation and go live somewhere else. As long as you support the government with taxes, you are supporting apartheid and racism.”

This is something I’ve struggled with for a long time. It’s even worse than guilt-by-associ ation. Paying taxes is actively supporting very racist, violent policies. Ignorance is a poor excuse, but those who are either completely uninformed, or misinformed by the msm, at least have their ignorance as a shield. Surely no one reading RSN has that excuse. Are we in fact cowards and/or hypocrites for paying taxes? What if we’re actively working really hard to oppose the deplorable policies? And what are the alternatives? If I try to stop paying taxes, they’ll eventually just take it anyway, or if there’s nothing to take, throw me in jail. If I leave the country, am I making a strong moral statement, or am I abandoning a mess for the sake of my own moral righteousness? Isn’t the moral course to stay where you can make the most difference? Don’t I have more power over the corrupt system as a legal citizen than as a prisoner or expatriate? Am I racist if I reach that conclusion and decide to stay and keep paying taxes?
 
 
+1 # EternalTruth 2019-07-18 06:20
“This author just got into a pissing match with a polecat. Guess who will come out smelling bad? The polecat can't smell his own stink. Goldie Taylor can sure as hell smell it.”

I disagree. Pointing out that the skunk stinks is not the same as competing with the skunk. The resident’s racism needs to be pointed out. His followers need to be called out. To remain silent is to be complicit.
 
 
+3 # ddd-rrr 2019-07-15 21:51
.
Under Trump, it is now clear that the Republican Party has become the Party of The Stupids.
It is the party of those who cannot, or who will not, THINK! At this point in our history,
it is evident that anyone who now votes "Republican" identifies him/herself
indelibly as a willing member of the new "stupid class" in America.

Why would anyone choose to vote in such a way as to identify themselves as being
thoughtless and clueless about what is good and right-to-do, generous, useful-to-peopl e,
kind-to-people, patriotic, helpful-to-our- country, important for environmental livability, etc.?

And, why would anyone sit in Congress and vote with a party that has become
so obviously corrupted under the leadership of Trump?

SHAME on those who do so!
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2019-07-15 22:58
Amen! It's been obvious that racism was all that he had going for him for a couple of years. Actually, as soon as he appointed Bannon I knew where this was going. There are some that might not have paid attention to his appointments or realize the significance of them but Trumps own actions as president make it crystal clear.
 
 
+5 # No Go 2019-07-16 01:03
Trump IS a racist - and a misogynist, and a con artist, and a narcissist, and a fascist, and a rapist.
While he lost the popular vote by about 3 million votes, the fact that these damning characteristics were evident throughout the campaign, makes a sizable percentage of the U.S. electorate look extremely gullible, at best, and otherwise just deplorable.
 
 
+1 # janie1893 2019-07-16 01:09
If Trump regards the countries of these 4 women's ancestors as such horrible places, whatever will he do to these countries if the countries anger him?
 
 
+4 # thehodges1 2019-07-16 01:12
Some of the people in the small German town that Trump grandfather came from wasn't very happy with him so he left for America but he was not happy here but when he tried to return to his home country they would not accept him. So returned to America that accepted him with open arms.
 
 
+1 # ddd-rrr 2019-07-16 04:32
Under Trump, it is now clear that the Republican Party has become the Party of The Stupids.
It is the party of those who cannot, or who will not, THINK! At this point in our history,
it is evident that anyone who now votes "Republican" identifies him/herself
indelibly as a willing member of the new "stupid class" in America.

Why would anyone choose to vote in such a way as to identify themselves as being
thoughtless and clueless about what is good and right-to-do, generous, useful-to-peopl e,
kind-to-people, patriotic, helpful-to-our- country, important for environmental livability, etc.?

And, why would anyone sit in Congress and vote with a party that has become
so obviously corrupted under the leadership of Trump?

SHAME on those who do so!
 
 
+3 # RLF 2019-07-16 05:34
EVERY Republican who has refused to speak out against the kind of racist rhetoric we hear from the president must be from here out filed as a racist in any election that they run in....but probably the Democratic party will run away from this as negative like they always do. A good example is "Tax and spend Democrats" which they have allowed to continue for 35 years when it is the Republican party that has created record deficit after record deficit. Someday the Dems will find their spine. I'm waiting....
 
 
+2 # economagic 2019-07-17 13:12
Sure, why not make it part of their name: "Racist Republicans." Tarring all members of any group with the same tarry brush is not ordinarily a productive tactic, but this is not an ordinary situation. We have a party that holds the White House and has a majority in the Senate and a strong minority in the House. Many of its members are openly, blatantly racist, to say nothing of the President* himself. And from the others? With the exception of Justin Amash, a "conservative Libertarian": crickets.
 
 
+4 # economagic 2019-07-16 06:00
Cruelty IS the point (title of another article from Democracy Now via RSN), and apparently a lot of people who call themselves Christians are lapping it up.
 
 
+7 # dascher 2019-07-16 06:18
He jus wants to run the government like he ran his businesses - ignoring the law and driving them into bankruptcy. The racism is just to keep his poll numbers from collapsing completely by giving his base something to chew on rather than notice that he's screwing them
 
 
+4 # suzyskier 2019-07-16 08:02
I agree Trump is very far from being a fine person! Raised at the knee of his KKK father and having both lied for years that they had Swedish ancestry rather than German, he hasn’t told the truth in years, maybe ever. He’s a a racist just like his idol Hitler. If these 4 women should go back where they came from then that would be the states they represent. Not a single American except Native Americans and Mexicans were here when White people hit these shores, so all of us should go back to where we came from except for them. What an idiot he is,a second and on his mother’s side first generation American, he really doesn’t have room to talk!
 
 
+6 # Citizen Mike 2019-07-16 08:02
Why is this remarkable? Racism is a political belief to which many Americans passionately adhere. I think it is a mistaken belief and science today proves that ranking ethnic groups of human beings as superior or inferior is nonsense. But racism is consistent with the other forms of science denial that have become popular of late. Science denial is nothing but defiance of intellectual authority by folks who feel powerless.
 
 
+6 # Texas Aggie 2019-07-16 08:04
While acknowledging the SOB is a racist (his father was a Klansman so he learned racism young), don't let it deflect you from his record of sexual abuse and rape, especially of underage girls. Being a filthy racist is still legal while the latter can get you sent to jail.

https://crooksandliars.com/2019/07/reminder-trump-only-trying-change-subject

He is trying to get people to ignore his long time association with Epstein now that Epstein is in the news by focusing on something else.
 
 
+5 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-07-16 08:27
Fascist tactics from a Fascist mind. As for Trump’s: "Why don't they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.” Surely that’s exactly what these US-born women are doing; it’s not their fault but their duty that they’re in Washington, that ‘totally broken and crime-infested place’ under Trump.
 
 
+1 # Thinking 2019-07-16 09:53
What would it look like if the left were as closed-minded as the right? What would it take to work together? Is there anything valid about the other side's concerns?
 
 
+4 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-07-16 10:49
What does this say about a United States that elected him? Or a Democratic Party that lost to "the worst candidate in history"?
WAKE UP AMERICA.
 
 
+2 # chrisconno 2019-07-16 14:24
This is much ado about something we already are well aware of, with lots of evidence. How about the child rapist billionaire friend of risen-from-the- pig-sty Trump and republicans? Now there's a connection that needs more exposure. Let's not take our eyes of the new balls in this game. Multiple times accused rapist Trump doesn't want to be connected to child sex trafficking yet he has a connection. Isn't that why he could visualize the three young girls with duck tape across their mouths being driven across the border. Don't let him deflect so much of his bile. let's hold him accountable for all his egregious atrocities.
 
 
-4 # coberly 2019-07-16 14:57
Trump may be a racist, but he is much worse.

i wouldn't know what is in his mind, but i can see what he does and racism doesn't have much to do with it.

are you saying that if it was white kids in the camps on the border it would be okay?
 
 
+2 # DongiC 2019-07-17 18:39
If there were white kids of the middle and upper classes on the border, there wouldn't be any camps. Wake up, coberly, and smell the racism. It stinks!
 
 
0 # opinionaire 2019-07-16 16:38
I know some trumpists, and this message applies to them, although to a person, they would deny it. Some are quite bright, and have attained high levels of education and employment; some not so much. In their daily dealings, they treat others, including people of color, politely and well, but there has to be something underlying the ongoing choice to support this crude, rude, racist, misogynistic, narcissistic, and self-serving lump.
 
 
+2 # economagic 2019-07-17 13:18
"[T]here has to be something underlying the ongoing choice to support this crude, rude, racist, misogynistic, narcissistic, and self-serving lump."

Perhaps the hope of having their their true feelings affirmed and validated. In a certain part of the US phony niceness is still routinely used to cover very nasty realities.
 
 
-3 # librarian1984 2019-07-17 16:46
No, not every Trump supporter is a racist, just like every Hillary supporter wasn't a war monger.

But keep saying so. It really feeds into the 'snooty know-it-all liberal' stereotype, and that will do a lot of good.
 
 
0 # lfeuille 2019-07-17 23:43
Only if you define racism as kicking in only for supporting or participating in lynchings - actual, not metaphoric. This may have been true during the election, but anyone who STILL supports him now that we've seen him in office is a racist whether they admit it or not.
 
 
+2 # EternalTruth 2019-07-18 06:49
Not every Catholic is a child molester, but it sure looks bad to be part of an organization that actively molests children and protects child predators. It’s possible that “not every Trump supporter is a racist,” but if they are not racist, they must be working really hard to remain ignorant of the racism they support. Even if they are not racist, their blind support of that racism amounts to the same thing and should not be excused. Maybe not every kkk member is a racist. Maybe some are just there for the social connections or the spooky outfits. But if you’re a part of an organization like that, does it really have any meaning to say you’re not a racist?
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2019-07-18 13:06
Do Democrats want to win Republican voters? Calling them all racists is not the way to do that.

Isn't that why Dems keep moving right, so we can win the hearts and minds of the right?

So let's make up our minds: proudly embrace a progressive agenda and call everybody all the names you want, or quit demonizing and name-calling the very people whose support you hope to solicit.

Vote me down all you want, but I'm correct: Not all Trump supporters are racist.

It's an ignorant, intolerant and unproductive thing to say.
 
 
0 # EternalTruth 2019-07-18 15:35
“Do Democrats want to win Republican voters? Calling them all racists is not the way to do that.”

Calling them all racists is arguably unproductive. But that’s a completely different conversation than whether or not they are actually racist.
 
 
+1 # economagic 2019-07-19 06:54
My point precisely, and kudos to Marc and his crew for getting these items posted overnight.

More precisely still, and at the risk of turning the muddy waters red:

Humankind--this country in particular--is in a struggle (NOT a "war," as various writers have pointed out) for survival of life on Planet Eaarth, to say nothing of our benighted species. We are literally all in this horribly overloaded lifeboat together. It is impossible for "white people" to survive while the darker "races" perish. "Race" as such is simply not an issue.

The issue is reality in contrast with "belief" or "wishes." Trumps followers perceive correctly that they are getting the short end of the stick, but perceive incorrectly both who is sticking it to them and the nature of the stick. The culture and subcultures in which they grow up render them incapable of seeing the big picture, much less accepting it and responding to it constructively when--not if--they are confronted with it.

And THAT is the "inconvenient truth" that WE face. IMNSHO, talking about race--or about abortion, the belief-based canard that leads many people to support Trump--is for the most part counterproducti ve. It is debating in the terms of our adversaries on issues that are simply irrelevant in the big picture. Instead, let's CHANGE the terms of debate by emphasizing what we "believe" is more important, and the well-founded reasons we hold those "beliefs."

If your mother told you it would be easy, she lied.
 
 
+1 # economagic 2019-07-18 19:45
OK, time for me to get EVERYONE giving me the reds!

From the top:

"Trump is a racist."
Absolutely. He was "carefully taught" as a child, and has never shown any sign to the contrary.

"If You Still Support Him, So Are You."
Arguably, but not necessarily. It ain't that simple.

"[N]ot every Trump supporter is a racist."
True at least for sake of argument, likewise with Hillary.

(Snark alert.) It really feeds into the 'snooty know-it-all liberal' stereotype, and that will do a lot of good.
True as snarked.

[D]efine racism. . . . [A]nyone who STILL supports him now that we've seen him in office is a racist whether they admit it or not.
This is where all sweeping generalizations demand careful scrutiny. It is the height of naivete to deny that one can be a racist and genuinely believe to the contrary. The Devil is in the definition. Having lived in NC for 19 years (after 40+ in OK) I would bet my bippy that a solid majority of "white people" in the South staunchly deny that they are the least bit racist, but would definitely be seen as such by a strong majority of African-Americans.

Skipping Eternal Truth (sic) for now . . .

"Calling [all Republican voters] racists is not the way to [win them over]."
Indisputably, but saying so raises two other questions: Is it important for us to persuade Republican voters to flip? Is that even possible?

I'm out of characters (sic), but I submit that we have more important things to argue about than this.
 

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