When Trump Shows You He’s A Racist, Believe Him The First Time
After spending days of telling four freshmen congresswomen of color to “go back” to their countries, things took an even more disgusting turn on Wednesday. At President Trump’s rally in North Carolina, the base that brought us “lock her up!” burst into a racist “send her back” chant targeting Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). It rattled Americans.
Trump rally crowd launches into “send her back” chant over Ilhan Omar https://t.co/VMaxlgbQn1 pic.twitter.com/92v7Lh4Uza
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 18, 2019
On Thursday morning, even some Republican lawmakers found this a bridge too far, taking to Twitter to condemn the chants.
As you watch a few members of the @GOP furrow their brows at the disgusting “send her back” chants with these backhanded condemnations, recognize there is no difference between those chants and Trump telling Omar if she doesn’t like it here she can leave.#IStandWithIlhan pic.twitter.com/G5TSGaovxT
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) July 18, 2019
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To be clear here, Republicans weren’t angry about the sentiment of the “send her back” chant. They were angry that Trump is now more blatantly doing what they’ve been subtly doing since the Southern Strategy began in the 1960s. Republicans appear to be perfectly fine with stoking racism in the base but don’t like when it’s done so obviously.
Back to the news. After the backlash, President Trump said that he wasn’t happy with the chants in an apparent condemnation. As of Thursday, this is where we stood in a nutshell:
Trump on Sunday—They should go back to their country!
Trump on Monday— If they don’t like it here they can leave!
Trump tripled down on Tuesday.
Trump on Wednesday—Quadruples down at his rally, triggers #SendHerBack chant.
Trump today—Disavowed the chants.
We call bullshit.
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) July 18, 2019
By Friday, President Trump did exactly what he did after he was forced to backtrack his “blame on both sides” comments pertaining to Charlottesville in 2017. Then, Trump doubled down and said there were “very fine people” among the neo-Nazi protestors. Today, he did something very similar by calling those at his rally who launched that racist chant “incredible patriots”.
Trump calls the North Carolina crowd, some of whom chanted ‘send her back,’ “incredible people. Those are incredible patriots.”
Trump says of Ilhan Omar: “She’s lucky to be where she is, let me tell you. And the things that she has said are a disgrace to our country.”
Via CNN pic.twitter.com/rmuDIZf09A
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 19, 2019
President Trump’s charges of anti-Semitism against Omar ring hollow while he allows anti-Semitism to thrive within his own base. Today, Trump was finally asked why he believes it’s perfectly fine for him to criticize America but not the Dem congresswomen? Trump dodged the question. As we know, President Trump has disparaged America more than any other President in modern history.
Trump keeps saying it’s unacceptable to criticize America.
1) The freshmen congresswomen are criticizing him personally, not America.
2) The First Amendment protects their right to do so.
3) Trump has called America a third world country. Roll the tape.pic.twitter.com/4UBy4v00uw
— Rantt Media (@RanttMedia) July 19, 2019
As we’ve touched on multiple times this week, President Trump’s political platform is built on a foundation of hatred. His lifetime of racist acts are well-documented. This is who he is. Don’t be fooled by any momentary disavowals. Trump will turn these congresswomen of color into his political targets because his base is motivated by grievance. We can only expect this white nationalism to get worse as 2020 approaches.
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