When Trump Shows You He’s A Racist, Believe Him The First Time

President Trump ended his deeply racist week by praising the “send her back” chants he just disavowed the day before.

President Donald J. Trump talks with reporters along the South Lawn of the White House Friday, July 19, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his weekend trip to Bedminster, N.J. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

President Donald J. Trump talks with reporters along the South Lawn of the White House Friday, July 19, 2019, prior to boarding Marine One to begin his weekend trip to Bedminster, N.J. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

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.

On Thursday morning, even some Republican lawmakers found this a bridge too far, taking to Twitter to condemn the chants.

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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:

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”.

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.

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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