Dense Donnie's disastrous diversion
I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but this time it feels different.
We’ve been treated to a three-year masterclass in sociopathic racist narcissism courtesy of the White House squatter, Donald Trump. And it’s come so fast and furious that we have difficulty processing any of it. One outrage blends into another, until we become numbed to it. We can’t comprehend the totality of his malfeasance, because we’re mired in the muck.
But this weekend he said publicly what racists say in private: Go back to your country.
This, it feels to me, was finally a step too far.
With the walls closing in around him, Trump did what he always does, which is to distract with some other outrage.
But these tweets got both politicians and the media calling Trump what he is: a racist.
By telling Americans to “go back where they came from”, Trump crossed a line. Yes, his sycophants will cheer him on and support him even more. And those of us who have always opposed him will strengthen our resolve. But what he did struck at the conscience of the public which isn’t consumed by politics. Telling Americans to leave the country strikes a dark chord among the apolitical public. No one should be in a position of power who can say that. If they can be told to go back where they came from, who’s next?
Now, of course, telling people to return to their country of origin is an old nativist trope. But now it’s being uttered by the supposed president. He’s engaging in the lowest of racist demagoguery. And it’s being noticed.
In trying to divert attention from his troubles, Trump opened up a can of worms he can no longer put back. The Epstein news was bad for him; he deflected from it by doing something even worse. Democrats, who were sniping at each other, are now unified in confronting Trump’s blatant, sledgehammer racism. The kerfuffle of last week has been forgotten. The House is about to pass a resolution condemning Trump. This will be a dry run for impeachment proceedings, when they happen.
Trump’s rage may have been calculated at the beginning. But now it’s spiraled out of control, as he loses control of the narrative. Now he’s nothing but a vile racist, publicly declaring it even as he swears his tweets aren’t racist. The media is not playing his game, using the strongest language it has used during his regime.
This diversion has been an unmitigated disaster. What may have begun as an attempt to give his base red meat, it has backfired spectacularly. People who were on the fence, for whatever reasons, are now disgusted by what comes out of the People’s House. His miscreance and evil can no longer be tolerated.
We may just have crossed a Rubicon. We’ll see where the road leads.
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