When racism is all you have
Well, it’s Monday, July 29, and it seems the Reverend Al Sharpton is Donald Trump’s black scapegoat for today. This after he’s spent the past two week attacking other people of color, from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to Elijah Cummings.
Reports surfaced that advisers believe Trump’s racism is playing well to his base. The interesting thing will be if it’s similarly playing well to voters who might be inclined to vote for him under “normal” (what does that word even mean?) circumstances, but virulent, blatant racism is one bridge too far to cross.
The weekend yak shows spent another Sunday excoriating Trump sycophants for his irruption of racism. This is encouraging, not only because it proves the media can perform actual journalism, but because this scandal isn’t being wrapped up with other scandals and forgotten. A nation which has had a fraught relationship with race is not too keen on having an out and out racist sitting in the Oval Office.
While it’s too early to say that his racist tweets of the past two weeks are his Waterloo, it does seem like he’s touched on a new level of odious behavior which even the politically unaware “get”. I believe most white Americans aren’t personally racist, even if they do benefit from their privilege. This cesspool of racist feces might be what coalesces a majority coalition against Trump. Election Day is still 15 months away, but if he’s playing the race card this early, the news in his camp must be very dire.
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