President Trump on Sunday sent a tweet in which he virulently condemned four minority female Democratic Representatives and told them to “go back to the crime infested places from which they came.” In a later press conference he labeled them as “people who hate America.” He lashed out at them a third day in a row, accusing them of “spewing some of the most vile, hateful, and disgusting things ever said by a politician in the House or Senate.”
Trump’s flagrantly racist comments showed that he and the Republican Party have adopted white nationalism as their official agenda. Trump is signaling he intends to run for re-election on an even more overtly and virulently expressed race-based agenda than he did in the 2018 elections. The Republican Party is demonstrating it is a white-based Party and proud of it.
We cite only a few of the headlines that prove our point:
- White identity politics drives Trump, and the Republican Party under him
- Trump has exceeded expectations — in using the presidency to spread hate and misinformation
- Trump’s America Is a ‘White Man’s Country’
- We can’t rest from Trump’s racism and dehumanization
- Republicans must acknowledge that their party has been taken over by a racist
- George Conway: Trump is a racist president
- ‘1950s racism straight from the White House’: Trump’s tweets revolt politicians around the world
- Trump’s racism cements his party’s place among the West’s far right
- A Blaring Message in Republicans’ Muted Criticism: It’s Trump’s Party
- Racism Comes Out of the Closet
On Tuesday, the Democratic-controlled U.S House of Representatives passed a resolution strongly condemning “Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should ‘go back’ to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as ‘invaders,’ and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.
As expected, Republicans have overwhelmingly rallied behind Trump. Only four voted in favor of the House resolution, and only a handful have explicitly criticized his remarks. Republicans have embraced white nationalism as legitimate.
In contrast, prominent conservatives who are not running for office and, therefore, do not have to kiss Trump’s behind have condemned him:
Max Boot, former editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal: “Sorry, Republicans. There is nothing — nothing — more important in the United States than racism. Where you stand on that one issue defines who you are as a human being. Silence is complicity. All Republicans who stand mute in the face of Trump’s latest racism are telling you who they really are. It’s an ugly picture of a morally bankrupt party that has now embraced racial prejudice as a platform.”
George Will: “I believe that what this president has done to our culture, to our civic discourse … you cannot unring these bells and you cannot unsay what he has said, and you cannot change that he has now in a very short time made it seem normal for schoolboy taunts and obvious lies to be spun out in a constant stream. I think this will do more lasting damage than Richard Nixon’s surreptitious burglaries did.”