Donald Trump is waging an unvarnished racist and xenophobic campaign, using words of overt hate mongering and race-baiting. He is openly inciting racism and violence. This is a heightened version of what he has employed all along, which reached a previous high in the 2018 Congressional elections. His new offensive began with his telling four female U.S. Representatives of color to “go back to where they came from” if they did not like America. Naked appeals to racism and xenophobia are now a staple of his rhetoric.
As expected, Georgia Republicans–led by Senators Johnny Isakson and David Perdue and Representative Barry Loudermilk–accept Trump’s brazen racism and xenophobia as perfectly normal. They are unstinting in their support for his re-election in 2020.
From day one of Trump’s announcement of his presidential bid, I said Trump’s rise to power was the mirror image of Hitler’s rise to power in Germany in the 1930s. My only mistake: I underestimated the depths of Trump’s similarity to Hitler—and the extent to which Republicans would delight in having their own Der Fuhrer. Both become more apparent every day. Hour?