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Monday, August 14, 2017

"Many Sides"

A lot of people were reportedly making this fashion statement in Charlottesville.

GoDaddy.com has a greater sense of morality than the President of the United States:

The "hate" was an article with this headline:  “Heather Heyer: Woman Killed in Road Rage Incident was a Fat, Childless 32-year Old Slut.”  The man in the Trump gimme cap posted it.

Donald Trump is not a conniving politician trying to appeal to his "base."  He is his "base."  A politician doesn't slam his own Attorney General (who gets back in Trump's good graces by attacking affirmative action).  A politician doesn't attack the Majority Leader of the Senate who is in his own party.  These are stupid actions which are of no benefit at all.  Donald Trump is not a politician.  But Donald Trump is a racist.

His first act of notoriety was being fined for violating the Fair Housing Act, some 40 years ago.  He spent years attacking Barack Obama on the basis of his place of birth, and on his college transcripts (because no way a black man could do that well in the ivy-covered hall of the Ivy League.  No way.).  Yet none dared call it racism, because that is the hate that we dare not name.  Donald Trump once bragged he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue at high noon and still not lose support.  Donald Trump could shoot Medgar Evers at high noon on Fifth Avenue and still not be labeled a "racist."

Trump didn't surround himself with the likes of Steven Bannon and Stephen Miller and Sebastian "White Supremacists Are Not the Problem" Gorka because he likes drinking with them, or watching CNN with them.  He did it because he agrees with them.  Trump could fire all three men tomorrow; Trump would still be a racist.

Even GoDaddy understands that.  GoDaddy understood there are not "many sides" to the people who showed up in Charlottesville looking for trouble and finding it.  Even GoDaddy understood vile is vile and there is no excusing it.

The President doesn't understand that distinction because he is on the wrong side of that distinction.

“Supporters of white supremacists, violent extremism, racial bigotry and neo-Nazis should not serve in the White House or any level of government,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, during a telephone press briefing with reporters on Sunday.

True.  But removing the President isn't that easy.  And to invoke his favorite meme about Muslims, first we have to identify him correctly.  He doesn't associate with racists, or appeal to racists for his politics.

Donald Trump is a racist.


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