Lately, to tell the truth is un-American.
A pattern of distraction has emerged in Donald Trump’s timing of propaganda generated chaos. He’s become a master at creating distraction through hate and violence. His latest is to make people of color feel they are not Americans for speaking out against the injustices of his administration. Since many people of color are Democrats, it’s easy for him to transfer his litany of lies and deception to paint Democrats as harboring or supporting un-American sentiments. He is laying the groundwork to make any compassion or empathy to those less fortunate un-American and a form of extremism.
Trump understands the power of his words and the harm they can do. He doesn’t care if his words harm Americans, Black or White, and neither do those who support his deception.
Something is wrong with this President. Most Americans feel it but can’t articulate the problem except to say he’s racist. Some are in complete denial that a problem exists within the Trump White House. They call any evidence that points in that direction or that creates cognitive dissonance, fake. Trump’s demagoguery is necessary to make them feel superior as if they belong to a superior class of beings.
Trump shrewdly tapped the implicit biases on which America was founded and built. Implicit biases rooted in slavery, eugenics, and white supremacy.
Recently, Trump raised the stakes by doubling down on calls for four freshman women of color in Congress—US Reps. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) —to return to their countries. In doing so, he implied a person of color could not be American. All four women are US citizens, and three of the four women were born in the US and are natural citizens. He embraced racist and ignorant stereotypes held by many hate groups who assume only Whites can be trusted to be Americans.
Trump is confident of his presidency, and why shouldn’t he? He has the DOJ, the Republican Party, and the Supreme Court in his pockets. Also, he is rich, powerful, and a part of the American elite. Who would have believed William Barr would put his career on the line to deceive the public about the Mueller report? Barr knew others would read the report, and those investigations would continue, yet he lied to Americans. With the Supreme Court stacked on Trump’s side, why wouldn’t he deceive the public on Trump’s behalf?
However, Jeffrey Epstein might be the key. Michael Cohen told us a little about Trump, but Cohen worked for Trump. Jeffrey Epstein and Trump were equals who partied together. If anyone knows some of Trump’s dirty secrets, it’s Epstein. They had a longstanding friendship that spanned decades. We have evidence of at least one private party along with 28 girls flown in to entertain them–that many girls to entertain two men. What were two grown men doing with 28 girls? How old were the girls?
That is not the first glimpse at Trump’s promiscuous and adulterous life. The Access Hollywood tape from 2005 heard him talk about grabbing women’s private parts. Then there were the known payoffs to at least two women during his presidential campaign and while married to Melania. There was also the Miss USA pageant where he was accused of sexual misconduct by one of the contestants.
The fact that he and Jeffrey Epstein were pals is not the issue of concern. Many come in contact with pedophiles and other criminals without knowing. Some even become friends. What is alarming is that Trump’s administration is full of people with a history of sexual misconduct, domestic violence, and racist beliefs. It’s unsettling to know Trump’s former Labor Secretary, current attorney general, and personal lawyers are linked to Jeffrey Epstein as well as the lenient plea deal Epstein received in Florida.
Amid all this investigation, Trump singled out four women of color with racist comments meant to spark chaos, hate, violence, and distract. What’s more, he’s doubled down to make this a campaign strategy with his fans chanting, “Send her back” to Rep. Ilhan Omar. One has to ask, why?
There are many theories, but behind the incendiary rhetoric is Trump’s ability to trigger implicit bias in his fans. His carefully crafted words flood their minds with involuntary biases of religion, race, gender, and culture. In the process, he is defining who is American, independent of the law or the Constitution.
It appears he scored a home run by telling the four freshman American women of color in Congress to return their country which is the USA.