Donald Trump And The Continued Racism Of The Republican Party
There was no way for any Republican to be honestly shocked–as House Speaker Paul Ryan pretended to be–over the latest racist comments from the presumptive GOP presidential nominee. The words from Donald Trump were simply odious when he stated that Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over lawsuits against Trump University, could not be fair because he is “of Mexican heritage” he has “an inherent conflict of interest.”
The remarks were simply stunning. If that was not bad enough to say once, Trump doubled and tripled down on the matter in interview after interview over the past days.
Equally galling were the ‘stunned’ faces and simply absurd and ‘shocked’ responses from leading Republicans who had willfully side-stepped the racist hate-filled sewage that poured from Trump’s mouth abut Muslims, Hispanics, and Latinos when they gleefully endorsed him. If crocodile tears had value the soulless members of the GOP who tried this weekend to distance themselves from their train-wreck of a nominee would be rich.
All this only underscores why I know it is totally fair and most appropriate to tie conservative motivations to race time and again.
In Trump’s case he repeatedly attacked the judge as “unfair” and “a hater.” He has also threatened a civil case against the judge if he becomes president. Those words and that type of thinking elevates his remarks to the reprehensible. Trump places ethnicity with implied bias and in so doing attacks the independence of the judiciary. If a judge can be disqualified from a case merely for his personal background, rather than for any material conflict of interest, what does that say about the strong underpinnings of this place called America, the ‘melting pot of the world’?
The Republican Party does not get away from these remarks by Trump, either. There is no way that a presidential nominee should have been able to say that he wanted to ban 1.4 million people from entering the nation based on how they worship God and still get endorsements for the fall race! By hitching their cart to that horse the GOP has embraced the full bag of crazy called Donald Trump.
Conservatives proved with their endorsements that they really did not care about the racial comments by Trump against brown and black skinned people. They only cared about who might have some power and clout this November against Hillary Clinton. Conservatives traded in their moral fiber (again) for a purely partisan tonic that is now proving most nauseating to the general election voter.
There is no way not to see the thick and shameful thread of racism that runs through the Republican Party. Maybe after another strong defeat at the polls the party might listen to the next autopsy report.