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GOP Crosses Rubicon With Trump’s Racism

July 15, 2019

This weekend we, again, saw unacceptable behavior from Donald Trump.   In a tweet he said that four liberal women of color in Congress, all citizens and three of whom were born in the United States, should “go back” to their home countries.

It was appalling, disgusting, and beneath the dignity of his office, let alone showing a most grotesque lack of understanding about the history of America.

Today House Speaker Nancy Pelosi correctly said in a letter to colleagues that the House cannot allow his characterization of immigrants to our country to stand.   Action needs to be taken.  A resolution will be submitted for a vote to rebuke his words.

What is troubling about the hours which followed Trump’s outburst was the lack of sound judgment from his fellow Republicans.  Their lack of spine and ability to stand up for the nation, and what it represents, has been demonstrated before when Trump has used racism and ignorance to spew his hate.  But what was unleashed Sunday in Trump’s diarrhea of words was, in the estimation of your blogger, the most vile tweets to date.  But the sound of crickets from the conservatives in this land told the rest of the story.

What the GOP does not understand is that white males who harbor their odd assortment of  resentments, like an old beer can collection, are on the demographic down slope of American politics.   Demographics are not on their side, and younger Americans (particularly younger Americans who are members of minority groups) will not forget the Trump Era. There will be a price to pay.  The Republican Party is going to become a regional party even more so than it already is in the years to come.  When reading Trump’s tirade this weekend one could almost hear the nails being pounded into the political party’s coffin.

What is so concerning to this blogger is the act of bullying has become more and more a part of the behavior of Trump.  And it has an impact on his bigoted and racist base of supporters.  After Trump was elected I posted about the local taxi driver in Madison who picked up a Latino school girl to take her home.  She was crying in the back seat as some of her classmates had told her to go back to Mexico.  Why Trump is so dangerous is that he has  enabled and encouraged racist bullies to act out their worst impulses; and his only response when people point it out is to say, “I’m not a racist bully; you are.”

The Republican Party crossed the Rubicon with their silence this weekend.  (Trump would need to google that term so to understand. Hell, so would a fair amount of his supporters. But the rest of us get the point.)  What we are now witnessing is most dreadful and beyond the worst fears we had imagined on Inauguration Day in 2017.

If Trump were the head of a corporation his board members would fire him by the time the evening news was aired.  The nation must do the same in 2020.

As to the ones who have remained silent over this weekend we can only wonder how and why.  The darkness which must surround such silence surely is most painful.  It is painful to our nation, too.

It is as if the Republican Party threw out their civics education for the one they adore and stupidly fear.


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