By now you are aware that Donald Trump doubled down late Saturday on his attacks against Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings, and even worse this weekend used awful language about his Baltimore congressional district. The behavior from Trump is despicable. One has to ask why Trump repeatedly makes such statements about African-American members of congress.
Well, we have part of the answer today. From Trump’s own advisers.
Washington Post: The outburst also undercut efforts by many Republicans over the past two weeks to defend Trump and insist that his earlier attacks were based in ideology rather than race.
But Trump’s advisers had concluded after the previous tweets that the overall message sent by such attacks is good for the president among his political base — resonating strongly with the white working-class voters he needs to win reelection in 2020.
Why are we not shocked to read such an admission? Because we already knew it to be true.
No one else, other than George Wallace, ever so overtly told this segment of America that their whining and resentments has the attention of a politician. And no one other than Wallace has so effectively used the bullhorn of racism for his own partisan ends. Trump uses the lower paid wage earners, and under-educated, by playing to their biases and racial fears. He stokes their lack of understanding about international trade and their confusion about other cultures to make more money for his family. That is what his entire presidency is about. Meanwhile, the ones who so gleefully voted for Trump still do not have the job training they need or the means to attain the life they yearn for.
They will never be able to afford the high-price porn stars Trump gets cozy around.
And so it goes.