May Trump drown in his swill of racist hate & bigotry

New York Times columnist Charles Blow doesn’t spare his punches when it comes to the racism of Donald Trump.

Writes Blow:

His truest nature is simply being revealed, again and again, and he is using his own racism to appeal to the racism in the people who support him.

Blow notes Trump’s primal racism in his latest attack on four Democratic freshman members of the House of Representatives is that: “They aren’t white, and they are women. They are “other” in the framing of the white nationalists. They are descendants of Africa, the Middle East and Latin America.”

He continues:

The central framing of this kind of thinking is that this is a white country, founded and built by white men, and destined to be maintained as a white country. For anyone to be accepted as truly American they must assimilate and acquiesce to that narrative, to bow to that heritage and bend to those customs.

Start here: because the entire white supremacist ideology and ethos is a lie. America expanded much of its territory through the shedding of blood and breaking of treaties with Native Americans. It established much of its wealth through 250 years of exploiting black bodies for free labor.

And, for the entire history of this country, some degree of anti-blackness has existed. Now, there is an intensifying anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant xenophobia.

America was born with a congenital illness and it has been in need of active rehabilitation ever since, although it has often rejected the curative treatments and regressed.

Challenging America to own its sins and live up to its ideals isn’t a vicious attack, it’s an act of patriotism. As James Baldwin once put it, “I love America more than any other country in this world, and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.”

And, who better to lead the charge than four women who represent the future face of America.

But, Trump — and many of his supporters and defenders — spew their racism and tell themselves that it is perfectly acceptable when it is read back to them, in much the same way that a dog will eat its own vomit.

Blow’s anger is understandable.  It exists at our home, where my wife is Lebanese.  She revels in the fact that she is not white, but “beige” — a pigment shared by millions of Americans.

I love beige.  I now despise white.

She sees Trump for what he is — a horrible, hate-spouting white man pig who belches racist swill and hate out of fear and bigotry.

So does Charles Blow.  He adds:

There can be no more discussion or debate about whether or not Trump is a racist. He is. There can be no more rhetorical juggling about not knowing what’s in his heart. We see what flows out of it.

White people and whiteness are the center of the Trump presidency. His primary concern is to defend, protect and promote it. All that threatens it must be attacked and assaulted. Trump is bringing the force of the American presidency to the rescue of white supremacy. And, self-identified Republicans absolutely love him for it.

Amen, Mr. Blow.  You get no argument from our corner of this nation.  Donald Trump got no votes from our house.  The majority of Americans who voted in the 2016 presidential election did not vote for him either.

In Virginia, our home, most of our Commonwealth also did not vote for Trump.  Our Electoral votes, thankfully, did not go to him.  We do not welcome racists into our home or within our midst.

We also welcome Muslims into our home.  We dine with them and enjoy companionship and conversation.

The same cannot be said for more than a few so-called “Christians” who we thought were friends but turned out to be racists who espouse violence, misquote the Bible and spread hatred in the name of God.

Our door remains closed to them as long as they espouse the hate and bigotry of Donald John Trump.

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Trump’s ‘base’ starts to fade

The “base” of support for president Donald Trump, a normally unmovable bloc of voters who have said they will stick him “not matter what,” now have second thoughts. A new National Public Radio/Public Broadcasting Service News Hour Pool by Marist College found Trump’s rating dropping by seven points,

More importantly, the loss comes heaviest among suburban men, whose allegiance to Trump dropped 18 percentage points.

Marist also found support for Trump dropping among evangelicals, Republicans and men without college degrees — the very coalition of voters that gave him the presidency in 2016.

Just ask retired Navy reservist Jeff Daudert, who voted for Trump in 2016.

“What the f–k were we thinking,” Daudert told Washington Post reporter Matt Viser outside a Walmart store in Macomb County, Mich. recently.

Daudert points to Trump’s role in shutting down portions of the federal government over his demand for a $5.7 billion wall between America and Mexico.

“It’s silly. It’s destructive,” says Daudert, who adds that he won’t be supporting Trump in 2020. “I was certainly for the anti-status quo [in 2016]. I’ll be more status quo next time.”

Same for Jeremiah Wilburn, 45, an operating engineer in Michigan.

“I was doing fine with Trump up until this government shutdown. It’s ridiculous. You’re not getting the wall build for $5 billon. Mexico is not paying for it, we all know that, too. Meanwhile, it’s starting to turn people like me away.”

Wilburn’s brother works for the Transportation Safety Administration in Florida and is among the hundreds of thousands of federal workers expected to work each day without pay.

“You can’t expect people to come to work without getting paid. I I were them, I certainly wouldn’t come to work,” he added.

At least 10 percent of the TSA workers failed to come to work this weekend across the country, causing problems for airport operations that are also strained by the government shutdown.

Claudette Anglin. 31, says she and her longtime boyfriend split over disagreements over Trump.

“I voted for Trump and supported him,” she said. “He didn’t. I lost him and now I’ve lost my self-respect for voting for a disaster like Trump. “

Erica McQueen, 38, voted for Trump and says he’s done some of the good things she expected from him.

“But it gets overshadowed by the stunts he pulls,” she says.

The wall and the shutdown are examples.

“The wall is getting out of hand. It’s too much. It’s ridiculous. I sick of seeing it. I’m sick of hearing about it.”

So she probably won’t be voting for Trump again.

“Something miraculous has to happen for me to vote for him again.”

Joey Thomas says he burned his Trump t-shirts and his “Make America Great Again” hat.

“God, I bought into that man’s bulls–t lock, stock and barrel,” says the 28-year-old machinist who lives in Montgomery County, Virginia. “I am gullible fool.”

Similar support for Trump is slipping among members of America’s military forces. A poll by Military Times find support sliding among active service members. His overall approval has slipped from a high of 46.1 percent to a current low of 43.8 while his overall disapproval has increased 16 points during the same period.

“I’m not proud to say I voted for the SOB in 2016,” says recently retired Navy specialist Ed Harnover. “That is a mistake that I will correct if he ever appears on a ballot again.”

In Washington, lockstep support for Trump is slipping among the Republicans who have backed him without question during most of the first two years of his presidency. GOP members now talk among themselves about whether or not they will support him in 2020. Some talk about finding “a viable Republican” to run against him in the primaries next year.

And the loss of support continues.

Reports CNBC:

President Donald Trump is hemorrhaging support amid a political standoff over his proposed border wall that has resulted in the longest government shutdown on record, according to polls.

As the shutdown of about a quarter of the federal government lumbers toward its fifth week, the president even appears to be losing favor with his core constituents, whose support for Trump until this point has been rock-solid since the 2016 campaign.

Cracks even appeared in Trump’s seemingly impenetrable facade of overall Republican support: 83 percent of Republican respondents said they support the president in the most recent poll — down 7 points from the early December poll — while his disapproval in the party rose 3 points.

Trump has long touted the loyalty of his base, once telling supporters during the campaign that “I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters.”

But after publicly telling Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that he would be “proud” to shut down the government in pursuit of funds to construct his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump has evidently had trouble selling his subsequent message that Democrats are responsible for the continued negotiating stalemate.

“It appears it might finally be the right time to openly talk about a ‘Dump Trump’ movement within the party,” says a senior aide to a GOP leader in the House. “That decision day is coming and it’s coming at breakneck speed.”


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