Writing about the current political climate isn’t an easy job these days. There are two reasons for that: 1) Under the administration of the human hairball who currently occupies 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, scandals fly by so quickly that, by the time I’ve figured out what to say about one, two others have entered the news cycle and no one’s even thinking about the one you’ve spent all that time on. And, 2) Each scandal is more shameful and tainted the last. I mean, who ever would’ve thought 45 could top “Grab ’em by the pussy”? But then, we found out about his tryst with Stormy. Talk about sleazy. I need two fingers of bourbon and hot shower just thinking about this shit. But the latest Trumpian scandal leaves all the others in the dust, though.
It all started with a tweet
Sunday morning, the Presidiot tweeted the following:
Are we really arguing about this?
That the mango-hued George Wallace wannabe would say something like is, sadly, not surprising. The man’s racist side has been on public display since at least the late 80’s when he took out a full page ad calling for the execution of the Central Park 5. What also wasn’t surprising (or at least, shouldn’t have been) was the reaction of Republicans in Congress. House Democrats brought up a motion to condemn Tangerine Hitler’s obviously racist tweet and the GOP reps got their panties all in a wad. They tied up proceedings for most of the afternoon as they (unsuccessfully) attempted to have Speaker Nancy Pelosi words stricken from the record. What did she say that upset them so? She referred to Trump’s tweets as racist. That’s right, beloved, for a lot of Republicans, saying racist shit isn’t offensive, but calling that racist shit, “racist shit” is utterly disrespectful. If you think that’s fucking surreal, you’re right.
A Klan rally without the hoods
Things took an even uglier turn Wednesday evening in Greenville, NC. Our short-fingered vulgarian of a president was on the campaign trail and held a rally there. After he accused her of supporting Al Qaeda, the crowd broken into a chant of “Send Her Back“. Normally, that’s the point at which I would say the event devolved into a Klan rally. But that assumes it didn’t start out as one.
Now, there are people out, including U.S. Senator Lindsay Graham saying that this “Love it or Leave it” message isn’t racist. To that, I give the words of the inimitable Wayne Campbell: ” Shyeah, and monkeys might fly out of my butt!”
Now, now, let’s be fair
Let’s examine this claim. If you clicked on the link where I said Little Donnie’s tweet was “obviously racist, you know that the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says, “Ethnic slurs and other verbal or physical conduct because of nationality are illegal if they are severe or pervasive and create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment, interfere with work performance, or negatively affect job opportunities”. They also say, “Examples of potentially unlawful conduct include insults, taunting, or ethnic epithets, such as making fun of a person’s foreign accent or comments like, ‘Go back to where you came from,’ whether made by supervisors or by co-workers.” Seems pretty cut and dried to me. But some folks are visual learners, so here’s a picture to drive the point home:
I don’t know about you, but for me, if the Klan, the foremost exemplar of racism in America, decided to use this phrase in this way, that pretty much seals the deal on whether or not it’s racist.
A miscalculation? We can only hope.
It is possible that this all part of our fascist fuckwad president’s campaign strategy and he’s throwing some red meat to his base to get them charged up. If it is, I think it’s doomed to failure. Sure there is slice of Americans who love the vile shit this David Duke wannabe is spewing, but that tops out around 25=30%. I could be wrong, but I’m pretty sure the rest of white America prefers its racism a lot less in your face than telling four women of color they should go back where they came from if they’re not happy here; it’s just so much harder to pretend like we’re living in a post-racist society when the racism is that overt. Whether it’s me or the pundits who are right, it’s going to be a long 16 months. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I gonna pour me some bourbon and take a long, hot shower.