So, what is the deal with this cray-cray Trump candidacy? Is it just the reality show from Hell? Is it a dumber incarnation of Mussolini? I’m staring at it in horror, but what is it?
One simple answer is that it’s a reaction to Obama’s presidency. The racists of this country have had a rough seven years trying to deal with the reality of a black President. Now, here comes Trump to the rescue, this man who still hasn’t sorted out his feelings about the KKK. The yokels who cheer for him might not agree with his stances on health care or abortion or almost anything else, but that doesn’t matter–the essence of his campaign is all about bashing brown-skinned people.
Despite the fact that his administration is responsible for a record number of deportations, the screaming heads on talk radio have always accused President Obama of purposely letting high numbers of undocumented Latino immigrants into the country in order to “change our culture” (code language for making the culture less white). But, never fear! Trump is here and he’s going to build a giant wall to protect us from all these foreign aliens.
Likewise, the right-wing conspiracy theorists believe that Obama is sympathetic to radical Islamist terror groups, perhaps even that he’s a radical Muslim himself. This although he has expanded George W’s drone strike program. Once again, Trump bravely steps up to the plate. He will keep all the Muslims out. Radical or non-radical, it doesn’t matter. That should solve the problem.
In an ironic twist, as the President is disrespected because of his skin color, he is simultaneously blamed for being the one to cause racial division in the nation. Apparently, he is too soft on the (scary to conservatives) Black Lives Matter movement. In the world of anti-Obama hysteria, tiny molehills are turned into mountains. As with everything else in his presidency, Obama has treaded very carefully when it comes to incidents of police brutality, not speaking out as forcefully as many would like him to. He got in enough trouble just for saying that Trayvon Martin could have been his kid. And still, according to the crazy rightie blogosphere, he has been coddling rioters and looters. Trump, on the other hand–he doesn’t mess around with those pesky BLM protesters. He will have his own audiences kick and shove them out of his rallies. He’s a big man, that Donald.
So the question is–will we allow the racist backlash against our country’s first African-American President to result in a destructive, reactionary Trump presidency? I sincerely hope not.