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Unadulterated racism from Trump

26th Jul 2019
Unadulterated racism from Trump

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Being the holder of the most powerful office in the world does not exclude President Donald Trump from being a racist. It is instead all the more important that he is condemned for being an undeniable racist.

During the 30 months since his election Trump has showcased his bigotry in policy announcements, speeches and through social media. There can be no room for complacency in condemning his latest outburst in which he told four freshmen Congresswomen all of ethnic minority backgrounds to “go back” to where they “came from.”
Following these racist remarks, the resolution passed by the House of Representatives condemning his incendiary remarks last week is welcome.

“To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people,” said House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi. But worryingly the resolution was supported largely along party lines with just four Republicans joining Democrats in expressing their outrage.

The world is watching, and the world is in shock,” said Democrat Karen Bass from California. “His comments were beneath the dignity of the office of the President of the United States, and they have no place in our country.” Ominously there was much silence from most of the world’s capitals.

Britain proved to be an exception with outgoing Prime Minister, Theresa May, lambasting the language of Trump’s Tweets as “completely unacceptable.”And last week during Prime Minister’s Question Time, responding to SNP Westminster Leader, Ian Blackford, who asked May to condemn what he called “textbook racism”, May went further than she had done two days earlier by saying:“I strongly condemn comments made by” President Donald Trump. Likewise, the two candidates to replace her, Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt, criticised the US President but stopped short of describing him or even his words as racist.

Dozens of British politicians, including Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, sent a message of solidarity to the congresswomen. In the letter they condemned Trump’s tweets in which he suggested the women should “go back” to the “crime infested” countries they came from. “We are disgusted by Donald Trump’s attack on you. His blatant, unashamed racism has appalled people around the world” the signatories to the letter wrote.

“You embody the best of America. Its diversity is its strength. Thank you for showing the world that America can still provide leadership to be proud of, even when the White House has abdicated that role. We stand in solidarity with you. Trump himself remains in denial that his tweets were racist while showing no remorse for his inflammatory outbursts.“I don’t have a racist bone in my body!”he proclaimed. In his support, the top Republican in the House, Kevin McCarthy of California, also claimed he was not racist. “This is about ideology,” he argued instead.

Two days after his racist tweets Trump was not only unrepentant but even doubled down on his attack on the Congresswomen during a campaign rally in North Carolina. “These left-wing ideologues see our nation as a force for evil,” Trump said of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.

But it was Omar, already the victim of several death threats and the only of his three targets born outside of the US, that was singled out. “Omar laughed that Americans speak of al Qaeda in a menacing tone,” he added. “You don’t say America with this intensity. You say al Qaeda makes you proud. Al Qaeda makes you proud. You don’t speak that way about America,” he added, referring to her alleged remarks in a 2013 interview, remarks characterized as ‘false” by PolitiFact. His Islamophobically charged accusation goaded the crowd at his rally to chant “send her back! send her back!”

There can be no immunity from condemnation because he is the US President. On the contrary, someone in his position should not be allowed to get away with espousing his hatred for US citizens who are not white. It is time for leaders and people to stand up and decry that such remarks are not in their name.

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