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Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:20 PM

A massive repudiation of Trump's racist politics is building

Four years ago, Christopher Parker, an African American political scientist at the University of Washington, made the provocative argument that Donald Trump’s candidacy could “do more to advance racial understanding than the election of Barack Obama.”

“Trump’s clear bigotry,” Parker wrote in the American Prospect, a liberal journal, “makes it impossible for whites to deny the existence of racism in America. . . . His success clashes with many white Americans’ vision of the United States as a fair and just place.”

Those words seem prescient today, after four years of President Trump’s racism, from the “very fine people” marching with neo-Nazis in Charlottesville to, in just the past week, a “white power” retweet and a threat to veto defense spending to protect the names of Confederate generals; after a pandemic disproportionately ravaged African American communities while an indifferent president tried to move on; after Trump-allied demonstrators, some carrying firearms and Confederate flags, tried to “liberate” themselves from public health restrictions; after the video of George Floyd’s killing showed the world blatant police brutality; after Trump used federal firepower against peaceful civil rights demonstrators of all colors.

The reckoning Parker foresaw is now upon us. White women, disgusted by Trump’s cruelty, are abandoning him in large number. White liberals, stunned by the brazen racism, have taken to the streets. And signs point to African American turnout in November that will rival the record level of 2012, when Obama was on the ballot. This, by itself, would flip Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to Democrats, an analysis by the liberal Center for American Progress shows.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/07/03/massive-repudiation-trumps-racist-politics-is-building/

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:36 PM

1. Those pesky white males with only a high school education are the ones holding us back

From moving forward.

A guy my husband works with today told him he doesn’t trust our intelligences agencies like the FBI, CIA etc because they are deep state and the only one telling us the truth is MF45. My husband told him he was insane. He said government is evil and of course used the bogey man Soros back at him.

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Response to kimbutgar (Reply #1)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:50 PM

3. My husband knows a man who is just like that

He sends these bizarre articles via email with comments like:

"Interesting stuff"

It's really toxic, racist, loony crap.

My husband responds respectfully and with facts.

I'm amazed that he can keep up the dialogue. I would tell the guy to pound sand. But he figures he might wedge a tiny bit of truth into the guy's brain.

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Response to Zorro (Original post)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 04:50 PM

2. traitortrump may well do more to advance a wide range of Dem reforms, not seen since

the great days of LBJ.

[imho]

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Response to empedocles (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 05:25 PM

4. We're going to need a new New Deal

To fix the country, and if we win the Senate and get rid of the filibuster, we can do it.

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Response to wryter2000 (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 05:29 PM

5. The irony. Traitortrump makes it possible.



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Response to empedocles (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:35 PM

6. may I add at a tremendous price

yes indeed

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Response to Skittles (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:45 PM

7. True. However, all this bad 'price' may be necessary to 'educate' enough of the

trumpers, - to enable reform progress. [Including voting, etc. trump out very decisively].

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Response to empedocles (Reply #7)

Fri Jul 3, 2020, 08:53 PM

8. well I mean "price" as in, for example, over one hundered thousand dead from a virus

it goes way beyond what could have been necessary to provoke real change

we will continue to pay the price for the fuckwad that is Donald Fucking Trump

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Response to empedocles (Reply #7)

Sat Jul 4, 2020, 06:28 AM

9. Given all the horrors of trump: virus, deaths of all sorts, caged children, environmental,

jobs lost [too many permanently], economy, infrastructure, murders, etc., etc. - still not enough, to reach enough voters.

Otherwise, trump would already be gone.

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