* Spoiler Alert * The issue is already settled Mitch,

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The President is not a racist. Period.   Mitch McConnell

Mitch, Mitch, Mitch. Look, I love ya like a brother buddy. OK, a half brother. With the last name of Dahmer. But it’s time to get with the program, reality is starting to worry about you. The jury is in, and it’s guilty on all counts. So here, here’s a cookie, a glass of water, and a teddy bear, it’s time to put that “The President is not a racist” shit to bed.

Of course the President of the United States is a racist. Hell, the Pope’s catholic, isn’t he? You’re not disputing that, are you. And it’s not just his racist tropes since he became President, his whole life has been just one long white bed sheet ballad. His father was arrested at a freakin’ Klan rally in New York. The two of them were hammered by HUD for discriminatory renting practices. And it’s not just blacks and “shithole countries” either. He stereotyped Jews by telling people he only wanted them counting the money in his casinos. And her regularly and proudly refers to Mexicans as rapists and drug dealers, and Central Americans as an “infestation.” I notice that you didn’t answer that question today when a reporter asked if you would tolerate somebody telling your immigrant wife to “go back where she came from.”

Despite my myriad other faults, which my lovely wife Teri regularly and gleefully reminds me of, I am not a racist. Most of us aren’t. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll all admit that we have our own personal prejudices, that’s just a simple fact of life. But we would never espouse those prejudices to others, and certainly never act on them, and that’s what defines a racist.

Actually, there is a simple, almost insanely easy way to prove that Donald Trump is a flaming, card carrying racist. For everybody out there who’s not a racist, including Senate Majority Leader McConnell I would presume, I want to ask you one simple question. Forget about verbalization, when is the last time in your life that you looked at someone, anyone, and even thought to yourself, “Why don’t they just go back where they came from?

I’m 62 years old, and suffice it to say, I’m no aficionado of rap or hip-hop music. But never in my life, when confronted with a booming bass beat and a bellowed “motherfucker!”, have I even thought to myself, “Jesus! Why don’t they take that rap shit and fucking go back where they came from?” I’m a lifelong, die hard Chicago Blackhawks fan, and back in the 80’s Wayne Gretzky broke my heart more times than I can count, and yet I never turned to the guy sitting nest to me in the crowd and yelled “Shit! Why doesn’t Gretzky just go back to Canada where he came from?!?”

Sorry Mitch, but that phrase “Go back where they came from” is a dead giveaway. It’s the oldest trope in the racist handbook. Just because I hate rappers doesn’t mean that I want them all back in Africa, it just means that I don’t want them in my living room or car CD player. Every time that your boss The Cheeto Prophet uses that phrase, he may as well be holding a flaming tiki torch in his hand.

Because the critical, operative word in the phrase “Go back where they came from” is the word they .If Trump said “Ilhan Omar should “Go back where she came from,” at least she came from Somalia. But when he uses that phrase to speak of four women of color, three of whom are US born citizens, that is the generalization of the the other. And Mitch, that’s as racist as it gets. Any questions?

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rory darjiit
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This piece makes me think of a really interesting recent episode of Chris Hayes’ Why Is This Happening podcast where he discussed anti-semitism with author and historian Deborah Lipstadt. In their conversation they come to the subject of Trump’s personal views on Jews, and she says: “I don’t think Donald Trump is an anti-Semite, not at all. But I do think he has shown, at times, a distinct failure to criticize the people on the far right who are engaging in these kind of actions, even if they’re just engaging in the rhetoric. Because we know the rhetoric leads to… Read more »
anastasjoy
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I can’t get out of my mind what the girl who bullied me in 6th grade (we’ve long since made our peace) said at a 50th reunion brunch in May. She said that in the 30s in the old country (Germany) her father said that Hitler was just blowing smoke and would never act on his words. Her father said “We may be Jewish but we are Germans too.” Toni was born in Germany after her parents got out of the camps following WWII and came to this country as a little girl.

Epimetheos
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I saw the YouTube piece from CNN. Can we be absolutely sure that he is not an AI? His answers where like from a menu verbatim. I also noticed the jabs at Democratic platforms. And one in particular the “Socialist” connotation which no one is pushing back at. Socialism is not Communism or Totalitarianism; which is what the repugs. are associating it with in a throwback to the Cold War. By the way what was Putin’s role in Communist Russia? As to your piece, back in the sixties when I came to the US from Cuba, I was told many… Read more »
rory darjiit
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Takes one to not know one?

anastasjoy
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There are those who think he wasn’t referring to the self-appointed “Squad” at all but to the women who criticized him on a panel at Netroots Nation: three of the same women, minus Ocasio-Cortez, but including Deb Haaland. If true, that would make Trump the equivalent of the drunk yahoos who scream at protestors outside the stadium on Cleveland baseball opening day. She’s an enrolled member of the Laguna Pueblos. She has a right to tell Trump to “go back to where you came from.”