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Donald Trump exudes white privilege. Without it, he wouldn't be President of the United States. No black man in America could ever have said and done the things he has said and done (don't make me list them ) without an advanced degree or a single day of elected experience no less, and rise to the highest office in the land. Never! That's an exclusively white male opportunity.
White privilege seeps out of the very pores of this administration. It's how Betsy DeVos could become secretary of education without a single day of experience teaching in a classroom or managing a school. Most of her predecessors had at least done one of those things — many even managed entire school districts with thousands of students. Like Trump, she has no advanced degree, but that was no impediment for her. Wealth and white privilege paved her way.
Donald Trump reached peak white privilege this week. With his political world caving in all around him, with talks of his impeachment or resignation growing, and whispers of conservatives hoping Vice President Pence can somehow take his place, Trump has started a national pity party for himself. In doing so, he has not only exposed just how deep his rabbit hole of white privilege goes, but also just how little history he truly understands.
First, sulking aloud while he was supposed to be giving a commencement speech to Coast Guard graduates, Trump said of himself "no politician in history, and I say this with great surety, has been treated worse, or more unfairly."
This has to be one of the most outrageous, offensive, and ridiculous statements I've ever heard from a national leader.
First off, we live in a nation where we've seen former presidents — including Lincoln and Kennedy — shot and killed while in office. Robert Kennedy, while running for President, was also shot and killed. Trump was actually 22 years old when RFK was assassinated, but it appears that he either forgot it even happened or that he actually believes what is happening with him right now is worse than being assassinated.
Is Donald Trump unaware that Nelson Mandela spent 27 years incarcerated as a political prisoner in apartheid South Africa? The bulk of those years were spent in painful isolation on Robben Island, far away from his own wife, children and community. Mandela, mind you, was not on that island alone, but with dozens of other political prisoners from throughout South Africa. Does Trump actually believe that what he is experiencing is worse than this?
In fact, so many brilliant African politicians, from Patrice Lumumba to Kwame Nkrumah, were executed and exiled for taking a stand against colonialism. I sincerely doubt, though, that Donald Trump has ever even uttered those names before or could pick their faces out of a lineup.
Trump complains of ‘witch hunt’ Russia probe in paranoid tweets
Trump continued his self-pity party Thursday when he tweeted that what he is experiencing right now is "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history."
Really? That he could even form his fingers to tweet such foolishness is disgusting. Mind you, Donald Trump himself said he hired private investigators to attempt to prove that President Barack Obama was not even an American. Trump was perhaps the most visible "birther" in the entire nation — continually questioning the citizenship and humanity of Obama every chance he got.
That Trump now thinks he is experiencing the worst witch hunt in American history, or the worst political attacks in world history, shows just how painfully delusional he actually is.
Trump made his outrageous claims with "surety" — so let me say what I'm about to say with surety. Donald Trump's narcissistic assessment of how bad things are for him right now is not just strange, it's disturbing. I honestly believe it's a sign that something is painfully wrong with this man to be able to make such a skewed assessment. He does not have his feet or mind grounded in reality. He lacks the basic knowledge or context to even understand the common facts of American or world history.
Trump campaign members had 18 undisclosed talks with Russia
I've said it before, but I'll say it again — none of this is surprising. This is exactly who Donald Trump has always been — except now he's a terrible human being in the most important office in the world.
God help us.