Sorry , Trump Supporters Have To Say They're Sorry
Category: News & PoliticsBy: john-russell • 3 weeks ago • 222 comments
We are going into the bygones be bygones stage, as those who can find 'meanness' by both sides are poised to tell the nation we can "heal" if we just accept that good people can see things differently.
Can we find a "balance" between the behavior and beliefs of the nations' Trumpsters, and those on the other side? Are both sides equally responsible for our national behavior going off the rails in the past 4 years?
I would be willing to consider evidence of that, but I don't see the case for "both sides" are to blame.
In 2011 Donald Trump wanted to run for president in 2012. His problem was he didnt have a political base. He knew there had been a racial backlash against the election of the first black president, Barack Obama , in 2009 and 2010, or what was known at the time as the tea party/birther movement. By the start of 2011 though this was all dying out, mainly because the birthers had no evidence, were constantly being debunked, and the state of Hawaii had said publicly that Obama's birth certificate was in the state archives. Trump was not fazed , and in February of 2011 he started going on national tv shows claiming there was something wrong with Obama's past and suggested his birth certificate was fake. Eventually, after a few months of this attempt to humiliate the first black president in US history, Obama suddenly produced his birth certificate. The result was to let all the air out of Trump. He was humiliated , and his 2012 campaign never materialized.
But make no mistake, Trump had signaled that he was going to use race and conspiracy theories to create a space for himself in national politics.
Fast forward to 2015, Trump comes down the escalator talking about Mexican rapists and killers, and he is immediately off to the races. Even though he literally behaved like a buffoon at the early GOP presidential debates, he slowly built a following that fairly quickly put him at the head of the field.
You might think that Trump's humiliation over the birther thing would have made him untenable as a presidential candidate, for well, forever, but people who thought that didn't realize that Trump was appealing to white people who were really upset that blacks were getting elected to national offices. After all, the tea party, filled with racists, and white people who feel they are being treated badly in modern US society had wielded a great deal of influence in the Republican Party during the Obama terms. In 2015 Trump's appeal to white racial grievance struck gold.
If people want to go through all this we can, but here is my point.
There has never been a time when Trump has been on the right side or moral side of US national politics. From the beginning, in 2011, he wanted to exploit racial tensions, and in truth between 2011 and 2015 Trump never renounced his racism toward Obama. Eventually he made a half assed acknowledgement that Obama was born in Hawaii but at the same time took credit for forcing Obama to produce his birth certificate.
Everything Trump has done in politics has been the fruit of a poisoned tree. Everything.
If people want to act as if "the left" needs to reconcile with Trump supporters, ok, good luck with that. I'll do that when Trump supporters denounce Donald Trump and his racist history in politics.
I'll be waiting.