Totally not racist MAGA crowd at a Trump rally in Michigan, with a totally not racist reaction to Trump asking if any Hispanics are present.
Trump once again talked straight out of his ass to Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade, and falsely claimed that our country has “thousands” of immigration judges, with the need to hire thousands more.
We actually, as of April, have 334 of these judges, and the plan is to hire about 100 more. That is per the Washington Post. But Trump never let a little truth get in his way of promoting an attitude of fear and hysteria about all of the brown people invading the country, did he?
The clip is below (I might have added some extra footage for additional context.)
Trump’s recent pardon of racist asshole Joe Arpaio crossed a line for me, in terms of how I look at the fact that there are Latinos who inexplicably continue to support him. Up to this point, Trump’s racism, xenophobia and general-assholery has been obvious to anyone without blinders on, but I could always see how self-hating, ignorant Latinos could find a way to look around all of that and think “Trump’s my guy.”
When I think of what goes through the mind of Latinos who are pro-Trump, I think about, of course, the familiar escape mechanisms. When Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists,” he was talking about illegals, don’t you know? If you’re an American citizen, he’s not targeting you. When he degrades disabled people, women or Muslims – well, if you’re not one of those people, and completely lack empathy and decency, I can see how you wouldn’t care. I can understand how some conservative Latinos might think that when Trump says “Make America Great Again,” he’s talking about an America that fully includes them. Which isn’t true, but I get how a person can be deluded into thinking so.
But, unless a person is completely ignorant of what exactly landed former Sheriff Joe Arpaio in violation of the law, I don’t understand how certain Latinos can not only silently accept the brazen racism-acceptance of Trump’s pardon, let alone continue to wear their dumbass MAGA hats and vocally support it.
The list of egregious human rights violations and affronts to decency that Arpaio committed is a long one, but for most of them, if you weren’t an inmate in one of his jails or an illegal immigrant, I can see how you might not particularly care. After all, Arpaio was only being a monumental dick to incarcerated criminals or people who weren’t American citizens, right? I guess in some people’s fucked up mindsets, those people deserve to be treated as shittily as possible, so who cares?
But Arpaio was also guilty of targeting and detaining people who were merely “suspected” of being in the country illegally. If you’re Latino, THAT POTENTIALLY MEANS YOU, ASSHOLE. I suppose if you have features that allow you to pass for a Caucasian, which many Latinos do, you might not think it’s you. But ultimately – yes, it still is. Because as much as you might not want to think so – at the end of the day, after all of the darker people have been harassed – they will come for you next, once they realize that you are of Latin heritage. You will never, ever fully “fit in” with the racist, conservative white people you want so badly to be. As much as you might hope, you’re not one of them. You are only fooling yourself into thinking so.
Of course, you could simply be a glutton for punishment, and actually enjoy being treated like a second-class citizen. In which case, hey good luck. But if not, ask yourself, what the hell happened to you in the course of your life, that made you such a self-hating sellout who wants so badly to be accepted, that you would continue to support racist assholes like Trump and Arpaio? One thing that the age of Trump has really exposed is the degree to which people can delude themselves – into thinking they aren’t racist, for example. But it also includes people who fool themselves into thinking that Trump really gives half a shit about them, which couldn’t be further from the truth. This is no better exemplified than by Latinos who think Trump and his supporters view them as equals.
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The terror attack in Charlottesville last Saturday, in which Heather Heyer was killed while protesting against racism, and Trump’s subsequent blaming of “many sides” and apparent sympathizing with white supremacists, has spurred a spirited back-and-forth about the topic of racism in America. And, you know what that means. Lotta bullshit making the rounds on social media.
One thing I see being said whenever a topic like this is brought up, often by racism deniers, is that there are racists in minority groups as well as among white people. The point being that it sort of “cancels out” the racism of Neo-Nazis and other assorted tiki-torch wielding assholes, since minorities can hate too. As a rebuttal to that flawed argument (which I will get to in a moment,) there are also some people who say things like “black people can’t be racist.” Which, while I understand what they mean when those people say that, I disagree with. At least in a literal sense of the word, in a hypothetical, neutral universe (and not the current American reality in which we live.)
The sad truth about racism is that yes, anyone can be racist. Anyone can be a bigot. Anyone can view and treat others differently (often worse) based on their skin color. As a Latino, some of the most racist stuff I have heard has been said by Latinos about other races, including about other Latinos. I remember when I worked as a waiter, talking to one of my co-workers and hearing her refer to “wetties,” and thinking that it was kind of weird to hear a Latino disparaging other Latinos in such a manner. That kind of self-hate helps to explain the fact that there are some minorities who embrace and defend racists like Trump. That fact is often pointed to by Trump apologists as a means of demonstrating “see, he’s not racist, minorities like him too.” But that’s bullshit too.
However, while everybody can be racist, it carries much more weight when white people do it. And that is due to the fact that our society is still dominated by a white patriarchy. We often have the illusion of diversity, on television and in the corporate world, but at the core, America has a long way to go when it comes to different races being represented equally and having comparable influence. For example, you can look at professional sports. The NFL and NBA in particular are dominated by players of color. But the situation is much different when it comes to the makeup of the mega-wealthy owners. Same with corporate America. Yes, the workforce might be made up of seemingly diverse assortment of races, religions, genders and sexual orientations. But take a look at the profile of the upper levels of management and CEO’s. Different story there. Progress is being made, but we’re not there yet.
When white people are racist, it potentially resonates with a far greater number of people, including people in power or of influence, who can set policy that affects millions of lives. Keep in mind, this is not simply a “white people thing” in the abstract sense. It’s simply because numerically, America is still dominated by whites. When black people or other minorities are racist towards white people, it might be repugnant and offensive, but the difference is, they’re “punching up,” not down. And that’s the key distinction. The ironic thing is, white supremacists like the ones in Charlottesville often indirectly make this argument. Because one of their fears and grievances is that they’re becoming outnumbered. As if that’s somehow a bad thing (it is.) The truth is, they know that they are privileged and they’re pissed off because they see minorities making gains, and see it as a threat to their dominance.
Racism is an ugly thing, and people often don’t like to talk about it. But I think it’s critical that we not only talk about it, but do so with honesty and without fear of saying stuff that makes people uncomfortable. So yes, in the abstract, anyone can be racist. But in the actual American society we live in, not all racism is of equal weight. Far from it, in fact.
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So, our favorite moron and two-time failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee tweeted this out today, May 5, which also happens to be Cinco De Mayo if you speak Mexican. As of 10:37 a.m. pacific standard time, the tweet is still up, and is from his verified account.
I guess it’s another one of Huckabee’s lame attempts at humor, or a way to boldly proclaim “hey I’m a racist fucking asshole!” without using expletives.
Either way, it just goes to show how emboldened the racist fucks in the GOP have become under Trump’s reign. They are apparently giddy at not having to disguise their bigotry in the slightest, because, well look at what a racist asshole the president is.
By the way, if you want to see Megyn Kelly almost call this fucknozzle “Mike Fuckabee” on live television, go here.
Oh, and go fuck yourself, Huckabee.
Donald Trump’s casual racism was revealed recently at a press conference in which he asked reporter April Ryan if members of the Congressional Black Caucus are her friends.
Remember, this is coming from a man who says he is the “least racist person you have ever encountered.” Yes, he actually said that.
The exchange also revealed further Trump’s status as one of planet’s biggest douchebags. Apparently, he thinks it’s suitable to ask a professional journalist to set up meetings for him. What else do you need Trump? Should Ryan sweep and mop the floors, too?
I think it’s safe to say that this country is divided right now. The campaign and election of Donald Trump, AKA President Pussy Grabber, to the highest office in the nation, has brought about a ton of lost Facebook “friends” for a lot of people, increased family infighting, and a daily onslaught of bitter back and forth and arguments on the internet between decent Americans and the Trump supporters who have poisoned the well of this great land. For a person like myself, who already has an inclination to engage in political discussions online, it’s not as noticeable of a shift. But for the average person, I think there has been a yuge increase in this type of adversity and discord.
This has all brought up the old debate about whether politics should get in the way of friendships, and whether people can retain their relationships even if they strongly disagree in that arena. I have seen memes floating around which self-declare that (the meme creator) is capable of disagreeing with others, without losing or sacrificing their friendship. While I think it is generally true that people should be able to “agree to disagree,” I think that what we have seen with the Trump campaign, and now presidency, has far transcended the boundaries of “normal” political discourse and engagement.
I probably don’t need to go through the laundry list of reasons why POTUS Pee-Pee is categorically unfit for the presidency at this point. We have all seen and heard what Trump and his cult of followers have brought to the table. He has cultivated and encouraged outright bigotry and racism, toxic xenophobia, degradation of women and the disabled, and advocated violence against those who oppose him. He invited a foreign government to interfere with our presidential election, and suggested that perhaps “2nd Amendment people” could do something about his presidential opponent. He is probably the most polarizing political figure in modern U.S. history. With Trump, things go beyond mundane disagreements such as how much of a social safety net we should have, or how much foreign aid we should give to any given ally. Instead, things have become about having or not having fundamental decency as human beings.
On top of all of this, Trump’s administration has been shameless in their “gaslighting” and blatant lies to the American public. Things that are obvious and documented, such as the relatively unimpressive attendance at Trump’s inauguration, are being called into question by Kellyanne Conway and crew as “alternative facts” as they attempt to promote an alternate reality for their delusional horde to believe in. It was the same when Trump mocked a disabled reporter. He later denied it, even though it’s on tape, and there are actually people who insist that the controversy was all a result of “biased media.” Not to mention all of the times Trump has been recorded saying something, only to later flat-out deny saying it. Or the recent revelation that Trump has no intention of releasing his taxes, even though he had promised that he would – and, to add insult to injury – Trump incorrectly speaks for the American public and says that they are not interested in them. The sad thing is, Trump’s remaining defenders are perfectly okay with being deceived this openly. They apparently don’t mind being psychologically manipulated by Trump and his administration.
When it comes to expressing opinions online, I actually think it is everybody’s civic duty to be vocal in opposing things like blatant and dehumanizing bigotry, hate and degradation. So much so, that people end up losing friends, if need be. Because remaining silent only serves to enable those that seek to strip away our rights, freedoms and dignity. Resistance starts with vocalizing opposition. Things like racism should be something that we frown upon, and there should be a consequence felt by those who choose to fill their hearts with hate. The way I see it, the kinds of people that would have an issue with me voicing opposition to those things, I honestly don’t want or need in my life. I have “lost” a few “friends” on Facebook since the campaign season started, which had happened only once before (that I had noticed.) But I don’t really feel any “loss” – rather, I feel like I am being the person I was meant to be, without resistance or static from individuals that have revealed themselves to be morally and ethically contemptible. I have also chosen to unfollow a few people because I was just tired of seeing their asinine pro-Trump bullshit. I simply don’t need that kind of ugliness or negativity in my life, and I think the world throws enough of that at me as it is.
I always come back to this picture that I saw a while back, during the campaign. It sums up why I don’t have any respect for the most ardent Trump supporters, which by now is pretty much anyone still standing by him.
These “forgotten people” (as they have come to be known) don’t give a rat’s ass about anybody but themselves. Why should anyone give them any respect? They spend all their time pledging allegiance to politicians and individuals that feel completely comfortable and content attacking and denigrating anyone that isn’t white, male and straight (or females that are inexplicably bound to them.) Sure, there are some minorities who for some silly reason support Trump, but they all subscribe to the white male patriarchal ideal of American culture. They bring no actual argument or thought process to the table – it’s “woe is me, immigrants take our jobs, blah blah blah, cry cry cry.” And it inevitably becomes deflected into “Obama this, Hillary that…” It’s pathetic. I have had countless arguments with Trump supporters online, and I have concluded that, at this point, they are unreachable. There is no point. I mean, when you have people who proclaim that they are proud to be “deplorable,” how are you supposed to reason with them? The level of discourse from almost all Trump supporters I now encounter daily amounts to little more than trolling. It’s “neener neener neener, we won, you lost, get over it.” No substance, no philosophical basis (other than “hey, we’re assholes”) and lately, not even acknowledgement of basic facts that can be seen and heard by our own eyes and ears (think “alternative facts.”)
I hope people on the right realize that this is far from over. They can expect what they have seen recently, with the historic women’s marches around the world, and then some, to continue as long as a despicable man-baby who was put into office through a questionable election is in power.
Some people come to define words and concepts better than anything else possibly could. When I think of Ann Coulter, all I think of is “ugly.” I’m not commenting on her physical appearance. I’m talking about the disgusting and repugnant hate and ugliness that she exhibits at seemingly every opportunity she gets. Truly an ugly person.
This is another piece of wisdom, the source of which is uncertain. Some have attributed it to Mark Twain, others to Lincoln, among several other notable figures.
But there’s no doubt about who embodies it perfectly – TRUMP. The man who is his own worst enemy, who couldn’t keep his mouth shut to save his life (or his campaign.)