The phrase “American Carnage,” used in Donald Trump’s first speech, portrayed the United States as a country besieged by crime, littered with derelict factories, and beaten down by gold-encrusted elites.
It’s my theory that Trump is fostering his own “American Carnage.”
Racists are having a parade with the current administration’s policies. The most recent example is a man who threatened to kill CNN employees. Brandon Griesemer was arrested, but only after several phone calls consisting of threats and disparaging rants about African Americans and Jews.
In Kentucky, Todd Shaw, while performing his “duties” as acting police chief, ordered a recruit to kill black teenagers smoking marijuana.
“Fuck the right thing. If black, shoot them,” he said. Maybe self-righteous Republicans will say it was taken out of context or something.
Of course, the Trump administration helps to sooth tensions by allowing police departments to purchase surplus military gear.
It’s clear to me that the bombast constantly radiating from the White House, whether it be Donald Trump, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, or Stephen Miller distracts from a much broader racism occurring in society. It’s a typical narrative from the media, that Trump is distracting us from other things that he is doing. But, in purely focusing on the racism from this ridiculous administration, it’s incredibly easy to forget that bigots are flourishing in the US of A.
Racists will hide behind various smokescreens, from the vaguely religious fundamentalists, to “law-abiding,” beady-eyed immigration hawks, they will adopt whatever clothing suits them in any given moment. If those are inconvenient for some reason, they will say that “it’s all about the economy.” Let’s get real.
Racism also feeds into Trump’s pattern of worsening the plights of the disadvantaged. In Trump’s first speech, for instance, he talked about the elites holding America back. This has only increased since his elevation to the Oval Office. With a tax bill that largely favors the rich, there is little evidence that the administration and Congress have poor Americans in mind when they hammer out their policies.
You know what? I might make this a two-parter. Honestly, there’s a lot of ground to cover. Stay tuned!