White supremacists aren’t just sticking to the streets anymore, they are running for the highest levels of government. Well, as David Duke can attest, this isn’t the first time that flaming bigots have run for office, but it might be the first time in awhile that they have a chance to succeed. The midterms are quickly approaching, and even though they are months away, preparation for them begins now.
With Trump in office, this behavior existing in the well-lit halls of politics is normal enough. You would be correct if you said the GOP has functioned as the party for white supremacists well before Trump, except that the past year has shown there is no clear indication that they will fail. Much of what occurred in 2017, from Charlottesville, to Trump’s feud with Jemele Hill, suggests that they have more opportunities to claim power than ever.
Let’s harken back to Trump’s pardoning of Joe Arpaio, former Arizona Sheriff and ardent collector of antique pinball machines. The president pardoned a man who engaged in racial profiling against latinos and then proceeded to force them to live in his own home- made concentration camp. And we can’t just say that “oh, he’ll drop dead tomorrow,” since many racists apparently live to at least 105.
Now Arpaio is running for the Senate. He recently accused Senator Jeff Flake of treason for criticizing the punchline-in-chief. If you haven’t seen this guy “in action” just click below.
In other words, when it comes to the midterms, there’s plenty to worry about. I’d like to think that Arpaio and co. don’t stand a chance in attaining high office in the US government. But “liking to think” and reality are two different things. Otherwise, we might as well be watching Tucker Carlson or something.