Donald Trump is a white supremacist. We all know that. Many revered politicians, scolders on talk shows like the View, and morally lofty CNN newsreaders all make that connection, so it must be true. Even the great New York Times has thrown itself into the fray, writing articles and opinion pieces, appalled at the racist, sexist behavior of the new, angry-looking man in the White House. But not to worry, the Times has removed the slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Print” – on every edition for the last 100 years, meant to distance itself from sensational, yellow journalism – so it’s covered.
Trumpism is a word now defined by some internet dictionaries as “racism, religious bigotry, demeaning attitudes towards women, attempts to intimidate the press, hard-edged nationalism,” all serious stuff. While CNN news readers and leading newspapers are continually outraged by Trumpism, we are now seeing statesmen and politicians falling on their swords, some leaving high paying public jobs, so that the rest of us don’t get dragged down into the moral mud.
Trumpism has become the current national debate, kept burning by CNN and liberal talk show hosts, and certain politicians, which means it’s the main topic among the New York media outlets and sweeping through the Washington, D.C. Beltway, like William Tecumseh Sherman’s troops torching Atlanta. The word and its connotations are the underlying reason Congress on both sides of the aisle says it can’t come together and do the work for the people of this once great land, because they’re so upset with the guy with the funny hair and his immoral tweets at night.
The latest casualty was Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake, author of Conscience of a Conservative, who said he would not run for re-election in large part because in good conscience he can’t work with Trump anymore. No matter that had never really worked with Trump and had he run, he most likely wouldn’t have been elected anyway.
“We must never regard as ‘normal’ the regular and casual undermining of our democratic norms and ideals. We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country — the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons, reasons having nothing whatsoever to do with the fortunes of the people that we have all been elected to serve.”
CNN called Flake’s words “the most important political speech of 2017, and one of the most powerful political speeches in the modern era of the Senate.” If that’s not praise enough, CNN also called his spin of words “breathtaking,” and “a clarion call to the governing wing of the Republican Party to wake up from the fever of Trumpism. It was a call to action and a warning. A plea and a push,” though stopping short of saying we heard the next Gettysburg address.
In fact, many of the great leaders of our time are riding the Trumpism bandwagon in front of the cameras, blaming his arrogance on their own failures, which has denied them the opportunity of leading the country to greater moral heights.
Hillary Clinton, after losing the Presidential election, told an interviewer that while she sat there listening to Trump’s inaugural address on the Capitol steps all she could hear was “a cry from the white nationalist gut.” To Hilary, Trumps voice was the voice of his “deplorables” – the white racists, sexists, religious bigots – who had stolen the election from her and Bill, keeping them from moving back to their rightful personal quarters inside the White House.
Even former President George W. Bush has weighed in, re-emerging from eight years herding armadillos on his ranch and country club golf in Dallas, to warn the country of what he says lies ahead with Trumpism. “We’ve seen the return of isolationist sentiments, forgetting that American security is directly threatened by the chaos and despair of distant places,” forgetting to mention the chaos and despair he unleashed on the world when he personally gave the order to start our nationalist, some might say racist war against Iraq, primarily to capture and prosecute Saddam Hussein for trying to killed his father, George H. W. George the Younger said indignantly last week, reading from a script, occasionally looking up into the cameras: “Bigotry or white supremacy is blasphemy against the American creed!” all of which was picked up by all the major television networks and newspapers fighting Trumpism.
And then there is former President Barack Obama, who doesn’t use the word Trumpism, but doesn’t miss a chance to stir up an audience with the underlying lightening rods of racism and white supremacy. At his first public appearance after his new $60 million book deal, at a rally for a Democratic candidate in Newark, he said “We are rejecting a politics of division! We are rejecting a politics of fear!” leaving it to his audience to stir up those feelings inside themselves.
Which raises an interesting question about this great national “debate” on racism and white supremacy. Like accusing someone of sexism and or radical nationalism, they are all words charged with only emotion and fear, no reason and only the skimpiest of facts. If you accuse someone of being a racist or white supremacist only because maybe they said a word, they have no defense. It’s your word against theirs, if especially you pretend to be standing on higher moral ground. What do the words mean to begin with? How do you prove that is what truly goes on inside someone’s spirit and mind, making the accusation that inside they secretly hate black people or want to burn crosses on their yards? Truth is, you can’t, but it’s a great way to stir up people and get them to hate someone else, like the guy with blond hair in the White House.
Which brings us to former President Obama. From his memoirs, Dreams From My Father, we know that his biological grandparents, who raised him and nurtured him as his guardians in Hawaii after his Kenyan father disappeared and white mother was in Indonesia, were white people from Kansas, and in his vision, racists as deep as any in Mississippi. Does that mean that half of him has racist influences, too? And what about the teleprompter readers and talk show hosts, who are shaming Trump for all the hate he is supposedly spewing? Have you ever had a negative or fearful thought, or spoken a disparaging word about a black person? If so, fess up. What’s your defense? It’s like when Johnnie Cochran asked white L.A. cop Mark Furman on the witness stand at the O.J. Simpson Trial if he had ever used the N-word. After that was established, it was case closed for the mostly black jury, hell with the facts.
As Mark Twain once said, in words that were published some 30 years after his death – he never spoke or wrote them while alive as they were too charged for his time – written in a letter by his daughter Clara Clemens Gabrilowitsch to the New York Herald Tribune on November 19, 1941:
“Our Civil War was a blot on our history, but not as great a blot as the buying and selling of Negro souls.”