Remember Obama promising to close Gitmo on day one? Papa Bush with his "read my lips; no new taxes"?
trump, on the other hand, campaigned as a racist and promised a lot on immigration. 63 million people loved his racism and voted him into the Oval Office. The guy is coming through with one action after another, fulfilling his promises.
Thus, for instance, we have the crisis of children being separated at the border from their fathers and mothers. If trump voters are now outraged, well, this is Faustian Bargain, and now the devil is collecting his dues. Pay up, you fucking bastards! trump never hid his cruelty!
The policy of shattering families and the cacophony of conservative voices defending it are the fruits of a campaign of dehumanization that began when Trump announced his candidacy for president, declaring that Mexico was sending rapists and drug dealers to migrate illegally to the United States. ...Yep, it began with the very announcement that he was running for the presidency. The fucking 63 million voters embraced this cruel and horrible human being!
Dehumanizing “some” dehumanizes the whole. This has been Trump’s strategy from the beginning. It has been an essential element of the most shameful episodes in American history, a list to which the Trump administration’s policy of detaining children to frighten their parents must now be added.
Dehumanizing the "others" is not new in America.
The Trump administration’s purposeful separation of families has roused the ghosts that haunt America. In the antebellum United States, abolitionists seized on the separation of families by slave traders to indict the institution of slavery itself. Family separation was a key part of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which so affected some readers that, the historian Heather Andrea Williams writes in Help Me to Find My People, they went to slave auctions to bear witness: “Some travelers wanted to see for themselves the scenes that Stowe described in the novel, and they likened the people they saw to her characters.”If you need to be reminded of that, check out 12 years a slave, which that essay also refers to.
For the enslaved, who lived lives of toil and hardship as chattel, the forced division of families was among the most agonizing experiences they ever suffered or witnessed.
To preserve the political and cultural preeminence of white Americans against a tide of demographic change, to keep America more white and less brown, the Trump administration has settled on a policy of systemic child abuse intended to intimidate prospective immigrants into submission.It is the white supremacists' power play, all over again.
Trump’s harsh policies are the product of his view that Latin American immigrants will “infest” the U.S., changing the character of the country. It is a racialized view of citizenship, one that perceives white Americans as the nation’s rightful inheritors and the rest of us as interlopers. It is a worldview both antithetical to the American creed and inseparable from its execution.Jamelle Bouie echoes many of these observations.
President Trump sees all Hispanic immigrants—and not just MS-13—as “animals” threatening the cultural and racial integrity of the United States.The 63 million voters, including past commenters and some of my neighbors, can claim all they want that they are not racists. But, racists they undeniably are.
I have been telling friends and family that things will way worsen and that we are yet to hit rock bottom. Bouie says the same:
This will only get worse as November approaches and the president fights to hold a Republican majority in Congress. To energize its voters, the White House plans a campaign of vicious demagoguery.Yep, even more vicious than how things are now, if one can imagine such a scenario!
It was always clear Trump would lean on racism to try to win the midterms. What’s now apparent is the shape and scope of that appeal. In 2015, when he kicked off his campaign by calling immigrants “rapists” and drug dealers, Trump also tried to give himself a sheen of plausible deniability: “Some, I assume, are good people.” But in 2018, he intends an unvarnished message of brutality and dehumanization; a white-supremacy campaign for the 21st century.