The debate is over. Trump is a racist. ‘Go back to your country’ is a racist statement. There is no way to argue otherwise. Although I am shocked, these tweets aren’t surprising. He says racist stuff all the time. The difference here is bluntness. No sugar coating, no way to misinterpret. The tweet is so explicitly racist that any CEO would lose their job in 10 seconds over it yet he remains the leader of the free world.
Why did he do it?
The timing here seems extremely suspicious to me for a couple of reasons. Sure, Fox News ran a few segments about ‘The Squad’ roughly 20 minutes before the tweet storm, but they run segments about them daily. That couldn’t have been the only factor in my view.
The Democratic squabble between Pelosi and AOC has been headline news which is great for him. He could have just sat back and let the media run with it. He could have said the party is imploding, called a few names while still making these 4 congresswomen the face of the party.
Instead, he made statements so obviously racist it bumped all other stories to page two. The White House manufacturing event turned into a circus as he escalated his attacks on these women. All this gives the Democratic caucus a chance to put their dirty laundry back inside and stand united. So I ask again, why would he do this?
Trump is the King of Distraction
He had to have known the kind of blow back he would receive which might actually be the point. I think it’s no coincidence Trump did this just days before the bail hearing for Jeffrey Epstein. He threw a shiny object in the opposite direction so the details of this case wouldn’t lead the hours of every cable news channel.
His connection to this case is inevitable which might actually be his undoing. I predict he is going to say a bunch of heinous things to keep the people off his scent. Because after all, being a racist is a lot more acceptable than being a child rapist.
Thursday is Epstein’s bail hearing. I expect this week will be particularly painful for many in this country as we watch this president go down swinging.