According to Fox's Brit Hume, Trump's 'go back' comments were nativist, xenophobic, counterfactul (sic) and politically stupid.
Hume apparently uses the word counterfactual when he means lying.
He also says that Trump's comments simply do not meet the standard definition of racist. He may have his own definition of standard definition.
Any unbiased observer would be obliged to conclude that Trump's tweets fit the very definition of the word racist.
We all say things that may seem, in real time, to smack of racism, misogyny or homophobia, etc. The test of those comments, though, is how they compare with the rest of our words and actions.
If an offhand remark seems out of character, it might be just that, an offhand remark that carried unintended meaning.
Trump says that he doesn't have a racist bone in his body. Many would like to test that claim, but the Secret Service may prevent us from examining his bones. We can certainly examine his body of work, though.
In his 20's, Trump was sanctioned by the federal government for trying to keep black people out of his properties.
He kicked off his political career by accusing America's first black president of being some sort of "other." Not eligible for the office, not one of us.
Curiously, in a 2014 interview with Meredith Vieira, Trump admitted that he believed that President Obama was born in the USA at the time he (Trump) made that baseless claim.
Why Trump made that accusation even though he didn't believe it is a matter of speculation. It was certainly for political gain, but like all his baseless claims, it doesn't stand up to scrutiny.
Trump kicked off his presidential run in 2015 by calling Mexicans rapists and murderers. He said he couldn't get a fair trial from Mexican Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is actually of Spanish descent and was born in Indiana.
He has called African nations shithole countries, black athletes sons of bitches, un-American and ungrateful, treated Puerto Rico as a foreign nation and attacked Gold Star families who were Muslim and black.
Donald J. Trump thinks of Nazis as very fine people.
Trump's racism, that of his followers, of Fox News and the entire GOP is indisputable. As Fox's Brian Kinmeade recently said of the children locked in cages on our southern border, These aren't our kids...it's not like he is doing this to the people of Idaho or Texas.
Trump's presidency is like a remake of White Christmas. Sorry Brit, but all that shouts racism to me.
None of this is new. In the 1920's, a Washington Post editorial referred to Italians as degenerate spawn of the Asiatic hordes.
Teddy Roosevelt once told a friend he was worried about the multiplication of Finnegans, Hooligans, Antonios, Mandelbaums and Rabinskis.
What's new is that Trump directed his bigotry at duly elected Representatives charged with making laws and keeping the president in check.
Trump says the four women referred to in his tweet hate America because they're always complaining about it.
Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been complaining about America's shortcomings for years. Of course, they're white.
NOBODY has ever complained about America more than Donald J. Trump. His 2016 campaign was one long, rambling grievance.
When Trump says that these four women have no business telling us how to run our government, he's sending a very clear message. He's saying that Congress has no business telling him what to do.
Those four women ARE the government. They are the very face of America and they represent Americans who look just like them.
The district represented by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has a greater population of Americans than 16 U.S. states.
When Trump tells them to go back where they came from (Queens?), he's letting us know that he is going to find a way to get rid of his political enemies.
Put it all together, folks.
Lock her up. Shoot people on 5th Avenue. Send her back. Have his justice department investigate his enemies. His military, his bikers, his NRA guys.
The hand writing is on the wall, my friends and your name may very well be next on the list. Trump's "bible" isn't the Bible, it's Mein Kampf.
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