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And how naive an adult could be.  The birther imaginings about Barack Obama?  Just a silly conspiracy theory, latched onto by an attention seeker who has a peculiar penchant for them.  The “Mexican” Judge Gonzalo P. Curiel incident?  Asinine, inappropriate, a terrible attack on the judiciary by an egocentric man who imagined that the judge didn’t like him.  The white supremacists’ march in Charlottesville?  The president’s comments were absolutely idiotic, but he couldn’t possibly have been referring to those self-described Nazis as “good people”; in his sloppy, inarticulate way, he was referring to both sides of the debate over Civil War statues, and venting his anger about being criticized.
No, I thought, President Trump was boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive.  He’s a pathetic bully but an equal-opportunity bully — in his uniquely crass and crude manner, he’ll attack anyone he thinks is critical of him.  No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I still gave him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist.  No matter how much I came to dislike him, I didn’t want to think that the president of the United States is a racial bigot.
But Sunday left no doubt. Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president.  Trump could have used vile slurs, including the vilest of them all, and the intent and effect would have been no less clear.  Telling four non-white members of Congress — American citizens all, three natural-born — to “go back” to the “countries” they “originally came from”?  That’s racist to the core.  It doesn’t matter what these representatives are for or against — and there’s plenty to criticize them for — it’s beyond the bounds of human decency.  For anyone, not least a president.
What’s just as bad, though, is the virtual silence from Republican leaders and officeholders.  They’re silent not because they agree with Trump.  Surely they know better.  They’re silent because, knowing that he’s incorrigible, they have inured themselves to his wild statements; because, knowing that he’s a fool, they don’t really take his words seriously and pretend that others shouldn’t, either; because, knowing how damaging Trump’s words are, the Republicans don’t want to give succor to their political enemies; because, knowing how vindictive, stubborn and obtusely self-destructive Trump is, they fear his wrath.
But none of that is good enough.  Trump is not some random, embittered person in a parking lot — he’s the president of the United States.  By virtue of his office, he speaks for the country.  What’s at stake now is more important than judges or tax cuts or regulations or any policy issue of the day.  What’s at stake are the nation’s ideals, its very soul.
    —    George T. Conway III
Excerpt from his opinion / editorial: “Trump is a racist president
Appearing in The Washington Post, dtd: 15 July 2019
The full text of the editorial can be read at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/george-conway-trump-is-a-racist-president/2019/07/15/b13c0bd4-a740-11e9-9214-246e594de5d5_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2dd85c1c2cbd
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In Charlottesville, Americans were forced to reckon with the reality that we live in a country where white supremacists can parade openly, and without condemnation from the White House.  We allow for the slaughter of unarmed black children and the mass incarceration of people of color.  A black President who had to be publicly perfect for eight years was followed by a white President who is habitually dishonest.  So many Americans were lulled into complacency by the progress that Obama’s presidency signaled, and the symbol he represented.  Yet all gains can easily be lost, particularly in a society stacked against anyone who threatens the dominant order.  Lee has been trying to tell us this for more than 30 years.  He’s hoping we’re ready to listen.
  —   Rembert Browne
From his article: “Spike Lee Wants You To Wake Up
Which is a review of Spike Lee’s recent (2018) movie:  “BlaKkKlansman
The article appeared in:  Time Magazine
Dated: 20 August 2018
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The divisions are now as physical as they are emotional and intellectual: in the 2016 election, of America’s 3,113 counties, just 303 went to either candidate by 10 points or fewer; 1,196 saw landslides of 50 points or more.  We have self-sorted into private pockets of affirmation, and where we live shapes what we believe.  “These days, Democrats and Republicans no longer stop at disagreeing with each other’s ideas,” argues Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center.  “Many in each party now deny the other’s facts, disapprove of each other’s lifestyles, avoid each other’s neighborhoods, impugn each other’s motives, doubt each other’s patriotism, can’t stomach each other’s news sources and bring different value systems to such core social institutions as religion, marriage and parenthood.  It’s as if they belong not to rival parties but alien tribes.”
During his campaign, Trump engaged and inspired millions of voters who had given up on government and were desperate for a new vision, a new voice.  Their needs are real and urgent, and have been largely ignored as the President reduced the office to a vanity plate.  He has shown how little loyalty he feels to friends and allies who honor some principle higher than his self-interest.  In the aftermath of Charlottesville, we saw the reverse: we saw his reluctance to turn away from people who admire him, claim him, even if they do so in the name of beliefs that Americans have died fighting to defeat.  There will be more marches, more clashes and, if the white supremacist leaders are right, more lives lost before this latest battle for the nation’s soul resolves.  But it is a historic shame and sorrow that so few Americans can come to that struggle with the faith that their President is on their side.
   —    Nancy Gibbs
From her editorial: “Will the Nation Succeed After Charlottesville Where Donald Trump Failed?
Time Magazine, dtd: Aug. 17, 2017
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