President Donald Trump has escalated his racist attacks – which he ramped up starting several weeks ago with lies against four Democratic Congresswomen, all people of color – into attacks on a Black U.S. Congressman, the revered Rep. Elijah Cummings, and followed that up Monday morning with an unprovoked attack on MSNBC host and longtime civil rights activist Al Sharpton.
Trump’s attack on Sharpton expands his assault on people of color into a full-fledged race war.
“I have known Al for 25 years,” Trump tweeted. “Went to fights with him & Don King, always got along well. He “loved Trump!” He would ask me for favors often. Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Just doing his thing. Must have intimidated Comcast/NBC. Hates Whites & Cops!”
I have known Al for 25 years. Went to fights with him & Don King, always got along well. He “loved Trump!” He would ask me for favors often. Al is a con man, a troublemaker, always looking for a score. Just doing his thing. Must have intimidated Comcast/NBC. Hates Whites & Cops! https://t.co/ZwPZa0FWfN
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019
This appears to be the first time Trump has tweeted a Black person, or any person, “Hates Whites.”
But that phrase makes it even more clear President Donald Trump is a white supremacist.
Trump went on to attack Sharpton again, less than an hour later.
Al Sharpton would always ask me to go to his events. He would say, “it’s a personal favor to me.” Seldom, but sometimes, I would go. It was fine. He came to my office in T.T. during the presidential campaign to apologize for the way he was talking about me. Just a conman at work!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 29, 2019
Many on social media expressed outrage.
CNN’s Keith Boykin made this salient observation:
Trump speaks on:
Al Sharpton: conman
Elijah Cummings: racist
Ilhan Omar: racist
Maxine Waters: low IQ
John Lewis: all talk
black countries: shitholes
black athletes: SOBs
Black tenants: unwelcome
Black workers: lazy
Central Park 5: guilty
Nazis: very fine people
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) July 29, 2019
Trump’s attacks are fueling hashtags like #RacistInChief, #RacistPresident
Here he goes attacking another person of color. How predictable.
No, Rev. Sharpton doesn’t “hate whites and cops.” This is some more racist garbage from a man whose job is to unite Americans, not stoke racial animus for political gain.
— Jacob Baum 🏳️🌈✡️ (@JacobAndrewBaum) July 29, 2019
— Chris (@ChristineCSE) July 29, 2019
Trump is deliberately trying to divide us into camps that can’t work together to defeat him; trying to stoke distrust between black people & white people, because that’s what racists do.
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) July 29, 2019
— Leslie Stephens (@lelstephens) July 29, 2019
Trump going after Al Sharpton @TheRevAl today with racist tweets is nothing new. Rev Al has been attacked by white supremacists for decades. A few racist Trump tweets won’t bother him. But still I Stand with Al Sharpton and I hope others will as well! pic.twitter.com/ZDJHujjFuF
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) July 29, 2019
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Conservative SCOTUS Majority Appears Ready to Allow Trump to Kill DACA for Over 700,000 Dreamers
Trump once praised the program. Today he drew closer to being allowed to kill it.
The five conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices – including two installed by President Donald Trump – appear ready to allow the nation’s chief executive to kill the DACA program that protects 700,000 to 800,000 Dreamers. The program, started by President Barack Obama, offers work authorizations and protections from deportation for those who were brought to America as children and have not known any other land as home for nearly their entire lives.
The New York Times reports that the Supreme Court’s four liberal justices during oral arguments Tuesday appeared to focus on the president’s motivation for ending DACA, officially the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
The court’s five conservatives appeared more inclined to not question the president’s motivations, ignoring the fact that intent is central to many acts, including those that are or could be criminal.
Noting that DACA “has broad, bipartisan support,” the Times reports that in earlier in his tenure Trump “praised the program’s goals and suggested he wanted to preserve it.”
In contrast, President Trump earlier Tuesday posted a tweet that includes a lie:
Many of the people in DACA, no longer very young, are far from “angels.” Some are very tough, hardened criminals. President Obama said he had no legal right to sign order, but would anyway. If Supreme Court remedies with overturn, a deal will be made with Dems for them to stay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2019
In reality, one of the stipulations of the DACA program is that enrollees cannot have been convicted of crimes.
The court is expected to hand down a ruling next spring.
Emotional moment as the crowd welcomes the #DACA recipients exiting the Supreme Court arm in arm after sitting in on the oral arguments on the future of the DACA program. A decision will be announced sometime between Jan and Jun 2020. pic.twitter.com/Gc1wxYH3Rr
— Anu Joshi (@anu22) November 12, 2019
Black Man Singled Out by Trump as ‘My African-American’ Bails on GOP Over President’s Racism
A black Republican who attended a Trump rally in 2016 and was infamously praised by then-candidate Donald Trump as “my African American” has left the GOP.
In an interview with PBS News, conservative Gregory Cheadle says that he has now become an independent because of how Trump has infected his former party with his brand of toxic racism.
The 62-year-old real estate broker, who tells PBS that he has long supported the GOP’s pro-free market approach to the economy, says that the president has been transforming the GOP into a “pro-white” party rather than a party representing all Americans.
He says that his final straw was seeing the president tell four Congresswomen of color to “go back” to their home countries, despite the fact that all four are American citizens. He says he was also upset about the president’s attacks on Baltimore and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD).
He also says he was dismayed by Republicans who defended Trump by falsely claiming that he was only attacking the Democratic lawmakers’ ideology.
“They were sidestepping the people of color issue and saying that, ‘No, it’s not racist,’” he said. “They were saying these people were socialists and communists. That’s what they were saying. And I thought this is a classic case of whites not seeing racism because they want to put blinders on and make it about something else.”
Cheadle drew national attention in 2016 when he attended a Trump rally and the future president pointed to him and said, “Look at my African-American over here.”
Trump’s New Effort to Woo Black Voters Shredded as a ‘Waste of Time’
President Donald Trump has triggered a barrage of controversies over his racist behavior over the previous weeks, from telling four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to other countries, to saying that House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings’ Baltimore district is a “disgusting, rodent and rat infested mess.”
To hear it from the Trump team, however, the time is ripe for an attempt to court black voters. On Saturday, Politico reported that the president’s 2020 campaign is preparing a push to highlight minority unemployment, the passage of the FIRST STEP act to reduce incarceration, and the creation of “Opportunity Zones” in low-income areas as reasons why the black community should support Trump. Presumably, the much longer list of the president’s anti-civil rights policies will go unsung as part of this campaign.
Already, Trump’s efforts to win over black voters, which have mistrusted Republicans for decades, have been met with skepticism.
“The idea is that, because of his agenda, his comments on Charlottesville, Baltimore or shithole countries do not matter,” said former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, the first black man to serve in that role and a longtime critic of the president. “Or that you can say the most racist things in the world, but hey, I got a tax cut. Or you can disparage my homeland, but the unemployment rate is going down.”
“My guess is that it is mostly a waste of time,” said Harvard African American studies professor Jennifer Hochschild. “Latinos are much more potentially movable into the Republican column.”
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