It must be a magical time to be a racist. Or a xenophobe. Or a sexist or generic bigot of any sort, really.
With his presumptive ascension to the top of the Republican Party’s presidential ticket, Donald Trump has brought great joy to white men of, let’s say, a certain persuasion. He talks of deportation and closed borders and gladly tosses red meat to Americans who long for the day when there were fewer “others” around.
Trump has called these people out from the shadows, lured them from the dark corners of the Internet where racial conspiracy theories take root. He is their avatar, he has won, and this is a time for exaltation. Conservative radio host Michael Savage, who calls himself a nationalist and has backed Trump from the beginning and preached Trump’s same message for years, told his millions of listeners:
“We are the reason Donald Trump just won the primary. Nobody else. So, pay close attention to this show going forward and you’re liable to hear the real voices of America, as opposed to the fakers on television, like Wolf Blitzer and the others whose names I don’t remember. They are not America. They are not the white men who voted for Trump. … It’s the out-of-work factory worker in Indiana who voted for Donald Trump. The poor guy who was disenfranchised from his own nation by the impostor in the White House. (The media) don’t dare say one word about what (Obama) has done and is doing to the poor white man in this country, which would explain, in great part, why Donald Trump just triumphed.”
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It’s a magical time, I suppose, to be that disenfranchised white man.
Read the gleeful words of Caucasian enthusiast Pat Buchanan speaking to NPR on Thursday about the ills of diversity: “Anybody that believes that a country can be maintained that has no ethnic core to it or no linguistic core to it, I believe, is naive in the extreme.”
The interviewer said: “But you understand how that language feels very incendiary to many people?”
Buchanan, a Trump supporter, replied: “I don’t care how that language sits with people. My job is not to make people happy; it’s to tell the truth as I see it.”
Asked what an America without cultural diversity would be like, he said: “It’s an America like the country I grew up in, which was a pretty good country.”
This must be a relief for folks who espouse Buchanan’s “Americans of European descent”-centric views. It must be glorious for them to hear Savage describe Mexican and black protesters as “vermin,” and to see Trump not flinch when a supporter sucker punches a black man at a rally.
The imperial wizard for the Rebel Brigade of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Virginia recently told the Richmond NBC affiliate: “I think Trump would be best for the job. The reason a lot of Klan members like Trump is because a lot of what he believes in, we believe in.”
Amen, brother! It’s all sunshine and unicornsfor white supremacists and others who sense that their voices, through the rise of Trump, are finally being heard.
The America they see will be made great again, for this is the uprising they’ve daydreamed and grumbled and anonymously blogged about since the day that heartbreak or a bruised ego or general narrow-mindedness led them to believe all their problems were brought on by other people.
On his radio show, a show Trump appears on regularly, Savage triumphantly said: “I see real problems on the horizon for these left-wing vermin.” And he described “watching the hatred and violence of the Mexicans at the Trump rally, watching the hatred and violence of the Black Lives Matter on college campuses demanding that colleges pull their standards down to their level.”
This really must be a magical time to be a racist. But it’s a sad and somewhat terrifying time to be everyone else.
Rex Huppke is a columnist for the Chicago Tribune.
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