- There is no evidence that Donald Trump is more racist than any past Republican candidate (or any other 70 year old white guy, for that matter). All this stuff about how he’s “the candidate of the KKK” and “the vanguard of a new white supremacist movement” is made up. It’s a catastrophic distraction from the dozens of other undeniable problems with Trump that could have convinced voters to abandon him. That it came to dominate the election cycle should be considered a horrifying indictment of our political discourse, in the same way that it would be a horrifying indictment of our political discourse if the entire Republican campaign had been based around the theory that Hillary Clinton was a secret Satanist. Yes, calling Romney a racist was crying wolf. But you are still crying wolf.
The discourse and analysis during and following this election has been garbage and with so many words spent, most of what I have read hasn't had much value. The outrage is exhausting . I think there really is much to be concerned about over the next 4 years, but what I've been thinking about the most over the past week is the state of "news" and the direction of public discourse.
I'd like to get the opinion of others more eloquent than I on the thesis of this blog post because lately, his conclusion sums up how I've been feeling regarding Donald Trump and coverage him, particularly opposition to him and his supporters:
- Stop centering criticism of Donald Trump around this sort of stuff, and switch to literally anything else. Here is an incompetent thin-skinned ignorant boorish fraudulent omnihypocritical demagogue with no idea how to run a country, whose philosophy of governance basically boils down to “I’m going to win and not lose, details to be filled in later”, and all you can do is repeat, again and again, how he seems popular among weird Internet teenagers who post frog memes. In the middle of an emotionally incontinent reality TV show host getting his hand on the nuclear button, your chief complaint is that in the middle of a few dozen denunciations of the KKK, he once delayed denouncing the KKK for an entire 24 hours before going back to denouncing it again. When a guy who says outright that he won’t respect elections unless he wins them does, somehow, win an election, the headlines are how he once said he didn’t like globalists which means he must be anti-Semitic.
And yet... I still feel like racism, or more generally, identity politics, is a huge factor. Have I just been inundated with articles and news claiming that to be so? Is this author going too far in sweeping it under the rug?