Saturday, July 20, 2019

Slate: Is Trump a Racist or a Narcissist? He’s both.

Mod: Trump will try and convince you that if you are opposed to him and his policies, you hate the United States. An example of what Donald desires here would be the way Kim Jong Un is venerated in North Korea. Dissent against bad laws and nutjob presidents like Trump is, of course, the very heart of American patriotism. The United States never was Pyongyang.

Is Trump a Racist or a Narcissist? He’s both. (Slate link): Lindsey Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, has a theory about President Donald Trump. The president is a “narcissist,” not a racist, Graham told reporters on Wednesday. A racist hates everyone of a certain color or ethnicity, said Graham. A narcissist, on the other hand, makes exceptions for those who flatter or support him.

That’s an accurate assessment of how Trump thinks. But it’s an elaboration, not a refutation, of the president’s bigotry. Trump is a narcissist and a racist. He uses racism as a weapon to serve his narcissism. And his narcissism, in turn, shapes his racism. Because Trump equates love of America with love of himself, he treats his domestic critics—particularly those of African, Middle Eastern, or Latin American ancestry—as enemies of the United States.

In his latest attack, Trump tweeted that four Democratic congresswomen—one black, one Latina, one Palestinian American, and one Somali American—should “go back” to the countries from which they “originally came.” Reporters reminded Trump that all four women were citizens and that three were born in this country. He refused to back down. At a rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night, the president lambasted the congresswomen, particularly Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who was born in Somalia. He paused for effect as the crowd chanted, “Send her back!”

None of this, according to Graham, was racist. “A racist says, ‘Go back to Somalia because you’re a Somalian or you’re a Muslim or whatever,’ ” Graham told reporters on Wednesday before the rally. Trump doesn’t operate that way, said Graham. “If you’re a Somali refugee who likes Trump, he’s not going to say, ‘Go back to Somalia.’ … It’s not about being from Somalia. It’s about whether you support him or not.” On Thursday, Graham presented a similar defense of the “Send her back” chant. “If you’re a Somali refugee wearing a MAGA hat, he doesn’t want to send you back. You’ll probably have dinner at the White House,” said Graham. “If you embrace his policies, it doesn’t matter where you come from.”

It’s true that Trump makes exceptions for people of color who are nice to him. In 2016, he praised a black man at one of his campaign events, telling the audience, “Look at my African American over here.” Trump called the man “a fan of mine” and commended him for punching a protester. To Trump, the loyalty was personal: my, mine. But when Omar criticized the president, he accused her of disloyalty to America. On Monday at the White House and on Wednesday at the rally, he smeared her as a traitor and terrorist sympathizer. He baited the rally crowd into its “Send her back” chant by telling lies about Omar, including a fabricated quote: “Al-Qaida makes you proud. You don’t speak that way about America.”

From the Chicago Daily News -  July 21, 1969
The president is waging a similar campaign of character assassination against Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a congresswoman of Palestinian descent who was born in Michigan. In January, Tlaib called for Trump’s impeachment, referring to him as a “m—–f—–.” Trump declared her language unpatriotic, calling it “highly disrespectful to the United States of America.”

At Wednesday’s rally, he framed Tlaib’s contempt for him as contempt for America. Tlaib “used the F word to describe the presidency and your president,” Trump told the crowd. “She was describing the president of the United States and the presidency with the big fat … vicious F-word. That’s not somebody that loves our country.”

Trump has been playing this l’etat, c’est moi game for years. Throughout his first presidential campaign, he impugned the patriotism of people who disagreed with him. He targeted Latinos, Muslims, Arab Americans, and African Americans. Even giving one’s life in military service wasn’t enough, in Trump’s eyes, to overcome the sin of opposing Trump.

When Khizr Khan, the father of a slain Muslim U.S. Army officer, criticized Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Trump repeated his warnings about “radical Islamic terrorism” and suggested that Khan’s wife, as a Muslim woman, “wasn’t allowed to have anything to say.” Trump justified his smear by complaining that Khan had “viciously attacked me.”

The clearest case of Trump’s narcissistic racism was his 2016 slander of Gonzalo Curiel, a federal judge in California. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Trump declared Curiel unfit to preside over a lawsuit against Trump University because, although Curiel was a U.S. citizen born in Indiana, the judge was “of Mexican heritage.” According to Trump, this presented “an inherent conflict of interest” since “I’m building a wall. I am trying to keep business out of Mexico.”

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28 comments:

  1. With (djt) driving the bus over the cliff and going to hell, this move by the grand wizard is the most backwards effort this clown in the White House gets involved with - he truly is a mental freak. https://www.sfgate.com/news/crime/article/Trump-administration-trying-to-bring-A-AP-Rocky-14108892.php

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  2. Try all you want, Donald J Trump is President and will continue his Presidency into 2020.
    Progressives love, love, love labels and labeling people.

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    1. Right. Up until November 2020. At the latest. Tea Nuts hate math.

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    2. What’s a progressive? Im republican. Trump sucks.

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  3. He’s both. Sadly.

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  4. Attacking the Muslim parents of a slain solider is below contempt. That should serve to discourage potential
    Muslim men from joining the military . And the demeaning of the soldier's Mother adds double insult to the
    family in addition to sexism & racism. This clown needs to go and we have waited too long. He is inviting more violence. If Rep. Omar or her staff are hurt, he will have set her up.

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  5. Moderate, civilized, regular people do not express their love for Donald Trump. You know who does?

    Angry, reactionary, small minded, racist, bigoted and completely unhinged people.

    And Donald Trump naturally gravitates towards those who openly express their love and admiration for him. And he basically ignores everyone else, unless they criticize him, in which case he actively attacks them.

    So there is no surprise this is who Trump's base is and this is who he likes. They like him, so he likes them, and the cycle is fed endlessly.

    It will not end now because it has not ended yet, because Donald Trump needs someone to express their love and fidelity towards him. And these people will do that.

    So we will continue to see this "outreach" on his part to this group of people. It will not stop. It will never stop.

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  6. How Trump has criticized America. Apparently no criticism of America is allowed by anyone but Trump and his supporters. Watch:

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/how-trump-has-criticized-america/vi-AAEBcv4

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  7. Donald Trump is gambling racism will win for him in 2020

    https://www.salon.com/2019/07/20/donald-trump-is-gambling-racism-will-win-for-him-in-2020/

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    1. Hey republicans have been doing that ever since the civil rights movement. And long before that under different guises

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  8. Every time Trump says that someone who does not like it here can leave, I WANT TO SCREAM IN HIS FACE THAT HE LITERALLY CAMPAIGNED SAYING THE COUNTRY WAS NOT GREAT.

    And his ignorant supporters wear that saying on their heads. They are the ones who do not like the country how it is.

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    1. Hahahahaha
      Good point
      Imma borrow that

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  9. Lol, no, the Progressives spread falsehoods just like 8:03am.
    MAGA is no way close to not great, that was President Obama's doing, remember " if you like your doctor" and his not defending the youth in Iran during Green Spring.
    Or the killings of Christians in Syria's war of genocide, just another day in the lives of Progressives inside the beltway.
    The divisions are clear between Progressives and Moderates, no one will change their minds, and the politicians just keep collecting a fat paycheck for doing nothing but sitting back and stirring the hornets nest, knowing that the majorities of useful idiots will remain divided.
    Racism is so 1960s the Democratic Party needs to step it up on why nothing is changing under their House leaders and GOP meeds to stop behaving as high rolling Liberals with nothing to show but behaving as No Trumpers.
    The joke is on the public if all cannot recognized that the man in the Oval Office is making a difference and cannot be bought off by "owed favors" in Washington D.C.
    Just as President Obama was the first Black President, Donald J Trump is the first President that cannot be bought.

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    1. This is a comedy routine, right?

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  10. A Progressive is someone leaning farther left from their Liberal base such as AOC (NY) and Omar (MN) but YOU are someone that is known as a NO TRUMPER, the GOP Party is undergoing change and the Mitt Romney, John McCain's are no longer the base, you will have to find a new area near the water cooler.

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    1. Did Trump rape little girls like pal Epstein?

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    2. I’m going to print this inane drivel out for toilet paper.

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    3. Tea Monkeys are visiting us today.

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  11. " One small step for man, one giant step for mankind" 50 years ago.

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    1. Actually: “That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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    2. Today we have "One small-handed man, deplorable sheep have got his behind."

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  12. A progressive is someone who believes in the progress of civilization, prosperity and equality.

    Trump and his trolls are regressive- isolated elites trying (illegally if necessary) to deny the will of the people for their personal corrupt gains.

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  13. Giant leap, not step. All trump minions likely believe landing on moon was fake. Common belief for the low-educated.

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    1. Sorry, they can’t hear you. Try responding directly as soon as you read their post. You can do it! Don’t be regressive.

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    2. Translation: Trump minions are troglodytes.

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  15. Nixon planned to take personal credit for the Apollo 11 moon landing in a statement or in his call to Neil & Buzz, but another astronaut (Borman I believe) suggested to him it wouldn't be appropriate, especially given his short time in office prior to the landing. Nixon agreed.

    Could you imagine the creature currently in the White House listening to reason and not making it all about himself?

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