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Gee: Are President Trump’s tweets infested with racism?

Jul 29, 2019, 1:07 PM
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Activist Erricka Bridgeford of Baltimore Ceasefire prays as she participates in a "sacred space" ritual near where a person was recently murdered on July 28, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. President Donald Trump has recently drawn criticism by calling the city of Baltimore "disgusting." (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Hey, surprise! Our president did another thing this weekend. This time, President Donald Trump decided to fire a shot at the city of Baltimore — primarily its black congressman Elijah Cummings.

Not a single bit of this is funny, and it is making our nation, our neighbors, turn against each other.

Let me ask you a simple question: Do you use the term “infested” when talking about other human beings?

Trump is racist and if what he’s saying doesn’t bother you or make you uncomfortable, you might want to ask yourself “why?” We’ve stepped beyond politics here. There is not even a red or blue angle to this.

This is beyond politics, this is Donald Trump

Trump repeatedly proves through his actions and his words (and tweets) that his agenda aligns with racist extremism; that he is not a president for all Americans, especially if you live in an area he deems as “disgusting.” Just look at his track record. Look at people like Stephen Miller who have titles such as “advisor to the president.”

Trump has: had multiple extramarital affairs; paid off porn stars; been sued thousands of times; left cities holding the bills for his ego-glorifying rallies; had countless unhinged Twitter rants; various allegations of having ties to Russia, or ties to filth like Jeffrey Epstein (and moral filth of every kind). And yet there are still folks out there who think he is a great example for our country.

This is the same guy who claimed he could “stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody” and “not lose any voters.” What is scary — it he appears to have been accurate. He can do and say terrible things, and it seems his loses little support and suffers little consequences.

This is what gets me, though.

I was going to make a list of all the white Republican lawmakers who came out and publicly condemned Trump’s racist “rat infested” remarks about Baltimore, and Elijah Cummings’s 7th Congressional District of Maryland. I wanted to be fair. The problem is that there aren’t any who have done that.

Let’s call it like it is — since 1973, the 7th District has been drawn up to be a majority black district. If you looked at the district map, you’d probably wonder how any of its geography makes sense. It doesn’t. That district was set up to be a black district. Everyone knows it.

So when the president calls Rep. Cummings’s district “infested” and says “no human would want to live there” what he is saying is that it is full of black and brown people.

In the wake of the president’s horrible tweet, there was a powerful moment from CNN anchor Victor Blackwell, who broke down in the middle of his broadcast. In an emotional message, he noted that he was from Rep. Cummings’ district.

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Blackwell choked back rage and tears as he said:

The president says about Congressman Cummings’ district that no human would want to live there. You know who did, Mr. President? I did, from the day I was brought home from the hospital to the day I left for college, and a lot of people I care about still do. There are challenges, no doubt. But people are proud of their community. I don’t want to sound self-righteous. But people get up and go to work there, they care for their families there, they love their children who pledge allegiance to the flag just like people who live in districts of congressmen who support you, sir. They are Americans, too.

Donald Trump has tweeted more than 43,000 times. He’s insulted thousands of people; many different types of people. But when he tweets about infestation, it’s about black and brown people.

A week before his inauguration, January 2017, Trump took shots at another black congressman saying, “Congressman John Lewis should spend more time on fixing and helping his district, which is in horrible shape and falling apart, not to mention crime infested.”

See a pattern here?

If none of this bothers you, nothing I say will matter. But if none of this matters to you, then ask yourself if it matters to someone you love.

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Gee: Are President Trump’s tweets infested with racism?