So far in his presidency, Donald Trump has told more than 19,000 public lies.
However, recently he did something very out of place: he was honest about his inner thoughts and true beliefs.
On Sunday, the president retweeted a video of one of his supporters in Florida showing “Trump 2020” and “America First” signs as he repeatedly yelled, “White power!”
Here is an NBC News summary of what happened:
President Donald Trump promoted a video on Twitter Sunday morning that shows a man in a golf cart with Trump campaign gear yelling “white power.”
The video, which Trump said was from the Florida retirement community known as The Villages, featured a parade of golf carts, some with pro-Trump posters, leading anti-Trump protesters yelling curses at them. The man heard screaming “white power” was responding to protesters by shouting “racist”.
The tweet was removed from his feed hours later.
“Thanks to the great people at The Villages,” Trump had written. “The radical left does nothing. The Democrats will fall in the fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!”
Trump’s managers couldn’t allow such a moment of honesty to stand on its own. Instead, they have tried to erase it. (As noted, the tweet was removed later in the day.)
White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere tried to clean up the president’s mess by saying: “President Trump is a great admirer of the people. He did not hear the only statement made in the video. What he did see was tremendous enthusiasm of his many supporters. ”
On CNN’s Sunday talk show “State of the Union,” Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar tried to make excuses for Trump’s tweet by saying that “obviously neither the president, his administration, nor I would do anything to support white supremacy or anything. “
The Facts: Sunday was not the first time that Donald Trump has shared hate messages about white, anti-Semitic, or other hate on Twitter.
Through his advancing behavior, words, and public policies, Trump has repeatedly proven himself to be a white supremacist.
The phrase “white power” is a racist insult and a threat of violence against non-white people. Countless black and brown people, and many others as well, have been killed under their banner.
Trump recently visited Tulsa, Oklahoma, the site of one of the worst white-on-black terrorism cases in the United States, for his first “return rally,” which was originally scheduled for “June 16.”
Trump is trying to stifle America’s multiracial democracy. He went to Tulsa to dance on his grave.
Trump has repeatedly pledged his allegiance to the treacherous Confederate States of America, vowing to defend public monuments to his evil cause.
Trump has threatened the Americans protesting the murder and the murder of the police following the murder of George Floyd with possible military repression. He described black, brown, and white protesters as “thugs.”
White House adviser Stephen Miller, perhaps Trump’s most valuable and trustworthy aide, is an open and uncompromising white supremacist.
Trump believes that Hispanics and Latinos are a natural race of rapists and murderers who only want to come to the United States to brutalize whites. Trump has repeatedly sought to enact policies that prevent Muslims from entering the United States. It has attempted a series of maneuvers to minimize or eliminate immigration to the United States from non-white countries.
Trump and his regime have jailed tens of thousands of non-white migrants and refugees. Cruelty to non-white people remains the unifying political strategy of the Trump regime.
Donald Trump obsessively threatens Barack Obama, the country’s first black president, with treason charges and then imprisonment or worse. (Traditionally, treason was punishable by death.) Trump was also a key voice in the racist “birth” conspiracy claiming that Obama was not a “country-born” American citizen, and therefore was not eligible to be president.
Trump has been endorsed and accepted by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist groups.
As revealed by a series of lawsuits in the 1970s, Donald Trump and his father would not rent apartments to blacks and Latinos.
Trump and the Republican Party have enacted public policies aimed at restricting the civil and human rights of black and brown people.
Trump infamously described the white supremacists and racist thugs who rampaged Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, killing Heather Heyer and injuring many others, as “very good people.” Not surprisingly, when President Trump, the “white power” video on Twitter, also described his supporters seen in the clip as “great people.”
In an obvious attempt to fuel racism, Donald Trump recently shared or approved random videos on Twitter that show black people attacking white people.
In short, “white power!” it is Donald Trump’s value system and brand. The same is true for today’s Republican Party. But even in his moment of “white power” honesty, Trump cannot escape the lies.
Whiteness itself is a lie. There are no “white” people. As historians, social scientists, and others have exhaustively documented, whiteness is a socially constructed identity that first emerged in the 15th and 16th centuries, but did not fully solidify until the 18th and 19th centuries. Throughout its history, the definitions and limits of who counted as “white” have constantly changed. Historian Nell Irvin Painter, author of “The Whites’ Story,” explores this in a new essay for NBC News:
White identity not only came to life fully and unchanged, which is what most people assume. Whiteness is severely underestimated, leaving millions unaware of a story whose constant feature is change. Whiteness has changed with time, place and countless human ranking situations.
Let me say it again: Whiteness has a history whose meanings change. Neither scholars nor ordinary people have been able to agree on the definition of white people, who is white and who is not, or on the number of races that count as white. Disagreement reigns and has reigned since the modern scientific notion of human races was invented in the 18th century Enlightenment. Note bene: invented in the 18th century.
Before the Enlightenment, people classified themselves and others according to clan, tribe, kingdom, place, religion, and a myriad of identities that depended on what people thought was important about them and the the rest. Before the Enlightenment, Europeans could see human difference, they could see who was tall, who was short, light-skinned, dark, the differences that they explained according to religion, cultural habits, geography, wealth and climate, between the most common characteristics, but not race.
In the most fundamental forms, white-on-black chattel slavery, European colonialism, and imperialism helped establish whiteness as a significant social identity in the West and other parts of the world.
White people are not victimized or discriminated against in the United States as a group because of their racial identity. In reality, whites as a group control all the major social, political, economic, and cultural institutions in this country.
Trump’s most recent endorsement of white supremacy by sharing a “white power” message on Twitter is not, contrary to what some have suggested, a preview of his 2020 re-election strategy. He campaigned against racism and white supremacy in 2016, and that led him to the presidency. Trump simply continues with the only strategy he understands, and the one he knows will attract his followers. In general, white supremacy is the connective tissue of the Trump Era.
The commentator often describes Donald Trump’s racism and white supremacy as an example of “dog whistle policy” or, alternatively, “airstrike sirens” and “fog horns” directed at his base. That is quite true. But there is also a better description.
Trump can best be understood as a white supremacist exhibitionist who jumps out of the bushes and opens his trench coat, exposing his ugliness to the unfortunate passers-by. He then runs away and denies that it happened, savoring the thrill of what he has just inflicted on the public.
But in a very unfortunate situation for the United States and the world, the deviant is not hiding behind a dumpster in a foul alley. Instead, he’s in the Oval Office and has an audience of tens of millions of people who are captivated by his vile performances.