If you believe that, I have a burgeoning video rental business called Blockbuster that may interest you.
Why don’t you believe the idea that Trump simply lost a boy who sang “white power” in the opening seconds of a video he shared with his 82.5 million Twitter followers? Because, well, history, both recent and not so recent.
And lately, with his political bad luck, Trump has increasingly leaned into lightly-codified appeals to racist sentiment in the country.
Trump has also referred to Covid-19 as the “Kung Flu,” a term that even members of his own administration have previously admitted is racist and xenophobic.
“In recent days, the President tweeted contextual videos of random incidents involving black people attacking white people, and argued without foundation that President Barack Obama, the country’s first black leader, committed ‘treason’ …
“… Responding to his own instincts and to what he thinks” my people “want, as he often tells advisers, the President is exploiting racial divisions in a way that appeals to only a segment of his party.”
It is through that story that Trump’s tweet should be seen on Sunday morning. And what that story says is that Trump doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt. You haven’t earned it.
In fact, the way he has worked to weaponize the race and exploit racial divisions for his own personal political gain suggests that all Trump did on Sunday morning was say out loud what he has been saying about quieter and more subtle for years.
To believe that, you must voluntarily ignore everything Trump has said and done in the race for, well, his entire adult life. When you consider the way Trump has treated the race, like a club to use when it serves his purposes, it’s simply impossible to conclude that he retweeted the video without knowing that there was a boy singing “white power” in it.
The opposite is in fact true; retweeted at least in part why there was a boy singing “white power” on it.