Racism and Donald Trump go together like bagels and cream cheese, except less delicious and more doughy. So it should come as no surprise to anybody by now that Trump is once again making ignorant and racist comments at his Florida rally. This time though, Trump shows a complete lack of decorum and respect by making critical comments about the race of the President of the United States.
The statement here isn’t as explicit as some of the things he’s said in the past, including his banning of Muslims, his comments regarding Mexicans and their apparent predisposition to commit sexual assault, and the overwhelming support he gets from race hate groups, including the Ku Klux Klan. What’s different in this situation is that Trump very subtly implies that President Obama is responsible for the so called ‘divide’ in the nation because he is African American. It’s a clever and devious strategy, especially in the manner the comment is delivered, as Donald is seemingly just stating a fact, President Obama is indeed African American. What’s sinister about this is that there’s absolutely no need to drop that fact in there, it’s unrelated to the topic being discussed and only serves to stir up and add a racist element to his speech.
It’s a brutal attack on the President, implying that Obama’s race is somehow to blame for a divide in the country, and it’s a heinous and malevolent act even for Trump. It’s one thing to excrete that sort of nonsense in a bravado driven rampage against generalized targets, like all Mexicans or all Muslims, but to be that disrespectful about The President shows a complete and utter disregard for the office that he is campaigning so hard for. However, it’s clear Trump knows what he’s doing. He understands that without the racists and bigots that are drawn to his campaign, the chance of him winning the nomination drastically reduces. So he says things like this, subtle racism, the kind of thing he can deny as not racist, while at the same time giving those he claims to disavow a cheeky wink, like they’re all in on some horrible secret. It’s clear Trump has decided winning the nomination is more important than acting with integrity and respect, and it’s up to us to show him that the United States isn’t going to sink to his level.