Donald Trump is not soon going to lie or distract his way out of his disgusting comments on the military, so he’s decided to shore up his voters in another way. Since he’s in such hot water with more traditional Republicans who will never vote for a man who doesn’t revere the military, he’ll just go after the most racist base there is, the Breitbart, Daily Caller, Blaze crowd. And he’ll do it by fanning federal agencies from discussing racism, then bragging about it at every turn.
Critical race theory is a theory within the social sciences that holds that white supremacy is maintained in a society over time, and that institutions like the legal justice system can uphold that supremacy in its practices. Trump and his friends at Fox News, most specifically the repeatedly and unabashedly racist Tucker Carlson, call it “anti-American,” just as racists once called Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his fight for voting rights and an end to Jim Crow-era segregation.
It is the theory behind some trainings against racism in the workplace, on school campuses, and within police departments. Criticizing it as anti-American says that people of color are not fully American and the concerns they hold about their world is invalid and not a part of the American experience. However, it works for Trump to be against it right now. After all, if he can’t win with the military, he might as well go for the white supremacist vote.
Twitter caught on to the strategy immediately. Read some of their comments below: