politics, racism, Trump

Trump praises people with “good genes” and the “racehorse theory”…

Yesterday, I wrote about a Facebook convo I had with a male Trump supporting Christian who chastised me and a couple of my friends for painting Trump supporters with a “broad brush”. He claimed that he isn’t a racist and loves the Lord, and that the Lord is “using Trump” to do great things in America. He had a problem with the fact that I compared Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler. From yesterday’s post:

For goodness sakes! Another Hitler reference. ? Now listen, Hitler would have never support Israel. Israel was under attack but it wasn’t by this President. Further more, Hitler was a socialist. He was driven by hatred and discontent. Trump is a competitor and wants to win. That’s getting old and tired.

And he also didn’t like that I accused him of drinking the KKKool-Aid…

Where do the references to Hitler, KKK, etc. come from? Do you have actual proof of those things? Why is it that before he became President all of the liberal media morons worshiped him and we’re giving him awards?

Well, as it so happens, this morning I was handed an example of Trump’s racist proclivities on a metaphorical silver platter. A friend of mine shared this article from The Rolling Stone, which covered Trump’s recent rally in Bemidji, Minnesota, a small city in the northern portion of the state. At the rally, which was mostly attended by lily white people, Trump rambled about a number of alarming issues.

At the beginning of his rally, Trump spoke about refugees, claiming that the subject of resettling them is one of the most pressing issues in the election. Minnesota is where a number of Somalian refugees have been resettled and, in fact, one of Minnesota’s representatives in Congress is resettled Somalian refugee, Ilhan Omar.

How the HELL did Trump win?

Then he went on to speak about the racial unrest in Minneapolis, a direct consequence of the public execution of George Floyd, a Black man who was wearing handcuffs as a White police officer pressed his knee into his neck and suffocated him. Trump then seemed gleeful as he remembered how Ali Veshi, an NBC correspondent of color, got hurt when he was struck by a rubber bullet…

“It was the most ‘beautiful’ thing!” It will be beautiful when this orange shitstain finally gets flushed.

As the crowd roared, Trump said, “Wasn’t it a beautiful sight? It’s called law and order!” Yes… something else Hitler and his cronies liked. Law and order.

Then, with his base fully buttered up with talk about reporters getting hurt while covering protests and not allowing Somali refugees safe harbor in the “land of the free and the home of the brave”, Trump goes full on racist as he compliments Minnesotans for their “good breeding”.

Ah… “good breeding”… “good genes”… Eugenics!

Maybe at face value, these comments don’t seem overtly racist. He talks about Minnesota’s settlers who didn’t have a lot of money, but they had each other and lots of grit… and “good genes”.

“You have good genes, you know that right?” Trump said to to a ripple of applause.

“A lot of it is about the genes, isn’t it? Don’t you believe? The racehorse theory,” he added.

What is the racehorse theory?  It’s the idea that “good” genes are the “right” genes. That’s the basis for eugenics, the theory that selective breeding can improve the human race. And you know who else supported that idea? That’s right– you guessed it– Adolf Hitler.

A very interesting German documentary (in English) about children who were kidnapped from around Eastern Europe and forcibly “Germanized”. If you have the time and inclination, I HIGHLY recommend watching this video.

You see, many of the people who champion Donald Trump are good old, salt of the earth, red-blooded American people who have never traveled, don’t read much, pride themselves on being law abiding, and probably don’t know much about history. They don’t like civil unrest or protests. They want people to toe the line and they don’t think too much about what that would mean in the grand scheme of things. They’re the type of people who support the letter of the law, rather than the spirit of it.

These folks aren’t the type of people who are curious about things that happened in Europe back the 1930s and 40s. I’m sure if they listened to the heartbroken man at the beginning of the above video– kidnapped from Poland when he was nine years old and forced to watch as his heavily pregnant mother was stabbed in the stomach with a pitch fork– many of them would have basic empathy. But they aren’t interested in such things. They aren’t curious. They like someone who promises to “restore order”, not encourage them to think beyond the orderly and see the forest for the trees.

Likewise, they don’t know about how kidnapped Polish children were chosen by Germans as if they were pets up for adoption. In the above video, there is the story of Herman, one of the first children abducted from Poland and sent to Germany to be raised by Nazis. An elegant German lady chose Herman from the home where he was living. A nurse told the lady that she could “pick” one of the children, “like at a chicken farm. I want that child; that one wasn’t so good.”

Heinrich Himmler, on the idea that children of “especially good race” from Polish families should be brought up in Germany and help make Germany the “mightiest country on Earth”.

Trump loves to be around people who aren’t curious, yet are easily aroused by charisma and hyperactive talk about making America “great” again and giving them a few more bucks in their paychecks. What do they care about Trump’s comments about people of color from other countries who are fleeing death and destruction in their homelands? Have they even considered why these people would run?

I’ll tell you something else. Although Trump loves talking to people who aren’t thinkers or readers, he doesn’t actually care about them. They’re beneath him because they’re poor. He would never deign to visit the simple home of a person from rural Minnesota and have a meal. He’d rather go to Palm Beach, Florida and play golf… something else a lot of his base can’t relate to, since golf is a very expensive sport for people who can also afford the time it takes to play.

I think if decent people took the time to listen to Trump, they might realize that he’s not a good person at all. There will be a day when people who supported Trump will be on the wrong side of history. They will be akin to people who admired Hitler, especially if he’s not stopped in November. But I know there are people who don’t care about that. They don’t care that they support an unabashed racist, because they are themselves racists.

Remember that back in January 2018, Donald Trump made a very telling comment about “shithole countries”. Here’s an excerpt from an article from The Washington Post from January 12, 2018.

President Trump grew frustrated with lawmakers Thursday in the Oval Office when they discussed protecting immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as part of a bipartisan immigration deal, according to several people briefed on the meeting. 

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump said, according to these people, referring to countries mentioned by the lawmakers.

Trump then suggested that the United States should instead bring more people from countries such as Norway, whose prime minister he met with Wednesday. The president, according to a White House official, also suggested he would be open to more immigrants from Asian countries because he felt that they help the United States economically.

In addition, the president singled out Haiti, telling lawmakers that immigrants from that country must be left out of any deal, these people said.

“Why do we need more Haitians?” Trump said, according to people familiar with the meeting. “Take them out.” 

Well… what kind of people are in Norway? Most of them are are White… the same shade and ancestry as people who settled Minnesota. What kind of people come from Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa? Mostly Black or Brown.

Incidentally, people who are in the Ku Klux Klan are also interested in white supremacy and fewer people coming to the United States from what they regard as “shithole” countries. They sympathize with Nazis.

Yep. He’s right.

So… the next time some very nice, Christian, male, Trump supporter wants evidence of Trump’s racist proclivities, I will think about Trump’s comments about Minnesotans and their “good genes”. They were thinly veiled references to eugenics, an idea that stirs up people who believe that White folks are superior to everyone else. It’s pretty disgusting that some people still think that way, but unfortunately, that’s how it is. However, I will grant that a lot of people who support Trump truly do think he’s “good” for America. They haven’t thought about eugenics. They know nothing about what happened in Germany (or America, for that matter) in the 1930s and 40s. It’s not on their radar. Frankly, they probably would rather not know. Ignorance is bliss.

It’s time Trump mounted the “racehorse theory” and rode it straight out of the White House. The White House is no place for him or his ilk. If you really care about America and other people, you will make a better choice and be on the right side of history. It’s that simple.

Edited to add: A bonus video for those who can stomach it.

A very good but graphic video about eugenics… and breeding for performance. Something Trump recently alluded to in Minnesota.

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disasters, Trump

The country is disintegrating…

It’s hard for me to fathom what is happening in the United States right now. I’m watching The New York Times updating at intervals as people violently react to George Floyd’s murder by cop. After I wrote yesterday’s post, I read about what happened in Floyd’s case. Prior to that, I had only seen the horrifying pictures of him slammed to the ground, hands cuffed behind him, begging for his life as Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into his neck.

Chauvin’s knee remained on the helpless man’s neck for about eight minutes, causing him to die at age 46. Three other officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, were also at the scene. All four have been fired, and prosecutors are trying to determine whether or not to prosecute them.

I read that Mr. Floyd was arrested for allegedly trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill. He lost his life over an allegedly fake $20 bill. Guys like Dylann Roof, a white supremacist who shot up Emmanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015 and killed nine innocent black people who simply wanted to worship, sit in prison awaiting death sentences that will take years to come. Meanwhile, George Floyd, who was never even convicted of the crime for which he was being arrested, dies at the scene of his arrest. George Floyd, who was known as a talented athlete and a “gentle giant”, was treated worse than an animal in the last minutes of his life.

People are understandably outraged. A police precinct in Minneapolis has been set on fire. Stores are being looted by angry people. Politicians struggle to do damage control. I’m sure some of them are as outraged as the public is, but the cynical side of me believes that they also want to be on the right side of history… and by right, I mean correct. Because right now, the “right” side of American politics is pretty ghastly. As the United States falls further and further into disrepute, Trump stokes the fires by saying things like “When the looting starts, the shooting starts,” and calling the protesters “thugs”.

I read this morning that Trump also retweeted a reprehensible comment by a group called “Cowboys for Trump”, who said that “a good Democrat is a dead one.” Trump thanked this group, as its leader, Couy Griffin clarified that he meant Democrats should only die in a “political sense”. But then, in an interview, Griffin basically accused Democratic governors Ralph Northam of Virginia and Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan of treason and said they should suffer the punishment that comes with treason. The punishment for treason is historically death, either by firing squad or hanging.

Meanwhile, anti-lockdown protesters in Kentucky hung an effigy of Democratic Governor Andy Beshear from a tree. The effigy bore a likeness to Beshear, as well as the slogan “Sic Semper Tyrannis”, which means “Thus always to tyrants”. That slogan is well known in history, as it was shouted by John Wilkes Booth in Ford Theater as he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln.

Sitting here in Germany, I feel pretty insulated from all that is happening. The coronavirus, while still a threat here, has been fairly well contained. People are cooperating with social distancing and mask wearing and any protests have been peaceful and relatively quiet. I don’t have to watch the news, since I don’t have local TV. I see what’s happening on social media and read about it in the news… I see photos and read comments from my friends who live in the United States. But from here, it just looks like a horror show from which I’m far removed, even though that’s my country that’s falling apart, and Donald Trump seems ever more hellbent on destroying it by signing new rules attempting to control social media from fact checking his continually ridiculous comments.

As awful as I thought it was when Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, I never had a clue that it could get so bad so fast. I never thought I’d see the country go down in flames the way it has been, especially this year. And yet, people still champion him. I just don’t know what will happen if he wins in November. I genuinely fear that he will destroy the country. In fact, maybe he already has destroyed it. Do people not see that Trump is trying to act very much like a dictator? Emboldened by the fact that he survived impeachment, Trump is becoming more and more unhinged… and nothing is being done about it.

It really makes me scared and depressed. I worry about the future. Trump has made America hate again. He encourages people to protest against their state governments. He cheers on racism and white supremacy. He excuses his abuse of woman as “locker room talk” as he brags about sexually harassing them. And people still think he’s just awesome. What does he have to do before people open their eyes and see him for the vile person he is?

It’s just so incredibly sad…

Meanwhile, yesterday I decided to prune my social media list. Most of the people I deleted were people I either don’t talk to or have already deactivated their accounts. However, I did decide to unfriend one guy who posts almost nothing but political screeds against Trump or angry posts about an ex who left him in 1985. I’ve never met the guy, nor does he ever post on my stuff. I do have a friend, though, who decided to unfriend him because he had been inappropriate. She wrote that after she unfriended him he sent her a message basically chastising her for “kicking him in the teeth.”

Minutes after I did my pruning, he sent me a private message apologizing if it was “something he said.” I explained that I needed to avoid negative political posts for my mental health. His response was “I won’t bother you anymore. Goodbye.” Then, he blocked me. I guess he wasn’t really a friend, after all. A real friend would want me to preserve my mental health, right? Well… he’s still got over 1200 people who haven’t unfriended him yet. I’m sure he’ll still get his supply from them. What a nut!

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