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Is this who we are?

Posted by hkarner - 19. Juli 2019

Date: 18-07-2019
Source: The New York Times David Leonhardt

Last night, the president of the United States stood in front of his supporters while they chanted about expelling a Muslim-American member of Congress from the United States: Send her back! Send her back! Send her back …“

It was an ugly, lawless, racist sentiment, and President Trump loved it. He had worked the crowd into a frenzy by denouncing the congresswoman, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and three other House Democrats – all women of color, as well.

„No safe, sane, decent country or leader should ever speak of its own citizens this way,“ Jill Filipovic said on Twitter. „And it’s difficult to put into words how profoundly sad this makes me. Is this who we are? Is it who we want to be?“
The Atlantic’s Ronald Brownstein offered a good way of thinking about it, by posing a question to corporate executives: „If workers in your companies chanted ’send her back‘ at a colleague of color they disagreed with would they retain their jobs? Is this now the standard you’ll accept for how your workers interact in a diversifying country?“

Joe Walsh, a former congressman, said: „It saddens me beyond belief that the standard-bearer for the Republican Party, my Party, is making ‚Send her back‘ his re-election rallying cry. It’s so ugly. It’s so un-American. It just saddens me beyond belief.“

And yet elected Republicans – those with power – continue to do nothing about Trump’s behavior. Some bless it. Some are quiet. And some mumble modest regret. But virtually none would even vote for a symbolic resolution this week decrying his racism.

„Thank you, @realDonaldTrump, for visiting the great state of North Carolina today,“ Senator Thom Tillis, who represents the state, said on Twitter. „I know you are working hard to Keep America Great!“

The Republican Party’s 2020 election strategy seems to be hatefulness.

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