Trump’s push to amplify racism unnerves Republicans who have long enabled him

Trump’s push to amplify racism unnerves Republicans who have long enabled him, by Robert Costa.

This is the lead story in yesterday’s Washington Post, which tells you where the left currently are, and what they want to believe:

President Trump’s unyielding push to preserve Confederate symbols and the legacy of white domination, crystallized by his harsh denunciation of the racial justice movement Friday night at Mount Rushmore, has unnerved Republicans who have long enabled him but now fear losing power and forever associating their party with his racial animus.

Although amplifying racism and stoking culture wars have been mainstays of Trump’s public identity for decades, they have been particularly pronounced this summer as the president has reacted to the national reckoning over systemic discrimination by seeking to weaponize the anger and resentment of some white Americans for his own political gain. …

Over the years, some Republicans have struggled to navigate Trump’s race baiting and, at times, outright racism, while others have rallied behind him. Bursts of indignation and frustration come and go but have never resulted in a complete GOP break with the president. Trump’s recent moves are again putting Republican officeholders onto risky political terrain. …

On Capitol Hill, some Republicans fret — mostly privately, to avoid his wrath — that Trump’s fixation on racial and other cultural issues leaves their party running against the currents of change. …

[Former Ohio governor John Kasich, a Republican who ran against Trump in 2016] added, “I’m glad to see some of these Republicans moving the other way but it reminds me of Vichy France where they said, ‘Well, I never had anything to do with that,’ ” a reference to the French government that continued during Nazi occupation in the 1940s. …

Trump has all but ignored the outcry and remains convinced that following his own instincts on race and channeling the grievances of his core base of white voters will carry him to victory against former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, according to a White House official and an outside Trump adviser who spoke on the condition of anonymity to comment candidly.

“It’s the 2016 campaign all over again, when we had the Muslim ban and the wall, just add Confederate statues,” the outside adviser said. …

Trump allies say the president’s words and actions are not racist but rather attentive to his core voters. … Racial animus and toxicity were woven throughout Trump’s 2016 campaign. …

Trump’s commentary of late has been dizzying and visceral. He has referred to the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, which originated in China, as the “kung flu.” He has called racial justice demonstrators “thugs.” He has attacked efforts to take down Confederate statues as an assault on “our heritage.” …

Racist symbols and ideas have long plagued U.S. politics, but Trump has tested the tolerance of Americans of a leader who shouts rather than whispers them. …

“Without white resentment, there is no rationale for Donald Trump,” [Cornell Belcher, a Democratic pollster who has done extensive research on racial divisions] said. “Without that, what reason do his supporters have to be with Donald Trump if he’s not going to be your tribal strong man? He started there and will end there.”

The wordsmiths at the left made a huge error when they changed the definition of “racism” from race-based discrimination to differences in racial outcomes. They thereby “outlawed” color blindness and ensured tribalism and discrimination would follow.  How are they ever going to walk this back? When will there ever be peace again? Tribalism and division is rampant and fanned by the left/media, who encourage anti-white animus as part of building their electoral coalition of non-white identity groups. Meanwhile they pretend it is not they who are “racist” or encouraging racial division! So amazingly unaware. What chutzpah.

Steve Sailer has a dark take, where the left/media are painting Trump and supporters as so evil that anything is justified:

Jeff Bezos really should ponder his role in paying for this kind of rhetoric.

Assume for the moment that Trump, like Lincoln in 1860s wins the Electoral College with a minority of the popular vote, which is becoming more plausible as anti-Trump forces become more crazed with their anti-white racial hate.

Is Bezos’ Washington Post’s verbiage conducive to the losers saying, “Well, we gave it our best shot, but Trump won under the Constitution, so four more years”? It sure seems instead as if the Post’s rhetoric implies that a coup or secession is the only alternative.

That way leads to a civil war.