Black intellectuals like TaNehisi Coates and black cultural icons such as Spike Lee have long told us that racism is alive and well in America. In no sense of the word is racism “over”. Trump, more in the mold of George Wallace than any modern political figure, has created a climate where racism can be openly and unashamedly expressed by his devoted followers. Fox news commentator Laura Ingraham can effectively say on-air that “we” don’t like the invasion of black and brown people and that “we” didn’t vote for changing America from a white nation into a diverse culture.
Her “we” certainly doesn’t include me. Clearly it does include Trump’s base, and the bulk of the Republican party. White nationalism, here we come.
Enter Omarosa, Trump’s reality TV crony who worked for awhile in the White House and now has a tell-all coming out that apparently calls Trump a racist. The Trump family, if Omarosa is to be believed, tried to buy her silence. She demurred, no doubt thinking she has more to gain from the book than from Trump hush money.
I’m not a big fan of Omarosa, but I find it amusing that the Trump family, used to throwing money around to control the public narrative, might get hoisted on their own petard. I’m not going to buy her book, but I will enjoy hearing her trash Trump on cable news. I plan to relish every dishy, gossipy nugget.
I’m bemused at the tolerance in the Republican Party for Trump-related sleaze. Honestly, you’d think decent people would get tired of it — especially the Evangelical crowd. Not yet, apparently.