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Trump Spends Thanksgiving Going On Insane Twitter Rant; Nothing Says Holidays Like Race Baiting

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Early Thanksgiving morning on Twitter, Donald Trump took serious issue with Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent’s contention that he’s a serial race-baiter. Therefore, he crafted a profound thought-provoking tweet, that managed to utterly disarm critics like Sargent and proved once and for all that he really isn’t just an ignorant giant clump of orange playdoh.

Sargent’s tweet reference Trump latest feud with a prominent black sports figure, LaVar Ball. Ball is the father of one of the UCLA basketball players detained in China for shoplifting. During an exchange earlier in the week with CNN‘s Chris Cuomo, Ball disputed Trump’s initial tweet claiming credit for his son and his teammates’ release.

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“Did he help the boys get out? I don’t know. … If I was going to thank somebody I’d probably thank President Xi (Jinping),” Ball said Monday night when asked about his back-and-forth with the President by CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
“It wasn’t like he was in the US and said, ‘OK, there’s three kids in China. I need to go over and get them.’ That wasn’t the thought process,” he told Cuomo.
Ball suggested Trump, who frequently brought up the conversation he had with Xi about the release during a trip to Asia, should stay quiet.
“If you help, you shouldn’t have to say anything,” he said. “Let him do his political affairs and let me handle my son and let’s just stay in our lane.”
Trump later went on a two-tweet tirade, berating the “ungrateful” black father.
“It wasn’t the White House, it wasn’t the State Department, it wasn’t father LaVar’s so-called people on the ground in China that got his son out of a long term prison sentence – IT WAS ME. Too bad! LaVar is just a poor man’s version of Don King, but without the hair. Just think LaVar, you could have spent the next 5 to 10 years during Thanksgiving with your son in China, but no NBA contract to support you. But remember LaVar, shoplifting is NOT a little thing. It’s a really big deal, especially in China. Ungrateful fool!”

Here’s Sargent’s original tweet addressing Trump’s attack on Ball:

To which Trump replied:

Trump’s choice of words, “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” was revealing. Over recent months, white supremacists have used the term MAGA or “Make America Great Again” as a dog whistle attack, much the same way they use terms like “illegals” and “ghetto” to disparage minorities.

So what exactly is “dog whistle racism”? Here’s a good definition via the non-partisan research project stopdogwhistlracism.com:

Dog Whistle racism – also known as symbolic racism – is political campaigning or policy-making that uses coded words and themes that appeal to conscious or subconscious racist concepts and frames.

All too often, images, symbols and language are used intentionally and unintentionally in our political elections and policy debates. These trigger unconscious racial stereotypes. The viewer or reader isn’t even aware that he or she is responding to unfounded judgments based on stereotypes rather than facts.

For example, the concepts ‘welfare queen,’ ’states’ rights,’ ‘Islamic terrorist,’ ‘uppity,’ ‘thug,’ ‘tough on crime,’ and ‘illegal alien’ all activate racist concepts that that have already been planted in the public consciousness and now are being activated by purposeful or accidental campaign activities, media coverage, public policy and cultural traditions.

Trump’s recent attacks on black NFL football players and now a black father of a UCLA basketball player is no accident. Desperate for anything to distract the country’s attention away from the daily scandals, incompetent governance, and numerous investigations into his administration, Trump is trying to engage his core supporters who seem to react favorably to language that victimizes whites and vilifies non-whites.

However, no matter how many times Trump yells “Make America Great Again,” it won’t slow down Special Counsel Robert Mueller who may wind up making that phrase come into fruition, but in a manner Trump and his racist ilk would likely appreciate.

Featured image via Mark Wallheiser/ Stringer Getty Images.


Joe Clark

I'm originally from Louisiana, just outside of New Orleans; now living North Texas. I'm a reformed "South Park Conservative" who has grown passionate about progressive issues like social justice, education, criminal justice reform, gun control, ending the war on drugs, and economic inequality.I believe America's a stronger nation when we come together as one to find a solution and humble ourselves enough to consider other points of view from our neighbors around the world.I don't believe in American exceptionalism, but I do believe America can only be an exceptional place as long as we can be brutally honest about its strengths and weaknesses.