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Racist tweets : Trump always turns up after defeat
It's been a week of uncomfortable setbacks for US President Donald Trump. He had to bury his plan to add a question about citizenship to the census planned for the coming year. And although he initially defended him vehemently, his labor minister Alexander Acosta had to resign in the abuse affair involving billionaire Jeffrey Epstein.
After such defeats, Trump usually turns it up. Sometimes he praises his - mostly economic - successes on Twitter, sometimes he quotes a number of people who praise him. And actually he always gets upset about the “fake news” media and about the “radical left” that is endangering the security of the country. Whereupon half of the country is outraged - and the other half enthusiastically claps their hands. The previously pocketed defeats are becoming less important in the public debate.
The past weekend was once again exemplary for this. From the time of Acosta's resignation on Friday until Monday morning, Trump dropped various tweets or forwarded others. The low point came on Sunday when he targeted four Democratic women politicians with racist tweets. In it he called on these four rather dark-skinned MPs to "go back" to the countries from which they came. Countries whose governments are corrupt and catastrophically incapable - "if they have a government at all". Instead, these women would want to explain to the American people, "the greatest and most powerful nation on earth," how to govern.
Three of the four women were born in the United States
Without mentioning the four women by name, it was clear to everyone who they were talking about: It’s about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar, that group of young, left-wing democrats who like to get along with their own party leadership and have a media impact invest. Three of the four women were born in the USA: Ocasio-Cortez's ancestors come from Puerto Rico, Tlaib has Palestinian roots and Pressley is African American. Only Omar fled Somalia as a child and came to the USA as a refugee.
There is great outrage over the attempt to portray “non-white” representatives of minorities as un-American. Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, who had just struggled with self-confident women, said on Twitter: "When Donald Trump recommends four American MPs to return home, he is proving that he is committed to his plan, Making America great again, it's all about making America white again. "
The New York Times said Trump was playing with fire on the race issue. He serves his white, right-wing clientele by drawing the “We versus the others” card, a card he has been using since the beginning of his term in office.
On Monday, the President added
Trump does not bother such criticism: on Monday he followed up and declared at a performance in the White House that these politicians hated America, they complained all the time. “If you don't like it here, you can go.” When asked whether he minded that many people viewed these statements as racist, Trump said: “I don't mind because people agree with me.” The goal is clear: he wants to be re-elected in November 2020. To this end, he relies above all on the mobilization of his core electorate and increasingly serves the resentment of the "white supremacists", the right-wing extremist supporters of the theory of the superiority of whites.
The raids in the area of illegally entered migrants, which he had announced for the weekend, fit in with this. Although these did not materialize in large parts, the President later spoke of “successful” actions - without giving details. Trump's tirades about “millions of illegals” and “criminals” serve their purpose: Many immigrants, some of whom have lived in the USA for decades, are massively insecure and hardly dare to leave the house, while Trump's supporters cheer for the supposedly tough approach of their president .
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