I was listening to NPR this morning, the show hosted by Tom Ashcroft (just looked it up, it’s On Point ) and in one of the intros back from break he recaps what’s roughly happened in the presidential race recently. I honestly don’t remember what he said about Hillary Clinton, something about her pneumonia problems. Then he mentions Donald Trump trying to sound less racist.
Now, with other candidates this would seem to be an unfair association. How many politicians have to work to appear less racist? Not a whole lot. With Trump it’s just a statement of fact. The guy has embraced white nationalism. He shares their memes, he retweets their tweets, he has only just started to (poorly) attempt to communicate with black voters by telling them how horrible their lives are. The guy loves hispanics because one of his buildings sells a good taco bowl. The guy does a lot of stupid, hateful, racist things.
And according to 538 he has a roughly 40% chance of becoming our next president.
I can get people disagreeing with Clinton and democrats on policy. I can even get people not liking Clinton as a person – though all of the crap about her being a criminal is just that, crap. But the person running against her is an unvarnished bigot, racist, misogynist who has offered very little in the way of actual policy, who has a ridiculous budget proposal, and who has suggested the US simply default on its debts and shakedown its allies for protection money while cozying up to Russia.
We all know there is intolerance in the world. There is hate. There is ugliness. I’m not sure what it says about us as a nation if we allow that to take control of our political system. But it’s not good. I’m not the most patriotic person on the block, but this is one of the few things that has legitimately made me question whether I want to stay here.