On Fox News last Sunday, Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said "The president is not a white supremacist."
U.S. ambassador to New Zealand, Scott Brown said “I don’t give ... any credibility whatsoever to the ramblings of somebody who is rotten to the core and, clearly, is an extremist of the worst kind, who could walk into two mosques and, without any care whatsoever, kill people"—this in response to the murderer’s expressed admiration for some of Donald Trump's viewpoints.
But in truth, Donald Trump is responsible for every hate crime ever committed in this country, either by proxy or by motivation.
He wasn’t alive for the lynchings that occurred in the early part of last century, but he would not have condemned them.
He wasn’t president when James Earl Ray took the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., but he would not have offered anything other than thoughts and prayers.
His actions while president—whether telling his henchmen to rough up protesters at his rallies, suggesting that police abuse prisoners, or threatening violence from the “tough people” who support him, speak for themselves. His bullying relies on violence—minorities and the downtrodden are always the victims.
Donald Trump and people like him have been spreading racial hatred for as long as there has been an America. He is unrepentant. He is incorrigible. The Republicans in Congress and the people who voted for him—and plan to again—are complicit. They seem somehow able to abide his bigotry because the economy is up. That perspective, in itself, is too sick a viewpoint to even be addressed.
But know this: this scourge will not end with his removal. It didn’t start with him. Yet Donald Trump has given racial hatred a forum, has given it credibility, has displayed it on the world stage—a stage that stretches as far, it appears, as New Zealand.
Mick Mulvaney and Scott Brown, along with enablers Sarah Sanders and Kellyanne Conway, can save their collective breath. We know the truth—not by political sycophancy but by simple observation. We elected a white supremacist to steward a country where all men are created equal. Shame on us.