Is Trump’s Use Of Identity Politics Strategic?
[FIVETHIRTYEIGHT] From suggesting on his first day as a presidential candidate back in 2015 that Mexico was intentionally sending "rapists" to America to calling last week for several liberal congresswomen of color to "go back" to their countries, President Trump has repeatedly used racial and at times racist language over the last four years. And in doing so he has tapped into what some scholars describe as white identity politics, attracting support from those wary of the growing population of Americans who are not white or Christian, as well as those who have negative views about groups of people like black people and Moslems.
These moves have created an active debate among political observers about whether Trump is acting on his sincere beliefs, employing a political strategy or pursuing some combination of the two. It’s hard to know Trump’s motives (and likely it is some combo). But assuming that Trump’s rhetoric and policy approach on issues of race, religion, nationality and other forms of identity are at least in part a political strategy, is it a smart one? Does the way Trump use white identity politics help him and the GOP electorally, even if he at times veers into racism that members of his own party can’t defend? And are the Democrats (usually more establishment, centrist figures) who worry the party is playing into Trump’s hands when it defends members of Congress like Rep. Ilhan Omar
American Dem representative from Minnesota. She is apparently married to her brother and may be her own grandmaw on her mother's side...
of Minnesota generally right, at least in terms of political strategy?
He goes on (and on) about how racist Trump and his base are, but he doesn't address once that the Dems have openly become the anti-white party. Go to the Urban Dictionary and this is what you get:
Someone who shoots up schools
Guy#1: Did you hear about that school shooting
Guy#2: It was probably the white people
#red necks#jack asses#crackers#honkies#inbred
by xlxExcelsiorxlx June 13, 2015
Netflix has a show called "Dear White People."
MTV has a show called simply White People. I'm not sure anyone still watches MTV, but the blurb sez:
What does it mean to be white? MTV's "White People" is a groundbreaking documentary on race that aims to answer that question from the viewpoint of young white people living in America today.
That would seem to define whites as the "other." The author accepts that categorization as valid, throwing in for good measure
white identity politics, attracting support from those wary of the growing population of Americans who are not white or Christian, as well as those who have negative views about groups of people like black people and Moslems
Those wary of folks who aren't white or Christian would seem to include Conservative and Orthodox Jews, Cuban-Americans of any color, Asian-Americans, and Hindus, none of whom we seem to have any problem getting along with. Having negative opinions about blacks and Moslems as a group is dismissed as blind bigotry.
I don't say racial prejudice, even though it's officially equated with bigotry, because our prejudices are based on empirical evidence, whereas bigotry is an assumption based on what the believer thinks should be. This is occasionally called "idealism." The SS were idealists, believing what they had been taught to believe. So were the Cheka and the NKVD. So were the Red Guards. So are adherents to the Islamic State. So is the IRGC.
So are the Woke. Go to the Huffington Post and have a look at the White People topic.
White Students Wear Cornrows And Bandanas As Costumes For High School ‘Thug Day’
Alabama’s Abortion Bill Is Great News For White Supremacists
Trevor Noah’s Hidden Oscars Joke About White People Is Sneaky Fun
White Women: Stop Waiting For Black Women To Save You
Powerful, Privileged White Men Will Not Win Forever
Some White People Are Very Mad At Nike And Colin Kaepernick
...and so on and so on.
Not being Woke (I'm Dozing), and relying on our senses, most of us have a dim view of black culture, while recognizing that all people who're black don't embrace it, and that of those who do, many don't embrace it in its entirety. I won't even touch on Moslems, except to note that the same applies to adherents of The Religion of Peace. Prejudice is a thin layer of expectation based on past experience that can be overcome by observation, sometimes minimal observation.
The real world (not the other MTV show) is quite a bit more complicated than the wonderful world of the Huffington Post.
As long as I'm expressing my opinion (I have many. This isn't all of them): Kim Kardashian is trashy. Kanye West needs a drug test. Their children are cute. Bill de Blasio is an incompetent windbag. Ilhan Omar would be happier in Mogadishu. I'm still trying to figure why it's "Beto" O'Rourke but not "Teo" Cruz. Teo looks better with a beard, but he still needs a voice coach. Mueller sounded like he's seriously in need of a drug test. The current Pope should move to Avignon. Putin is to Russia what Trump is to the USA, only way moreso, and with polonium; if Trump was Putin, he'd have no critics, at least not anymore. The Paleostinians would be totally lost without something to "resist." I'm starting to think that Caitlyn Jenner might be homosexual, but I'm not sure in which direction. Kirsten Gillibrand is in reality no one. Ruth Bader Ginsberg looks like the kind of woman whose house kids are afraid to enter. Seattle, Portland, and the entire state of Caliphornia should be declared in a state of insurrection and occupied. Name one of the Seven Deadly Sins lefties don't glorify.
- Corn rows and bandanas bring the expectation of thuggishness. So's wearing your pants so low they keep trying to fall down. Finding someone who chooses that attire who is also being polite and respectful always comes as a surprise. Seeing a security recording of them looting a 7-11 or a drug store doesn't.
- Abortion can sometimes be a necessity, but it's always a tragedy, for the baby at least, usually also for the mother. I'm actually pro-abortion, but only by about 50.1 percent. I think it should be safe, legal, extremely rare, and well-regulated locally. Any aborted baby should be given a decent burial, not sold for parts.
- If Trevor Noah’s Hidden Oscars Joke About White People Is Sneaky Fun, why aren't Mandy and Rastus jokes? Why can we still tell Pat and Mike jokes, or Ole and Lena jokes? Are Cisco and Pancho jokes in or out? Is all we have "Is your refrigerator running? Well, go catch it!" Or would that be ableist? Is all humor dead?
- White Women: Stop Waiting For Black Women To Save You from... ummm... patriarchy. And oppression. And terrible things like that. And stuff. Because you can't trust men who share the same ancestry and culture and values as you, especially your parents and grandparents. They lie to you. Consideration of others is inconvenience of you.
- Powerful, Privileged White Men Will Not Win Forever. Really. Just listen to the powerful, privileged white men telling you that. And remember to vote Democrat.
- Some White People Are Very Mad At Nike And Colin Kaepernick... for not putting the Betsy Ross flag on a pair of sneakers. Personally, being an old white man on a fixed income, I wouldn't have been able to afford them. But I had no objection to them. I'd never heard of the Betsy Ross flag being appropriated by white extremists, and still haven't seen anything substantial. Until I see armed fascisti strutting down my street and beating people up, I'm not going to be concerned. The ones we've been seeing in the last few years haven't been carrying Betsy Ross flags.
Colin Kaepernick, like most of the left, seems to have an aversion to the flag. I don't go overboard in my adoration; it's not an idol. I don't need it sewn on my socks, and I didn't have it sewn on my uniform when I was in Vietnam; we didn't in those days. Neither do I disrespect it. I don't like seeing it burned for political fun, or trampled, or whatever they come up with next.
I stand and put my hand over my heart for the national anthem. It's good manners. I also stand when they play God Save the Queen in England or The Marseillaise in France, or Het Willem in the Netherlands. It's good manners. Kaepernick has none.
Jessie Owens managed to do it in 1936, but he was a man among men. Kaepernick isn't.
Tessa Thompson (who?) does not want to work with a ‘bunch of white people’ or men
The actress wants to work on projects that are ‘inclusive’.
Doesn't that... uhhh... exclude some of us? Wasn't I just discussing that sort of thing? If you don't buy tickets to whatever the wench is starring in you're a bigot, damn yer eyes!
Posted by: Fred 2019-07-26