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Eugene Robinson: Trump no longer pretends to be the voice of forgotten working-class Americans. He has become the voice of insecure white Americans, whom he encourages to resent foreigners, immigrants and uppity minorities.

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The Republican Party goes along meekly as the president struts around like a dime-store Mussolini. As for Democrats and independents, history teaches us that the way to deal with hateful demagoguery is not to ignore it, not to downplay it, not to hope it somehow exhausts itself, but to confront it. Trump's fomenting of hate has to be called out. It has to be denounced. It has to be resisted.

Democratic presidential candidates need to realize that elaborate policy positions are necessary but not sufficient. Trump is a bully who will push and push and push. The Democratic Party is unlikely -- and would be unwise -- to nominate someone too timid to push back.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) needs to rethink her strategy, as well. I know she understands how much is at stake. I know she worries that impeachment may be a trap. But if Trump is going to preside over what amount to white-power rallies, the time for measured restraint is past.

The next 16 months must be a referendum on Trump's weaponized racism. The answer must be a resounding no.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2019-07-19 06:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

"Insecure White Americans"

aka Incel Snowflake Racists

#2 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-07-19 07:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

No restraint here. I have to deal with that racist trash all the time. Or at least I did while I was still able to work.
Even been called a traitor to my race? I was lucky that I have respect from my superiors, and in my position, I could stand up to them, where the bosses could not. And I do not back down. I don't play that game.

---- pisses me off.

#3 | Posted by gitmboy at 2019-07-19 09:02 AM | Reply

Another Useful Idiot giving Trump exactly what he wants.

#4 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-19 11:27 AM | Reply

Another Useful Idiot giving Trump exactly what he wants.

#4 | POSTED BY SENTINEL AT 2019-07-19 11:27 AM | FLAG:

I wish you could make that your handle.

#5 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-19 01:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

You're clueless, Bruce. Unless you actually want Trump to be reelected, you're foolish to make racial attacks on voters. This is exactly what he wants.

#6 | Posted by sentinel at 2019-07-19 02:49 PM | Reply

You're clueless, Bruce. Unless you actually want Trump to be reelected, you're foolish to make racial attacks on voters. This is exactly what he wants.

#6 | Posted by sentinel

Yeah if we just tell trump's cult that they're smart thin and attractive they'll suddenly decide to leave the cult which has complete control over them.

These people are a lost cause. Trying to find the ways to avoid upsetting them is a waste of time.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-19 02:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

It makes one wonder: who really are the polychrome unicorn snowflakes? (Pro tip: they are Trumpvoters©)

#8 | Posted by e1g1 at 2019-07-19 02:54 PM | Reply

#6 | POSTED BY SENTINEL

Nah. Pissed off racist whites are a small minority in this country. We don't need your votes, but your panic is telling.

#9 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-07-19 02:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

First they came for the minorities and the immigrants and I did not speak out because....

oh, never mind.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2019-07-19 02:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

More like, they cheered it on.

#11 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-07-19 03:24 PM | Reply

"If you don't protect the snowflake's fee fees then they will vote for Trump. So don't confront the racists for their racism."

--Sentinel

#12 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2019-07-19 03:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Passivity in the face of cruelty enables tyranny.

#13 | Posted by cbob at 2019-07-19 04:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3


Trump calls rally crowd ‘incredible patriots,' a day after trying to distance himself from ‘Send her back!'
www.washingtonpost.com

...President Trump stepped back Friday from a day-old claim that he was unhappy with a hostile chant by his supporters, lashing out at the media for its coverage of the episode and calling the crowd at the North Carolina rally "incredible patriots."

"Those are incredible people. Those are incredible patriots," Trump said during an event in the Oval Office at which he again attacked Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), the Somali-born lawmaker whom he was criticizing at his rally earlier this week when the chants of "Send her back!" rang out....


I'd say that those in the crowd telling an American Citizen that she has to leave the Country are anything but Patriots.

Then again, I've seen people (right-wingers) calling themselves Patriots who have ground the American Flag into the dirt on the ground.

Maybe Republicans have a different definition of Patriot nowadays, it certainly not the definition I learned when I was growing up.

#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-19 04:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2


@#13 ... Passivity in the face of cruelty enables tyranny. ...

If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
- Manic Street Preachers
www.youtube.com

#15 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-19 04:24 PM | Reply


@#15

Same song, but with lyrics instead of the gripping photos...

www.youtube.com

#16 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-19 04:32 PM | Reply

I believe that the insecure ones are the dem voters, as that is why their candidates continue to offer freebies [buying] to obtain their votes.

#17 | Posted by MSgt at 2019-07-19 04:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Maybe Republicans have a different definition of Patriot nowadays, it certainly not the definition I learned when I was growing up.

#14 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-19 04:21 PM | Reply

Nailed it.

#18 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-19 04:40 PM | Reply

Yeah if we just tell trump's cult that they're smart thin and attractive they'll suddenly decide to leave the cult which has complete control over them.

These people are a lost cause. Trying to find the ways to avoid upsetting them is a waste of time.

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2

They're people looking for someone to tell them who they are and what they should be doing.

#19 | Posted by Zed at 2019-07-19 04:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


@#17 ... I believe that the insecure ones are the dem voters, as that is why their candidates continue to offer freebies [buying] to obtain their votes. ...

How does offering to buy the votes make those who cast the votes insecure?

I'm thinking you probably missed a bunch of steps in that logic...

#20 | Posted by LampLighter at 2019-07-19 05:02 PM | Reply

That's a great campaign slogan for Harris and Booker.

#21 | Posted by Ray at 2019-07-19 05:09 PM | Reply

- their candidates continue to offer freebies [buying] to obtain their votes.

Trumpublicans continue to offer racist rhetoric to obtain rwinger votes.

An exit survey of Trump voters showed that they were not at all opposed to a better safety net.... for themselves. As long as it did not include minorities, they felt assured that they could maintain their superior status as first class citizens.

#22 | Posted by Corky at 2019-07-19 05:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I believe that the insecure ones are the dem voters, as that is why their candidates continue to offer freebies [buying] to obtain their votes.

#17 | Posted by MSgt

Yeah repubs never offer anything to voters do they.

#23 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-19 05:11 PM | Reply

Also of note:

"An Analysis of Trump Supporters Has Identified 5 Key Traits
A new report sheds light on the psychological basis for Trump's support.

1. Authoritarian Personality Syndrome

Authoritarianism refers to the advocacy or enforcement of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom, and is commonly associated with a lack of concern for the opinions or needs of others.

2. Social dominance orientation

Social dominance orientation (SDO) -- which is distinct but related to authoritarian personality syndrome -- refers to people who have a preference for the societal hierarchy of groups, specifically with a structure in which the high-status groups have dominance over the low-status ones. Those with SDO are typically dominant, tough-minded, and driven by self-interest.

3. Prejudice

It would be grossly unfair and inaccurate to say that every one of Trump's supporters have prejudice against ethnic and religious minorities, but it would be equally inaccurate to say that many do not.

4. Intergroup contact

Intergroup contact refers to contact with members of groups that are outside one's own, which has been experimentally shown to reduce prejudice. As such, it's important to note that there is growing evidence that Trump's white supporters have experienced significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans.

5. Relative deprivation

Relative deprivation refers to the experience of being deprived of something to which one believes they are entitled. It is the discontent felt when one compares their position in life to others who they feel are equal or inferior but have unfairly had more success than them.

www.psychologytoday.com

Much more on each trait at the link

#24 | Posted by Corky at 2019-07-19 05:14 PM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 3

--I believe that the insecure ones are the dem voters, as that is why their candidates continue to offer freebies [buying] to obtain their votes.

What better way to boost youth turnout than by offering free college and student loan forgiveness? I would take that deal if I had a lot of student debt or planned on going to college sometime after 2020. Who wouldn't?

#25 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-07-19 05:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Yeah repubs never offer anything to voters do they.
#23 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Both parties compete with vote buying.
Mencken called elections advance auctions on stolen goods.

The racism issue is --------.
The real issue with insecure white Americans is about their way of life being destroyed.
They're the ones who get stuck with the bills.

Hillary called them deplorables.

#26 | Posted by Ray at 2019-07-19 05:22 PM | Reply

Null Set's go-to argument... a FF.

Because it's all he's got.

- their way of life being destroyed.

As per the Trump voter exit survey, it is losing their continued dominance that concerns them.

Fact is, many of them may have by now noticed that as far as their priorities are concerned, Trump is all talk and no action... well, no action for them, plenty of action for himself and yuge corporations.

Then again, many of them are still oblivious.

#27 | Posted by Corky at 2019-07-19 05:27 PM | Reply

Then again, many of them are still oblivious.
#27 | POSTED BY CORKY

Says the full-throated Hillary defender.

#28 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-19 05:28 PM | Reply

#25

Esteemed Prof of Hating Education.

But then, a well edumacated population wouldn't be electing your rwing heroes.

#29 | Posted by Corky at 2019-07-19 05:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#28

Says Trump's ball washer.

Bernie voted for Hillary, not Trump. Something that will prolly never seep into that pea brain of yours.

#30 | Posted by Corky at 2019-07-19 05:31 PM | Reply

- Bernie voted for Hillary

Another vote wasted that got Trump elected.

#31 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-19 05:32 PM | Reply

Every vote for Hillary was a vote for Trump, except in Chappaqua, the Hamptons, and Calif, where Hillary is the confederate president.

#32 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-19 05:34 PM | Reply

Another vote wasted that got Trump elected.

And he should've voted for...?

#33 | Posted by REDIAL at 2019-07-19 05:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The real issue with insecure white Americans is about their way of life being destroyed.
They're the ones who get stuck with the bills.

Hillary called them deplorables.

#26 | Posted by Ray

They are deplorable because they think their lives are getting worse because of mexicans when it's machines, computers, and billionaires who are the cause of their problems.
Then they become passionate warriors for the very billionaires who are harming them, helping those billionaires harm others. Pretty damn deplorable. And stupid.

#34 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-19 05:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

SheepDipple..... more politically progressive and politically savvy than Bernie.

You read it here first.

#35 | Posted by Corky at 2019-07-19 05:57 PM | Reply

more politically progressive and politically savvy than Bernie.
You read it here first.

#35 | POSTED BY CORKY

No, we read it here first in 2016 - from YOU.
and every article you posted to sch1t on his campaign that ultimately gave us Trump.

This country is in a mess because of you and your ilk that pushed a bad candidate on America.

You're just to oblivious to own it. which will repeat in 2020 for another Trump term.

#36 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-19 06:08 PM | Reply

They are deplorable because they think their lives are getting worse because of mexicans when it's machines, computers, and billionaires who are the cause of their problems.
Then they become passionate warriors for the very billionaires who are harming them, helping those billionaires harm others. Pretty damn deplorable. And stupid.
#34 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

I'll propose a different perspective. The white working class has lost confidence in government. Trump came as an outsider, not a career politician. It's why Trump beat Hillary and why why AOC beat a career Republican. Trump voters also saw him as the peace candidate.

Whatever Trump's flaws, the left has gone to such extremes as to make him look good. This is Trump's election to lose.

You can rationalize all you want. In politics as in war, the only rule is: win!

#37 | Posted by Ray at 2019-07-19 06:28 PM | Reply

#36 |

Sheepdope hates the democratic process of voting for a party candidate; prefers they be selected in the back room. His candidate lost in a landslide of voters, and he's never gotten over it.

Fortunately, Bernie said the election was not rigged, got over right away, and worked for and voted for the election of the Dem candidate over the Repub candidate... something SD's fragile ego wouldn't let him do.

- Trump came as an outsider

Trump fooled his undereducated base into buh-lieving he was on their side... when in reality he has only ever been on his own side and that of international corps.... like himself.

#38 | Posted by Corky at 2019-07-19 06:44 PM | Reply

This country is in a mess because of you and your ilk that pushed a bad candidate on America.
#36 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Can't disagree with that one.

#39 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2019-07-19 06:45 PM | Reply

- prefers they be selected in the back room.
POSTED BY CORKY

By DNC officials, superdelegates, Corporate I.V. bags, and dark money donors.

That's YOUR preferred method, Hack

#40 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2019-07-19 06:47 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I'll propose a different perspective. The white working class has lost confidence in government. Trump came as an outsider, not a career politician. It's why Trump beat Hillary and why why AOC beat a career Republican. Trump voters also saw him as the peace candidate.

Whatever Trump's flaws, the left has gone to such extremes as to make him look good. This is Trump's election to lose.

You can rationalize all you want. In politics as in war, the only rule is: win!

#37 | Posted by Ray

Losing faith in government is understandable. Thinking trump is the solution means you're a moron.

The left didn't do anything to make trump look good. The left points out how stupid, cruel, and evil he is. The difference is fox news has created morons who WANT a president who is stupid, cruel, and evil.

#41 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-19 07:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#41 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Thinking trump is the solution means you're a moron.

You're a moron for thinking I said Trump is the solution.

The left didn't do anything to make trump look good.

You just can't see it.

I don't mean good in a positive way. I mean good relative to the opposition.

#42 | Posted by Ray at 2019-07-19 07:20 PM | Reply

Losing faith in government is understandable.

What you can't get into your head is that governments exist to exploit the public.
The rhetoric is a confidence game to fool a credulous public.

#43 | Posted by Ray at 2019-07-19 07:22 PM | Reply

Trump Has Become the Voice of Insecure White Americans

"Has become?" It's what he's been since day one.

#44 | Posted by JOE at 2019-07-19 07:27 PM | Reply

What you can't get into your head is that governments exist to exploit the public.
The rhetoric is a confidence game to fool a credulous public.

#43 | Posted by Ray

I forgot you are one of the ones brainwashed to bark at the word "government"

Who benefits if the voters all think government can't be trusted or do anything right? Plutocrats. Because government is the only thing which can limit their power and greed. So they are the ones who created a propaganda war against the concept of government in order to get a bunch of suckers fighting against government - the only thing that can protect those suckers from the sociopathic plutocrats.

You have 2 choices - government or chaos. If you think chaos is better, you're free to go try and thrive somewhere on a desert island. Let us know how it goes.

#45 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-19 07:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I forgot you are one of the ones brainwashed to bark at the word "government"

Government cannot give but what it takes from somebody else. You're prey and don't know it.

Because government is the only thing which can limit their power and greed.

That's a religious belief not grounded in reality. Governments are run by people whose interests are in seeing that a credulous public keeps them employed.

Who benefits if the voters all think government can't be trusted or do anything right?

Governments have a history of growing ever more corrupt until the masses rebel. Jefferson wrote to that effect in the Declaration of Independence.

You have 2 choices - government or chaos

Wrong. We have no choice. We're getting government AND chaos whether we like it or not.

#46 | Posted by Ray at 2019-07-19 08:06 PM | Reply

Wrong. We have no choice. We're getting government AND chaos whether we like it or not.

#46 | Posted by Ray

You're right. As long as you live among other humans and agree to rules of behavior, you live under government, because that's all government is - the rules of a society. The alternative is NOT living among other humans.

As for government "TAKING" from you - you have never earned anything that government did not help you earn. Therefore government has a legitimate claim to a cut of whatever you earned. Whining about paying back those who enabled your success is just about the most self centered childish behavior you could demonstrate.

You want to see how rich you can get without government assistance? Go get rich all by yourself in the jungle sometime. Send us progress reports.

#47 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-19 08:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As long as you live among other humans and agree to rules of behavior, you live under government, because that's all government is - the rules of a society.
#47 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Government laws violate the unwritten rules of society. Society wants to live in peace. Government produces conflict and violence.

As for government "TAKING" from you - you have never earned anything that government did not help you earn. Therefore government has a legitimate claim to a cut of whatever you earned.

I earn my keep by developing job skills employers are willing to pay for. Government puts obstacles in my way.

You're about as religious as born again Christians.

#48 | Posted by Ray at 2019-07-19 08:28 PM | Reply

I earn my keep by developing job skills employers are willing to pay for. Government puts obstacles in my way.

#48 | Posted by Ray

You've earned zero that government didn't help you earn. Now you're going to cry about regulations. Regulations aren't made for fun to oppress innocent people. They are made because someone was harming someone else, so a rule was written to stop that behavior. When you're whining about regulations, you're really whining about the -------- whose behavior forced government to create those regulations.

#49 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-19 08:54 PM | Reply

"I earn my keep by developing job skills employers are willing to pay for. Government puts obstacles in my way."

Ray is a drug dealer?

#50 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-19 08:55 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

You've earned zero that government didn't help you earn.
#49 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

That's so nonsensical, I don't know what to say. Governments cannot create wealth. They redistribute wealth from the less favored to the more favored.

When you're whining about regulations, you're really whining about the -------- whose behavior forced government to create those regulations.

Regulations are designed to protect big business from free market competition. I love that phrase "forced government" as if it's not supposed to be their fault they're corrupt.

As I said before, governments exist to prey on the public.

If you care about your personal survival, you need to be a little more skeptical.

#51 | Posted by Ray at 2019-07-19 09:07 PM | Reply

That's so nonsensical, I don't know what to say. Governments cannot create wealth. They redistribute wealth from the less favored to the more favored.

Regulations are designed to protect big business from free market competition. I love that phrase "forced government" as if it's not supposed to be their fault they're corrupt.

As I said before, governments exist to prey on the public.

#51 | Posted by Ray

Yes you keep saying that because it's your daily prayer. You're the one in a religion.

You have never earned a dime that wasn't contributed to by the government. Even your lemonade stand was along a road that society (aka government) provided for you. Your customers earned money to buy your lemonade with skills they learned in school (aka government) and kept safe by police (aka government) and the tap water in your lemonade is safe (thank you government). You don't know what to say because there's no way to argue against these simple facts.

What "big business" is behind the regulation against murder?

#52 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-07-19 09:21 PM | Reply

"Governments cannot create wealth."

^
Look up a company called Toyota.

#53 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-19 09:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#52 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Suit yourself. I can see you have no understanding of economics.

You have never earned a dime that wasn't contributed to by the government.

By taxing ourselves, we become wealthier. Is that what you're saying?

Look up a company called Toyota.

#53 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Wealth is created by free trade. People trade for gain. Governments gain at somebody's loss.

#54 | Posted by Ray at 2019-07-19 09:37 PM | Reply

Hillary is Trump's mistress...

Two old fossils going at it...

Can you see it?

Great, you'll have that picture seared into your brain for a long time...

Nothing more to post... just wanted to leave you with that picture...

Don't forget the heavy breathing...errr gasping...

I am Pegasus and I approved this psychological message...

#55 | Posted by Pegasus at 2019-07-19 09:48 PM | Reply

Wealth is created by free trade. People trade for gain. Governments gain at somebody's loss.
#54 | POSTED BY RAY

^
I can tell you didn't look up a company called Toyota.

#56 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-07-19 11:34 PM | Reply

Real new wealth is created at the point of production in manufacturing, mining and farming. All else is overhead on the cost of production. It behooves all competitive businesses to control their overhead costs. Manufacturing generally offers more ways to generate wealth than farming or mining.

Trade, flipping goods, transfers existing wealth between citizens without producing new wealth where none existed prior. Only production accomplishes that. The failure to understand this difference is an important driver of inequality. Rent, insurance, stock and commodity trading need to be taxed more heavily than it is at the present time.

Manufacturing jobs peaked in 1979 at 19.4 million, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The sector represented 11.6% of U.S. GDP in 2017, down from 12.3%in 2011 and 28.1% in 1953.

#57 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-20 09:49 AM | Reply

Blumpf is a symptom, not a cause, of the ongoing demographic change in this country. I'm sure many of you will rejoice alongside many members of the dinosaur media outlets who once called "demographic replacement" a conspiracy, but then celebrated the trend. These same people don't recognize that whites are a global minority, and will be utterly stunned when society grinds to a halt when the influence of European-Americans is replaced by EveryoneElse-"Americans".

I hope you will be stupefied when your netflix stops working, and the roads fall into disrepair. When you vote more woke POCs into office and can't understand why the infrastructure isn't working any more, this is for you. Most of all, the huwhite liberals who valued muh diversity ueber alles will be the first ones to blame for the fallout.

#58 | Posted by berserkone at 2019-07-21 05:06 AM | Reply

Trump has proven to be an important effective distraction for insecure white men and women. But everything he has accomplished betrays their best interests. What he says is meaningless. The orange sloth only acts in the best interests of the billionaire class he belongs to.

#59 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-07-21 12:36 PM | Reply

The orange sloth only acts in the best interests of the billionaire class he wishes he belonged to.

FTFY

#60 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2019-07-21 06:30 PM | Reply

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