Remember Saturday, when Trump declared that his
daily misinformation campaign platform “press conferences” were a “waste of time” and when the administration signaled there would be less Trump on screen in a bid to protect Dolt 45 from himself?
That idea lasted a whole two seconds before Trump, in typical Sith lord fashion, altered the deal. Trump was right back at it yesterday with a Rose Garden event in which he said a bunch of dumb shit. Then on Tuesday, in an event at the White House with Florida governor and scumbag-in-chief Ron DeSantis where I’m assuming they just talked about how awesome they think they are, Trump floated the idea that he would only being willing to help out economic depressed blue states
if they were as nakedly and openly racist as he is if they changed their sanctuary city policies.
What do sanctuary cities and bailing out states impacted by COVID-19 have in common? Precisely fucking nothing. But it’s another in a seemingly endless set of examples of Trump’s “quid pro quo” approach to governance, an approach wherein the only way to get something from him is to gift him something that allows him to be an asshole. For the record, while Trump would love for you to think sanctuary cities are wretched hives of scum and villainy (he must be confusing them with the White House, what with it’s sycophants like Stephen Miller and Hope Hicks and the pest infestation), actually math and statistics show that crime in sanctuary cities among immigrants is actually quite low.
Nah, this is just naked racism masquerading as criticism of blue states during a time of national crisis. Trump does not care about blue states because blue states are unlikely to vote for him. Blue states also tend to have more brown people, who tend not to vote for him, and also being disproportionately are affected by the coronavirus. And his opposition to sanctuary cities is straight up racism and blame shifting, in the same vein of referring to COVID-19 as “the Chinese disease”. I’m sure that in no way has Trump’s insistence that COVID-19 was a Chinese disease influenced an uptick on hate speech and violence against Asians in the United States. None at all.
As Trump has increasingly been forced away from the ravenous hordes of Farmers Only users who make up his base, he has started to say the quiet bits (that he’d scream into a microphone at a rally) out loud in forums that are 1.) far removed from events with people who love his racist and anti-intellectual schtick, 2.) desperate for a way to fill a 24 hour news cycle with shit other than “everyone is dying and everything is terrible”, and 3.) increasingly scrutinizing every last thing he says instead of pretending everything is just a long term plan to throw people off the trail of something he’s trying to distract people from.
Our President really is a big, racist, insanely stupid, sunsetting ass moron. America is having to deal with that reality more now than ever.