The Sad Truth Trump Has Exposed About The U.S.

For ardent Trump supporters, there is no line he can cross that will ever shake their support of him. No matter how cruel and without even an attempt to veil the racism and xenophobia in his tweets and comments, they continue and will continue to fail to see how inherently troubling they are in a country that has – at least on its surface – has traditionally celebrated its diversity and tolerance.

Some opine that unyielding Trump supporters remain so no matter what he tweets or says because they inclined to look the other way in light of the fact that they get the economic policy and conservative Supreme Court judges they want. But I wholeheartedly disagree with that notion because they could have gotten the same, and arguably more effectively, from the likes of Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio. They even had a pinch pinch of immigrant enmity to offer the right wing base, but none of it was enough. They went for the flame throwing, make no apologies, go for the jugular bully and bigot to represent their side and ultimately lead the country.

I am sure you have hard all of the other bogus reasons why they went for Trump. He was not a politician, he was not part of the establishment, he told it how it was, blah, blah, blah. Sorry, the real reason was that the segment of the U.S. that has steadfastly supported Trump – in a manner that often borders on being creepy – is that he spoke to their fears during time when we had an African American President.

The anti-immigrant, xenophobic, and racist sentiments that Trump slung out from the very inception of his campaign echoed how they themselves felt whether they were willing to admit it or not. I am not talking about the blatant, in your face, white supremacist, neo-Nazi bottom dwellers who would naturally support a man like Trump. I am talking about suburban white males, the deep south, and the rust belt. They at least pretended to celebrate our diversity as long as minorities knew their place and certainly did not run for President, much less win.

The truth is that when it comes to race relations and views, the U.S. still has a long way to go. The Trump diehards that keep him from falling below a 35% approval rating no matter how abysmally his tweets and rhetoric sink. They yell “send her back” at a rally in reference to a naturalized citizen, former refugee, and duly elected member of Congress.

Make no mistake, in Trump they have their man. Perhaps economic policy and Supreme Court picks they favor have something to do with it, but those aspects of Trump we just icing on the cake for “the base.”

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