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September 23, 2020 01:04 PM UTC

This Is An Actual Lede About Your President

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  • by: Colorado Pols
President Donald Trump.

The Washington Post’s Greg Miller reports, and we have nothing to add:

In unguarded moments with senior aides, President Trump has maintained that Black Americans have mainly themselves to blame in their struggle for equality, hindered more by lack of initiative than societal impediments, according to current and former U.S. officials.

After phone calls with Jewish lawmakers, Trump has muttered that Jews “are only in it for themselves” and “stick together” in an ethnic allegiance that exceeds other loyalties, officials said.

Trump’s private musings about Hispanics match the vitriol he has displayed in public, and his antipathy to Africa is so ingrained that when first lady Melania Trump planned a 2018 trip to that continent he railed that he “could never understand why she would want to go there.”

Ladies and gentlemen, the President of the United States.

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7 thoughts on “This Is An Actual Lede About Your President

    1. over the course of almost 4 years I have only slipped once using the the P-word along with the T-word.

      I have also eliminated the word 'right' from my vocabulary.

  1. In further weirdness, another lede — from the Washington Post :

    President Trump delivered remarks Wednesday in honor of veterans of the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, a failed operation by Cuban exiles opposed to Fidel Castro’s revolution that was covertly financed and directed by the U.S. government.

    The event comes as Trump is making outreach to Cuban Americans a key component of his campaign in Florida, a state he almost certainly must win to prevail in the electoral college.

    Speaking in the East Room of the White House, Trump declared there will “very soon” be a “free Cuba,” adding, “It’s happening very fast.”

  2. Excellent follow up piece in the Daily Kos:

    As Masha Gessen wrote in her now-famous essay on autocracy: “Believe the autocrat. He means what he says.”

    Whenever you find yourself thinking, or hear others claiming, that he is exaggerating, that is our innate tendency to reach for a rationalization. This will happen often: humans seem to have evolved to practice denial when confronted publicly with the unacceptable. Back in the 1930s, The New York Times assured its readers that Hitler’s anti-Semitism was all posture.

    And in the “Making Lemons out of Lemonade” department:

    Black Americans—indeed, all Americans—should in one respect be thankful to him. He has held up a mirror to American society, and it has reflected back a grotesque image that many people had until now refused to see: an image not just of the racism still coursing through the country, but also of the reflex to deny that reality. Though it was hardly his intention, no president has caused more Americans to stop denying the existence of racism than Donald Trump.

    Oops, forgot to include the link to the original post: https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/9/23/1979996/-Trump-Blacks-have-themselves-to-blame-for-inequality-and-Jews-are-only-in-it-for-themselves?detail=emaildkre

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