Imagine if they were Muslims instead of white guys? It would not be safe for anyone looking like a Muslim to be walking the streets of America. That would include Sikhs who many think are Muslims. Trump’s decision keeping Muslims out of America would be hailed.
Imagine if they were African-Americans. We’d probably find ourselves returning to the days of Jim Crow and the mob lynching of blacks in the South in America. Less than 100 years ago lynching of blacks was done by white mobs with impunity. The federal government did nothing about it. How many knew that after WWI more than ten black soldiers wearing their uniforms were lynched? As recently as July 1946 in Georgia a lynching-type event occurred when two black couples were shot 60 times by a mob of thirty armed, unmasked white men none of whom were prosecuted.
Trump had a trifecta last week. His words were put into deeds on three occasions. They were done by the group that most identifies with him: white men.
In the show position is person described in a comment to this blog as “just a harmless nut.” That’s just the thing! Trump doesn’t discriminate when he talks between nuts and others. A harmless nut can be more easily convinced than perhaps another. This one was named Cesar Altieri Sayoc Jr., a 56-year-old white man. He attended Trump rallies and decorated his vehicle with pro-Trump signs. He also had signs showing people Trump calls enemies: CNN, Democratic Party leaders, government officials, and liberal activists in the cross-hairs of a rifle. This harmless nut sent out 14 packages that contained explosives. Nut indeed! Harmless, I suggest not. Motivated by Trump’s rhetoric. Of that there is little doubt.
The runner-up in the race is Gregory A. Bush, a 51-year-old white man, another nut. Believing the not too subtle racist message of Trump he shot at and murdered two blacks in their late sixties at a Kroger supermarket. No doubt it was a racist attack. He was observed banging on the door of the nearby black First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown trying to gain entrance. Failing that, he went to the supermarket to show his white credentials: “whites don’t shoot whites.” A racist crime but one inspired by the Trump white nationalist rhetoric.
Trump’s infamous statement after the Charlottesville white supremacist tiki torch march during which a young woman was killed, “Not all of those people were white supremacists by any stretch. … You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people—on both sides.” That certainly was a signal to the white supremacist side. Rather than condemning them he mitigated their conduct.
Why,? Because they are his people. From David Duke onward to the Bikers for Trump, the Proud Boys, the Rise Above Movement, Patriot Prayer and the like which as noted these “groups don’t hesitate to invoke his presidency as validation for their belief systems.” Some of these far right all white movements began in 2016 as Trump spewed his hatred on the campaign trail. At a recent bike rally in Sturgis, South Dakota, an article noted: “one can go hours — or days — without seeing a person of color in the crowds here at one of the world’s largest biker rallies. In Sturgis, the definition of diversity is a white guy on a foreign bike.” Add to that they say: “the leader of this pack is Donald Trump.”
The winner of the race is another white man 46-year-old Robert Bowers. He murdered 11 and wounded six. What’s with these white guys? It was only a year ago Stephen Paddock a 64-year-old white guy murdered 58 people an injured over 800 others. One thing the trifecta group has in common is that they are big followers of the white supremacist movement which without a doubt has gained a big following thanks to Trump.
As for Bowers, he’s another nut, I guess. Another nut with guns. You know other countries have their nuts but they don’t have guns, only in America. Nor do they have these white supremacy movements which apparently are a legacy of the antebellum years in the South or the Jim Crow years. These are the conditions into which Trump talks.
Bowers like Gregory Bush went to a place of worship to do his attack. It was a synagogue on the Jewish Sabbath. Immediately prior to going there he tweeted: “HIAS [a Jewish American organization helping refugees] likes to bring invaders that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics. I’m going in.” Bowers said of HIAS that it “likes to bring in invaders that kill our people.”
Although Bowers said he doesn’t support Trump because he is not anti-Semitic enough, he certainly has been following Trump’s rhetoric. Trump over the last week has been pounding the caravan invasion message. Bowers anger at the Jews were that they were helping transport members of the migrant caravans coming up through Mexico. Those are the people who he considers as invaders. Those are people Trump recently has been demonizing.
This trifecta of terrorist attacks – that is what they should be called – took place over one week’s time as Trump ramps up his rhetoric against the groups that are the subject of these attacks. Trump may not explicitly come out against blacks or Jews but his white supremacist followers who have hatred for those groups get comfort from Trump’s overall rhetoric demeaning the other people.
It is Trump’s lies, his advocating violence, and abetting prejudices that have advanced hatred and evil. Trump has wrought the tearing apart of our nation and the murder of good people in their place of worship. He has loosed the nuts upon us. He has brought about manifest evil. His hands cannot be cleansed of this. “Out, damned spot! Out, I say” He must accept the blame for inspiring these events. “What, will these hands ne’er be clean?” Words matter.