Jonathan Capehart: Trump’s State of the Union speech was a white supremacist vision of America
Feb. 07, 2020
Oh yes. Yes it was and I had the same horrible vibe watching his rant in the White House yesterday, surrounded by his baying sycophants.
This is all just nauseating. And terrifying.
From the piece in Washington Post,
President Trump defiled the majesty of the East Room of the White House with a vulgar display of vindictiveness that shocked even those of us who didn’t expect anything less. For more than an hour, the third president to be impeached celebrated his Senate acquittal by settling scores and praising the moral voids seated before him, otherwise known as congressional Republicans. But I don’t want to focus your attention on that horror show. Something has been bothering me about Trump’s State of the Union address earlier this week that I have to get off my chest.
Under any other president, the end of that annual speech before a joint session of Congress is a clarion call to unity, a moment of national reassurance. That’s certainly what Trump was going for during his 78-minute oration . I’m certain that’s the way it came off to his supporters. Yet, despite its visual and rhetorical messaging to African Americans , I heard something more sinister. What I heard was a white supremacist vision of America that alternately erased and whitewashed its history.
“This is the home of Thomas Edison and Teddy Roosevelt, of many great generals including Washington, Pershing, Patton and MacArthur. This is the home of Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Amelia Earhart, Harriet Tubman, the Wright Brothers, Neil Armstrong and so many more,” Trump said, tossing in Douglass and Tubman like a couple of Skittles in a bucket of milk.
Not to mention he gave the Medal of Freedom to RUSH LIMBAUGH.
Trump isn’t OUR president. He isn’t president of a diverse, multicultural, pluralistic melting pot. He isn’t president of the First Nations. He isn’t president of people whose ancestors toiled in bondage, chattel slaves dragged from Africa.
Trump isn’t president of anybody who loves our ideals. He isn’t president of a democracy, of a democratic republic that reveres the rule of law.
Trump is a thug and he is this/close to an open Nazi.
I grew up out West, surrounded by spirits, the spirits of Mexicans and Native Americans who were here long before “manifest destiny” delivered whiteness to the West.
“The American nation was carved out of the vast frontier by the toughest, strongest, fiercest and most determined men and women ever to walk on the face of the Earth,” Trump said, as though such conquest wasn’t financed by slavery and didn’t involve the horrific annihilation of the indigenous people here long before whites fled their own persecution and poverty in Europe.
He then bragged about how “we” defeated fascism etc. YES WE DID.
And we will again.
This is America.
Walk on faith
Walk on faith
Walk on faith
There will be an accounting.