Old man Trump knows
just how much
racial hatred he stirred up
in the blood spot of human hearts
The old man Trump folk singer Woody Guthrie attacked in 1954 was Donald Trump’s father Fred. Woody was protesting against the racist housing practices of landlord Fred Trump in Brooklyn. Fred Trump also had form for associating with the Ku Klux Klan. In 1927 the KKK held an anti-Catholic march in Queens, New York and Fred Trump was one of seven “berobed marchers” to get arrested.
Racism, like avarice, is a part of Donald Trump’s character inherited from his father. In 1989 he took out full page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty for five black and Hispanic teenagers wrongly found guilty of a brutal rape in New York’s Central Park. Their convictions, based on coerced confessions secured by the NYPD, were subsequently overturned when a serial rapist confessed to the crime. Trump has insisted on several occasions since that the teenagers are still guilty.
Unlike his dad, Trump has never gone round dressed in KKK regalia, but still sympathises with white supremacist groups. In February 2016 he refused to condemn the KKK or disavow an endorsement of his candidacy made by long time Klan leader David Duke. His most recent show of support for neo-nazi outfits was during the first Presidential debate against Joe Biden, when he refused to condemn the so called Proud Boys, recommending instead that they “stand back and stand by.”
The Anti-Defamation League has the Proud Boys down as “violent, nationalistic, Islamophobic, transphobic and misogynistic.” What they share with other armed groups in the far right cesspool is adherence to the “white genocide” conspiracy theory — a belief propagated back in 1978 in the notoriously racist and anti Semitic Turner Diaries. Such groups in America are looking for a “race war”.
On the very day Trump encouraged the Proud Boys, an unredacted FBI document on white supremacist infiltration of law enforcement was released, linking it with police abuse and tolerance of racism. According to the Department of Homeland Security also last month, white supremacist groups are the biggest terror threat in the USA today. Trump is naturally oblivious to all this because they are among his most ardent supporters.
With Trump things seem to go beyond racism to dislike of humankind in its entirety, with acts of sabotage against the public health efforts of various states and his own administration. He’s also oblivious to the well-being of his own supporters, whom he insists on packing into his super-spreader rallies.
When asked if he was afraid of catching the virus Trump said: “I’m on stage, it’s very far away, so I’m not at all concerned.” Catching Covid-19, like paying income tax, was for the little people, not him. Unlike 210,000 Americans, Trump will probably escape its devastating effects.
If he loses the election though, he should be in line for a very lengthy period of confinement, and it won’t be in a luxury private hospital.