If Donald Trump says all those racist things when he’s putting on his best face for the cameras, what must he be like when the cameras are off? We don’t have to speculate. In June of 2017, this was Trump in front of his staff:
- He said Afghanistan was a terrorist haven.
- He said of legal Haitian immigrants, they “all have AIDS.”
- He said of legal Nigerian immigrants, that once they had seen the United States, they would never “go back to their huts.”
That’s right. The President of the United States said that people from the most populous country in Africa live in huts. About what you’d expect from the guy who thought there were “fine people” among those making Nazi salutes in Charlottesville.
Yes, you may be thinking, but it’s a long way from being a racist to being a fascist dictator. Not so long, perhaps. Trump has just asserted, with regard to the Russia investigations, that he has the “absolute right to do what I want with the Justice Department,” a claim that Richard Nixon would have been embarrassed to make. I’d like to see a comment on this article, from a Republican who has one of those little copies of the Constitution in his pocket, explaining why this shouldn’t alarm the rest of us.