While talking about Trump’s decision to bypass congressional authority to fund his proposed border wall by declaring a national emergency, Scarborough said it was appalling that millions of Americans can look at the president and approve of the job he’s doing:
“The most frightening part of all this… it’s the people who still — two and a half years after the racism, after the lies, after the breaching of constitutional norms, after the embrace of Putin, after the embrace of strongmen around the world, after the mocking of democratic values all over the world, after the contempt he has shown for democratically elected traditional American allies — the fact that there are so many who still support him.”
He then expressed wonderment that any human being could continue to support a person who tells blatant and easily disprovable lies every day.
“Four out of ten Americans are still okay with the lies every day, the racism every day,” Scarborough said.
Racism Has Become the Norm for Republicans
Last fall we reported that Republican candidates were using racism to try to win the midterm elections, saying:
“The GOP has met with great success when they use racism, bigotry and fear to motivate voters. Because of this they have been able to sell average Americans on their programs which actually hurt average Americans economically.”
Obviously it didn’t work well for Republicans in the midterms, but that doesn’t mean they have changed their playbook.
In November, Michael Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee (RNC), spoke up against the racism of his party. He said that “GOP candidates have allowed President Donald Trump’s inherent racism to take over their messaging.”
“It’s not like Republicans don’t have a narrative they can go out into the country and talk about,” Steele said. “But no, they’ve fallen into this bucket where they feel they can peddle, or at least stay silent on inherent racism, misogynistic language, and bad behavior.”
Joe Scarborough is correct. It is truly appalling that four out of every ten Americans support Trump despite his lies and his blatant racism. The good news of course is that 60% of voters do not support Trump. It is up to us to save America from a president whose desire is to create a white supremacist dictatorship.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.