Accuracy in Media

You may not be aware of it, but if you voted for Donald Trump for president it is because you are a racist.

That’s the upshot of a 10,000-word essay in The Atlantic by Adam Serwer, a senior editor. It is positively Kafka-esque. If you don’t think you are a racist, that only proves you are.

If you had other, articulable reasons for voting for Trump, those are mere cover-ups for your true racist intentions.

If you are a conservative and adjudged Trump the only game in town, you are racist by virtue of having conservative views, which are mere sophistry constructed to hide your racism. There is no escape.

“The plain meaning of Trumpism exists in tandem with denials of its implications; supporters and opponents alike understand that the president’s policies and rhetoric target religious and ethnic minorities, and behave accordingly,” Serwer wrote. “But both supporters and opponents usually stop short of calling these policies racist. It is as if there were a pothole in the middle of the street that every driver studiously avoided but that most insisted did not exist even as they swerved around it.”

Trump’s supporters, and the rest of the nation, were in denial about why they voted for Trump and “searched desperately for an alternative explanation – outsourcing, anti-Washington anger, economic anxiety – to the one staring them in the face. The frequent postelection media expeditions to Trump country to see whether fever has broken, or whether Trump’s most ardent supporters have changed their minds, are a direct outgrowth of this mistake.”

Trump poses as a nationalist, but that’s only a dog signal for racism – as his ban on unvetted people from countries with a history of terrorism, his stepped-up immigration enforcement, his moves against voter fraud and to abdicate the Justice Department’s “constitutional responsibility to protect black Americans … from discriminatory financial practices” prove.

It is not racist, one supposes, to assume black people – but not others – need the Justice Department to protect them from their own bad judgments.

Serwer laments Trump’s pledges to “use the power of the state against people of color and religious minorities” without a hint of irony considered his predecessor’s flagrant use of state power against people of a different color and religion from him.

Trump has made the case for a return to law and order and truly enforcing our immigration laws … because of racism, of course. Speaking to working-class Americans about trade and jobs and salaries, which carried him to three upset victories in the Upper Midwest that gave him the White House, was not Trump addressing a real mood of economic anxiety in the country but another dog whistle for his racist supporters.

The relevant factor in support for Trump among white voters was not education or even income but the ideological frame with which they understood their challenges and misfortunes,” Serwer wrote. Economic anxiety, he wrote, is a “euphemism turned running joke” and “regular Americans” means white people.

By contrast, the rich, poor and people of color voted for Hillary because Trump’s solutions “were premised on a national vision that excluded them as full citizens,” he wrote.

“What a society finds offensive is not a function of fact or truth, but of power,” Serwer wrote in what amounts to a universal dismissal of all claims that don’t originate with him.

Racism prevented white people from seeing President Obama as the “least liberal president since World War II and the biggest moderate in the White House since Dwight Eisenhower.”

Birtherism, Serwer contended, “is rightly remembered as a racist conspiracy theory, born of an inability to accept the legitimacy of the first black president.” Actually, it was an effort by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008 to find a way to delegitimize Obama in the Democrat primaries.

If the rules didn’t prevent someone born in Kenya from serving as president, we never would have heard a word about where Obama was born, and nobody would have cared that he played cat and mouse about the subject for a decade before presenting something he claimed to be his birth certificate but which is not.

“History has a way of altering villains so that we can no longer see ourselves in them,” Serwer wrote. That turned out to be far more accurate than he intended.





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Comments

  • tage

    Well, dad-gum. This here sure nuf is gud to no why I done vote for ’em! Bfor I couldnt even spel Racist, and now I r one!

  • So, Mr. Serwer, call me a racist. Even if I tried to prove a negative, which I couldn’t, you’d still call me a racist. What about all those black and Oriental people who worked for Trump’s election, and voted for him? All racists, too? Is Santa Claus a racist? Maybe. He has a white beard, and white hair, and lands his sleigh in white snow, because he’s a racist. Maybe all his elves are white racists, too. Serwer’s article is an exercise in absurdity, and deserves burial in a pig sty.

  • hap46

    The thought of Bill and Hillary Clinton again in the White House physically makes me want to vomit. Hence, I chose the lesser of two evils.

  • Mike S.

    Darwinism comes to the forefront again: those who see themselves as members of an elitist ruling class are superior, and everyone else is sub-human. This theory caused overt racism on through the 1960s in this country, and Democrats were the main promulgators!

    Today, Democrats kill African-Americans in the womb in far greater numbers than any other race, and the Marxist-controlled UNICEF covertly injects birth control drugs into African women. Truth and facts never favor evil, so demons such as Se(r)wer prattle on incoherently.

  • samo war
  • Gz7

    He failed to mention all the white people that voted for Obama twice. He would never have been president without the white vote.

  • J. Glenn

    The Atlantic published a lengthy article by Hanna Rosin in the July-August 2010 issue titled, “The End of Men: How women are taking control of everything.” Rosin’s screed proclaims the wonders and glory of women as an emerging master race of sort, though she stops short of using that term.

    Trump opponents, which include many feminists, possess a remorseless, sadistic ability to dement minds; they have much in common with the Klan and Third Reich and Marx, Lenin and Stalin (to name but a few such groups and people).

    Media elite are like an enemy bombarding populations with propaganda leaflets in wartime. In that regard, men are being told further resistance is futile, and the time has come to give up. With Trump, they are saying that he’s as good as impeached, so give up.

  • Headbangerguy

    Lesser of two evils by a long shot.

    After much research, Christopher Hitchens concluded that Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broaddrick — and at least two other women.

    A chapter in Hitchens’ book NO ONE LEFT TO LIE TO is titled IS THERE A RAPIST IN THE OVAL OFFICE?

    He concludes the chapter this way:

    “What are the chances that three socially and personally respectable women, all three of them political supporters of Mr. Clinton and none of them known to each other, would confect or invent almost identical experience which they did not desire to make public. And how possible would it be for a network of anti-Clinton rumor-mongers to create, let alone ventilate, such a coincidence? The odds that any of these ladies is lying seem to me to approach zero; their reasons for reticence are all perfectly intelligible.”

    After enabling her husband for decades and attacking the women he abused, Hillary is just as guilty as he is.

  • hap46

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/02/25/the_trashing_of_bills_accusers_what_did_hillary_do_–_and_why_did_she_do_it_129787.html
    Bill Clinton’s accusers and Hillary’s aim to stop them.
    A list of Bill Clinton’s accusers.

  • tkrepel

    So Brian McNicoll’s a birther dead-ender? Good to know — he’ll fit in well at AIM, filling that particular void left by the departure of Cliff Kincaid.

  • TED

    Wingnut Republicans look down their noses at a lot of different kinds of people and there’s definitely an “anti-” attitude in the GOP about a lot of different people and things but, first and foremost, it seems to me that the majority of Trumpers are simply uninformed … and plenty are just plain ol’ stoopid!