After a Minnesota mosque was bombed, I wrote a piece for The Guardian about the president’s silence. The key portion—more relevant now in the wake of the events in Charlottesville, VA—is this:
What’s long been clear from this White House is that Donald Trump has absolutely no interest in being the president of all Americans. His statements and actions are always calculated to appeal narrowly to his core constituency in order to further the divisions and hatreds in our society, thereby reinforcing his base.
In the past couple of weeks alone, this administration has been telling us that immigrants are criminals, that white people are discriminated against in college admissions and that only English speakers should be admitted to the country.
Gorka’s comments and Trump’s actions show that this administration is more than willing to sacrifice different segments of the American public to keep itself in power. They seek no other way.
The situation is bigger than a bomb in Minnesota. Will we permit this administration to treat the security of individual minorities as simply disposable? How could we? To do so would be to surrender not only our own individual futures, but also all our possibilities as a unified nation.
Read the whole article here.