Donald Trump has attacked many Americans in the months since he won the presidency. From former president Obama, to Hillary Clinton, to a union leader in Indiana, to a federal judge, to Representative John Lewis (the civil rights icon who Trump insulted as “all talk, talk, talk – no action or results“), Trump seemingly cannot restrain himself. It appears he has a compulsion to tweet whatever simple, mean-spirited thoughts are able to form within his brain, without regard for the consequences.
Some have argued that Trump’s unchecked rhetoric has been a major contributor to the spike in hate crimes against minorities in the country. With this background in mind, Representative Elijah Cummings, former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, gave a fascinating interview to MSNBC over the weekend on race, Trump, on the political realities of the the present. When he was asked what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. might say about America in 2017, Cummings responded as follows, according to Politico:
“In a way he would be pleased to have seen the first African-American elected president, to have seen many doors opened for people like me and others who now have opportunities that would not have had them back then. But at the same time, when we see a guy like Bannon, who is, as far as I’m concerned, a white supremacist-type person, sitting in the White House — sitting in the White House — and I’m paying his salary, I think he would be very disappointed.”
We are very disappointed too. With recent polling showing that 55 percent of Republicans hold deeply racist views on African Americans, unfortunately it is not all that surprising that the likes of Trump and Bannon have ascended to power.