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Trump Has Been Itching For a Race War Before The Election And His Followers May Have Already Started It

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It’s no longer a secret. Donald Trump a racist. He started his presidential campaign with a no-holds-barred racist attack on Mexicans. Then, he began his time as president by banning Muslims from entering the country. Later that summer, he called white supremacists who terrorized blacks and Jews in Charlottesville, Virginia, “very fine people.” Then, following the coronavirus outbreak, his only policy solution to the health crisis has been to label it the “Chinese virus” and hope the racism would scare it away. Now, as the country grapples with nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice, Trump has been fanning the flames of violence against protesters and openly defending his supporters who have been charged with murdering demonstrators.

Racism courses through Donald Trump’s blood and is one of the foundational principles of his presidency. Which is why, when faced with one of the greatest uprisings against police brutality this nation has seen, a movement led by black people around the country and joined by all other people of color and white people as well, his only policy solution is to start a race war. And unfortunately, American law gives him the authority to do so.

Let’s recap how we got here: In May, Minneapolis police murdered George Floyd, an unarmed black man who had been accused of using a counterfeit $20 bill in a convenience store. In the days that followed, protests grew and spread, starting in Minneapolis and now taking place in seemingly every city in the country on a daily basis. The protests have been loud, angry, and forceful, demanding justice for Floyd, Breonna Taylor (killed in Louisville, Kentucky, earlier in May), Jacob Blake, 29, who was shot in the back seven times by a white police officer on Sunday as Blake attempted to enter his car, and all other unarmed black people who have been murdered by police and other white vigilantes (such as Ahmaud Arbery.)

After initially being taken to the White House bunker when protests raged in Washington, D.C., and then turning off the White House lights on a Sunday night in some weird attempt to hide the building, President Trump tried to project a different image the next day. Right before curfew fell on the city, the president announced: “I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”

Action soon followed. Federal police used tear gas to clear a path for the president to walk to a nearby church and pose with a bible, a photo op that “outraged” the Episcopal bishop of D.C. Then, later Monday night, military helicopters executed an aggressive low-level flyover in D.C. to scare away protesters.

As has been well-documented, police around the country have engaged in violent attacks against protesters, journalists, and citizen watchdogs as they comply with the president’s orders to “dominate” and arrest demonstrators.

Down in every national poll against Joe Biden, Donald Trump sees violence as his only strategy to hold on to power. He already gave up on trying to quell the coronavirus from killing Americans at rates no other country is seeing. And now, as people of the country, particularly black people, are demanding racial justice, Trump sees an opportunity to get his followers to start a race war so he can clinch to power.

Trump’s political back is against the wall, and he is doing the only thing he really knows how to do — project the image of a tough white guy and hope that racial division will, once again, win the election for him in November. It’s just that this time, rather than doing it with promises of a wall or a travel ban, he’s doing it by promising a race war. By sending a signal that he will defend right-wing militia members who kill protesters. And his supporters are already acting on his dog-whistle.

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