Here’s the lead story in the Washington Post news section:
Trump’s push to amplify racism unnerves Republicans who have long enabled him
By Robert Costa and Philip Rucker
July 4, 2020 at 9:24 a.m. PDT
President Trump’s unyielding push to preserve Confederate symbols
and the legacy of white domination, crystallized by his harsh denunciation of the racial justice movement Friday night at Mount Rushmore, has unnerved Republicans who have long enabled him but now fear losing power and forever associating their party with his racial animus.
Although amplifying racism and stoking culture wars have been mainstays of Trump’s public identity for decades, they have been particularly pronounced this summer as the president has reacted to the national reckoning over systemic discrimination by seeking to weaponize the anger and resentment of some white Americans for his own political gain.
Trump has left little doubt through his utterances the past few weeks that he sees himself not only as the Republican standard-bearer but as leader of a modern grievance movement animated by civic strife and marked by calls for “white power,” the phrase chanted by one of his supporters in a video the president shared last weekend on Twitter. He later deleted the video but did not disavow its message.
Trump put his strategy to resuscitate his troubled reelection campaign by galvanizing white supporters on display Friday night under the chiseled granite gaze of four past presidents memorialized in the Black Hills of South Dakota. He celebrated Independence Day with a dystopian speech in which he excoriated racial justice protesters as “evil” representatives of a “new far-left fascism” whose ultimate goal is “the end of America.”
“Our nation is witnessing a merciless campaign to wipe out our history, defame our heroes, erase our values, and indoctrinate our children,” Trump said to boos from a packed crowd of supporters. “Angry mobs are trying to tear down statues of our founders, deface our most sacred memorials, and unleash a wave of violent crime in our cities.”
Jeff Bezos really should ponder his role in paying for this kind of rhetoric.
Assume for the moment that Trump, like Lincoln in 1860s wins the Electoral College with a minority of the popular vote, which is becoming more plausible as anti-Trump forces become more crazed with their anti-white racial hate. Is Bezos’ Washington Post’s verbiage conducive to the losers saying, “Well, we gave it our best shot, but Trump won under the Constitution, so four more years”? It sure seems instead as if the Post’s rhetoric implies that a coup or secession is the only alternative.
I actually think that Bezos would prefer not to go down in history as the man who paid for blowing up the Constitutional republic.
Come on, Jeff, you are the richest man in the world. Did you work that hard to make $166 billion in order to be held hostage in fear that some 20-something interns would be peeved if you cleaned house?