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Why we should all ignore Trump's toxic tweets

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17.08.2019

What would happen if a sizeable proportion of the planet decided to ignore Donald Trump’s toxic tweets? Let his racist provocations about “bad hombres” and Baltimore’s “rat-infested” black neighbourhoods evaporate into the ether? Make him the tree that falls in the proverbial forest with no-one around to hear his “I’m-the-least-racist-person-in-the world” gaslighting?

Our Trump addiction is killing civic discourse.Credit:AP

I dwell on such impossible fantasies when reality takes a turn for the even worse.

Our Trump addiction is killing civic discourse. It might also be killing people. His flame-throwing about migrant “invasions” from “infested” countries intensifies the febrile climate that breeds radicalised white supremacists like the El Paso and Christchurch gunmen. (Whose bloody rampages possibly helped tip the alleged knife attacker over the edge in Sydney – police said he had in his possession a USB stick with information about the mass shootings overseas.)

Then again causation is a tricky concept in the US where racist violence needs little pretext to express itself.

I think former vice-president Joe Biden put it best recently when he said Trump has “publicly and unapologetically embraced a political strategy of hate, racism and division”. He has “no interest in unifying the nation”. A leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, Biden’s record suggests he has the potential to unify the nation. Whether he’d be the party’s best choice, I can’t say. But while we’re accustomed to watching........

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