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Trump's war of words claims real victims: Can we now see this man for who he really is?

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19.03.2019

Maya Angelou is correct. When a person shows you who they are, you better believe them. They know themselves much better than you do.

Donald Trump is a hero and flag-waver for racists and bigots.

Trump's life mantra is "never apologize." He followed this rule on Sunday. In response to last Friday's terrorist attack by a white supremacist against Muslims in New Zealand -- attacks whose perpetrator claimed Donald Trump as an inspiration -- Trump chose to publicly down on his racism and bigotry.

This began on Friday when Trump, speaking about conditions on the Mexican border told reporters, "People hate the word ‘invasion,’ but that’s what it is."

These words flow from the same political imagination as the manifesto of the alleged mass murderer in Christchurch, New Zealand. That is also the worldview shared by many of Trump's key advisers, past and present, including Stephen Miller, Steve Bannon, Michael Anton and Sebastian Gorka, as well as a wide swath of Republican voters.

Later in the day Donald Trump minimized and downplayed the threat to the United States and the world represented by white supremacists and other right-wing terrorists, a hive mind of hate that national security experts are now describing as "White ISIS."

On Friday, Trump told reporters, "I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems." This is not true. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have described white right-wing domestic terrorism as a greater threat to the United States than radical Islamic terrorism.

On Sunday, Trump took to Twitter and continued to reaffirm his racist authoritarian bonafides, backing up embattled Fox News hosts Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson:

Bring back [Judge Jeanine.] The Radical Left Democrats, working closely with their beloved partner, the Fake News Media, is using every trick in the book to SILENCE a majority of our Country. They have all out campaigns against Fox News hosts who are doing too well. must stay strong and fight back with vigor. Stop working soooo hard on being politically correct, which will only bring you down, and continue to fight for our Country. The losers all want what you have, don’t give it to them. Be strong & prosper, be weak & die! Be true to the people that got you there. Keep fighting for Tucker, and fight hard for [Pirro]. Your competitors are jealous — they all want what you’ve got — NUMBER ONE. Don’t hand it to them on a silver........

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