Opinion | The latest excuses for Trump’s ‘white power’ tweet reveal his weakness

Trump and his propagandists want white Americans to think they're in a race war.

6/30/2020 6:23:00 PM

Opinion: Trump and his propagandists want white Americans to think they're in a race war

Trump and his propagandists want white Americans to think they're in a race war.

The White House has spent days making excuses for Trump’s tweet. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnanyTrump didn’t hear the phrase “white power” before retweeting the video — while simultaneously claiming he does watch videos before sharing them with his 83 million followers.

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ADThe White House is also claiming Trump deleted the tweet after learning of its white supremacist content from advisers and supporters. Yet this took three hours — apparently Trumpwhile golfing — and the White House has yet to condemn its sentiment.AD

Why no condemnation yet? The Post brings us this, from Monday’s press briefing:As McEnany left the White House briefing room, reporters shouted after her, asking why the president and his advisers had declined to condemn the phrase “white power” — but the question was never posed during the news conference, nor did McEnany bring it up.

A senior White House official said that had McEnany been asked, she was prepared to say that of course the president condemns white power, white nationalism and racism in any form.But this raises another question: Why aren’t the White House and Trump himself falling all over themselves to affirmatively condemn it as quickly and unequivocally as possible?

One assumes the White House — and perhaps Trump himself — will ultimately condemn the sentiment. But this new excuse explicitly says McEnany would have clarified that of course Trump condemns it,if she had been asked.So why must they bedraggedto this point?

No more euphemismsThe answer, I think, exposes a weakness in Trump’s reelection effort. With nearly 125,000 Americans dead and cases spiking again from a pandemic that Trump horribly mismanaged, and amid the most pronounced civil upheaval in a half century, Trump’s propagandists want to convert disorder to his advantage.

ADThat’s obvious enough. But the true nature of it is often shrouded in euphemisms — Trump is “stoking division,” or “throwing a match on gasoline,” or some such phrase, which implies Trump is a passive bystander to societal conflicts that he’s merely cheering on for cynical purposes.

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It’s much worse than that. Trump and his propagandists are actively trying to engineer violent civil conflict, by signaling to white Americans that they are under siege in a race war that they’re losing.ADThe rub is that this signaling requires actually saying this in one form or another. And that forces Trump and his propagandists into a position where they must be cagey about his actual intended meanings when he does things like tweet out supporters yelling “white power.”

Trump and his propagandistswanta lot of white Americans to think they need to take sides in a race war. They are expressly using the state to feed this impression: Trump and his top law enforcement and national security officials haveof the true nature of the protests to do so.

ADSometimes this is made nakedly explicit:In Joe Biden’s America your job is illegal, you are locked in your home, borders don’t exist, MS-13 lives next door and the police aren’t coming when the mob arrives. Read more: The Washington Post »

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Trump shares video of man chanting, 'White power' in protest clashPresident Trump promoted a video Sunday that featured clashing protesters, one of whom chants, "White power." The video was apparently shot in the Villages, Fla. Appears to have been sarcastic remark to attendee accusing everyone of being racist Now can that picture or words Bite You? Or do you Laugh off the Ignorance? Or do you ACCEPT IT AS A FALSE TRUTH AND REACT?.. NO people do not see.. Why? Now go see why!

Trump tweets video with 'white power' chant, then deletes itThe president tweeted approvingly of a video showing one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist slogan associated with white supremacists. It's that sort of cuckery that will ultimately cause Trump to lose the election this time around. It wasn't a chant, but in a related story, journalism is still dead. maggieNYT He was actually saying 'white POWDER'...not 'White power.' Florida is well known for its pure cocaine. He was simply saying please give me some more cocaine. See how innocent the statement was and how it was easily misunderstood. whitepower whitepowder

Trump Tweets, Then Deletes, Video of Supporter Shouting ‘White Power’The White House now claims Trump was just excited about the enthusiastic screaming match and didn't hear the 'white power' part — but it's hard to miss STAY FOCUSED ON RUSSIA CASH FOR US SOLDIER DEATHS It’s probably a good time to remind everyone that trump lies about EVERYTHING... so, there’s that...

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After Repeatedly Denouncing Black Lives Matter, Trump Tweets A Video Supporting 'White Power'Prior to deleting the tweet, Trump praised the crowd, writing 'Thank you to the great people of The Villages. The Radical Left Do Nothing Democrats will Fall in the Fall. Corrupt Joe is shot. See you soon!!' More trump bashing I see? Well at least done ad lib everything you say as fact. You just speculate and talk shit. That whole damn article is bullshit. If you are going to write something make it true. Instead f some gay lib hit piece. We ain’t buying it