The American Propaganda Machine and Trump’s Racism

Donald Trump–conducting his reality show before a global audience. Photo: Gage Skidmore–Flickr
Donald Trump’s idiotic response to “The Squad” –Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib– saying, “They should go back where they came from”, and his criticism of Colin Kaepernick for having the audacity to peacefully protest the brutal killing of innocent Black people by rogue cops, once again betrays his astounding ignorance of what America is all about.
The very flag that he’s claiming these people are disrespecting is a symbol of the American tradition of speaking out against injustice, and his attempt to deny Americans that right threatens to render the American flag just another piece of cloth. America was founded on protesting injustice. What is un-American, however, is being too cowardly to defend that tradition, as Trump was during the Vietnam War when he avoided enlistment; but Trump has a genius for seeing everybody’s shortcomings but his own.
Thus, Trump’s vision of what it means to be an American is based on racist latter-day propaganda that’s grounded in ugliness, bitterness,
bigotry and greed. The man is not only an ignorant buffoon, but a smudge on the ideal of American democracy – and anyone who follows his lead is un-American, and certainly can’t claim to be a Christian. Jesus would condemn this man.
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