William K. Black
Trump’s bigotry de jour was quadrupling down on his claim that the judge hearing the fraud lawsuit against the Trumphemistically-named “Trump U” (which was not a university and involved solely Trump’s wallet rather than his “leadership”) was biased against Trump because the judge, while born here, was of Mexican descent. Trump’s free-floating bigotry is, of course, simply the norm, so the story here is the reaction of GOP leaders who have made public their support for making an open bigot our President.
Those leaders have stated that Trump’s bigotry is “completely unacceptable.” I’ll quote from a hard right source, NEWSMAX.
In an email to the Washington Post, [Newt] Gingrich joined top Republicans in condemning Trump’s repeated bashing of District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is overseeing lawsuits over Trump’s real estate operation, as inherently unfair because of his Mexican descent.
“I don’t know what Trump’s reasoning was, and I don’t care,” Gingrich says in the email, the Post reports. “His description of the judge in terms of his parentage is completely unacceptable.”
On Sunday, Gingrich expanded on his remarks.
“This is one of the worst mistakes Trump has made,” Gingrich said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I think it’s inexcusable.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan responded with a Trumphemism, saying that Trump’s bigotry came “out of left field.”
The logical dilemma that requires GOP leaders to utter constant Trumphemisims implying fake condemnations of Trump’s recurrent hate speech while continuing to support him becoming president is clear. Trump’s racism is indefensible, so any attempt by the leaders to defend it would expose them to ridicule. But when Gingrich says that Trump’s bigotry is “completely unacceptable” he means the opposite of what that phrase means. Gingrich, Ryan, and their colleagues knew that Trump was a bigot before they threw their support to Trump.
Trump’s bigotry is inconvenient to the GOP leadership, but it is “completely acceptable” – as proven by the actions of the GOP leaders continuing support for his presidency. The most famous Republican leader, in one of the most famous and consequential political addresses in our history at Cooper Union, made this very point. On February 27, 1860, Abraham Lincoln addressed the Nation’s treatment of slavery and told his audience that “actions speak louder than words.” The GOP leaders’ actions in endorsing Trump shriek even louder than Trump’s hate speech.