In a strikingly astute article in Salon Amanda Marcotte explicates as few have had the nerve to dare “Mainstream Media” mendacity with white racism.
“Secretary Clinton, you have known Donald Trump a long time,” Karen Tumulty asked, by way of actually starting the debate after a boring procedural discussion. “You have seen what kind of campaign he’s running. Secretary Clinton, is Donald Trump a racist?”
Clinton didn’t hold back in her answer, focusing on the noxious things Trump says:
I was the first one to call him out. I called him out when he was calling Mexicans rapists.
When he was engaging in rhetoric that I found deeply offensive. I said basta (“enough!”), and I am pleased that others are also joining in making clear that his rhetoric, his demagoguery, his trafficking in prejudice and paranoia has no place in our political system. Especially from somebody running for president who couldn’t decide whether or not to disavow the Ku Klux Klan and David Duke. So people can draw their own conclusions about him. I will just end by saying this. You don’t make America great by getting rid of everything that made America great.
This wasn’t enough for Tumulty, who replied, “Secretary Clinton, my question was about his character.” Which is a pretty nasty insult with regards to the audience’s intelligence. Does Clinton need to whip out a picture book called “Racism Is Bad” and explain everything in one-syllable words?
It’s a lot or4 than that. Had Clinton called Trump a racist, headlines everywhere would scream ‘CLINTON CALLS TRUMP A RACIST!!!!” for as we all have been trained to believe by this “Mainstream” calling someone a racist is a crime greater than actual racism. As Marcotte notes –
That’s because the second one of them labels Trump a “racist,” the debate immediately shifts away from the repugnant things he says and does and towards a completely fruitless debate centered around two unknowable things: What’s in his heart and what number of bigoted things you have to say before you are officially deemed a “racist.”
And as my All-Time Favorite National Enquirer (see above) notes “getting to the heart of the matter” is a simple process — if taken literally. The “Mainstream” of course would rather obfuscate — pretend that white racism is some sort of mystery, impossible to truly divine.
This is of course quite untrue. Donald Trump’s racism is as plain as the woven metal hat he wear in lieu of actual hair.
But then we’re not allowed to talk about that either.