I remember talking with Rick about all the white nationalists and supremacists embracing Trump, and he said “but he disavowed them”, and I said “no, he didn’t”. People might think Trump did disavow all the racists and nazis worshiping at his feet, but he really didn’t, anymore than he disavowed and condemned all the acts of hate which started during the election process, and continue. A weak and muttered “Sad. Stop. Don’t do that.” doesn’t mean a thing, and all the white supremacists and every other brand of racist and bigot well know that. They also know his supposed disavowal doesn’t mean a thing. If you’re someone who did vote for Trump, and has been trying to salve your increasingly uneasy conscience, at least be as smart as all those racists you “didn’t vote for”, and understand that it’s not what Trump sort of says that matters, it’s what he does, and what he’s doing is appointing white supremacists and zealous racists. Think Progress has a very good article about that so-called disavowal.
And Trump did, later in the interview, “condemn” the group: “Would you like me to do it here? I’ll do it here. Of course I condemn. I disavow and condemn,” he said to another question about his white nationalist fans from a reporter.
But that was it. Stories claiming that Trump “disavowed” and “condemned” the white nationalist group are technically true — but the disavowal is so brief that it almost entirely fits in the headline. Trump’s language is boilerplate and perfunctory: He explains nothing about why he disavows the group or what they do.
And because Trump says nothing beyond the bare minimum to distance himself from open white supremacists, his disavowals are unlikely to have any real effect on their support.
Even after “disavowing” the group, Trump claimed ignorance: “They, again, I don’t know if it’s reporting or whatever. I don’t know where they were four years ago, and where they were for Romney and McCain and all of the other people that ran, so I just don’t know, I had nothing to compare it to.”
We’ve seen this all before.
The full story is here, and recommended. Stay informed, know what’s really going on. In another good move for truth and integrity, Think Progress is refusing to use the term “alt-right” in the way they wish it used, to deflect from racism:
With that in mind, ThinkProgress will no longer treat “alt-right” as an accurate descriptor of either a movement or its members. We will only use the name when quoting others. When appending our own description to men like Spencer and groups like NPI, we will use terms we consider more accurate, such as “white nationalist” or “white supremacist.”
“White nationalist” refers to a specific ideology held by many of those who adopt the “alt-right” label. A white nationalist is someone who believes the United States should be governed by and for white people, and that national policy should radically advance white interests. White supremacists are a broader and more inchoate group, comprised of those who believe in the innate superiority of white people.
The point here is not to call people names, but simply to describe them as they are. We won’t do racists’ public relations work for them. Nor should other news outlets.
That story is here.