Trump’s racial vitriol will outlive him
The Washington Post
“The most enduring damage” left behind by President Trump will be the racial and ethnic hatred he’s “so cynically stoked and exploited,” said Fred Hiatt. Trump’s earliest realization as a presidential candidate was how easy it is to “inflame” some white Americans’ fear of increasing diversity. He’s even admitted that when “it gets a little boring” at a rally, all he has to say is “We will build the wall!” and people “go nuts.” Now, ahead of the midterm elections, Trump is warning supporters that Democrats elected to Congress will—in his words—“throw open our borders and set loose vicious predators and violent criminals.” This is a lie: Democrats do not support open borders, and as the percentage of foreign-born people in the U.S. increased from 7 percent to 13 percent between 1990 and 2013, “violent-crime rates fell 48 percent.” Yet while “Dreamers” remain in limbo, farms are desperate for workers, and “families are being needlessly torn apart” at the border, Trump continues to spread anti-immigrant vitriol as a means of “survival by distraction.” When Trump finally exits the White House, he will leave an enduring legacy: “the poison” of racial division.