Trump’s ‘shithole’ moment was years in the making.
But as with many of Trump’s excesses GOP outrage was muted at best. (Some media reports portrayed White House aides as even bragging about the ‘shithole’ comment – braying it would play well with Trump’s base.)
With the nation—or at least, part of it—trying to come to terms with this latest manifestation of Trump’s vileness it’s a good time to remember a fundamental reality: Trump became racist-in-chief because Republicans and conservatives embraced him and normalized his racism-driven politics.
Trump has a long history of what Axios once politely called ‘racial controversies’.
Being sued for racial discrimination in his housing developments – inflaming racial tensions in New York City related to crime and more.
But he didn’t hit the big time in racial politics until 2011 when Trump who was then considering running for president in 2012 became the nation’s No. 1 birther.
For reasons that still remain unclear—perhaps he was looking to win over conservatives—he seized upon the already discredited conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was born in Kenya.
That would mean that the first African American president had not been eligible for the presidency and consequently was wrongfully in the White House as the most illegal illegal alien of all time.Trump threw all his enthusiastic fact-free hucksterism into this cause.(cont..)