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Republicans are Looking Past Trump’s Troubles—Why?

Republicans are willing to look past Donald Trump's criminal charges and rants for a reason that is often hard for many to grasp. It is particularly frustrating to hear news reporters express surprise when Trump commits acts that would automatically cause a candidate to withdraw from a political race.  Trump just lost a defamation case and was fined $83.3 million for making remarks that have been proven false. He has claimed that he did not know the woman he raped and lost that case by a jury of his peers for $5 million. He will have to pay over $88 million to E. Jean Carroll pending appeals. The money has to go into escrow in 14 days to keep Trump from being able to access it or claim he does not have it at a later date.  Why are Republicans ignoring an apparent rape and four other indictments? Polling says it’s politics, and his supporters want a candidate who won't compromise with Democrats, but this author thinks Trump represents a longing for white privilege. Trump’s political base also consists of opportunist Republicans who believe anything he says. Trump’s lawyers often know that his arguments will be lost in a court of law, but it does not matter to them as Trump tells his legal team what to say even when they advise him to shut up. Trump can use campaign money to pay legal fees to lawyers but not money that is escrowed to pay in civil judgments.  In a …

Republicans are willing to look past Donald Trump’s criminal charges and rants for a reason that is often hard for many to grasp. It is particularly frustrating to hear news reporters express surprise when Trump commits acts that would automatically cause a candidate to withdraw from a political race. 

Trump just lost a defamation case and was fined $83.3 million for making remarks that have been proven false. He has claimed that he did not know the woman he raped and lost that case by a jury of his peers for $5 million. He will have to pay over $88 million to E. Jean Carroll pending appeals. The money has to go into escrow in 14 days to keep Trump from being able to access it or claim he does not have it at a later date. 

Why are Republicans ignoring an apparent rape and four other indictments? Polling says it’s politics, and his supporters want a candidate who won’t compromise with Democrats, but this author thinks Trump represents a longing for white privilege. Trump’s political base also consists of opportunist Republicans who believe anything he says. Trump’s lawyers often know that his arguments will be lost in a court of law, but it does not matter to them as Trump tells his legal team what to say even when they advise him to shut up. Trump can use campaign money to pay legal fees to lawyers but not money that is escrowed to pay in civil judgments. 

In a New York case, Trump may yet have to forfeit $370 million, where he inflated how rich he is to get bank loans. That case is yet to be determined. Trump’s problems are not even close to being over, as he faces criminal charges in Georgia and Florida. It appears the Teflon coat is being burned off, but what will it take for his supporters (and many college-educated ones) to leave the puppet master finally?

However, many of us see this loyalty to Trump as a way to drive America back to the days of extreme conservatism. Many Trump followers have desired to move the needle of hatred back to a Jim Crow past whereby they could implement racist policies and then ignore the harm that they were doing in many ways, including in our educational system. They are pursuing this goal with Trump’s reelection bid. And again, Trump’s campaign slogan (Make America Great Again-MAGA red hats) reveals a desire to return to the days when people of color were worse off back then. 

Trump also represents a “big man” with money, and this appeal to people with little or no income promotes the idea that since he has succeeded in becoming wealthy, he must know what he is talking about. There are plenty of wealthy people who are as ignorant as the poorest. But even stronger than this is the idea that he can stop the attacks against white privilege if reelected. It has been reported that one of Trump’s favorite books is the autobiography of Adolph Hitler, “Mein Kampf,” which was written in 1925. The book is also a guide to power for a Nazi dictatorship. According to news reports, Trump has made comments designed to incite the most ignorant of people when he says, with no evidence, that the migrants, who are mostly fleeing from poverty, gangs, and oppressive policies in their own countries, are “terrorists” or “mentally ill,” and in the same breathe said that these mischaracterized people are from Asia and Africa and are “pouring in” is some crazed “invasion.” 

Trump has repeatedly said that immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country,” language copied directly from Hitler.  Hitler said, “All great cultures of the past perished only because the originally created race died out from blood poisoning. He poisons the blood of others but preserves his own blood unadulterated. Whenever Aryans have mingled their blood with that of an inferior race, the result has been the downfall of the people who were the standard-bearers of a higher culture.” 

Republican elected officials who want to maintain their elected position must go along for the ride as they live in states where ignorance rules supreme and holds that ignorance together. One of Trump’s advisors, Stephen Miller, has encouraged people to read a book that supposedly reveals that Western societies are under attack by people crossing borders, decreasing the “White” population. This book, The Camp of the Saints, calls for violence to protect white privilege from Asian and African immigrants. This appeal is in similar language to that used by Trump. We can conclude that Trump is also using this book to rally the extremists. 

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