Donald Trump’s personal Twitter account tweeted an image culled from a white supremacist, Nazi-loving forum. There’s no excuse Trump defenders can make on this one. If it’s a gaffe, it’s beyond excuse. If it’s on purpose, it’s beyond defense.
Previous flirtations with the lunatic fringe of alt-right Blut und Boden adherents have been through retweets of their more pithy idiocies, but mostly through knowing failure to condemn their activities when they clearly follow Trump’s dog whistles. Everything from Trump’s “America First” policy to his tone of anti-political correctness and embracing of conspiracy theories incites this particular shameful underbelly of American culture.
It’s long been suspected that Trump or his campaign staffers regularly visit sites /pol/ and 4chan, which are breeding grounds for the alt-right. While the tweet isn’t a smoking gun, it’s very strong circumstantial evidence that this kind of meme finds its way into Trump’s core organization with regularity.
Though the thread where the meme was featured no longer exists, you can find it by searching the URL in Archive.is, a “time capsule of the internet” that saves unalterable text and graphic of webpages. Doing so allows you to see the thread on /pol/ as it originally existed.
Of note is the file name of the photo, HillHistory.jpg, potentially a nod to the Neo-Nazi code for “HH,” or “Heil Hitler,” which the alt-right is fond of hiding in plain sight.
This latest outrage also highlights the disqualifying impulsiveness that characterizes Trump in everything he does. He doesn’t shoot from the hip; he keeps the gun loaded with his finger on the trigger all the time. It could go off in any direction without warning. A white supremacist meme with a Fox News poll on the day Hillary met with the FBI was beyond vetting for Trump. It looked good so it was sent without question.
In every possible way there is to fail to meet the minimum requirements in temperament, public persona, and decision-making, Trump fails.
Trump is now 70 years old. He isn’t going to change. He isn’t going to suddenly become “presidential.” In private meetings with serious people, Trump will maintain his patrician adherence to social rules of propriety and decorum. He knows how to impress people that way.
But put him in a limo filled with beauty pageant contestants and Trump channels Bill Clinton faster than a half million dollar speech bought Hillary’s State Department approval of uranium deals.
Back in August, I wrote that Trump was Biff Tannen for president. That’s no coincidence since the Biff character was modeled after Trump. We see what we’re getting, and it’s the same as the fictional Hill Valley got in 1989, except the whole country gets dumped on. Trump’s core defenders claim that it’s just PC hysteria.
“The bottom line is this is political correctness run amok. If this were to be a star next to Hillary Clinton without the cash behind it, no one would be questioning this,” [former Trump campaign manager Corey] Lewandowski said.
But it was a Star of David next to Hillary with a pile of cash behind it. Conservative stalwarts who defend Trump for the good of the party, team ball, and all that warrior talk should be ashamed. They’ve resorted to “don’t make us look bad” as their primary reason for getting stragglers aboard the Trump Train.
Instead of entreating Never Trumpers to make that move, why don’t they simply get Trump himself to stop making them look bad?
They’ve tried and failed. This is the meme-tweeting, race-baiting, no-filter Trump they support, and he will continue to cover them in buckets of effluent as it heaves itself up from the bowels of the worst in American society.
Trump has again and again disqualified himself from seeking high office. Does he really need to resort to actually shooting someone on 5th Avenue to prove it?