The manchild speaks.
“It just seems that there’s a lack of spirit between the white and the black,” Trump said Thursday during a phone interview with “Fox and Friends.” “I mean, it’s a terrible thing that we’re witnessing. You’re seeing it. I'm seeing it, and you look at what went on last night in Charlotte — a great place — and you just see it.”
While I for one am doubtful of any conversation on race relations that begins and ends on Fox & Friends, let's see where this goes. All right, Donald, how do you propose we resolve this lack of spirit between the white and the black.
“Well, it really has to be — you have to have law and order at the time, you have to have, you know, you have to have a certain spirit, a certain unity, and there’s no unity,” Trump said. “You look at the level of hatred, the, you know, the rocks being thrown and everything happening. It’s so sad to see. You know, this is the United States of America. I mean, it’s so sad to see. But there’s just no unity. There has to be a unity message that has to get out, and it starts with leadership.”
Oh, of course. Black Americans are not upset because of an unending stream of incidents in which unarmed black men are shot dead by police officers in circumstances that seem in no way to justify said actions. This is all just because of a lack of leadership. If Donald Trump was in charge, there would be leadership, and therefore there would be unity. Perhaps that unity would take place after all the undesirables were deported. Perhaps that unity would take place after the Trump-proposed nationwide plan to "stop and frisk" black Americans so that "they won't have anything to shoot with," while stalwart white folks still get to parade around with loaded rifles in Walmarts and Chipotles like Jesus and the Second Amendment intended. All Trump knows is that the first black president has failed to show leadership here, and leadership would have solved all of these unpleasantries.
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It was left to Trump supporter Newt Gingrich to spell out the problem more whitely. Trump, Gingrich and the toxic Rudy Giuliani were all on the same page on this one, during their appearances on the same network, so we can presume that A Memo Went Out.
“First of all, it’s a tragedy that eight years after our first African-American president took office, eight years after we’ve had two African-American attorney generals, the gap and the hostility, if anything, is worse, and I think that’s a tragic failure of leadership,” Gingrich said.
Further evidence that A Memo Went Out might be the hapless Trump county campaign chair who appeared to accidentally read the footnotes instead of the text. It really is uncanny, how institutionalized national racism is always this close to being solved until, somewhere, some black American somewhere speaks up and fouls everything. Go figure.