That’s how long it took for Donald Trump to finally break his silence amidst media criticism.
That’s how long it took for the nation to finally get a forced leadership response from a man whose incendiary Tweets and “Fake News” outbursts have nearly reached legendary status.
During that time the nation waited, horrified by the outburst of “domestic terrorism” that descended upon Charlotte, Virginia on August 12, 2017, and choking on Trump’s initial “… on many sides …” commentary.
His silence after that embarrassing faux pas was deafening; but it conveyed a more sincere truth than his words ever could, because he’s shown us that truth in many ways before:
- Charging Mexicans coming into this country as “rapists,” and “criminals,” not to mention naming them as culprits for the terrorist acts in this country.
- In his many derogatory comments about women – reducing women as important only if their face is beautiful, he can grope them and get away with it, and their physique is up to his standards.
- In a history of racist behavior against, “the blacks,” “the Hispanics,” and “the Muslims.”
- In one of his many racist quotes: “Our great African-American president hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.” (Twitter Tweet, April 28, 2015)
I could go on and on.
Trump’s truth is that he is a sexist; that he is misogynistic; and more to the point of Charlotte, Virginia’s violence, that he is a racist. Consequently, initially volunteering a public statement attacking the KKK – whose “make America great again” ideal mirrors Hitler’s campaign – would be like Trump admitting to himself that they are him, and he is them.
The truths of Trump’s silence are evident in his racist actions – not just during his presidential campaign, but his history of racial abuse. By refusing to step into his role as the 45th president and publicly condemn the KKK and white nationalist’s for their terrorist tactics, he silently affirmed his position. He’s well aware of the KKK, who David Duke is, and how supportive the white nationalist community is to his rhetoric, yet, this wasn’t the first time he chose to tie his tongue.
In a February 29, 2016 article of The New Yorker, Trump set the stage for his two-day Charlotte, Virginia silence by denying he even knew David Duke and dodging questions regarding the white nationalist support he was getting for his presidential campaign.
So, Trump’s silence about his racial connections isn’t an a-ha moment that should render us stunned and scratching our collective heads. He’s always told us – sans a sheet – exactly who he is and what he’s about, most times with boisterous commentary or inflammatory Tweets.
But, his silence speaks just as loud.
References: The New Yorker; Theroot.com; CNN.com