Of all that we are uncertain, we do know: the sun will rise tomorrow, no one can avoid death or taxes and Republicans are indisputably the party of White Supremacists. So declares Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts. In a wonderful display of inductive reasoning, Pitts contends that not only is Trump and those who voted for him White Nationalists, he further argues that the entire Republican Party itself is racist, and has been welcoming these Neo-Nazi types for years.
Pitts irrefutable evidence for such claims? Trump is the symptom and not the disease,
The election of the first African-American president surely had something to do with it. By simply existing, Barack Obama embodied a reminder that the days until white people become a racial minority are ticking down fast. Some handle this pending demographic demotion better than others.
But Trump is merely a sideshow, Pitts further writes,
But without question, the most repugnant contribution to this new dawn of white supremacy comes from the Republican Party. It has called to these people, invited these people, for decades. It has done so overtly, with laws and statements demonizing LGBTQ people, Muslims, and immigrants. Republicans have also employed so-called “dog whistle” politics, coded words, policies and imagery that preserve deniability while speaking with implicit clarity to white racial and cultural fears. From the Willie Horton ad that helped George H.W. Bush become president to the suggestive white woman ad that helped sink a black candidate’s Senate bid in Tennessee, from photo ID voter suppression to birther conspiracies, from Newt Gingrich condemning a “food stamp president” to Paul Ryan’s complaining about “a tailspin of culture in our inner cities,” the GOP has seldom missed a chance to lay out the welcome mat for white supremacists.
None of this patent nonsense should come as a surprise to anyone who has read any of Pitts’ previous columns. He characterize Trump’s election as, “mourning in America,” a primal scream from White America, not fearful of economic uncertainty or poverty, but rather, “the coming America in which white people no longer bear the stamp of demographic primacy, in which they will find themselves reduced from lead actor to member of the ensemble.”
Pitts’ views are gaining traction among many Democrats as the party continues its inexorable lurch leftward, right off the cliff.
Pitts column, or pseudo-argument is an example of the intellectual infantilism, i.e., assuming what you seek to prove, that characterizes so much of the post-Charlottesville political analysis.
Many people, including those racist white voters who supported Obama twice, heard this nonstop mantra of white racism-is-why-Trump-is winning coming not only from commentators like Pitts, but also from the mouth of the Democratic Party’s nominee, Hillary Clinton.
Hearing the incessant and tiresome drumbeat of how unbridled “Whiteness” is a menace and cause of all the nation’s ills, is it really all that difficult to understand why so many cast their vote for Trump?
Pitts conclusory and vacuous White Supremacist, identity politics rhetoric is representative of what can be characterized as the Democrats’ Boy Who Cried Racist Syndrome.