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Trumpism, White Supremacy and Collateral Damage

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon listens at right as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting on cyber security in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
August 5, 2019 4:18 pm

This last weekend’s brutal reckoning brings me back to a transcript that was published in 2016 of a presentation Steve Bannon did at a Vatican conference in 2014. But before that a bit of scene setting. Over recent weeks, in various contexts, President Trump has been pumping up his racist and xenophobic incitement, aimed at people of color generally, the US southern border specifically and often mixing the two together. This morning he appeared at the White House with this brief statement in which he called on the country to “condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy” much as any other President might have done and many have done without grappling with the fact that he is the biggest and certainly the most high volume promoter of all three in the country.

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