I heard a really disturbing, very telling story on NPR tonight. They were interviewing an older woman from South Carolina who is supporting Trump because she feels that by endorsing the removal of Confederate flags from government buildings, the GOP establishment abandoned white conservatives in the south.
She went on to say with no shame or hesitation how kind and generous generations of her family had always been to the Black folks who worked for us, we’re not bigots. We had them at our weddings and funerals.
Besides the overt and passive appeals to white privilege and nativism that has come characterize Trump and his supporters, this person went on to make two very important points about Donald Trump: he has the courage to say what many American are afraid to say and the one thing America really needs right now to get its act together is a “benevolent dictator.”
Bigotry and fascism America? While I don’t think the majority of Americans want to elect Donald Trump to be anything let alone our benevolent dictator, isn’t it frightening how many millions of American are lining up behind such ideas that are so reminiscent of the ugliest, intolerant-fascist campaigns in history?