Sunday, June 05, 2016

Mine, All Mine

By implication or more directly, Donald Trump has been called (with varying degrees of accuracy) misogynistic, racist, fascist, ignorant, mobbed-up, authoritarian, an insecure money-grubber, a con man, a loser, and so much more.

Add another one, almost inarguable: patronizing.  In a video played at the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference on May 20, he vowed "I"m going to win and we're going to take care of everybody. We're going to take care of you. You're going to like President Trump."

A couple of weeks later at an energy conference in Bismarck, North Dakota, Trump stated "politicians have used you and stolen your votes. They have given you nothing. I will give you everything. I will give you what you've been looking for to (sic) 50 years. I'm the only one." Moments later, he would add "you know what? I think the Mexicans are going to end up loving Donald Trump when I give all these jobs, okay?"

These are not jobs for Donald Trump to give, like chocolate Easter egg bunnies or toys at Christmas. However, if he's daddy and his subjects are children, it all makes sense.

Then last week at an outdoor rally in Redding, California, Trump- pointing to someone in the crowd- remarked

We had a case where we had an African-American guy who is a friend of mine- great fan, great guy. In fact, I want to find out what's going on with him. You what I- look at my African-American over there- look at him.

The tokenism jumps out. But even more interesting and even more characteristic of Trump was the reference to "my African-American,not "my African-American supporter" or even "my African-American friend" but "my African-American."

No wonder Donald Trump is "going to take care" of everybody.  Possessions can be very, very valuable. Okay?

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