More Vulgar Displays of Anger: The Trump Nightmare Continues

Our national nightmare under the Trump regime continues in a discombobulating torrent of racial hatred along with petulant and reductionist rants about health care and North Korea.

How does one even begin to dissect Donald Trump’s tweet barrages and unhinged asides in speeches? Once one does so, he’s on to the next outrage, embarrassing himself and the country with his lack of basic policy knowledge, bitter anger and hateful attacks. Nothing Trump tweets or says should surprise us anymore. What’s really depressing, though, is that 62 million people voted for him, for this mess we’re in now and for the destruction of basic social norms and democracy.

Can you believe an American president urged fans to boycott a professional sport league after he called some of its players “sons of bitches”? The vulgarity and sexism embedded in that phrase reflects the man who said it. The fact that most of those players were people of color makes it racist at its core.This was in Alabama Friday in a speech to support the campaign of U.S. Sen. Luther Strange. Trump always makes himself the center of attention even when he’s ostensibly trying to lend a hand to others.

In a sudden rambling aside during his remarks, Trump said, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired. He’s fired!” The really sad part and what should keep people up at nights is this: After he made the comment, the crowd roared its approval, according to media reports.

Of course, Trump was referring at least partially to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, an unsigned player this year who knelt last year during the National Anthem to protest racism and police brutality. Other National Football League players have followed his example. It’s important to note that 70 percent of all NFL players are, like Kaepernick, people of color.

Later in a tweet on Saturday, Trump took it further:

In other words, Trump is urging fans to boycott NFL games because some of the league players are speaking up for the equality he doesn’t believe in and support. Here’s the deal: The players SHOULD speak up, and if the league doesn’t have their back, then THEY should boycott the games.

In response to Trump, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodall issued a statement that claimed in part, “Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities.” But did this go far enough? I don’t think so. Goodall needed to directly confront Trump by name, and he didn’t, letting down the players, the league and his country.

But that was only just the NFL. Trump also took on the National Basketball Association and Stephen Curry of the Golden Warriors. After Curry indicated he wouldn’t attend any White House celebration of their recent national championship, the tweeter-in-chief had this to say:

But, well, Trump can’t disinvite someone who has already said he wasn’t going in the first place, a argument made by LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, who called Trump a “bum” in a tweet.

Approximately 75 percent of all NBA players are black. Most people of color believe—as I do—that Trump is a racist who intentionally courted the support of white supremacists to get elected and now advances an agenda that could lead to more police brutality against minorities.

If all this wasn’t enough chaos for a couple of days, sandwiched in between Trump’s tweets and all the the counter tweets and statements were these two seemingly innocuous tweets:

And then:

So as Trump started a rhetorical war against the NFL and NBA and urged a boycott, he also found time to insult an American war hero—Democrats are definitely not laughing at McCain over health care—and, oh yeah, threatened to kill two leaders in a hostile foreign country. It’s long been apparent Trump thrives on anger and belittling people. He’s a cyber bully with no restraints, a malignant narcissist and a demented racist and sexist.

We get just what we deserve for not speaking up against the crass, vulgar creature our culture has created. On Sunday, at least 130 NFL players protested, but that’s just a beginning.

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