When does the line get crossed? Ever? Donald Trump’s unhinged, rambling performance in Phoenix Tuesday night—filled with lies and the coded hatred of white supremacy—should make any rational person afraid for our democracy.
I realize many mainstream media outlets and pundits have stepped up to confront the vulgarity and racism of Donald Trump, but just because he can read a script off a teleprompter doesn’t mean he has suddenly become presidential or he isn’t a threat to democracy.
It is vitally important in these uncertain and erratic times under the Trump regime that people show up and then show the nation that our country will not tolerate racism and fascism.
The conflation of the alt-right, the KKK and neo-Nazism with the antifa “movement” is not a moral equivalency, and I’m not specifically referring here to Donald Trump’s “many sides” and “both sides” argument in the aftermath of the violence of racism in Charlottesville.
One important way, then, for us to get out of this mess is for legitimate mainstream media outlets to quit reporting sides when there are no sides, especially when it comes to our immoral, authoritarian president and racism.
There are no arguable “sides,” no debate when it comes to Nazism and white supremacy.