See, this is the problem. What these Republicans see as a game has real-life consequences for people of color. These “policy ideas” have separated immigrant families and have left jailed children to wallow in their own filth in overcrowded border stations. The hatred and division of our white-nationalist president has given people such as Nancy Goodman permission to unapologetically act out their bigotry. And don’t get me started on the general sense of menace enveloping the daily lives of African Americans.
“You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up,” Hillary Clinton said at a New York fundraiser in September 2016. More than two years and countless bigoted episodes into the Trump presidency with nary a moment of accountability for them, it turns out Clinton was wrong: It’s more than half. And if you don’t think it is, if you think I’m being overly harsh or painting with too broad a brush, if you are a Republican who has stood up publicly and consistently against the hate and division coming from Trump and his administration, then I eagerly await your receipts. If you have none, this is your time to speak out.