Sunday, August 18, 2019

What did Donald Trump do today?

He said it was wrong to study racism in America's past, then insulted yet another person of color.

Trump once again spent his (official) vacation day on Twitter. In particular, he was upset by the New York Times new feature, The 1619 Project. It looks at the 400 years of American history following the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in the present-day United States.

Trump, who yesterday threatened to designate people protesting white supremacists as terrorists, called the project a "racism witch hunt." It's not clear what he meant or if he'd read it.

Later in the day, Trump attacked Fox News contributor Juan Williams, who is black, calling him "pathetic" and "nasty and wrong." It's not clear what if anything provoked Trump's anger at Williams this time.

Besides Williams, a partial list of the non-white Americans Trump has attacked—just on Twitter alone—since he started running for president includes:

Why does this matter?

  • Racism is as racism does.