Misogyny, Religious Bigotry, Racism. Yesterday Was a Big Day for Trump.

Has the president lost his grip on reality? Or is he just a sexist, bigoted racist?

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President Donald Trump has been keeping himself busy recently — and not just with playing golf. He denied bragging about grabbing women’s genitalia, reposted anti-Muslim videos on Twitter, revived birther conspiracy theories against his predecessor Barack Obama, made derogatory comments about Native Americans and disregarded the fact that women have accused him of sexual misconduct.

“Hey, look, I’m president. I don’t care. I don’t care anymore.”

Trump spoke those words at a speech he gave in Missouri talking about the new tax plan. But, as stated by The Washington Post, “he might as well been describing his mind-set.”

Experts and politicians alike have weighed in and agreed. “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President,” a New York Times bestseller by Bandy X. Lee of the Yale School of Medicine published last month, features numerous analyses of the president’s erratic, unstable behavior and suggests that his mental state deems him unfit for his role.

“Collectively with our coauthors, we warn that anyone as mentally unstable as Mr. Trump simply should not be entrusted with the life-and-death powers of the presidency,” the book’s intro states.

Stopping short of making a diagnosis without formally evaluating Trump, the prologue further states, “it doesn’t take a psychiatrist to notice that our president is mentally compromised. Members of the press have come up with their own diagnostic nomenclature, calling the president a ‘mad king’ (Dowd 2017), a ‘nut job’ (Collins 2017), and ‘emotionally unhinged’ (Rubin 2017).”

Republican Sen. Sue Collins (Maine) over the summer said she is worried about Trump after Democratic Sen. Jack Reed (R.I.) called him “crazy.”

In August Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) expressed similar sentiments to reporters.

“The president has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability nor some of the competence that he needs to demonstrate in order to be successful,” he said.

And what have members of his inner circle, White House staffers and fellow Republicans done? They have accepted Trump’s alternate version of reality.

Perhaps the most damning Trump incident was the denial of his “Grab them by the p***y” comment on a 2005 “Access Hollywood” recording. According to a New York Times article, Trump has recently called into question whether or not the recording was authentic.

As a reminder, Trump said last year when the recording became public, “I said it, I was wrong, and I apologize.”

Just yesterday Trump exhibited his unstable behavior on his favorite platform, Twitter, when he posted anti-Islam videos that had originally been posted by a leader of a far-right British party convicted earlier this month of abusing a Muslim woman. At the time of this publication, the tweets are still posted on his account.

The president received praise from David Duke, former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, who said in part, “Thank God for Trump! That’s why we love him!” Trump has not yet condemned Duke’s tweets, despite the fact that he has been active on Twitter since they were posted.

According to The Times, Trump has also revived claims that Obama was not born in the U.S. and that he only lost the popular vote in the election due to “voter fraud.”

Why does Trump continue to display such off-putting, unstable behavior? Because there appear to be no consequences. When he says and does insane things, there is always a staffer, an aide, another Republican or a spokesperson to clean up his mess.

When he denied the “p***y” comments, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders came (or attempted to come) to his rescue at a press conference with a bizarre defense blaming the media. After calling Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” at the Native American event Sanders brushed it off and in fact cast blame on Warren herself.

The Times also suggested that Trump’s inner circle is aware of Trump living in his own reality — and perhaps encourages it by playing into his delusions rather than addressing them. An unidentified senator who listened as Trump repeated the birther claims “chuckled” at Trump’s mania.

“Mr. Trump’s journeys into the realm of manufactured facts have been frequent enough that his own staff has sought to nudge friendly lawmakers to ask questions of Mr. Trump in meetings that will steer him toward safer terrain.”

So lawmakers laugh when the president pushes conspiracy theories and they have to attempt to pull Trump back into reality when speaking with him.

“Mr. Trump’s friends did not bother denying that the president was creating an alternative version of events,” The Times reported.

And as long as he is living in his own reality, the president believes he is untouchable.

Despite the “p***y” comments, the birther conspiracy and not denouncing David Duke’s support while on the campaign trail, Trump was still elected. At this point, what does he have to lose?

He also demonstrated this belief when he commented on the firing of NBC’s Matt Lauer following accusations of sexual misconduct against him.

“Wow, Matt Lauer was just fired from NBC for ‘inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace,’” he tweeted.

Trump failed to mention the own mounting accusations of sexual misconduct against him (which the White House last month explained away, insisting the women who accused him were lying). And while Lauer, Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and others who have been accused of sexual harassment or assault have been ousted from their jobs, Trump has remained in his extremely high position of power — further encouraging the president that he doesn’t have to change a thing.

In his tweet about Lauer, Trump also called out other “Fake News practitioners at NBC” — including alluding to an “unsolved mystery” involving MSNBC host Joe Scarborough.

The “mystery” appears to involve a former aide to Scarborough when he was a congressman in Florida. Lori Klausutis, 28, passed away in 2001. She was found dead in one of Scarborough’s district offices. But no evidence exists to implicate Scarborough in her death, or even suggest that he was in any way involved. Politifact rated Trump’s tweet a “Pants on Fire!” lie.

Scarborough, for his part, said he believes the president “is not well.”

Others appeared to share this sentiment.

Charles Blow boldly declared in a Times column, “Donald Trump is completely unfit to be president of the United States.”

Maggie Haberman of the Times said on CNN, “Something is unleashed with [Trump] lately.” She added she doesn’t know “how to describe it.”

Senior CNN commentator David Axelrod also questioned Trump’s “delusional behavior.”

And, not mincing words, CNN’s Brooke Baldwin bluntly questioned: “Is there something seriously wrong with him?”

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  • Trump makes certain white people feel white. And that’s all that matters to them. High taxes, cuts in healthcare, education, the infrastructure. None of that matters. Just like the poor ad dirt, living in a shack white person oh the long shoo south could always make himself feel better because aleast he wasn’t a N.

    And that’s a fact.

    Personally, I find whites, in general to be very strange people with an extraordinary ability to never face facts and reality. Always an excuse.

    The way I get through in my daily encounters is take each person as they present themselves to me.

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      • What gets me lately so much about politics is a thing does not have to be one or the other. The President could be all of the listed above sexist, bigoted racist and losing some grip on reality.

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        • It’s good to keep in mind that he was elected by roughly 72,000 people scattered across three states. That’s how he won the electoral college despite losing the popular vote by 3 million people.

          He is exhibiting unstable behavior and it is abundantly clear that his judgment is not to be trusted. It is time for the equally powerful branch of government, the legislature, to exercise its constitutional option and remove the greatest threat to the planet earth that has existed since Hitler.

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      • Amen to that Luke! Poor whites support racist presidents like tRump and that treasonous traitor Jeff Davis because their “whiteness” is just another FREEBIE that they want to hold on to dearly. They falsely believe that rich men like tRump cares about their sorry, lazy, uneducated azzes. Those are only some of the words I heard white multimillionaires use to denigrate and describe poor whites in private [to an educated Black woman]! Luke, you are a clone of another one of my favorite anti-racist: Tim Wise.

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    • Whoa, hold on…. please – in general or otherwise – DO NOT EVER – EVER lump all whites as the same or “very strange with an extraordinary ability to never face facts and reality. Always an excuse”. I take great exception and offense at that statement. How dare you!!!! That is a racist comment by you. It would be like my saying that BLACKS, “in general to be very strange people…. etc.” I am white. I have not a racist bone in my body and treat everyone I come across with the dignity and respect they deserve. I know many, many, many white people just like me. I work with a very diverse group and I know that comment would not sit very well with most if not all of them. AND by the way… we all can’t stand Trump. He is beyond words, beyond racist, beyond comprehension, delusional and dangerous. So – Meh227…. do not paint us all – or “in general” with the same brush. You are wrong. Most people in this day and age are generically comprised of more than one ethnicity anyway. We should all learn to love each other – just in a more respectful manner. Please- don’t ever, ever put Trump and “whites in general” in the same sentence. EVER

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      • Susan, black and white experiences are different based on their day to day activities and interactions. For example, if I lived in an all black neighborhood, and 95% of the people I came in contact with are black, then, that would help form my perception/s. The remaining 5% are of different races. The same goes for whites (95% white and 5% are of different races). Just one scenario: When we (blacks & whites) intermingle at the job or other public places, short & long term perceptions are formed. Example: I’m at the water cooler with 4 white co-workers and I’m visibly upset at a story I just read where a black man was shot while reaching for his wallet on a traffic stop. So I explain to them why it is personal, but they don’t understand. Instead of getting mad at them for not understanding how I put myself into this scenario, I gather myself, and I then explain that my concern is genuine because the same thing could happen to me. Their Questions: Q1: why would you think that? A1: I’m a black man driving a car. Q2: Do you think that all blacks are lumped into the same category? A2: According to studies, the fear among cops when stopping Black Men is real. My Questions: Q1: Do you feel that you may be shot on a traffic stop? A1: They look at each other puzzled, then someone speaks up and says no. Q2: Why don’t you feel the same way I do? A2: That’s something that doesn’t happen to us. Q3: What does “us” mean? A3: At that point someone says it’s time to go back to work. The conversation never happens at the water cooler, or happens again. More people like you Susan need to spread the word on how you feel, and at any time feel free when you overhear a racist comment to shut it down. Teach your children to not be racist…racism starts at home…it’s taught/learned.

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      • I donno, Susan. To me, your comment proved everything that Meh227 said. You got very defensive, very quick, rather than stepping outside of your identity as a white person, and trying to understand how someone is feeling based on their personal life experiences.
        Whites “in general” (not “all”, you added that) have difficulties to face reality, particularly in the USA (and other countries where they are dominate) when it comes to the experience of ethnic and racial minorities. You just gaslit Meh227 and minimized his or her experience as a person of color. Maybe you aren’t as far from that group as you hoped. I will reiterate that Meh227 did not say “all” — you did.

        There are clearly white individuals who get it. One runs this website. But as a group, people who identify as white do not understand and are not attempting to understand on a wide scale how and why their life experience vastly differs from the rest of us.

        You don’t have a racist bone in your body. Not only is that a cliché statement (see: “some of my best friends are black”), it is also not true. We are at least a little racist (not in the powerful sense). We are human. Do you act upon it? Probably not explicitly, and that is good. I try to do the same. The fact that you know many white people like yourself does nothing for me, a person of color facing systemic and systematic discrimination. If more whites thought like you, maybe we could get somewhere (and not have a president like Trump).

        You demanding/ordering that Meh227 (assumed person of color) not do something is also peak whiteness, just FYI.

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        • I was wondering how long that would take. Nicely put.

          I’ve noticed that the trump stickers and MAGA hats have disappeared. But it is a stain on white Americans that the backlash to a Black president was the worst POS cheat, liar, bigot, racist, misogynist and probably senile charlatan ever elected. Elected almost entirely by white people. I’m sure if the worst thing imaginable- nuclear war- occurs there will be millions of white Americans who do a “I was not in the Nazi Party” excuse like Germans after World War 2.

          A failure of white people to “own it” is what’s holding this country back.

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        • And may I add that people may think they are not biased because they may be somewhat enlightened. However, there is such a thing as unconscious bias (ie: clutching your handbag when you see a person of color, for example) that may reside in the best of us. So, Susan should not be so quick as to take offense and claim she doesn’t have a racist bone in her body. It would be wonderful if that were true, but in reality and in my opinion, it sounds like wishful thinking.

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    • David Andersen

      Meh227 I generally agree with most of your postings, this one being no exception. I do disagree with you on “generalizing” white people. I find most people are very in touch with reality and the facts that are out there. While I agree there is a lot of education needed around diversity, I see few people around me that feel, or act like the bigots and racists that we mostly see in the news and our politics. As I would never “generalize” another race, I would expect the same back. Kind of hypocritical. I don’t really get what PHX John means by his examples. I live in “the hood”, and if that was the case, it would mean that I should have a certain opinion of all blacks based on my experiences with those around me. Considering they are not the best, I am glad that is not how I form my opinion. I base it upon the fact that we should all respect the differences we have in cultures, backgrounds, ethnicity etc. Learn from mistakes made by ALL people and don’t allow them to happen again. I have a VERY diverse group of friends… in fact, I am definitely the minority and we do great together. It’s too bad people cant get that. Glad so many people here do, or that they are trying to get better at it.

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      • David Andersen – I think you expressed yourself better than I did perhaps, but still stand by what I said. In MY heart I think what I most objected to was the generalization that all – or most – whites think the same. I can understand that this is not always so from YOUR perspective. I respect your perspective and your opinion – I do…. but understand mine. Most – and I do mean most people I know cannot believe Trump is in office and systematically ruining this country and our place in the world. He is a total embarrassment and in light of all the sexual harassment charges of late – how he isn’t held accountable is a travesty of justice and totally unacceptable. I speak this as a person who has been sexually abused by a predator, as a human being, and as an American citizen. He makes my skin crawl. So does Sarah Sanders…. Trump’s mouth piece. She is rude and ridiculous. People on the news of late are asking how come Hollywood actors are being held accountable and not those in Congress. I’ll tell you why (I talk to the TV too) – it’s because if the Commander in Chief isn’t held accountable – why would of these perverted creeps in Congress? A leader leads by example and Trump is a total disgrace. Also – I have read all the comments to my post and I am open to the responses and variations of ideas this conversation has produced. I am open minded and can “own” some of what was said. I agree and understand that our opinions come from different perspectives and life experiences. I was upset when I first started typing away my answer to what I felt was a blanket description of whites and hindsight as well your comments have caused me to pause – which is good. This is how conversations begin. And… I really don’t think I have a racist bone in my body – as cliché as that is. But you are right – EVERYONE has some sort of unconscious bias – but with education and kindness – we work through it. I should tell you that I am on a Civil Rights committee in the course of my work. We work hard to champion equal rights for all regardless of sex, gender, race, creed, religion, age, disability…etc. I DO champion for the rights of others and am proud to tell you that my children and grandchildren have been brought up with the knowledge and grace to treat ALL of God’s people with dignity and respect. “Treat others how you wish to be treated”. “If you can’t be kind… be quiet” etc. Perhaps this is why I was so quick to be defensive. Regardless, I want to thank Luke again for hosting an informative and eye-opening conversation.

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        • My words and ideas are meant for and to everyone… not just David. I have nothing but love and kindness in my heart and soul. I wish everyone did. I wish EVERYONE a loving, safe and if possible – happy holiday season.

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          • David Andersen

            Great thoughts Susan! We all experience life in our own ways. It’s what we do with what we’ve learned that makes the difference. If more people were committed to change, we wouldn’t even have a need to defend the very basic rights of human beings. Keep up the great work :-)

        • We white people own trump – even those of us who didn’t vote for him. He still has 37% support – and look at the trump party – Roy Moore is their candidate- there wasn’t any Black, Asian or Latino/a people in the room when the trump party decided to stick with the child molesting predator.

          We didn’t make it a career ending move to be a bigot, racist, Nazi-loving misogynist – we white people elected the charlatan.

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    • Meh too! tRump not only makes them feel “white”, but MIGHTY WHITE with power they don’t have as Po’, broke, uneducated, and ignorant folKKKs. Too many are in denial–I take the avoidance-avoidance approach with them.

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    • Dear Meh227, I have read a lot of your very thoughtful comments and respect you and your opinions. Disclaimer: I am an old White lady, but “Black folks raised me.” I’ve lived through and witnessed a lot. It saddens me when people try to stereotype people based on characteristics like race, gender, etc. I agree with your assessment of Trump’s race-based appeal and — further — with your approach of “tak[ing] each person as they present themselves to me,” but it seems at odds with your prior characterization of “whites, in general to be….” I’m not judging your or criticizing you. We all “learn what we live,” and our attitudes and perspectives are the result of what we’ve come through. A lot of White people are — belatedly — waking up to discover their own White privilege and the pernicious persistence of systematic racism. Please continue relating to people on their own, individual, merits. In low moments, I sometimes wonder whether racism is the strongest emotion there is, and whether we’ll ever break through the barriers it erects and be able to simply enjoy each other as one Child of God to another, freed from the artificial constructs of the man-made myth of race. Go in peace, my Friend.

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  • There’s something seriously WRONG with all white racist bigots, but in AmeriKKKa, it’s been the NORM since its birth. There’s been something seriously WRONG with white racist females like Sarah Huckabilly Sanders, who like plantation mistresses who knew that her slave master husband RAPED and fathered ALL the half-bred babies still DEFENDED the pedophile husband.

    tRump’s white supremacist racist behavior is the SAME as Jefferson’s [I didn’t rape 12 year old Sally Hemings and father all her children], Andrew Jackson’s [racist, genocidal Indian killer], Teddy Roosevelt [We’ll show those “jack rabbits” in Columbia to build our Panama Canal], Nixon “Tricky D#ckhead”, racist Ronald “RayGun”, the genocidal [lying about 9-11] Bushwackers, the Clintonistas [with Killary playing the role of Roy Moore’s wife in denial], the Obamination “drone killer” Desolation.

    tRump’s “in your face” ignorance is more of an embarrassment and a MIRROR to white people who want to falsely believe they are DIFFERENT from him. You’re looking at yourselves and its UGLY. Your Great White Hope is a MOCKERY and falling apart in front of the whole world.

    Old retro tRump, CONyers, Whinestein, FrankenSTEIN, and Moore [jailbait] clones are the reason employers don’t want to hire seniors– they are a painful pinch on the az to work with [unless you’re an office whore and want to be pinched by any president with a name like Omarosa, Huckabilly Sanders, Condoleeza or Monica Lewinski].

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  • I cringe when I hear white people say, “Stop generalizing! We are all not bad!”, and “I am not prejudiced, I treat everyone the same, why can’t you?”, “We need to all love one another” (wouldn’t that be great?). First, this country/world is run by white men, and they want to keep it that way. Second, If you are white, you will never know what it is to live as any other race other than white. You can and should empathize, put yourself in the shoes of those that are being discriminated against. Pay attention to what has happened in our country’s history; and what is still happening! Just by being white, I myself, and you Susan and David Andersen (assuming you are white), have tons more privilege and opportunities that we don’t even think about. I see what my black children, and my partner go through, but I don’t know what it is like to wake up every day as a person of color. I don’t see everything that happens to them, and society treats me differently than they are treated. I find it is important to really listen, and think about what is being said by people like Meh227 and Alex who live it. Really think about it from their viewpoint, and not to be SO DEFENSIVE.

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    • David Andersen

      Dawn, there was not a defensive thing said in my comments. If you read what I put, I never once denied a huge portion of what you say and am almost always on the same page with Meh227. Its called a discussion, and people can have different opinions and viewpoints. That’s how we learn. All I say is don’t generalize people based on color, nationality, or any other reason. I will always stick by that. As a gay man, in a bi-racial relationship I have seen and experienced what it is like to be “lumped” into a category. I will never say that is ok, and I live it every day. You can come at Susan, or myself if you would like, but I would instead suggest doing your part to help those of us who are trying to assure equality for others by getting involved. Don’t try to divide people that are aiming for the same goal. Take care of yourself :)

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          • Thank you Luke – I agree with you regarding David and I second his note to you thanking you for this wonderful platform you host – giving us all a chance to have a discussion in which to learn and share.

      • David, To clarify, I said, “Just by being white, I myself, and you Susan and David Andersen (assuming you are white), have tons more privilege and opportunities that we don’t even think about”. I almost didn’t answer for fear of coming across as defensive! (LOL) I think most white people are very defensive when it comes to race relations. I actually do quite a bit of my part, and would be horrified if I had divided anyone with my words, is that what my comment sounded like? eek!

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        • David Andersen

          Thanks Dawn…sometimes it is hard to communicate 100% of what we are trying to get out there when it’s in a blog. And you are so right when it comes to privilege that automatically comes being born with white skin. Some people get so offended by the fact that they have to own up to that. We can’t change the future if we don’t live up to the past, and vow to never let it happen again. Lots of passionate people here…it’s awesome!

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  • When I saw the headline: “Misogyny, Religious Bigotry, Racism…” I thought the story was about the President’s To-Do List! :-)

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