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Charles Blow: Trump Isn't Just a Bigot—He's a Sadist

"It's time we see him, his base, and even the Republican Party, for exactly who they are."

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Donald Trump has always been a racist, Charles Blow writes in his Thursday column. He may have changed his opinions on certain issues to fit the trends of the wealthy classes from which he so desperately wanted acceptance, but "he was always a liar, bully, misogynist, opportunist and economic isolationist." And he's proven that time and again during his seven months in office.

"After spending a life catering to the appetites of the greedy and gauche, he realized that there was an exponentially larger market of white nationalists and neo-Nazis," Blow writes. "To the aspirational he could be landlord, but to the racists he could be overlord."

Trump's decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program this week was only the latest in a series of decisions that revealed both his inner racism and thinly veiled sadism. Did any of us really think that the man who enacted a Muslim ban, condemned Black Lives Matter activists, and demanded that police officers treat suspects more roughly would feel any sympathy for the children of undocumented immigrants? 


Consider, Blow asks, the way he made the announcement: 

Not only did Trump wimp out and send the anti-immigration zealot Jeff Sessions out to make the announcement, he also made the sadistic and emotionally manipulative act of professing his “love” for the Dreamers last week, while moving to bring them pain this week.

This didn’t need to be done. This was done out of spite and hostility. This was done to prove a point and consolidate support.

Donald Trump continues to say in every way possible that power and privilege in America is primarily the provenance of people who are white, male, Christian and straight, and that all others should be targeted for denial, oppression or removal.

Quoting Michelle Obama, Blow reminds us that, “Being president doesn’t change who you are. No, it reveals who you are.”  

Trump has always been a bigot, and America was founded on the idea of white supremacy. It's beyond time to stop pretending otherwise. Blow leaves us with a warning we'd have done well to heed before the election:

"It's time we see Trump, his base, and even the Republican Party, for exactly who they are," he concludes. "Trump’s inner racist is being revealed, and America’s not-so-silent racists are rising in applause."

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Ilana Novick is an AlterNet contributing writer and production editor.