i think i do however understand why he walks, talks, and quacks like a racist.
is there evidence of racism? not much
i do believe that if the left-leaning news media who are could have found evidence of this over the past two years, they would have already.
i also believe that the right-leaning news media who (around the time that jeb, mario, and ted had high-hopes and money in the game) could have found evidence of this, they would have already.
so... given that there have been a lot of powerful people, with powerful money, on both sides of the aisle, with incentive to bring him down, and failing to find racist beliefs or actions, i tend to believe that the jury is still out on this one.
and, if you do find any evidence of this, during his decades of adult life, i bet you'll find that what might look like racism, is probably motivated more by green, than by black, brown, or white.
so why did we elect him?
to drain the swamp, right?
hillary represented the best (worst?) example of a corrupt political empire, bought and paid for by the american financial sector. so, for the first time most of us can remember, americans were given the opportunity to destroy a corrupt political machine with one pull of the lever. we got to elect someone who wasn't a career politician. we specifically and purposefully elected a businessman. we elected a shrewd, savvy, independent, outsider, fuckyou entrepreneur.
but to win, he still needed votes, and to earn votes he needed to create enough value.
how do business people create value?
they create it in lots of ways, but here are two of them:
1) by dominating competitive markets
2) by exploiting untapped markets
for decades, it has been easy to see that trump is motivated only by finding potential value, adding value, then extracting value.
right? i mean, that was the whole point of the campaign, and probably the most common reason given by people who voted for him.
objectively defined right and wrong are out, ethics are out, honesty is out (unless you can make a buck on it). all that stuff is replaced by loyalty and winning. he built businesses as cheaply as he could, then extracted as much personal value as he could until bankruptcy ended the party, at which time, he took off, taxpayers were there to pay the bill and clean up the mess. "hey, that's just smart business, folks"
how did trump use business value to crush the establishment GOP?
when there were over a dozen candidates in the GOP pool of possible nominees. trump ended up winning the nomination not because he competed better and harder during the campaign, and not because his vision of a great america was better defined and articulated (because his vision was actually more vague and less defined than the others, more emotion than logic, more fear than facts), rather, he won the GOP nomination because he refused to play by the same rules as the others. instead, he invented a new more exciting game, and then won that game because he was the only one playing.
the day the GOP shot themselves in the foot in front of a nation
omg do you remember? because if you don't then i'm all too happy to remind you. there was this debate. there had to have been 10 GOP dweebs on the stage. they were all unified in their demand that trump concede to their whim of declaring that he will support whoever the nominee ended up being. i've never before seen, and i hope never will see from now on, a more pathetic display of cowardice by a collection of accomplished successful politicians as this group who asked such a bullshit question. they were each so smugly convinced that it was them who would be the nominee, but all so convinced that trump would not be, but that they were at the same time fearful that trump would magnetically split the party.
this was the moment THIS former republican lost ALL respect for the intellectually bankrupt emotionally manipulative republican party.
it was actually at that moment that it became obvious to the rest of us that trump would actually be the nominee. i mean, i still believed hillary would win the general election, but it was at that moment that i lost my last remaining respect for the GOP. this being the party i had been a registered member of, and idealistic true believer of, from 1981 to 1996.
you conservative fools. you let down your guard, and the idiot trump checkmated you all.
and you all. pricks all of you. when it came to hosting the republican national convention in 2016, which of you actually convened with your own party? bunone of you. none. of. you. proves you cared more about yourselves than your country. more about yourselves than your party. and more about yourselves than understanding what motivates the citizens who your fearmongering and tea party enabling fed and fostered, and finally grew up and blew up in your face.
i'm embarrassed to say that i was ever a member of your party. you used patriotism to manipulate good people into voting against themselves. you stuffed your pockets with wall street billions while redirecting hatred toward the poor of us who needed only a tiny percentage of that.
this was the election when it was jeb bush's "turn". it was ted cruz' "time". it was marco rubio's "below the zone" leapfrog. omg. freakin' amateurs. playing by the old rules. and now they're home sitting on their hands.
so what does this have to do with racism and white supremacy?
yeah, how about them white supremacists?
politicians normally avoid these folks, because their ideas are morally bankrupt and typically toxic to a sustainable political career.
...so to sum this up:
in other words: trump may not be a racist. but he pandered to them. they gave him the edge he needed to win office. and any actions (or inactions) by trump that look racist are nothing more than not biting the hand that feeds him. especially because he will need these "good folks" again in a few years.
so even if he is not a racist. he bought, paid for, and owns the racist voting bloc.
the question then is: are you a racist if you befriend racists? not necessarily, but then, if winning is the only objective, that's not the point.