Since Trump doubled down on comments equating anti-fascist protesters with neo-Nazis and White nationalists, the new outrage expressed by business leaders—and especially the GOP—brings to mind the story of the Scorpion and the Frog.
In the ancient fable a frog and a scorpion are sitting on the side of the river. The scorpion, who wants to cross the river but can’t swim, asks the frog to carry him on his back across the river.
“Why should I carry you?” the frog asks the scorpion, “You will sting me.”
The scorpion responds to the frog’s objection and says, “It’s not in my interest to sting you, I don’t want to drown either.”
“OK,” says the frog, and they began to cross the river, but halfway across, the scorpion stings the frog. As the frog and scorpion drown the frog asks the scorpion, “Why, why did you sting me after you said you wouldn’t?”
“It’s just my nature,” the scorpion says with his final breath.
Like the frog in the story, Trump’s supporters and enablers are feeling his sting now that they put him in office, but should we excuse them for putting him there now that they are supposedly just discovering his true nature?
Donald Trump’s racist nature has been known and extensively reported on for decades (see our reporting from March 2016): Starting In 1979 Wayne Barrett has reported on Trump’s business dealings including a federal lawsuit against him for housing discrimination. Barret also reported on the President’s father Fred Trump and his racist past including his appearance at a KKK rally in New York in 1927.
Even if you don’t know about the Trump family’s racist past, how about the fact that Candidate Donald Trump launched his presidential campaign by calling Mexicans “murderers and rapists”; then the candidate took days to disavow the support of David Duke and the KKK; Once elected his first executive order was a Muslim ban that has mostly been slapped down by the courts.
So to all the people who are just now realizing that our President has some racist thought and history behind his behavior, your shock and outrage lack credibility—after all—who couldn’t see this train wreck coming?