Donald Trump is the most openly anti-ethnic presidential candidate in a generation, perhaps in American history. Thanks to him the era of the Ku Klux Klan is back, and he has expanded the Republican’s reach to other white supremacists and hate groups. Trump, the supposed brilliant businessman has debt in the billions as opposed to any actual net worth. With no real specifics on any of his policies, CNS News summarizes Trump’s pitch as “Trust Me.”
The Don’s statements on violence are so contradictory that they mystify his critics and supporters alike. Consider this headline from Feb. 1, 2016 on The West De Moines Patch’s website: Donald Trump To Crowd: “Beat Up Tomato-Throwers, I’ll Pay Legal Fees.” Did you read that correctly? You did. Trump supports the beating of protesters, and has repeatedly said he will foot the legal bill. Across the country now, with Trump’s encouragement, dozens of attacks have been perpetrated against, Latinos, Jews, African-Americans and other ethnic and religious minorities. After trump promised to pay his violent supporter’s legal fees, he feigned ignorance of the statement when asked by the press if he was going to pay up. When it comes to violence and racial bigotry Trump is playing a dangerous game of double-speak.
Theories abound to explain Trump’s goals and actions. Critics in the civil rights community–including some Trump supporters who now have buyer’s remorse–tend to focus on two main themes. The first is that Trump is tone deaf about racism. The second is that Trump is an actual racist–not an out-and-out KKK man, but something of a European-style racist, with a penchant for spewing populist statements that endear him to the xenophobic right.
These theories aren’t wrong so much as they are inadequate. Even if they could account for Trump’s hateful rhetoric about immigrants and Muslims, they cannot explain his thinking. The real problem with Trump is worse–much worse. But we have been blinded to his real agenda because, across the political spectrum, we all seek to fit him into some version of American history. In the process, we ignore Trump’s own history. Here is a man who spent his formative years–learning from and assisting his father with his business. The lesson young Donald Trump learned was how to systematically disenfranchise minorities from housing opportunities while at the same time becoming rich.
A good way to discern what motivates Trump is to ask a simple question: What is his dream? Is it the American dream? Is it Fred Trump’s dream? Or is it the KKK’s dream?
What then is Trump’s motivation? We don’t have to speculate because Trump tells us himself in his books that his values are very like his father’s: Fred Trump was a real estate developer who pinched pennies; Donald Trump is a real estate developer who spends millions on bathroom fixtures. Fred Trump tried to keep minorities out of his housing developments; Donald Trump seeks to keep the same people out of the country completely. Trump’s dreams are his fathers, but amplified to a gargantuan scale and gilded in gold.
So who was Fred Trump? Like Donald Trump’s mother, his father was also a German immigrant, thus making Donald an anchor baby. Fred Trump started his working life as a carpenter and soon began building houses. As happened with his son Donald, Fred Trump was often sued for his business practices, and came under fire for discriminatory housing policies. Sympathetic to the KKK, Fred Trump was even arrested after a KKK battle with police in New York City.
This 2016 election season, immigration is a hotly contested and complex issue. Expressed in the xenophobic language of Donald Trump we need to keep out the Mexicans, Muslims and other undesirables. However, with an ever shrinking labor pool, the US’s popularity as an immigrant destination could be a real asset for our future economy. If America is going to remain on top, we have to be ready to embrace immigrants as a future source of wealth creation.
But instead of readying us for the challenge, Donald Trump is trapped in his father’s time machine. Incredibly, should Donald Trump become president, the U.S. would be ruled according to the dreams of a German KKK sympathizing real estate developer. This mixed philosophy of white supremacism and amoral capitalism, is now setting the nation’s agenda through the reincarnation of his dreams in his son. The Don wants to make it happen and live out his father’s dreams, but in gold plated splendor. The invisible father provides the inspiration, and the son dutifully gets the job done. If Donald Trump ever becomes president, America will be governed by the ghost of Fred Trump.
This article is a satire based on Dinesh “Douche-na” D’Souza’s article “How Obama Thinks.”