President Trump telling a group of nonwhite Congresswomen to “go back” to the “broken and crime-infested places from which they came” was further proof of his inherent racism, writes Jack Shafer of Politico. He has shown his bigoted outlook with previous statements, such as calling a judge unfit to do his job because of his Mexican heritage, an insistence on smearing the Central Park Five, and labeling several mostly nonwhite countries “shitholes.” Trump uses racist language to provoke. His presidency has been marred by identity politics and association with right-wing extremists. There is little doubt about whether or not he is a racist, infers Shafer.
President Trump’s tweet, targeted at Congresswomen Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib, was not racist but part of his inflammatory style, holds Mark Davis of Townhall. This language is part of his repertoire that is used against anyone of any race. From “Lyin’ Ted” to “Sleepy Joe,” Trump likes to poke people in the eye and cause waves. What he said about the Congresswomen may have been impolite and divisive, but it was not racist. He knows that he will get the most media attention this way. The best reaction for Democrats is to ignore his words and not take the bait. Calls of racism don’t recognize what is really going on here.