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30 November 2017 - Donald Trump's Open Racism

Publié par Marion Coste le 30/11/2017

There’s no hiding from Trump’s bigotry
(The Washington Post, 30/11/2017)

President Trump has repeatedly made a show of flouting convention on his Twitter feed, spouting off falsehoods and occasionally pandering to or amplifying once-fringe voices. In that light, a string of retweets he made Wednesday morning could be considered par for the course. They shouldn’t be.

In between tweets bashing media organizations that report stories he doesn’t like, Trump retweeted three videos from the Twitter account of Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of Britain First, an obscure far-right outfit widely considered to be a hate group. Fransen herself faces charges of “religiously aggravated harassment” after she shouted slurs at a hijab-wearing woman walking with her children last year.

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Retweeting the Far Right
Donald Trump Is Testing How Much Open Racism He Can Get Away With
Jay Willis (GQ, 29/11/2017)
While many bits of aphoristic wisdom have already developed as a result of Donald Trump's presidency, "Don't pay attention to the bouncing ball of every tweet" might be the most frequently repeated refrain of them all. The logic goes something like this: The president is an angry, impulsive septuagenarian with a reputation for media savvy, and so frantically analyzing every last one of his social-media missives affords him credit that he doesn't deserve at best and, at worst, plays right into his hands by distracting Americans from the Real Story, whatever that may be.

This is generally sound advice. It gets difficult to follow, though, when the president's latest morning fusillade of incendiary tweets is a series of video clips from a far-right, virulently anti-immigrant UK political group that purport to show, sans context, a "Muslim migrant" assaulting a white kid on crutches, and an "Islamist mob" dropping someone off a roof and then beating them to death.

Trump's behavior raises questions of competency
Stephen Collinson (CNN, 30/11/2017)
Donald Trump potentially has millions of lives in his hands as the threat of a devastating war with North Korea swiftly escalates.

Yet the President of the United States is raising new questions about his temperament, his judgment and his understanding of the resonance of his global voice and the gravity of his role with a wild sequence of insults, inflammatory tweets and bizarre comments.

On Wednesday Trump caused outrage and sparked fears of violent reprisals against Americans and US interests overseas by retweeting graphic anti-Muslim videos by an extreme far right British hate group. Earlier this week he used a racial slur in front of Native American war heroes. He's attacked global press freedom, after cozying up to autocrats on his recent Asia tour.

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Is Donald Trump Lying, Or Losing His Mind?
Tina Nguyen (Vanity Fair, 29/11/2017)
For years, Donald Trump’s most outrageous fabrications have, in a way, served to bolster his reputation as a media savant. Braggadocio and exaggeration were the keys to building his brand as a successful businessman—a role he performed weekly on The Apprentice—despite multiple bankruptcies and allegations of fraud. He rose to political prominence by promoting the racist lie that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. On the campaign trail, he mixed his talent for self-promotion with an even headier dose of conspiracy theories, all the while instructing his supporters to disbelieve anything they read or saw in the mainstream media. His boldest act of deception—or, perhaps, self-delusion—came on the first week of his presidency, when he ordered Sean Spicer to inform the press that his inaugural crowd had been the largest in history, despite clear photographic evidence to the contrary. Trump’s top adviser, Kellyanne Conway, called it an “alternative fact.”

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