Before the fascist conservative Big Lies about stolen elections and the liberal elite eating babies, there was a Big Lie about the Democratic Party always being the party of the KKK and white supremacists. Of course, the parties began to switch sides with respect to racial justice after President Truman integrated the Army in 1948. With the passage of the Civil Rights Acts, thousands of white supremacists and racist Southern Democrats switched their party affiliation to Republican throughout the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.
This is well-documented, but in the GOP world of “alternate facts,” it never happened. Trump’s recent dinner with white supremacist Nick Fuentes is the latest in a long line of Republican dog whistles and overtly racist comments meant to rally the conservative base because the KKK and white supremacy have lived in that swamp-base for at least 50 years now. Trump and all the GOP campaigners know it and they know they can’t win without catering to it and cultivating it.
Trump’s continued refusal to disavow Ye and Fuentes, while doubling down on his “didn’t know he was coming to dinner” defense, is yet another nod to America’s white supremacists and neo-Nazis to make sure they know he is one of them. As it has been noted by other commentators, it’s so hard for Trump to separate himself from anyone who says nice things about him. That level of narcism is one of the great dangers the Founders feared would ever inhabit the White House because it’s so easy for foreign leaders to manipulate such a president. It is now a new kind of grave danger to America as this ex-president faces multiple indictments while giving comfort to the most violent and extreme among us, apparently girding them to do mass violence on his behalf should he ever get sent to prison…. or even to a trial.