I guess this is the question asked here but inside out. Many folks have said that a vote for Biden is for abortion. What about Trump’s racially divisiveness? Can it be ignored The editorial by a CT newspaper is interesting.
"President Trump’s views on race and his willingness to exploit deep-rooted divisions are well documented. He jump-started his 2016 campaign by equating Mexicans with rapists and drug dealers. When racist violence erupted at a Charlottesville, Va., white-supremacist rally, Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides.” And most recently, when asked during a debate with Biden to denounce white nationalism, Trump said it was time for the militaristic hate group the Proud Boys to step back — but also to “stand by.”
That alone should frighten you, but right about now is when some of you are probably saying that you don’t subscribe to the kind of racist invective Trump uses to fire up his base. You believe in the free market and low taxes, or you’re against abortion, or you just don’t trust the Democrats.
But on race? You believe that all men and women are created equal. I see the person, you say, not the color of their skin. …
While many were celebrating [Obama’s election], others were seething. And one person who understood that well was Donald Trump, who jumped in early with his “birther” claims that called into question Obama’s citizenship. The campaign was dismissed by many as ridiculous, but it sent a clear signal to those who’d been disaffected by the election of a Black president: They had a champion in Donald Trump.
The exploitation of racial antipathy isn’t a new phenomenon in American politics. Racist tropes and imagery have long been part of the lexicon of campaigns. When George H.W. Bush wanted to call out Michael Dukakis as being soft on crime, his campaign focused on a Black man, Wille Horton, who had raped a white woman while out of prison on a weekend furlough program. The message was racist and clear. Dukakis never recovered.
So, again, you might be saying to yourself: That’s campaign rhetoric. That’s not who I am. President Trump is doing what white politicians have always done; the election will end, and we will move on. Supporting Trump doesn’t mean I am condoning or facilitating racism.
The difference now, in 2020, is that Donald Trump doesn’t just exploit racism, he revels in it. Trump wears his whiteness like a badge of honor and plays his affinity for groups like the Proud Boys and other agents of racial hatred for applause. Trump doesn’t simply mine the racial divide for political advantage, he treats it like a worldview to be celebrated and adored."