The Ultra-White President Trump

Many celebrated the election of Donald Trump last November as the “revenge of the white man.” This vengeful sentiment continues today, and is more toxic than ever.

A certain category of Americans never truly accepted Barack Obama’s presidential victory, nor the current changes that have been shaping U.S. society since the 1960s. Feminism, ethnic diversity, priority for minorities in universities and public-sector jobs, and same-sex marriage are all thorns in the side of the superior vision the white man holds of himself. This view is also coupled with a nostalgia for a time when he reigned supreme over his family and community. Refusing to be relegated to a handful of people among the vast number of Americans is obviously rooted in the slavery era and the denial of black emancipation. But we should also remember that Asian people were long forbidden from entering the United States. And yet we assume that the secret meetings held by the Ku Klux Klan were no longer anything more than southern folklore.

We have recently witnessed nationalistic demonstrations that led to violent clashes and more than 30 victims in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. It is now clear that the white supremacists have hardly disappeared; if anything, they have been reenergized by Trump’s reign. During his campaign, the president constantly glorified the “values” of white America, as well as the right to bear arms and defend oneself against attacks — including those by the government. During his rallies, he positioned himself as a preacher of violence and settling scores. Trump’s vocabulary, his attitude, and his taste for slander all fit perfectly into the folklore upheld by white supremacists. After all, they voted for him.

We should therefore not be surprised by the violence in Charlottesville, nor by Trump’s reluctance to condemn the white supremacists — his immediate reaction was to blame both the racist and anti-racist groups. This equal treatment even surprised his own entourage. The most conservative Republicans, the attorney general, and his own daughter and advisor were all quick to condemn the white supremacists. Many commentators also used the events to point out that supremacists were responsible for more murders than all Islamist terrorists combined. How are we to interpret Trump’s strategy in this affair? Does he even believe what he is saying? What presidents think is of course less important in reality than what they say.

It is becoming increasingly evident that Trump is not really the president of all Americans; he isn’t even an actual president, of anyone, but rather a candidate on a permanent electoral campaign, focused solely on being voted back into office. And he’s not even hiding it. He seems to be considering that the white supremacist shock troops could be as useful to him in three years as they were last November. However, it seems more likely that Trump will not be re-elected, and perhaps will not even finish his term as his own party will abandon him beforehand. His Republican support is waning with every red line he crosses — whether his attempts to take away health insurance from 30 million Americans, risking a pointless war in Korea, or supporting white supremacists. Even the conservative press is urging Trump the denounce “white nationalism,” but he continues to refuse, despite being more than happy to attack Muslims or Mexicans. Yet in a political system where Congress counts for just as much as the presidency, no leader can survive without the support of their party. Congress can get rid of a president, but not the other way around, and Trump is digging his own grave a little more each day.

Cartoon: © Carlos Latuff

  • Vous ne comprenez rien a ce problem. Il semble que vous ecoutez les liberaux et prennez leur attitude.
    Il est probable que les noirs n’arreteront jamais leur blackmail car si les blancs continuent leur mea-culpa cela aide les Noirss a avoir tout ce qu’ils veulent. On n’errase pas l’histoire en demolissant des monuments ! Et la violence est des deux cotes ! Obama n’a rien fait pour rassembler tout les citoyens a une cause de bonne entente .Votre dessin des KKK votant est une insulte. je suis citoyenne americaine et aussi Francaise de naissance. Aussi je connait le problem mieux que vous.!

    • Moi aussi, je suis français et américain et j’ai le droit de m’exprimer, comme vous. Les Noirs comme vous l’écrivez, ne sont pas concernés par la tragédie de Charlotesville où un Blanc a tué une Blanche, pour utiliser votre vocabulaire discriminant.

    • Françoise- je suis d’accord avec vous. Je suis Américaine, mais parle Français. Les deux côtés du Spectrum politique doivent écouter l’un à l’autre, où l’Amérique va rester polarizer.

  • French centric publication? Should it be covering problems in Feance like women who are not supposed to socialize with men they don’t know yet want to swim in mixed public pools witg a burkini on?

  • keep your commentaries and opinion to yourself i would never subscribe to your torchon only you are entitled to your rightchous views and they of course are nothing that anyone can disagree with
    only you know only you have all the facts only you are correct and right
    take me Off your miiling list

  • President Trump should be removed from the duty of President is endanger the poor people of America in every subject .his hate for a lot of people make us the laugh of the world is games with NK endanger us all.*AMERICA NEED TO BE FREE OF SUCH INDIVIDUAL HE NEED TO BE REMOVED ASAP..

  • How dare you spread FAKE NEWS about our President! After Americans voted twice to elect a black president, they decided to vote for Trump. Not because of his color but because of his policies. Trump received a higher number of the black vote that any other Republican president in the past. Worry about France and all of your problems (aka. High Taxation, Border Control, terrorism and culture change) and we will worry about America.

  • The France-Amérique opinion is based in facts and is not fake news. The historic allegiance between France and America, dating to the 1770’s, lends a valuable perspective from an important international partner. I value the commentary from F-A and couldn’t disagree more with Mssrs Crowley and Gardivaud.

  • President Donald Trump was democratically elected by the will of the people. The KKK was entirely created by the Democrats, you probably ignore this historical part of the USA, Mr Guy Sorman. People or anyone opposing the sitting President of the USA by any means, by force or whatnot are becoming fascists.

  • How amazing to see that some Trump supporters read France Amerique! Even if their responses show they cannot distinguish between facts and lies, it shows a bit of interest on their side. Or perhaps I am grasping at straws to find something positive about people who voted for someone like Trump. And who says France-Amerique is written by and for the French? I am an American who has lived in France and admires their culture and way of life, and feel ashamed about what’s happening in America right now.

  • France-Amérique will defend Liberté, Egalité and Fraternité in France and in the United States. You are free not to read our magazine.

    Guy Sorman
    France-Amérique Publisher

  • Trump certainly didn’t win the popular vote. And never will. Our free press, American or French, is our ultimate democratic tool. Thank both our Revolutions for it. And thank migrants of all colors for financing your Social Security and Wall Street profits through their cheap labor. Or maybe we should raise taxes to decent levels and pay everybody fairly… In any case, the solution is not a lunatic at the White House.

  • I think your opinion is accurate. President Trump’s aggressive speech and demeanor are giving permission to alt-right supremists to act out. He’s also activated the “progressives.” But there is no coming together. There is more open hate and divisiveness now that Trump has stirred the pot to boiling. What a “great” president we have !!!

  • I did not vote for Trump and do not support his rhetoric, however, I think that this editorial mixes a lot of different issues together. I think the position of the US with regard to North Korea is as it should be. North Korea is a dangerous rogue nation that we should not be negotiating with at any level. While I sympathize with the North Korean people, I do not believe we should subsidize their lawless regime in any way, whether with tourism, trade agreements, or anything that could possibly help them to advance their military strength.

    I might also add that not all Americans are thrilled with the “affordable” care act, which will collapse if it is not modified in some fashion.

  • I am a retired policeman: I continue hearing political arguments, complaints asking “where are da cop when uuu need them!?”. Similar questions about senate legislation policing corruption at da white house!! they are doing the job they were voted to do… whether you can see them doing it or not… and it’s the nature of policing to take cover while taking fire… the investigation will continue… like it or not.

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