It has won before. It is winning now. And for what? Well, I see it as two things.
First, we need to acknowledge that this is a long, slow, final rage from the American white majority. Racism still sells, and it might just work for one more presidential term. It might not work this time. But it did work in 2016, along with many foreign-produced memes.
Second, and more crucial to Trump, the rage, the racism and the “two minute hate” is entertainment. Trump has turned politics and government into a sick reality TV show. What are the Trump chants? Lock her up. Send her back. What does he direct his supporters to do? Attack Baltimore. Attack cities. Attack people of color and immigrants. And if anyone accuses you of being a racist, remember, it is you who are the victims and it is they who are the real racists.
And his 60 Million supporters love it. For them, it is entertainment. It’s a great show. It’s a show about insulting, enraging, “triggering” and “owning” the libs.” For them it is fun. The price of admission is burning down the republic. But in their mind, they’d rather burn it down than share it with brown people, queers and women. So it’s a double win. They have fun and leave nothing behind for future generations. My generation has a name for such people: Boomers. More on that later this year on this blog.