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Never forget it: Donald Trump rode birtherism like a surfboard into the White House. He first played the birther card back in 2011 (“I’m starting to think that [Obama] was not born here”), and the next year cited “an extremely credible source” that Obama’s birth certificate was a “fraud.” In certain parts of this country that message rang a bell and gave a special cachet to the businessman who had bankrupted a series of casinos and yet somehow came out ahead of the game (as his investors didn’t) before turning Americans across the land into so many apprentices. Who cared that, from the beginning, birtherism was the fakest of “fake news”? There was, after all, a black man in the White House. Something was obviously off. Why not his life from birth? Trump, of course, never apologized or admitted that birtherism was a pack of lies. In fact, rumors have it that he’s still pushing the “theory” from the Oval Office.

Everything else followed: the Mexican “rapists”; the Muslim monsters against whom the door to the kingdom was to be barred; even those children ripped from their parents’ arms at the border. And all of it began with birtherism, an impulse which, in the post-election years, has developed into a distinctly racist desire to obliterate every last inch of the Obama legacy — from the Paris climate accord to the Iran nuclear pact, from transgender policy in the military and prisons to, in recent days, wiping out the former president’s affirmative action program for colleges. (Keep ‘em white!) His urge: to be the ultimate anti-Obama, the whitest president around in a country slated to become “minority white” by perhaps 2045 no matter what he does.

Can there be any question that, at the very least, never has a president worked harder to obliterate his predecessor from the pages of history? Think of Donald Trump’s birtherism and racism as his version of affirmative action. In addition, think of what’s always called his white “base” not as his supporters but as his fans in the political grandstands of his life; and, while you’re at it, think of The Donald himself as some strange kind of sports event in the White House. No wonder he’s gone after those black football players taking a knee during the national anthem and otherwise protesting his style of racism with such a passion. And that’s why TomDispatch jock culture correspondent Robert Lipsyte is the perfect person to situate the president on the present field of play.

(Republished from TomDispatch by permission of author or representative)
 
• Category: Ideology • Tags: Donald Trump, Racism 
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  1. Marcus says:

    Yes those “parents” just happened to be at the border when the evil patrols started rounding them up for no reason and not allowing them the peace and safety of coed detention centers. Please kill yourself

  2. peterike says:

    He first played the birther card back in 2011 (“I’m starting to think that [Obama] was not born here”), and the next year cited “an extremely credible source” that Obama’s birth certificate was a “fraud.

    And this still hasn’t been adequately explained. The birth certificate shown to the world was an obvious hack job. So obvious it was yet another example of Obama’s contempt for the rest of us. After all, with 100% MSM backing, who was going to make a fuss about it?

    What’s curious is that Trump hasn’t used his access to intelligence to get the truth about Obama and share it with the world. Maybe in his second term.

    • Replies: @Rex Little
  3. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    I have yet to read anything here at Unz Review sourced to TomDispatch that wouldn’t fit smoothly into NPR or “Democracy Now!”

    Self-styled “Progressives” in general seem to be the most predictable, conforming people around. This piece is a nice example of how the race button determines their take on every issue imaginable, and why some cling so desperately to the half-black, 97% fraud that was President Obama.

  4. This piece manages to involuntarily cross the line from provocation into humor. Let’s head on over to the Guardian and see if there are any other laughs on offer.

    • Replies: @El Dato
  5. Move to Canada already, you hysterical old hippy.

  6. your made because white peopel are starting to wake up

    affirmative action denys white people places in the institutions they created for themselves and bequeathed to their posterity

    read steve sailer and john derbyshire

    [I'm posting here as Giant Dick]

  7. Forbes says:

    What’s the point of such a babbling spew?

    Lypsyte’s hyperbolic exaggerations are more than the equal of anything Trump has said.

    Birtherism? I’ve seen Obama’s contemporaneous birth announcement from the Hawaiian newspaper–but what explained Obama’s bio on his literary agent’s website (for 12 years) saying he was born in Kenya? That’s not exactly scrupulous attention to detail. Talk about something being off…

    Apparently the US should admit “Muslim monsters” to our shores… Riiight.

    Football players taking a knee? Funny how that started when Obama was in the WH. But it’s a protest against Trump. Okaaay.

    Obama’s legacy? Neither the Paris Accord nor the Iran Nuclear pact were ratified by the Senate as a treaty obligation of the US. They were part of Obama’s “phone and pen” executive actions. When the legacy is threadbare, a cool breeze blows it away.

    Elections have consequences.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    , @artichoke
  8. Trump supports meritocracy and by that criterion Obama comes up woefully short.

    Tom is a friend of all the deviants who believe that because they are exceptions then they must be exceptional.

  9. Alfa158 says:

    I find articles like this quite encouraging. They demonstrate that even after more than two years the Left is still absolutely, utterly, clueless as to how Trump could possibly be President. They’re still propping up straw men and tilting at them. Their allies of convenience, the globocapitalist power structure seem to be stuck on the same myths. It raises my hopes that their delusions will keep them from mounting an effective opposition. Time, and the next couple elections will tell.

    • Replies: @Truth
  10. @peterike

    What’s curious is that Trump hasn’t used his access to intelligence to get the truth about Obama and share it with the world.

    What access? The intelligence community and Trump aren’t exactly best friends.

  11. Sean says:

    As many observers have long said, Obama brought it on himself by mocking Trump at the White House correspondents dinner.

    He thought Trump was a political pygmy so he went on and on and on at him like a jock bullying a nerd. But while it is good to make your enemies fear you it is dangerous to have them hate you. A man you make angry is one you are going to have to worry about for ever after.

    • Replies: @Dan Hayes
  12. Dan Hayes says:
    @Sean

    Sean:

    Trump’s reaction/response to Obama’s pitiless ridiculing: Don’t Get Mad Get Even!

    And as they say, the rest is history.

  13. Anonymous[241] • Disclaimer says:

    Obama bailed out the big banks and is now giving big money speeches to Wallstreet.

    http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/351138-obama-making-big-money-speeches-to-wall-street-firms-report

    Trump is attacking the financial order, the chamber of commerce and bringing jobs back to black americans.

  14. Truth says:
    @Alfa158

    They demonstrate that even after more than two years the Left is still absolutely, utterly, clueless as to how Trump could possibly be President.

    Let’s see, who does that remind me of…

    Oh yeah! “the right” 8 years ago…

  15. El Dato says:
    @Colin Wright

    You mean it wasn’t humor? Come on, straight-on Onion:

    Looking back, it’s little wonder that, for almost half a century, black athletes had been a politically silent segment of the black entertainment industry. The reigning superstars — O.J. Simpson, Michael Jordan, and Tiger Woods — collaborated with owners, television, and corporate America in their successful pursuit of record-breaking wealth, while refusing to take stands against racism. Simpson and Woods even denied their own blackness. O.J. once explained to me that he wasn’t black or white, he was O.J., while Tiger, with a Thai mother and an African-American father, claimed to be “Cablinasian.” They set the standard and its reward system: as long as the players continued to remain apolitical, owners and fans were basically willing to tolerate bad behavior, ostentation, and a sullen refusal to be grateful.

    But by 2016, with Trump soon to be elected, O.J. in jail, Tiger in decline, and Jordan now the principal owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, the resistance, led by Colin Kaepernick on that now-famous knee, began to grow.

    I always knew Trump’s election was certain, and that he was responsible for O.J.’s show trial, Tiger Wood’s decline and Jordan getting into Big Basketball.

    (Didn’t TomDispatch used to be good back in the Bush days?)

  16. El Dato says:
    @Forbes

    Obama’s legacy? Neither the Paris Accord nor the Iran Nuclear pact were ratified by the Senate as a treaty obligation of the US. They were part of Obama’s “phone and pen” executive actions. When the legacy is threadbare, a cool breeze blows it away.

    Sadly true.

    The Iran Deal was an Extremely Good Thing but making it stick is politically too tough since a Certain Country has extremely powerful control over most representatives and it wants Iran to no longer be a factor.

  17. WJ says:

    Sidney Blumenthal, a Clinton crony, started the birther rumor in 08 but this is from TomDispatch so I wouldn’t expect that fact would be mentioned.

  18. Never forget Obama’s literary agent rode birtherism like a surfboard, waybackin 1991.

  19. Who is Tom Engelhardt? (Don’t bother; I looked him up.)

    I came here, expecting DNC talking points from Robert Lipsyte, who wrote a pretty good boxing novel I read as a kid, The Contender.

    I never read any pretty good boxing novels as a kid by Tom Engelhardt. Therefore, he gets no charity from me.

  20. artichoke says:

    “birtherism” is to the apparent fact that Obama’s credentials for the presidency were not in order (SSN anyone?)

    as

    “additionism” is to the fact that in base 2 or higher, we can write 1+1=2 .

    Other than that, there’s nothing in the article. Bad job.

  21. artichoke says:
    @Forbes

    The plan with “taking a knee” was first of all, fans weren’t expected to boycott teams that went along with this. Owners supported it because they’re leftists, but they underestimated their customers. Also, the plan was probably to keep it up and use the turmoil to ignite a “racial reconciliation” agenda under President Hillary, complete with reparations.

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