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Thread by @Khanoisseur: "1. Has Trump's rhetoric emboldened white nationalists? Did Obama's twin wins embolden racists? Here's how Kellyanne Conway explained why Tru […]"

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1. Has Trump's rhetoric emboldened white nationalists? Did Obama's twin wins embolden racists? Here's how Kellyanne Conway explained why Trump said the reporter's question was "racist": "There’s a difference between nationalism and white nationalism."

Let's dive into that:
2. They're forcing you to ask: Can black people be nationalist? Can Hispanics and Latinos be nationalist? Can Jews and Muslims be nationalist?

Admin's defense is that their brand of nationalism isn't based on race or religion. Of course, critics and skeptics will debate that.
3. To me, the more interesting way to answer this is what do the people who are not white (ie, Jewish, Hispanic, Latino and Black) and who work in the administration feel about Trump's rhetoric and his nationalism? Do they feel it is offensive? Do they believe it is an act?
4. And if they (ie Jews, Blacks, Hispanics and Latinos) do believe that Trump's rhetoric is dangerous and encourages racism, why are they still working in the admin? How do they go about their days ignoring the impact of his words and actions?
5. This US has a long history of ignoring racism when it comes to self-preservation – it already led to one civil war. If Trump's rhetoric is indeed emboldening racists and causing violent hate crimes, we need to acknowledge and confront this quickly.
6. Reporters rarely come at Trump with any hard data and evidence proving that his rhetoric is tied to a rise in racism or violent, hate-based crimes in US. There are studies they can tap into, but so far I have not seen a single reporter making a convincing case to Trump's face.
7. Is Trump a racist? Rumors persist in the media that he has repeatedly used racist language in private. Such rumors, ironically, may embolden more racists to embrace him. (Decades ago, the DoJ sued the Trump family business for racial discrimination in their housing practices).
8. A review by ABC found at least 17 criminal cases (suspects are mostly white men) where Trump's name was invoked in direct connection with violent acts, threats of violence or allegations of assault. But the rhetoric attributed to Trump predates Trump. abcnews.go.com/amp/Politics/b…
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