Trump Plays to his White-Supremacist Base
The image of tens of thousands of people of color being kept in cages and forced to drink water from the toilet is repulsive to most right-thinking people however to those who chose to put a racist President in the White House it is reaffirming. They understand that Trump supports their dream of a white ethno-state. Apparently many of those who work in the CBP also share this dream. They allegedly share disgusting racist and offensive messages about poor migrant families and delighted in their misery. Likewise those who seek to defend the weak and the powerless are demeaned in disgusting facebook memes such as that which allegedly depicts Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez orally pleasuring the President. Then as if trying to out-do himself the President launched his racist, sexist tirade against four American congresswomen.
Trump has mobilized racists in a war against diversity and the degrading treatment is not only a consequence of this mobilization it is in fact a tactic of war. In conflicts around the world aggressors have used torture and degradation as a tactic to destroy the spirit of their victims. We saw a clear example of this from US troops in Abu Ghraib in Iraq where dehumanizing torture and mocking was used to make the victims of US aggression seem less than human. For when someone is less than human then their mistreatment and even killing can more easily be rationalized. When people make comparisons with the concentration camps of Nazi Germany those on the right should not be so quick to dismiss such comparisons. The Nazis didn’t begin with extermination camps but rather with a long process of propaganda against Jewish people designed to dehumanise them so that what would come later could be seen by those who carried out the atrocities as a necessary evil.
When Trump and his media allies talk of murderers and rapists and muse about the diseases which migrants carry we must push back on them because this nothing more than a Nazi propaganda campaign to justify the abuse and torture to which the state now routinely subjects refugees. Who embodies more fully the values on which our nation was founded, those who subject migrants to torture and mockery or the migrant simple seeking a better life for their family?