The idea of Donald Trump doing an address from the Oval Office on the state of race relations in this country has been met with the derision you would expect, since the man is infamous for not only using the n-word in his business life, but also for keeping black tenants out of his real estate in New York. CNN’s Jim Acosta is one of the disbelievers and he told Anderson Cooper that Trump “would have to have an out of body experience to deliver the kind of speech you’re talking about.” Trump’s already out of his mind, he might as well opt for an out-of-body experience to have a matched set. PoliticusUSA:
“Is any thought in the White House being given to — is the President going to speak at all about race relations in this country?” Cooper asked.
“About systemic racism, about any of the issues raised by thousands and thousands and tens of thousands of people in the streets for day after day after day?”
“They have been talking about this inside the President’s political team. It is an open question as to whether or not he’s going to deliver that kind of speech,” Acosta said.
Acosta also appears to be of the school of thought that Stephen Miller penning the speech, as was reported Tuesday, is a bit of a stretch.
“Not only does he lack the speech writers to put together a speech like that, Anderson… the President himself does not seem in the mood to deliver that kind of speech right now,” Acosta went on.
“He would have to have an out of body experience to deliver the kind of speech you’re talking about.”
So here’s the big picture, try to visualize this: Stephen Miller is pouring over speeches that other presidents have given on the topic of race relations and looking for something that he can adapt to Donald Trump. He’s also got to spin Trump as not only friend of the working man, but friend of the black man — which considering the fact that due to Trump’s indifference to COVID-19, millions of blacks and working class people have been disproportionately affected, and have suffered economic hardships and/or died, this will be an interesting feat for Miller to pull off.
And bear in mind that the main black people that Trump has on board to boost his case are low credibility Uncle Toms like Ben Carson and Jeannine Pirro — and now he’s hooked up perforce with Tim Scott, the sole black Republican senator. Scott is Trump’s unicorn, he’s praying the man brings him luck. And Scott’s actually a good match for Trump, he’s got all the right grifting instincts. This could be a match made in heaven.
Hey, here’s a wild idea, burn this one on a dendrite: What if Donald Trump puts Tim Scott on the ticket as his Vice President, just to show us all how much he loves the black man? That’s actually an idea that these clowns would come up with, in their throes of desperation, but whether Scott is suicidal enough to go for it is another question altogether.
All that I know, is that the Oval Office address on COVID-19 was an error-ridden farce. If Trump repeats that performance, it can’t possibly help his cause. In which case I say, bring it on. Let’s watch Trump bury himself on live television. Again. By all means.
What’s truly comical about this is that Trump has no remote clue about this topic. If he did, he wouldn’t have praised Jared Kushner as “my star” when Kushner filled 56 seconds of air time with nonsense about how the law enforcement community came to the table and made nice nice and now there’s no more systematic racism in the country, voila. Everybody else was on the floor laughing, listening to Kushner’s specious nothing burger of a comment, but it sounded great to daddy-in-law. So whatever we get as a final product from Trump, it will be a Kushner-esque worldview, doctored and seasoned by Stephen Miller, in an effort to sound both cogent and Trumpian — which are mutually exclusive terms.
And of course it goes without saying that speeches given in times of great travail and peril to the commonweal go straight into the history books. Lincoln is said to have penned the Gettysburg Address in fifteen minutes on the back of an envelope. For someone with a mind and a heart like Lincoln, who grasped the issue at such profound depth, that’s believable. Less is more and the Gettysburg Address has been hailed since as a perfect piece of oratory, both for its encapsulation of the material and it’s uplifting spiritual message.
Trump is the anti-Lincoln. He lacks both the intellectual hardware to grasp the topic and the emotional make up to even recognize that fact, or worse, to give a damn. What America needs right now to heal, is a message from a leader like Lincoln, along the lines of the Gettysburg Address. And what we’ve got is the brain trust of Donald Trump, Jared Kushner, and Stephen Miller. With Tim Scott in the wings, stage mothering the event.
Good luck to Stephen Miller. He needs it. Let’s see how a Nazi mentality, the kind that thinks in terms of Aryan supremacy and mongrelization of the races, writes a script for Donald Trump to read off the teleprompter, that illustrates a grasp of the most painful dilemma in American life, which has dogged this nation since its very roots. The likes of Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson grappled with the race issue, as it manifested in their day, Franklin was a slave owner turned abolitionist, who penned anti-slavery petitions and spoke about “removing the Inconsistency from the Character of the American People.” Franklin predicted that the race issue would be the downfall of the republic and he wasn’t wrong. The race issue was our curse then and it is our curse now. The very structure of our government was skewed from the beginning to appease rural landowners by giving them a disproportionately large voice in the Senate. In the 21st Century that manifests as a wingnut minority imposing its will on the majority. These were the concessions the founding fathers were forced into as they built an imperfect New World and we live with the results today.
This issue is complex and monumental, challenging to our best minds. The grotesque irony of this situation is that Trump, Miller and Kushner are part of the problem — yet they’re going to give us the solution. Right.