Counts Donald Trump with xenophobia

It was not only known this week that America was headed by a racist. US President Donald Trump has attracted attention with xenophobic statements throughout his life. As early as the 1970s, he tried to prevent black people from moving into his apartments. He belittled Native Americans for what he thought were in the way of his casino business. He complained that immigrants from Haiti "all had AIDS" and that tourists from Africa never went back "to their huts".

The Republican Party has so far avoided the issue as much as possible. Senate leader Mitch McConnell, in particular, is a master at simply talking about something else when asked about Trump's racism. The majority of the party also lives in fear of incurring the president's wrath. Those who fall from grace are mercilessly attacked by Trump, in this way he has either driven his critics out of the party or silenced them. Still, the president's statements this week and the Republican response to it mark a new level of escalation in two ways.

Telling Democratic MPs to “go back” to the countries they came from is so perfidious because it's a statement that millions of Americans who don't know have heard: “Go back if you do you don't like ", that's a classic racist topos. Trump has claimed several times that he has "no racist bone" in his body. It was the Democratic MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who found the right answer: That with the bones could be right, but he just had a racist brain and a racist heart. With his latest statements, Trump is splitting the nation into whites and non-whites, he is hitting the foundations of America as a country of immigration.

That's one thing. The other is that the once proud Republican Party lets him go. The "Grand Old Party" has become the Trump Party, which unconditionally follows its leader. In other words: he has grabbed the party by the fore and is dragging it behind him. Of course, Republicans can't be expected to saw off their boss a little less than a year and a half before the election. But it was a staggering demonstration of spinelessness, cowardice and weaseliness how leading Republicans tried to ignore or even gloss over the racist remarks of the president. When the oath came on Tuesday evening and the Democrats voted in the House of Representatives whether Trump's statements should be condemned, only four Republicans voted for it. The rest stood by his side.

The Republicans have completely submitted to the Trump system. A system of racism, misogyny, aggression, division, undermining the free press, homage to dictators, lies, insults, hubris, narcissism and anger. When you remember one day of Trump's presidency, the poison he instilled into society, the anger he sowed, you will look with astonishment and disgust at those who were his vicarious agents.