We’re in day three of Trump’s racist attacks on AOC et. al. The theme of today’s remarks from the trouser stain at the earlybird special is that “he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body”. So I guess he’s an invertebrate.
As far as I’m concerned, the Democrats are handling this well, and Trump is fucking up. But, some disagree. The other day, Steve M pointed out some tweets from Noah Smith to the effect that Trump is putting Democrats in a bind because, if they support AOC et. al. now, it will raise the question of why they didn’t support them earlier? Steve M’s post is a good refutation of this bit of concern trolling.
Steve M’s prescription for Democrats is for us to say that we’re a “big tent” party and we tolerate dissent. That’s a good use of a Reagan-era cliche. I also think that Pelosi’s vote on a resolution condemning Trump is a good vehicle to call out the cowardly Republicans (i.e., all of them) who are too afraid of their mouth breathing base to directly call out Trump. The more we beat the drum about the weak chickenshit antics of the little kids who hide in the corner while Grandpa bangs on the dinner table, the better.
Another lament that I saw somewhere is that this resolution is the equivalent of a sternly worded letter, and it will not shut Trump up, and therefore Democrats look weak. Well, maybe, but unlike Trump’s concentration camps and corruption, the racist bullshit he’s slinging is also just words. When somebody’s calling a friend or colleague names, the first (and maybe only) thing you can do is speak up in defense, quickly and forcefully. The key thing to note here is that Democrats didn’t hesitate.
On day 3, I feel as I did on day 1. Some of the very basic laws of politics have not been repealed, and Trump is doing himself and his piss-pants enablers no favors by running this into the ground.
Updated to add: I forgot another worry – that Trump is distracting us from Epstein, concentration camps, etc. Yes, and what can we do about it? The fucking media is going to report the tweets and push them into the forefront. We either shut up and take it, or we clap back, as the kids say.