Budowsky: If Trump were black


As voters hunger for a healing of racial wounds in a nation that comes together, the Republican Congress is preparing to take a lengthy vacation between its endless partisan witch hunts of Hillary Clinton, which remind voters why they hold this Congress in contempt, and the coming Republican National Convention, which is shaping up as a Woodstock festival for Clinton haters who will nominate one of the most bitterly divisive candidates in American history for president.

Let’s consider the demographic time bomb poised to explode in the hands of the party now led by Donald Trump.

{mosads}Successful politics is about addition — of voters and groups to create a governing majority for a governing party. By contrast, modern Republican politics has become a process of subtraction, involving attacks against one group of voters after another, leaving a GOP with no unifying principles except which voter groups their nominee insults and how much they despise the Democratic nominee for president, whom they seek to demonize as an enemy rather than disagree with as an opponent.

To understand how far the GOP has fallen from the traditional values and standards of American politics, consider the following:

What would Republicans be saying if Trump were black, repeating the same attacks and employing the same applause lines he traffics in today?

What would GOP leaders say if Trump were a black man who angrily offered cruel and ghoulish physical impersonations that mock a disabled person?

What would the Republican National Committee do if a black man running for president had angrily described women as fat slobs and bimbos and labeled Hispanic immigrants as rapists and murderers?

Imagine the venom and vitriol Republicans would direct against a black man running for president if he ridiculed prisoners of war, insulting Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) by saying he preferred troops who were never captured, as Trump has done. What would be said by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who said last year, “I do not believe that the president loves America” and recently said that Black Lives Matter protests are “anti-American” and “racist”?

What would Republicans say if a black man running for president spent a full year trash talking with vindictive insults and gave high school nicknames to his primary opponents, or if a black candidate tweeted a Star of David surrounded by dollar signs, or said a “Mexican” judge should be disqualified from hearing a case because he is Hispanic?

Trump is the ultimate example of a party defined by dog whistles and double standards, offering lame and timid criticism of his slanders or shameful excuses for defamations he dishes that are abhorrent to the traditions and values of major parties throughout American history.

Of course most blacks are patriotic and law-abiding and every black life matters. Most police are courageous and honorable and their blue lives matter just as much. Of course judges should not be disqualified because of their race, and few immigrants are rapists and murderers. And women are not fat slobs or bimbos, and the disabled should not be ridiculed, and congressional committees should not be unethically misused for taxpayer-financed partisan witch hunts. And President Obama and all previous presidents are as American as apple pie, regardless of party or whether we agree with them on the issues.

Americans will soon witness a GOP convention that many of the nation’s most respected Republicans refuse to attend, without any unifying philosophy or agenda except hatred for Clinton, led by a nominee who endlessly spews divisive words of continuing cruelty that even many Republicans believe are destructive to their party and our country, especially at a time when Americans want leaders to heal and unite our people.

The party defined by dog whistles and double standards is sowing the seeds of demographic disaster that may lead to a Democratic realignment because of the women, blacks, Hispanics, young people, LGBT and disabled voters they alarm, insult and offend.

Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), then chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. in international financial law from the London School of Economics. He can be read on The Hill’s Contributors blog and reached at brentbbi@webtv.net.


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