The Republican Denial of Trump’s Racism is Absurd

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Around the same time President Trump suffered a massive reversal in the midterm election and subverted the rule of law by installing a pliant right-wing hack as acting attorney general, he was engaged in the most blatant and public display of sustained racism against African-Americans of his entire public career. Trump’s racism binge included a series of absurd insinuations that three African-American journalists and two political candidates lacked the qualifications for their positions.

The official Republican defense of this behavior is that Trump is not a racist, but merely combative. “He does it to everyone. Not everything is…

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