Nope, we’re not buying it.
And we won’t buy President Trump’s repudiation of hate and white supremacy until he takes responsibility for kicking over the stone of hatred, which has always existed, with his words and with his deeds.
Until he acknowledges that he has energized the people who arm themselves with weapons of war and massacre the very people he himself has targeted. After all, the people shot to death in Gilroy, California, El Paso Texas and Dayton, Ohio, were mostly people he has dehumanized with his rhetoric.
Until he acknowledges that his family — including his wife — is one of immigrants and that America’s success is largely based on the ingenuity and hard work of people who wanted to come to this country — including those who did so involuntarily.
Until he says, No, there are not “fine people” on both sides.
Until he tells “red-blooded Americans” carrying out hateful acts that they are not making America great again.
Until he doesn’t call for national unity in one breath, as he did Monday, then declare that, “Fake news has contributed greatly to the anger and rage that has built up over many years.”
Until he lifts his Muslim ban as proof that he understands that the worst acts of hatred now are coming from people who look like him. Last month, FBI Director Christopher Wray told Congress that most of the arrests for domestic terrorism this fiscal year have been rooted in white supremacy.
Until refuses to use his campaign rallies to incite his white base to hate brown-skinned immigrants.
Until he praises the 20-year prison sentence that Cesar Sayoc received on Monday. He’s the South Florida bodybuilder who pleaded guilty to mailing bombs to prominent Democrats and media outlets.
Until he decouples gun control and immigration. He’ll get political points for merely expressing concern about both. But linking these divisive issues is not the way to get anything substantive accomplished — which may be his point.
Until his next tweet doesn’t condemn African-American representatives and by extension, their African-American constituents, but asks, rather, “How can I help?” For instance, at a time when black homeownership has plummeted, Trump is also gutting fair-housing laws.
Until he says, out loud, that “You know, a lot those rats running around Baltimore are holed up in slum housing that my son-in-law’s family owns.
Until he says to his sycophantic Republican enablers in Congress and elsewhere that the massacres at the hands of white supremacists are not to be blamed on “homosexual marriage,” “drag queen advocates,” the “breakdown of the traditional American family” and “acceptance of recreational marijuana.” Yes, Ohio State Rep. Candice Keller said all this on Facebook. And, no, former President Obama is not to blame, either.
Until he truly leads on enacting red-flag laws to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not have them, including some mentally ill Americans. Many states got there before he did.
Until he acknowledges who he has been and what he has become — a racist, a sexist and a bully — and says he is going to change his ways. Introspection is always difficult, so we don’t have high hopes.
We are not holding our breath that President Trump will do any of this.
Until he does, his condemnation of deplorable acts of hatred has no credibility whatsoever.