To say that Presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump has drawn major support from some of the less desirable corners of society would be an understatement at the very least. Through his use of dog-whistle politics, racist innuendos, faux cries of reverse racism, and cozy relationships with white supremacists; Trump has scraped the bottom of the electorate barrel in search of enough votes to secure the nomination of a party that has courted disaffected white voters who have scapegoated immigrants and American minorities for the problems facing middle class America for over forty years.
Which is exactly what the Trump campaign did when it approved a delegate from Tennessee named David Riden to represent the campaign at the party’s 2016 convention in Cleveland next month. According to an interview with Mother Jones, Riden believes that government officials who don’t hold the same views on the US Consitution as he does should be “eliminated” or “killed”:
There’s only one reason why the Founding Fathers put the Second Amendment…If the federal government were to follow the path of all other governments, at some point it will turn to tyranny against the people. And at that point, when it stops to uphold and abide by the Constitution—and we’re talking about the Supreme Court, Congress, and the executive branch, all three are way off away from the Constitution right now—the people have the right to assemble, bear arms, go to Washington, DC, or wherever necessary, and go into military battle against the government and replace those in government with individuals that will uphold the Constitution. The Constitution should remain, but the people that are abusing it should be, the polite word is, eliminated. The harsh word is killed. And they’re killed by American citizens with weapons. And if people have tanks, assault weapons, if they have bombs—they need to have the weaponry necessary to be able to overthrow the federal government.[contentblock id=7 img=gcb.png]
This Is Trump’s America
Trump has been a headliner in American culture for over thirty years, but his first real injection into the current political climate was his shrewd maneuvering to become the defacto leader of the so-called “Birther Movement” — the inherently racist tin-foil conspiracy theory that President Obama was not born in the United States. While the claim was so easily debunked and never offered anything remotely resembling viable evidence, the Manhattan scam-artist buttressed himself and his wild ambitions into the political discourse, laying the groundwork and support for this nightmarish Presidential campaign. People like Riden had found their savior. As Mother Jones points out:
Riden said his wife, Perry Riden, who is an alternate Trump delegate from Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District, also thinks Obama is dangerous. “My wife looks at me and says, ‘Remember, he is one of them.’ Meaning he is a Muslim, he is on the side of the terrorists, he will…let Iran have nuclear weapons, which would destroy Israel and the United States, because his way of thinking is right in line with Iran, North Korea, and Russia.”
This is not the first Trump-approved delegate with outspoken views that run counter to American values and equality. Last month it was discovered that one of Trump’s California delegates, William Johnson, was a white nationalist leader. The campaign — in true Trump fashion — dismissed the approval as a “database” error.
By now there can be absolutely no doubt that Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is making fear, racism, xenophobia and pure hatred a central tenet of their Get Out The Vote operation. There have been too many instances of Americans with dangerous ideologies that they’re shockingly willing to discuss publicly tied to the candidate for it to be a coincidence. This is Trump’s America, friends. The fraudster will step on the backs of anyone and everyone to get to where he needs to be, and he has a willing base lining up to help him get there.