Even for a small, petty man whose presidency has been focused almost exclusively on tweeting insults between golf and crime, Trump seems to be condescending and belittling Black women, invoking racist and discriminatory language. sex to lower their intelligence and capacity.
His outrage at black women journalists for questioning him – that is, doing their jobs – and simmering outrage at their presence in newsrooms could felt when he guided American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan”sit down“And call her”loser; “CNN’s Abby Phillips is highly regarded, talk to her, “You ask a lot of stupid questions;” and PBS journalist Yamiche Alcindor implied that “threaten“Patronize embarrass herand call her “something else?. “
Trump deliberately conjures up the image of “welfare queen” when calling The mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser, is “incompetent” and wants to “get rich”, and calls the antics “angry black lady” when labeling Vice President Kamala Harris”a monster” and “a crazy woman. “
And whatever you think of putting Harriet Tubman on a $20 bill, his rescinding that proposal and suggesting she instead appear on a pre-printed $2 bill—while implying a A woman who was once a slave becomes a nurse, spy, and the first woman of the Confederacy. planning and directing a military campaign to free more than 700 enslaved people could not be compared with “great success“of genocide and slave trader Andrew Jackson — is wild.
All of this came flooding back to memory on Wednesday, when New York Attorney General Letitia James, a Black woman, announced that her office had filed a $250 million lawsuit accusing Trump of Trump. and his father. children in middle age, very mature cheat “inflate his net worth billions of dollars to unjustly enrich themselves and to cheat the system, thereby deceiving us all.” For those who might not want to read the whole thing Complaint form 220 pagesJames suggested a tweet thread with just a few examples of Trump’s many alleged financial lies, including fraud triple the square footage His Manhattan apartment had an unprecedented sale price of $327 million, valued Mar-a-Lago at $739 million when it was close to $75 million, and reported that he had non-existent cash .
This lawsuit from James, who says she interviewed 65 people and reviewed millions of documents, is likely to inflate Trump in a way that few things ever have. For the former president, having a black lawyer attached to it is a bigger grievance.
There’s also the fact that, of Trump’s many insecurities, the exposure as the less wealthy he claims is perhaps the worst. It was a time in 2011, right before Trump’s Comedy Central filming, when a subject he limit is ruled for ridicule is any hint that he poorer he claims to be. And back in 2005, Trump sued Trump Nation author Tim O’Brien for estimating Trump’s net worth between $150 million and $250 million – a far cry from “five to six billion“Trump announced. (Since then, Trump has set his values from $6 to $10 billion.) The court took up Trump’s suit, but the demotion allowed us to acknowledge Trump that he bases his net worth not on assets and liabilities, but on “own feelingsabout where the world is going and that can change rapidly on a daily basis. “
The response from Trump to James’ lawsuit is, as you might expect, more misogynoir. In a post on Truth Social, Trump referred to James as “Peekaboo” (a word reminiscent of the old-school knockdown his fan base is working to bring back), Trump also called James a “fraud”, a “total crime-fighting disaster” and blamed her about New York City becoming the crime-ridden place Trump imagined. it is in. “She’s a failed AG whose lack of talent in the fight against crime is causing record numbers of people and companies to flee New York,” Trump said. Written. “The city is one of the world’s crime and murder disasters under her watch.” He doubled down on a Thursday night appearance on Sean Hannity’s show, say James “The focus should be on murder and crime in New York, where they walk into stores with axes and they start swinging their axes at people.”
Non-existent accusations of “reverse racism” resonate greatly with Trump’s self-pitying base of white aspirants, which is why he has become his target when confronted deal with Black critics.
In 2018, when Alcindor asked Trump if he was “cheating on white nationalists,” he waved the question as “a racist question. “Just this past January, he baselessly labeled MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid as “racist commentator. And as he was setting up the Big Lie about the Stolen Election, both Trump and Rudy Giuliani targeted Shaye Moss and Ruby Freeman, two black women who worked in elections in Georgia. Trump mentioned Freeman’s name 18 times during a January 2021 phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, deriding her as “”a hustler” and “professional vote scammers“who”stuff the ballot boxes. “None of that was true, but Trumpists believed Trump’s claim that illegal Black votes stole the election; they were all too excited to buy that the black voters had joined in.
Trump’s presidency is one of prolonged calls to white outrage, and shocking numbers research yes show that his followers fueled by anti-black racism. (And sexism, because white supremacy and misogyny go hand in hand.) Targeting two Black women warrants an onslaught of death threats and racist harassment against Freeman and Moss by Trump supporters , who hardly need reason.
The former president is fanning those flames again – not that he ever stopped – but hoping James gets burned. In January, at a rally in Texas, Trump called James and other prosecutors “radical, evil [and] racism,” and suggested that his supporters would hold “the biggest rally we’ve ever had in Washington DC, in New York, in Atlanta” if he faced charges.
“This lawsuit from James … has the potential to inflate Trump in a way that few things ever have. For the former president, having a black lawyer attached to it is a bigger grievance.“
“Perhaps you can join in for a bit,” he say, about a year after the January 6 uprising at the Capitol. His followers may not have heard him, because they were chanting “Lock her up!”
The beauty of the moment, however, is that Trump faces a long trail of evidence, the outcome of a three-year investigation, and an attorney general that will not be revoked. (Oh, did I mention Trump’s attorney, Alina Habba, just settled a discrimination lawsuit filed by a former black woman employee who alleged that many of Habba’s racist practices included calling James “that black bitch? “Also yes.)
In April, responding to one of Trump’s defamatory messages, James release a statement:
“Like all Americans, Donald J. Trump is entitled to defend himself in court. However, the attorney general will not be bullied or threatened by the former president. Courts have ruled time and time again that the office’s investigation into Mr. Trump and his financial dealings is lawful and legitimate, and Attorney General James will continue to abide by the rules. facts and laws wherever they may lead. Nothing can stop her from pursuing justice.”
The level of fury that Trump is experiencing when a Black woman comes to him – with a receipt – is certainly off the charts. It’s also a moment that is absolutely, almost too delicious, worth watching. It is also reminiscent of the thought that, while anti-Black people and misogynoir are rampant, maybe Trump also resented a Black woman for seeing him so clearly from the jump: as a fraudster, a thief, a pathetic thin-skinned man and in dire need of a man who treated the first black president as an insult. The kind of white person who repeats what you say in meetings and questions the validity of your ideas because of his own lack of creativity. Who smirks at your comments because deep down, he knows you’re smarter than him.
Maybe that comes to him. He knows it 95 percent of black womenquite popular at the time, voted against him in 2016. He enlisted his entire White House to go after Jemele Hill, an ESPN host at the time, for publicity. testified that he was a “white supremacist. “Trump — who gave at least 10 judges a review”poor quality“Of the American Bar Association on the federal bench— used the word”unqualified“To describe the impending talent Stacey Abrams, who along with several other black women activists in 2020 helped defeat Trump in Georgia.
And, of course, there was James, who was a candidate and when she took over, promised to “according to money“Where Trump is concerned. Watching her take that oath is absolutely infuriating to Trump, a man who has dedicated his life to revenge over petty things who used his bully podium to spark (of those who were looking for someone to blame) was even more hateful towards the same people who always took to the ends of white anger and vitriol.
Maybe it’s petty, but knowing how much Trump is particularly afflicted with this Black woman, he will use every tool in his arsenal to destroy for less – if the role Their roles are reversed.