Was Trump’s El Paso Visit a Turning Point? NYT Op/Ed

A day of racist comments left him looking small and isolated, while the city united against him.

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Mr. Parker is the author of “Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America.”

Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times

 

EL PASO — If consoling the nation in a time of desperate need is a vital and yet simple task of the American presidency, Donald J. Trump failed miserably this week.

From his flight on Wednesday to Dayton, Ohio, to this sprawling high-desert city on the Mexican border, the 45th occupant of the White House not only littered his consolation tour with petty insults — but just to rub salt in the wound, doses of renewed racism. Yet most striking was how alone and outnumbered the president was: rejected, ostracized and told to go home.

The people who streamed the scene of the terrorist attack here — brown, black, white and every hue in between — defiantly defended the nation’s diversity. With no public appearances, the president seemed to shrink, ever more alone as he clung to his white nationalist politics and governance. But he and his supporters were grossly outnumbered. For perhaps the first time in his angry, racist and cruel presidency, the tables were turned in smoldering, righteous popular anger — and he was on the receiving end.

You have to give this to Mr. Trump: He never backs off. He doubles down like a wild gambler in a casino, raising the stakes one more time demanding just a few more chips from the house. Leaving the White House on Wednesday morning, he said, “I think my rhetoric brings people together,” adding he was “concerned about the rise of any group of hate. I don’t like it, whether it’s white supremacy, whether it’s any other kind of supremacy.”

One thought on “Was Trump’s El Paso Visit a Turning Point? NYT Op/Ed

  1. Hey Jerry, great piece. A little bit of hope in a twisted world being led by hmmmm, it certainly is not the USA. We are witness to some crazy shit and, as the vortex tightens, it is hard to imagine that which will unfold. Thanks for helping us all to pay attention amigo,

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