When Does 2+2=4, Mr. Trump?

I never thought Donald Trump was a serious Presidential candidate. In fact, I think he first got into the fray because all of the other republican candidates were nose bleeds looking to get pinched off by a serious contender. He probably saw the weak field and figured for a few million or a few tens of millions of dollars (which is nothing to him) he could rant and rave like the star of a reality TV show and get his narcissistic mug on TV for more than his allotted 15 minutes.

The rest of the field has turned out to be so pathetic, I seemingly I gave them too much credit as nose bleeds. After twelve weeks of Trump’s racist commentaries, he is still the last best hope for the GOP. Personally, I am still hopeful the Republicans can find a serious candidate. Until then, Trump will continue to ride the cycle of “Doing well in the polls because he’s getting press, and getting press because he’s doing well in the polls.”

I’m going to focus on his racist comments from here on out. Mind you, these comments started in his announcement speech. (Full text can be found here.) Trump asserted that, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best [sic]. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”

Trump math seems to go something like this:

Anecdotes + Confirmation Bias = Obvious Fact

As simple as 2 + 2 = 4.

Unfortunately, Trump’s trumpeting is beginning to go on too long. The fact that no one has rolled up a newspaper and slapped it across the bridge of his nose, while firmly stating, “No!” Is beginning to lend his words credence. At this point, most cranks get relegated to the tabloids, but Trump is still front page news, because the news regulators keep putting him on the front page. Continually giving this jerk airtime, simply means that his racist message gets more airtime. And once people are exposed to an idea long enough, no matter how bad, they may begin to think there’s an actual debate going on.

Drum up enough hate without any (positive?) way to release it and you get people reacting in explosive ways. Since Trump is so fond of anecdotes, here’s a good one: Brian Zaragoza, 14, was shot in a drive-by on his way home from the grocery store by someone shouting an anti-mexcian slur. Mind you, Brian is a U. S. citizen and if you watch the video his English is as flawless as mine. Brian is also from Indiana. A state that is closer to Canada than Mexico.

Let’s see how my Trump Math adds up:

Brian shot by anti-mexican bigot + Trump filling people’s heads with racist anti-mexican ideas the past 12 weeks = Trump is a co-conspirator to an attempted murder due to his inciting of the masses.

I’ll let you decide if the math holds up. A more correct version of this type of “math” could be stated:

Rational Thinking + Statistics = Nuanced Answer

I know. It’s not sexy. Nor does it offer the quick and easy instant gratification that we all prefer. For instance, my rational brain tells me that Hate Crimes go on every day and probably in every state in this country. It’s likely basic randomness that I happened to read about this shooting while thinking about Donald Trump’s racism. So it’s more likely that Trump’s potty mouth has nothing to do with the above shooting, but that doesn’t make for an interesting narrative and certainly isn’t going to deceive people into thinking like me.

The Washington Post has an excellent article illustrating the tough math, debunking Trump’s claims regarding illegal immigrants and their nefarious activities. As one would suspect, illegal immigrants statistically keep their heads down and try to go unnoticed. Yet the success of dozens to go unnoticed is negated by the occasional evil human being whose actions have nothing to do with the brownness of his skin.

Still, there is a narrative here. Am I really that far off when I say keeping Trump in the forefront of the news lends his racism credibility? If we go back to all his statements about “Mexicans” and change the word to “Negroes”, “Blacks”, or even “African-Americans” (pick your level of poison). Under which of those three scenarios does he not get booed off stage? Or cease to be covered by main stream news? Or not taken seriously on any level and relegated to the tabloids as suggested above? (Though I doubt the tabloids would even touch him. Racism is insufficiently “Juicey”.)

I suspect any one of the three options would have ended Trump’s presidential campaign, so why is it okay for him to be saying this about Hispanics?

Hint: It’s not okay.

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7 responses to “When Does 2+2=4, Mr. Trump?

  1. He would get the same attention no matter what group his hate speech targeted. Shock value, you know. The scary part about Trump is that his followers love his racism, misogyny, and xenophobia. His extreme views (and his supporters) highlight all that is wrong in America.

    • I agree with the shock value, but I’m still not convinced Trump could get away with targeting black people. I’m basing this on the occasional KKK leader that tries to get into politics.

      Then again, maybe you’re right. Money talks and is, in reality, what this country worships. People with money seem to be able to get away with anything.

  2. Furthermore, LIBERALS WHITE GUILTERS LIKE YOU ARE 100 TIMES MORE RESPONSIBLE THAN DONaLD TRUMP FOR GETTING THAT KID SHOT. YOU HAVE ENABLED BLACKS TO DO WHATEVER they WANT, AND you ARE SO CLUELESS TO THE REALITiesS OF RACIAL violence, that you automatically assumed it was White Guys who shot that kid, when it has come out that the suspect(s) that they are looking for ARE BLACK.!!!!!

    • I said in my post that I saw the video, which means I knew the suspects were black. You seem to be suggesting that blacks can’t become enraged at latinos for taking their jobs and all the other imagined reasons that white people get upset at latinos?

      I also said, “…it’s more likely that Trump’s potty mouth has nothing to do with the above shooting, but that doesn’t make for an interesting narrative.”

      Which tells me either you did not read the post, or you completely missed the point.

  3. Ok where do I start, Trump….. First Donald is saying what all of us want to say, but are too scared to because of the ramifications. If you have a billionaire business man who can be that voice, then so be it. I am really surprised that he started with immigration as his first topic of concern, stepped on a lot of toes and defiantly could have articulated it better. Yes Trump is a bully and at times he goes way off the range with his comments. I firmly believe attacking a candidate because of their looks is ridiculous… As far as him being a raciest, 90% of this country is a raciest behind closed doors, but are hiding behind that tight grin and shaking their heads in public when Trump makes an outlandish remark. He will never be person who can “Politically articulate” himself very well, but doesn’t back away from the statements he makes. That being said, im not really impressed with our other choices, if the Late Show can put JEB Bush on his knees with his campaign sign, and get him to talk trash about his brother then he defiantly can’t do the job. I’m tired of these politician’s spewing crap out of their mouths, then going behind closed doors and laughing that we actually swallowed it. Look at it this way, how much worst can a businessmen do? Don’t know because we haven’t tried, but great savor of the world as we know it has gone off the deep end since he knows he’s getting his eviction papers soon. ! By the way where do you think Obama will pick his Presidential Library to be, I’m betting Cuba. By the way what president hasn’t stuck his foot in his mouth???? So that rolled up newspaper may need to get a lot bigger… Trump may be weak on foreign affairs, but I guaranteed when he was stumped a few weeks ago on live radio, I bet he hired one of the best advisors in the WORLD to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Now I will begin responding to the immigration issue soon, since as far as I can see im the only one who lives on a border state. Let’s remember, we know Trump isn’t going to win the bid… We just need someone to step up out of the shadows and be a contender. Plus my wife is frying chicken. Is that raciest? I guess eating Mexican food tomorrow night is off the list? Im so ashamed to go out in public…… What im saying is everything is considered racial in some form, if you want it to be.

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