An anti-racist educator activist compared Donald Trump to narcotics for the way his racist base appears to be addicted to his bigoted rhetoric.
MSNBC host Joy Reid mused that many people on both sides of the political spectrum have a tolerance for the president’s violent and racist rhetoric, most recently illustrated by his doctored video attacking Somali-American Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). She then wondered why he’s allowed to get away with it.
Tim Wise explained to his MSNBC co-panelists Saturday morning that although people don’t necessarily want full-on “authoritarianism,” Trump’s dictatorial brand that “focuses on brown skin folk,” Muslims and non-white immigrants is effective because it’s building off traditions of American fearmongering.
Those attacks are effective, Wise added, because “it’s the oldest play in the American political playbook — to have rich white men telling not-rich white people that their enemies are black or their enemies are brown.”
“When we talk about the opioid crisis, we think of heroin, we think of fentanyl, we think of Oxycontin or whatever,” the educator said, “but the reality is Donald Trump is a walking, talking, breathing opioid.”
“He says to white people: ‘they are the source of your pain. I can numb your pain by telling you who’s to blame for it and who’s the cause of it,'” Wise added. “But just like regular opiates, Donald Trump can’t actually solve the problem.”
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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will be testifying publicly before Congress on July 17th, the chairs of the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees announced on Tuesday.
The special counsel had fought against testifying but was subpoenaed to compel his attendance.
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Quickly, the internet reacted to the news:
This will really matter, even if Mueller merely repeats what he said in his report. The vast majority of Americans have never read it. https://t.co/ZuRHqbRAEv
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"We consistently communicated our committees' intentions to issue these subpoenas if necessary and we now understand it is necessary to do so. Should we see this as a friendly subpoena that Robert Mueller believed had to be issued before he could accept an invitation to testify?" asked MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.