According to one Republican commentator, President Donald Trump’s decision to lash out at four Congresswomen of color stems from his inability to handle being challenged by women.
In a segment with MSNBC host Ali Velshi, Rina Shah, who runs Republican Women for Progress, said that she’s been the target of racist attacks from Trump supporters ever since she announced she wouldn’t support him.
“I believe that what this president is doing is fanning the flames,” she said. “He cannot denounce white supremacy, white nationalism. This is a moment in which he could have kept his mouth shut. You know, this tit-for-tat with [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi (D-CA) and ‘The Squad,’ he didn’t need to engage in it. If I was advising the president, if I were one of his advisers, I would have said stay out of it. But he doesn’t listen to anyone around him.”
“It sort of seems to come relatively naturally to him,” Velshi observed. “He was asked very specifically, ‘Are you worried about the things you’re saying being construed as racist and being embraced by white nationalists,’ and he said, ‘I don’t care.'”
Shah agreed, saying that it’s clear Trump doesn’t care.
“He doesn’t care about history, he doesn’t care about words, and he simply doesn’t care for the Constitution,” she said. “So, I think we’ve seen who Trump is — in this moment — he is somebody who peddles in hate. We’ve known that for a long time but he he’s really told us who he is. Because, the reality here is, Ali, if this were four white women and the spat they had was with a Speaker who was, say, a black woman, we wouldn’t be having this conversation.”
She noted that by using the phrase “Go back to your country,” he was clearly making it about race. “He couldn’t say that to white women,” she Shah said. “He can say that because these are women of color.”
Shah went on to say that these statements go “beyond intent. I think it’s despicable that the vice president and chief of staff would try to defend this. I think this goes beyond birthplace as Congressman Jim Himes (D-CT) put it. This is about the fact that there are four young ‘little Congresswomen’ people that have been elected to office, they’re challenging his power. They can check his power. And that is what he feels threatened by. It hurts his ego.”
Watch the full conversation below:
A look inside the Koch brothers’ secret plan to manipulate politicians — and how it fueled the rise of the radical right
Democrats and Republicans are expected to spend about $1 billion getting their 2016 nominee elected. There’s a third group that will spend almost as much. It’s not a political party, and it doesn’t have any candidates. It’s the right-wing political network backed by the billionaire Koch brothers, Charles and David Koch, expected to spend nearly $900 million in 2016. The Kochs’ 2016 plans come as part of an effort to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative candidates and causes over the last four decades. The story of the Koch brothers and an allied group of billionaire donors is told in a new book by New Yorker reporter Jane Mayer, “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right.” Mayer traces how the Kochs and other billionaires have leveraged their business empires to shape the political system in the mold of their right-wing agenda.
New video emerges of Trump blurting out anti-Semitic slurs
President Donald Trump this week said that the majority of American Jews were "disloyal" to Israel because they support the Democratic Party -- but that's far from the first time that the president has made controversial statements that deploy anti-Semitic tropes.
The Washington Post has obtained a video clip from 2011 that shows Trump boasting about how great one of his golf courses is before saying that "even these spoiled, rich Jewish guys, they can’t believe how good this [course] is."
The clip was originally aired on the Golf Channel for the show "Donald J. Trump's Fabulous World of Golf."
Trump snaps after ‘enemy’ Fed chairman doesn’t drop interest rates — compares him to China’s Xi
President Donald Trump flipped out on his Federal Reserve chairman after China imposed a new round of tariffs in his ongoing trade war against the economic powerhouse.
The president lashed out at Fed chairman Jerome Powell after he refused to budge on interest rates, and referred to the official he chose as an "enemy" of the United States.
"As usual, the Fed did NOTHING!" Trump raged on Twitter. "It is incredible that they can 'speak' without knowing or asking what I am doing, which will be announced shortly. We have a very strong dollar and a very weak Fed. I will work 'brilliantly' with both, and the U.S. will do great.."