Nearly every day there is a new drama from President Trump and usually it's another attack on somebody he doesn't like, whether it's a black lawmaker, immigrants, the media, the courts, or even a member of his own administration whom he's decided isn't sufficiently adoring.
It's easy to look at these incidents as isolated acts, but that is a mistake. I am convinced that Trump is deliberately and cynically trying to divide us, one against the other. His hateful attack on the four minority Congresswomen known as "the squad" is a case in point, as is his attack on Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee -- despite what Republican allies contend.
Trump apparently was ticked off by last week’s decision by the committee's subpoena of top White House aides, including his daughter, Ivanka, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in its investigation into official emails and texts sent from personal accounts. He also reportedly was displeased at Cummings’ remarks at a news conference suggesting further action against the administration was imminent.
Never mind that Kushner owns apartments in Baltimore -- Cummings' district -- where tenants complain of infestation by rodents and other unsanitary conditions.
Trump appears to look for opportunities to use incidents that he knows will satisfy his base of supporters, giving not one ounce of concern to the broad implications of his actions. His twisted mind has devised this strategy with the goal of making certain his unshakable base of supporters remains solid.
He realizes that if he loses support – any support – from the 35 percent-or-so of Americans who seemingly are devoted to him no matter what, then he is finished. So he is taking every opportunity to toss political red meat, determined to feed their prejudices, their fears, their insecurities.
With his actions, he stokes fears that immigrants will swarm into neighborhoods, steal jobs, commit unspeakable crimes, and more. And, in the process, he cages little children and separates families. And if they don't like it, he says, they can stay home -- regardless of the dangers that may have prompted them to leave their homelands and walk hundreds of miles to a country where they would be strangers with an uncertain future.
At every turn, he whips up latent racial hatred, denigrating Congresswomen of color, calling them socialists and telling them to go back to “where they came from.”
As Stacy Fitzgerald wrote yesterday in "The Don of Deflection," Trump is a master at appeasing his base. Poll numbers increased among Republicans after that rally last month that featured racist chants of “send her back” in reference to Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Trump critic and naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia.
Oh yes, in Charlottesville, where a young woman was murdered by a white nationalist as he rammed his car into a crowd of demonstrators, there were “some very fine people” on both sides, according to Trump.
As Stacy wrote, the decency and dignity of the Oval Office is being eviscerated by a man who claims to love America, but at regular intervals douses the nation's ever present, underlying racial tensions with gasoline and tosses in a match for the delight of his base.
But if this truly is an actual strategy, it not only is cynical and dangerously irresponsible, it is a mistake because such actions can only alienate all of the groups that he targets as well as thinking Americans who care about the future of our nation and the preservation of our freedoms that he places in jeopardy. And if they vote, they will far outnumber those who believe Trump was sent from heaven above.