The Pacific Standard published an article on June 3, 2019, entitled “Whites’ fear of extinction drives racial tendencies among Americans.” The article perfectly summed up how white Americans fear losing their demographic majority, and Trump has used that fear to his advantage. Writer Tom Jacobs writes: “If being white is part of your identity and you fear that ‘your people’ are facing an existential threat, it is quite possible that no defense will sound too extreme.” That rationale gave Trump the green light to unleash his vicious narcissism about his policies and strategies for achieving his selfish goals.
Trump has managed to demonize non-whites and use the irrational fear of white people becoming extinct or losing a heightened social status to cement his racially biased supporters. The strategy of introducing the threat and engendering racial prejudice has led to preferences for conservative politics, politics that Trump never endorsed until he decided to become a fake conservative could win him the presidency. Longtime Trump employees have written about his past support for Democratic candidates, his pro-choice stance, and his lack of financial responsibility.
Joe Biden wants to heal the racial divisions that Trump has deepened. However, Trump plans to resume his white, supremacist dog whistling once he’s out of office. Hence, it is important to use strategies to disempower one’s rhetoric. The Biden Administration’s plan to improve racial harmony must include respectful attention to the fear of extinction among whites as well as sensitivity to the emotional trauma of systemic racism.
Since Trump’s re-election, Republican members of Congress have remained silent and embarrassed by the most immoral, dishonest, incompetent, and psychologically compromised president in American history. Republicans have turned their party over to a man most of them dislike and who embarrasses their legacy every day at the national and global levels. The reason for their allegiance to Trump, whom many of them labeled as cancer, xenophobia, gangster, misogyny, and snake oil sellers, became transparent; the hunger for power and personal and professional opportunism. Both political parties have their shortcomings, but the Republicans’ sellout to Trump’s autocratic takeover of their party puts them ahead of the Democrats on the flow meter.
After America rejects Trump, the Republicans in Congress (alongside the equally racist, power-hungry hypocritical clones) have the opportunity to re-engage in what the GOP authentically represents. One disheartening statistic is that of roughly 200 lawmakers in Congress, only 27 have recognized Joe Biden as the president-elect. State after state judges have dismissed every case of election fraud allegations brought by Trump’s legal team. Declaring a Trump victory in the face of Biden’s overwhelming victory is an obvious ploy to undermine the chances of a smooth transfer of power for the new administration. The Republicans feed into Trump’s plan to continue to control and downgrade their party.
The challenge for senators who have shown some integrity by opposing Trump is to band together, avoid his sideshow of electoral fraud and call him for the enemy of democracy that he is. Senators Lisa Murkowski, Susan Collins, Ben Sasse and Mitt Romney have at times voted country over party against Trump. If they are willing to oppose Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to continue inflicting toxic Trumpism on our country after Trump’s death, they may be spared the retribution the rest of the GOP will suffer.
In a December 1, 2020 article in the Daily Beast, Republican political journalist and editor-in-chief of the Daily Beast, Rick Wilson wrote, “Republicans shouldn’t be allowed to drift away from Trump with just a shrug and a ‘. Let’s leave that behind. “Wilson’s anger and disappointment dominate his writing as he finishes his article,” Only exposure, pain, humiliation and incarceration will result in a moment of reckoning for the GOP. It should start at the top and work from there. “