Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) released a refreshingly blunt statement on Friday regarding Donald Trump’s racist comments against immigrants from Haiti and African nations. She accused Trump of “promoting a homogenous, white society” and warned that his administration is attempting to set back decades of progress in the United States.
Feinstein has been on an absolute roll this week in her efforts to resist the administration’s regressive efforts. On Tuesday, she released the full transcript of the Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee in an effort to prevent attempts by Senate Republicans to undermine the Russia investigation by discrediting the Steele dossier.
Her statement on Trump’s remarks corroborates that Feinstein is serious about ensuring that the government maintains its integrity, even under Trump.
The Senator’s words are some of many written by lawmakers following Trump’s Thursday remarks, but her commentary is poignant nonetheless.
To see such widespread rebuke from lawmakers across the aisle is rare. Feinstein’s statement is unique in that it gets straight to the point: Trump and his administration are pushing white supremacy:
“President Trump’s vile comments about Africa and Haiti are despicable and beneath the dignity of the presidency. They unquestionably diminish our country’s standing in the world.
The president’s expressed desire to see more immigrants from countries like Norway must be called out for what it is: an effort to set this country back generations by promoting a homogenous, white society.”
Feinstein goes on to explicitly address the rise of hate crimes against marginalized populations linked to the rise of white nationalism, which also happens to be undeniably linked to the Trump campaign and presidency. Trump’s words endanger Americans both at home and abroad – perhaps rather than building a wall, Americans should simply remove the root of the problem straight from the office.
“The president’s words make the jobs of Americans stationed all over the world harder – soldiers, diplomats, and businesses. Hate crimes against Muslims, Jews, LGBT individuals, and other minorities have increased over the past two years. White nationalism, which led to the death of a peaceful protester in August, is on the rise.”
That Trump has been able to get away with his racism for such a long time is unbelievable. In many ways, his presidency has been run just like his reality show – Trump says outrageous things, the press responds, and then nothing happens. Americans become desensitized while marginalized communities suffer great losses. One particular paragraph of Feinstein’s statement is remarkable, and it signifies a major shift in American politics:
“We all need to stop pretending that there are no consequences when the most powerful person in the world espouses racist views and gives a wink and a nod to the darkest elements in our society.”
The time is up. Donald Trump can and will be held accountable because, as Feinstein puts it:
“There’s no room for racism in the oval office.”
Here’s to hoping this wave of dissent keeps its momentum. Read Feinstein’s full statement here.
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