Back Burner

AP: “Taking the legislators on one at a time, Trump ticked through a laundry list of what he deemed offensive comments by each woman, mangling and misconstruing many facts along the way. Omar came under the harshest criticism as Trump played to voters’ grievances, drawing a chant from the crowd of ‘Send her back! Send her back!'” President Trump revelled as his rally crowd called back chants from America’s darkest hours, dragging us deeper into a swirling pool of racist tropes that, as we approach the election of 2020, seems without bottom. (Maybe “send her back” refers to the Statue of Liberty. Anyone who chants that doesn’t deserve her…)

+ The Atlantic’s Adam Serwer nails it: “Omar must be defended, but not because of her views on Israel, gay rights, or progressive taxation. You needn’t agree with her on any of those things; in fact, you needn’t like her at all. But she must be defended … This is not about Omar anymore, or the other women of color who have been told by this president to ‘go back’ to their supposed countries of origin. It is about defending the idea that America should be a country for all its people. If multiracial democracy cannot be defended in America, it will not be defended elsewhere.” What Americans do now, in the face of this, will define us forever.

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