Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Trump's white identity card played by WI GOP pols

Before Trump, Walker and Grothman and Ryan weighed in.

Which is why this headline in The Washington Post today caught my eye: 
White identity politics drives Trump, and the Republican Party under him
And haven't Wisconsin Republicans shown him the way, albeit sometimes - - but not always - - a wee bit more slyly?

* Walker did his part, what with his repetitive resentment-triggering dog whistles about hard-working people paying others to loaf in hammocks and on the couch playing Xbox?   

Walker signing one of his hammock-flipping measures in Milwaukee
(That from a guy routinely dispensing corporate welfare from his taxpayer-provided lakefront mansion and enjoying cushy benefits for decades.)

And remember Walker's warning near the end of the 2012 recall election tossed out to a crowd in an upscale, essentially all-white Waukesha County exurban community about Wisconsin becoming "another Milwaukee" should he have lost that election?

That was less a Trumpian 'go back to where you came from' slur and more of a 'keep them in the inner city where they are now' directive.

*  And speaking of inner city critiques - - before he became US House Speaker, Paul Ryan said in a radio interview that inner city men were so lazy they didn't even think about working:

 ”We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning the value and the culture of work, and so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.
This was before he was elevated by his party to House Speaker. where he could count on support from Badger state US Rep. and resentment champion Glenn Grothman.

* And speaking of Grothman, let's not forget his gratuitous race-baiting hostility towards Kwanzaa expressed as a State Senator:

In his press release, Grothman says "almost no black people today care about Kwanzaa -- just white left-wingers who try to shove this down black people's throats in an effort to divide Americans," and called for the holiday to be "slapped down."
This took place before Grothman moved to a safely-gerrymandered congressional district where Wisconsin voters continue to send him to the House of Representatives.

1 comment:

Gma Sue said...

Yes. And my head hurts.

We aren't who we were.