Donald Trump is going to win a second term. The Shithole episode shows that anti-Trumpers have not learned their 2016 lesson.
A Democratic source leaks the shithole comment, and the press runs it as gospel. The usual suspects denounce it with lofty words and preach against Trump and his disgusting ways. Half the country reads this and takes it personally because they agree with the President. They notch up their resentment towards the liberal-leaning of elements of this country once more.
For instance, Dan Rather’s virtue signaling on this is as responsible for this false binary reality as Trump. “This view is unbecoming of the President.” Right. We get it. Most of us have been saying that for two years. The people we want to change have tuned us out. Criticizing a political figure is important, and it’s not being done well. It’s wrapped in emotion so it isn’t effective. It’s just causing the right to react the same way. It’s just a continual cycle that neither side is willing step back from, and the rest of us are caught in the middle.
Trump is a genius at one thing: getting media attention. He understands this dynamic works so he continually does things to keep his name in the papers.
The shithole comment doesn’t matter. Trump has a very simplistic and traditional mid-20th century view of American exceptionalism. We are great because we have the biggest military, the most money, and a white culture. He is unapologetic about being rich, white, and having the most bombs.
The Trump Fire is best extinguished by ignoring the stuff that does not matter and isn’t policy.