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MUHAMMAD: Trump, the Official ‘White President’

With a sigh of relief, most voters in this country were relieved when at last Joe Biden was declared president-elect of the United States.

Biden’s victory has not been officially certified by the various state boards of election, and the incumbent, Donald J. Trump, is up to his usual mischief to steal his reelection, but he’s likely not to succeed.

No one is more gratified at Trump’s defeat than Black and other non-white people in this country. Trump is literally the worst, impeached, “grab them by the p—y,” coronavirus-spreading, oft-bankrupted lowlife ever to physically enter the White House complex, not to mention the worst to serve as president. And he has brought out the worst in members of the White Tribe who support him.

True to their typical, racist blind spot, liberal Democrats were counting on a political “blue wave” to win back the Rust Belt states in the Midwest that Trump flipped in 2016. Instead, they saw a massive “Black wave” of Black voters who took their “souls to the polls.”

By virtue of massive Black early voting in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit and Atlanta, Trump was thoroughly repudiated on Election Day. In Detroit, for example, Biden won 93.5 percent of the vote, while Trump got 5.06 percent, and importantly with tens of thousands more total votes than in the previous presidential election.

More people — upwards of 74 million — voted for the Biden-Kamala Harris ticket than for any presidential candidate in history. But more people also voted for Trump in 2020 than for any other president.

Trump the man was defeated, but “Trumpism” — white tribal politics — surged to new heights. For example, in Maine, Biden beat Trump by a 420,023-359,502 vote. But Republican Sen. Susan Collins beat her challenger with 414,970 votes to 342,698, demonstrating conclusively that voters in that 90 percent white-populated state wanted to maintain everything about Trumpism, they just didn’t want the ugly Trump face any longer.

Imagine being the political party that engaged in every imaginable form of voter suppression since the day he took office. They purged voter rolls, enacted restrictive rules for voter eligibility, closed polling sites, tried to limit early voting, and even sabotaged U.S. Postal deliveries, and still lost, fair and square, according to their own rigged rules. And then turning around and complaining that the other party had somehow cheated.

Such hypocrites. In the eastern states, where the late counting of early votes caused Biden to overtake and out-poll Trump in the end, Trumpistas demanded that the vote-counting be halted. In a couple of western states where late ballots narrowed Biden’s lead, those same forces shouted, “count every vote!”

Face it. Trump is the “white” candidate, and his supporters have shown themselves to be willing and capable of fighting and killing in order to preserve this country’s white supremacy. They are not in the least interested in doing anything which might appeal to Black folks in order to make this a “more perfect union.” No. They want it all their way.

The sad part about all of this is that Democrats — the white liberals in this picture — now want everyone to make nice with the rabid right-wingers, white tribalists. They condemned the Muslims at the Democratic Convention for having Palestinian activist Linda Sarsour as a speaker at their caucus. They kicked progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) to the curb during the campaign, although both of them and their supporters outperformed the “skeered” liberals who lost seats back to GOP House candidates.

Instead of figuring out how to make Senate Republicans feel the pain of the wrath of a Democratic president and House of Representatives, they want to bring them into the Democratic “big tent.” For example, CNN reports that Biden intends to utilize the warmonger and former George W. Bush Vice President Dick Cheney as a foreign affairs adviser during his transition.

Biden may even be considering appointing former Ohio Republican Governor John Kasich to his cabinet. They still think they can make inroads into the white tribal base.

I said it during Biden’s milquetoast (albeit successful) campaign, that the Democrats were going up against the Republicans with their “switchblades” out of their pockets and open. The only thing is, they didn’t realize that the GOP had already turned the battle into a hatchet fight.

Now, the silly liberals want to put their switchblades back into their pockets and try to appease the armed, the locked and loaded Republikkkans. It won’t work.

The fact of the matter is that the overwhelming majority of white voters — and their champion Donald J. Trump, et al. — would just as soon burn the country to the ground and then preside over the ashes rather than surrender their precious white advantage.

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Askia Muhammad

WPFW News Director Askia Muhammad is also a poet, and a photojournalist. He is Senior Editor for The Final Call newspaper and he writes a weekly column in The Washington Informer.

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