In case you’re one of those who find Trump’s tweet honoring Black History Month heartwarming, it is worth recalling he, during the campaign, also retweeted two neo-Nazis.
And of course practically every week since he was elected has done or said something that constitutes a deafening dog-whistle to the David Dukes of the country. If Trump hadn’t done these things, hate crimes wouldn’t have sharply increased, nor would the number of anti-Muslim hate groups have tripled during the last two years.
The debate over whether or not Trump is a racist strikes me as strange. It doesn’t matter if he’s personally a racist. What matters is that he enables racists. He is willing to cynically court their approval, implement xenophobic policies they want, give their insane conspiracy theories the veneer of respectibility by promoting them through official communication channels, elevate their alt-right freaks into positions the White House (Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller, etc.), etc. all of which cross a line that should make him unacceptable and intolerable to all Americans. Trump is unAmerican.