First of all, although I think the choice of Harriet Tubman for the $20 dollar bill is an inspired one, I don’t think that everyone who disagrees with me is a racist of some sort. Andrew Jackson has his partisans, and for good reason. Although he was without a doubt a flawed man, he was also instrumental in the formative years of this country in a way that few others were. So I get some being upset at his displacement from the front of the $20 bill.
However, if you look at what Donald Trump has said today about Tubman on the $20 bill, versus what he said about men being in women’s restrooms, it is evident that he is once again signaling to his white supremacist basis of support. The specific reason that Trump opposes Tubman on the $20 bill is that he says that the whole move smacks of “political correctness.”
Now, how do you square the idea that Trump openly caved to “political correctness” just earlier today by saying that “Caitlyn” Jenner should be able to use a women’s restroom, but when the subject of “political correctness” happens to be one of the most prominent black Americans in history, Trump suddenly regains possession of his anti-PC gonads and speaks out forcefully against the evils of PC?
Let me tell one thing that disgusts me about Trump and his minions. There’s a legitimate beef in this country about actual political correctness run amok. There’s a dedicated cadre of social justice warriors determined to find racism, sexism, and every other -ism in the world hiding under every rock and behind every tree. And there is nothing more tiresome than a person in search of perpetual offense. So I definitely understand the legitimate backlash against excessive political correctness.
Under Trump, though, the anti-political correctness movement has been used to give shelter to actual, legitimate racists. People who are not just tired of being constantly told that the things they say are racist, but also tired of the idea that people shouldn’t be actually racist.
Trump’s courting of this bloc, whether intentional or accidental, has been well-documented throughout this campaign. He still to this day repeatedly retweets very obvious white supremacists at an alarming rate. Then there was his wink and nod to David Duke in an interview with Jake Tapper. Not to mention the entire tenor and tone of his campaign.
Trump actually frequently kowtows to political correctness, and his comments this morning on North Carolina’s bathroom bill are just the latest instance. It’s more than a little suspicious that he always seems to find his inner anti-political correctness warrior in defense of white Americans, but then abandons them when it comes to any other “politically correct” issue, especially one in which an actual conservative principle is at play.
Trump may or may not himself be a racist, but he’s openly courted them with these sly winks way too often for this to be a coincidence.