Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 72 hours, you’ve doubtless heard that Trump is yet again in hot water for an offensive tweet. This time the issue is a tweet about Hillary Clinton that included what appears to be a Star of David on a field of cash, calling her corrupt.
Now, let me sort of defend the Trump campaign on at least one point: it seems clear that the Trump campaign did not intend to tweet an anti-Semitic image about Hillary. I can say that with total certainty because the Trump campaign has by now admitted that they did not create the image, but rather ripped it off from one of Trump’s twitter followers and reposted it without credit, after removing his watermark. Says Dan Scavino:
“The social media graphic used this weekend was not created by the campaign nor was it sourced from an anti-Semitic site,” Scavino said in a statement. “It was lifted from an anti-Hillary Twitter user where countless images appear.”
Scavino’s statement comports with what the Internet dug up about this whole scenario a long time ago. There’s no reason to believe it isn’t true. Furthermore, it’s completely in line with what Trump has done a billion times before – either through ignorance or on purpose, retweet all the white supremacists on twitter who fete him with praise.
The big story over the last week, however, was supposed to be that Trump had turned a corner. Out the door went Lewandowski. Trump hired actual finance people. He started using a teleprompter. Relatively professional fundraising pitches started on the reg. More or less, Trump started looking like a reasonable facsimile of a Presidential candidate.
What this Star of David controversy illustrates is that the new Trump campaign is exactly the same as the old Trump campaign, but the job of pretending to be Donald Trump on twitter has just been turned over to a college age intern. Someone got around to sending out a memo that actually retweeting white supremacist/fake accounts was a bad thing. However, instead of, you know, actually creating their own images, they are still using the juvenile, idiotic, racist stuff Trump’s loyal followers are producing, but just putting about 30 seconds into making it look like Trump isn’t just ripping off his followers’ content.
I hope Republicans get a good, long look at this. This is who Trump is. He and his campaign are never gonna not be the idiots who uncritically retweet any old idiot – including the obviously racist idiots – who say good things about Trump. Of course, by now, the open racists are about the only people left saying good things about Trump.
Take a look at what passes for a professional fundraising pitch from the Trump campaign:
Where do you even begin with this? The candidate cannot even speak above a third grade level when he’s reading off of cue cards. No one in his shop has any idea how craft a message that is a whit more subtle than, literally, “if you elect me, we will all be happy again.”
Its not getting better. The veneer has already been scraped off. Stop expecting Trump to turn a corner. Either be prepared to embrace this for the next four months, or be prepared to do something about it.