It really feels like America is a rich tapestry of racism, bigotry, hatred & stupidity

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The last thing I’ve wanted from this week was to cover a white supremacist spouting off white supremacist talking points. But it’s all part of the rich fabric of daily racism, hatred, hate speech and intolerance at this point. On Wednesday night, Laura Ingraham – who still, somehow, has a show on Fox News – said a bunch of evil white supremacist crap about immigration. Media Matters spliced her speech with actual neo-Nazis and white supremacists saying the exact same thing. Because shock of shocks, Laura Ingraham has always been a hateful racist.

So there you go, we’ve got that sorted out. Laura Ingraham: still canceled, still awful, still deplorable. She tried to walk it back but I honestly don’t care.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has some thoughts about how black athletes should be grateful, because you would not even believe how much it bothers white supremacists that there are people of color around the country who – GASP – think we could all do better as Americans.

I mean, it’s a mixed bag. He’s obviously racist, and he’s obviously trying to get people to talk about anything else besides treason and Russia. He’s also saying that black athletes are too stupid to understand the issues. It’s projection on his part, because he is too stupid to understand. And he’s racist. Did I mention that? He’s racist.

And finally, in this rich tapestry of racist bulls–t, we have this story: Omarosa Manigault claims that Trump uses the n-word a lot and there’s a tape of him saying it. That tape is housed at NBC, because he said it during filming of The Apprentice. We already knew that, incidentally – there were widespread stories about him using all kinds of racist slurs and NBC hid the tapes.

Oh, and neo-Nazis are going to march in Charlottesville, Virginia tonight. Stay safe.

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  1. Christin says:

    Omarosa is a day late and dollar short on the tapes claim. Tom Arnold has been claiming that for a year or more, I think.

    This morning is the prosecution’s grand finale for coffee boy Paul M, so no doubt there will be tweeted distractions all day.

    • Tate says:

      Agree. It is pretty clear that this tape would probably only endear his base of deplorables more tightly to trump.

      • lovesot says:


        he could kill someone and his deplorables would still love him. he said it himself, ‘I could shoot somebody on 5th avenue and it wouldnt stop me’ or something.

        his fans, his voters — they dont care about anything but themselves. only when THEY are negatively affected, will some of them MAYBE rethink their support, but a lot of them are so dumb, so STUPID, they will spin it as some ‘deep state conspiracy’

        sometimes theres so much stupid in this country, I really cant take it. cant we just ship some people into space?

        (including Pence, who would Loooove it)

    • j says:

      If a football game is no place for a protest, then it’s no place for an anthem either.

  2. JanetDR says:

    I’m trying to stay positive for the future of my country but sometimes it’s hard. Chris Cuomo had an excellent response to Laura Ingram’s racist bull crap that gave me some hope again.

  3. Missy says:

    As a Canadian, my heart goes out to all the good Americans here who have to put up with this for next two to six years. It’s an unbelievable mess, and I fear it’s going too far to be fixed

    • jammypants says:

      Six? Let’s not jump ahead here. Until November I will stick with 2-4 for sanity’s sake. Even that is too much to bear.

    • Indiana Joanna says:

      drump won’t be re-elected. He may be impeached. But we will have to deal with all the Republicans–Rohrback, Nunes, Paul–who Putin is paying. The GOP is rotten with Russians.

      • Kitten says:

        I hate even broaching this topic because the mere prospect of another term for 45 scares the piss out of me but I tend to agree with you. That being said, the GOP will use anything to win–Russian interference, gerrymandering, voter suppression, vote tampering (hi Kris Kobach)..nothing is off the table in their quest for power. It’s a terrifying reality that we live in.

      • lovesot says:


        Rick Gates said there was a congressman who was in contact with the Russians.


        It’s Rand Paul!

      • Otaku fairy... says:

        I hope you’re right.

    • Red Snapper says:

      I’m a Canadian too. I’ve got stake in this too, because the nuclear winter fallout will blow right up here. We all are in this together.

      • Kitten says:

        Remember when Trump stood in solidarity with Trudeau in the dispute over Adel Al-Jubeir’s jailing of civil rights activists?

        Yeah me neither.

        I am so sorry…I’m so sorry that this maniac has been unleashed on the world by the country I once loved so much. From what I read, Canada is asking Britain and UAE for help. Because Trudeau knows Trump won’t do sh*t. Sigh. I hate all of this so f*cking much.

    • lovesot says:


      jk, I love you.
      but I hate the thought of more years.

  4. Sarah says:

    I loathe him. The audacity of this mofo god… I will never forgive the voters who inflicted this poison upon the rest of us.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      I’ve been surprised by how little desire I have over time to communicate with the people I know that voted for him. Or, who would have if they were American citizens. It’s simply hard to care anymore.

  5. Yeahright says:

    Saw Black klansman last night and cried because of how far we haven’t come.

    • AmunetMaat says:

      Hubby is interested in seeing it but I wasn’t sold. How was it? I love a good Spike Lee film, like “Do the Right Thing” but hate the bad ones with a passion, “Get on the Bus”. And you are right we have not come very far at all.

    • Snowflake says:

      Oh, i wanna see that!

  6. megan says:

    When you start getting angry about every little thing being spouted on TV or the radio, it’s time to turn it off and go out and be around people and nature. I’m feeling so much better since turning off the news. I read what i need to read, but I’m not going to obsess about it and let it change me. The country swings right and left all the time…things will be ok.

    • Darla says:

      Yeah, I could do that too. It’s the white skin that gives me that option.

      I don’t do it, but I could do it.

      • insertpunhere says:

        I agree with Darla. Being able to say some variation of, “it’s just politics, and it’ll all work out” ignores the immense privilege that you (general you, not you specifically) have.

        For some people, this will not all work out. For those children who have been separated from their parents, and they can’t find them now, this may not all work out. For the child who was just tazed in Cincinnati for stealing food from a grocery store, this may not all work out. For a trans kid who gets beaten up or kills themselves because the school does not have affirming policies, this will not work out.

        Our complacency got us to this point, and we all need to own that (and I say that as someone who knocked on doors for Obama but only showed up to vote for Clinton). The only way back out of this point, even though there’s no true going back, is refusing to accept this.

      • Darla says:

        Right. And those children? This is not going to be okay for them. They’re being tortured for god sakes.

      • Tate says:

        The trauma these children have experienced will have a life long affect…. even if they are reunited with their families. It is sickening.

      • Kitten says:

        Why I ♥ Darla.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Very important point, Darla. Well said.

    • Neelyo says:

      Yes. I am no longer outraged by what he says but I’m still fucking furious about what this administration is doing.

    • Tate says:

      Yes, the country swings right and left but these are not normal times. I certainly hope things will be ok but I don’t know that for sure. So much damage has already been done.

      • Esmom says:

        Agreed. The only thing that gave me a bit of hope this week were the elections. The pendulum could swing back but it’s going to take a long time to clean up the messes of this despicable administration.

    • Tiny Martian says:

      I agree with you for the most part: I believe that it is very important to take breaks from the news and get out and enjoy all the things that truly matter in your life, otherwise it’s too easy to sink into a well of despair.

      But I disagree that the country “swings” right and left and that everything will be ok in the end. What many perceive of as “swings” are actually forceful pushes and pulls put into place by the tenacity of strong-minded people. And for most of us living today, no one has ever witnessed such a strong fascist movement coming from the right within the US. So if you want the country to “swing” back towards the left again, it’s best to get out there and fight for your rights, because otherwise it just might not happen……..or at least, not for a very long time.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Was the Holocaust a swing, too? I mean, it ended.

    • Cate says:

      Even white people won’t be able to stay insulated from this swing if it goes on much longer. Our climate is changing and it is changing rapidly enough to severely and negatively impact large portions of the US. It is happening right now with the hurricanes that ripped through Texas last fall and the wildfires that are burning in California right now. It will cause massive damage to crops and food will get much more expensive and scarce. Even if you are currently a privileged white person, you are not safe, unless you are on the older side and expecting to die of natural causes in the next 10 years or so.

      I am trying not to listen to the news too much though, because it sucks up time that I could be better spending on working towards making this next election as success and reducing my own environmental impact. So instead of listening to the news and freaking out, I am listening to the news, turning it off, and then emailing some friends to organize a get out the vote postcard writing party. I signed up to participate in Swing Left’s Last Weekend. I’m giving away some money to candidates who might have a shot at winning and stopping this madness. And I’m spending a bit more time praying each day, because I believe we’ll need a miracle along with a lot of hard work.

      Turn off the news, yes, but don’t go get lost in nature right now. Get to work on swinging the pendulum back in the right direction.

  7. minx says:

    They’re his sentiments but Trump didn’t compose those tweets. Complete sentences, no all caps, correct punctuation.

  8. Darla says:

    Can you believe the gall of this TRAITOR demanding that football players stand for the national anthem?

  9. Neelyo says:

    I can’t believe the woman who as a college student infiltrated LGBTQ groups on campus to out their members publicly is also a racist.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Holy shit, I just looked that up. What an absolute garbage fire of a human being. I feel sorry for her brother for having her as a sister.

  10. TheHufflepuffLizLemon says:

    I just can’t. I can’t with his nonsense.

  11. Original T.C. says:

    Again, the NFL is a private organization. Why do the owners of a private organization take orders from the President? Why are the owners not asserting their rights to make rules about their own organization? I mean I don’t see the owner of Dell computers taking marching orders from the President. Is it just when it comes to Black people that this racist piece of crap thinks he owns them?

    PS I hope the media doesn’t focus on this though. Let’s focus on the corruption in the GOP House of Reps and getting Nunes out of office. And the rest of Trump’s corrupt confederates.

    • Esmom says:

      I know, it’s beyond insane.

    • j says:

      Exactly. Don’t look at the sideshow. He’s controlling the news cycle.

      “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.” – Chomsky

  12. Jenns says:

    This is their mid-term strategy. Trump and his state-run Fox News are working together to scare white people so they’ll vote Republican.

  13. Osnat says:

    America has always been a rich tapestry of racism, bigotry, hatred and stupidity. Trump just legitimized it and enabled racist bigots to ‘come out the closet’ so to say… Sorry America

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Yup. And every time we strip away the positive qualities of the country – the efforts to equalize opportunity, support for the middle and working classes, a climate of innovation, the optimism – all that we have left is this dark underbelly of hatred and greed.

    • himmiefan says:

      True, but….we also have good, kind people who are glad for the diversity in our society. We’ll win ultimately. God Don will hopefully quite before his term is up, and hopefully the Democrats will yell as loud as they can about the GOP/Russian connections. I’m a former Republican, current Independent who will vote straight Democrat in the mid-terms.

  14. bros says:

    this article lays it bare: people who didn’t vote handed trump the win.

    very thorough article explaining what exactly happened in 2016. Add to this a steady diet of meme eating over social media, where the Russians were exploiting identity politics to depress minority turnout and spreading nihilism to the millennial voters (what’s the difference between Trump and Clinton, they’re the same brand of evil) and so many people sat home.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      Then the next question (and I will read the piece later!) is whether they why they did not vote: did not care, did not know about the election and know how to vote, or wanted to vote and were blocked by voter ID laws, polling place restrictions (distance/limited hours), wrongfully dropped from voter registration rolls, poor registration procedures, etc etc.

      • minx says:

        IMO it was a combination of all of those things. I also think some thought HRC was a shoo in and that there was no way the country would elect a dim, full of sh*t reality star who had never held office…..and we know how that turned out.

  15. Betsy says:

    Let no one forget: Laura Ingraham is the polished turd who sieg heiled at the RNC. For real.

    And I’m mad that trump is a racist, but I’m more mad that he’s hired mean and smart racists to craft the meanest possible policy. I’m not saying this to let trump shirk his racism, only I don’t think he’s smart enough to craft the cruel bits he has. That’s Miller. That’s that man who looks like a bag of warm death – Bannon, I just remembered. That’s probably a dozen other staffers I don’t know the name of. And it’s a lot harder to fight that than it is one racist moron.

  16. Osnat says:

    70 something year old man saying ‘be cool, be happy’ and typing ‘sooo’ like a teenager. This is not how adults speak. Let alone a President.

    • Who ARE These People? says:

      It could be how his daughter thinks young and/or black people speak. Her books are compendia of misapplied ‘quotable quotes.’

  17. Dr Mrs The Monarch says:

    I want to see every white supremacist in those videos spend a month doing farm labor. Then they will see how stupid they are to slap the hands that feed them. Don’t even get me started on the human rights abuses that are rampant in the system.

    • Dara says:

      None of them would last a month, most wouldn’t even make it to the end of the first day.

  18. Cay says:

    If these people are so worried about non-European immigrants, maybe the white supremacists need to ask themselves why Europeans don’t want to emigrate to the USA. Are they unwilling to give up their healthcare? Are they unwilling to give up paid maternity leave? Are they unwilling to give up paid vacation time?

    Good luck growing the US population without immigrants. There was just an article in the NY Times about how there are fewer births than deaths in much of white America. European countries know they need immigrants in order to maintain positive population growth. White Americans aren’t going to start having more babies just because fewer immigrants come to the USA.

    • Deens says:

      I’m American and married to a highly educated & career-driven Brit and he refuses to move to America (we live in the UK). Give up 6 weeks paid vacation every year? He won’t even do it for the sunshine, beaches and golf courses of my hometown of LA. The American dream is pretty much dead. Not that post-Brexit England will be anything to brag about in a few years time. It feels like everywhere is going down the tubes…

    • Tiffany :) says:

      Great points, Cay and Deens.

  19. Cay says:

    And let’s not forget, this woman adopted a daughter from Guatemala. Keep those immigrants out, but let me have my immigrant baby!

    (And she adopted 2 boys from Russia. Are we sure she isn’t a Russian operative?)

  20. Kiki says:

    United States of America is going to hell. This is a country that is built on laws, freedom of speech and religion, protections of civil liberties and rights to live with prosperity but more importantly, this country was built by immigrants. This goes first the whole world as well was built by immigrants. What’s so funny is that these neo Nazis shitheads and white supremacists dumd asses have a lot of brain but no common sense at all. Now, I am not a politician and I am definitely not rich, in addition, I don’t use a lot of my book sense either however I use my common sense a lot more than my book sense for survival. Therefore, I have the sense to realize that America needs help and they need help we right away but most people in the US are such sheep that they don’t realize their values as Americans are tossed aside but these bigots who wants nothing more but to have their agendas out. David Duke, Richard Spencer and this pitiful excuse of a man don’t care about anyone other than themselves. America needs to wake up. Fox News is nothing more propoganda, not reliable and they are ass kissers.

  21. Patty says:

    America has always been this way. From about 1968-2008 it was just covered up in a thinly layered veil of civility. The rise of social media and the election of Obama ripped that veil right off. All of this stuff has been going on forever; including kids in cages, they just weren’t immigrants they were black and brown American Citizens.

  22. Fluffy Princess says:

    I swear to goodness people better get out an vote and get off their apathetic asses this time around!! UGH!!! I will never forgive people for voting for that cretin in the white house–and that includes family and friends.

    Another thing I am sick of are the endless articles on “the Trump voter” and why they still stick with him. At this point, who the f*** cares? How about giving us articles on EVERYONE ELSE who didn’t vote for him and what they would like to see for the future of this country.

    But no. Crazy doesn’t get clicks or sell papers/books. Because that’s all this whole BS debacle is about: Greed and power. It’s not more complicated than that. A bunch of grifters trying to grab all the cash and leave everyone else paying the bill. The end.

  23. Lala11_7 says:

    I have no issue with America the way it is now…because for me…THIS…has ALWAYS been the way America is…the ONLY difference is that the laundry is being washed in public…but the institutionalized racism/bigotry/sexism that keeps so many of the masses exploited and afraid…that infrastructure has always flourished…Trump is TRULY a reflection of what the power grid of our country has always been…

    • AmunetMaat says:

      👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾. Chickens coming home to roost.

    • Anika says:

      Lala11_7: I completely agree with you. The outrage that some people are going through right now seems belated, weirdly delayed.

  24. Skippy says:

    That photo of Trump is typical. All the darkness, the hatred just oozes from hm. The endless pursuit of avarice. The racism, the fascism. So different than looking at photos of Obama with his family, with all the smiles and laughter. Not just Obama- George W and Laura, smiles. The photos of Trump with his wife and little kid on Inauguration Day. The gloom was so shocking to me. What is it? I didn’t get it. Where are the smiles? None.
    Of course, now, with all the time that has passed, I get it.

  25. Jerusha says:

    No surprise Laura I. is still on Fox. The big surprise is that Shep Smith is still on Fox. He speaks truth sometimes. I guess he’s still on-I’ve never allowed one of my tvs to be tuned to Fox, only hear about their crap here and on twitter.
    Don’t post much anymore since CB has this restriction against wishing death on anyone. These are desperate times, dammit.

    • himmiefan says:

      She Smith is about the only reasonable person at Fox. It’s a wonder they haven’t run him off yet.

  26. SparkleFan says:

    My commiseration Americans who can see their president for what he is and his followers. I’m a Kiwi, I don’t live in America but the crap he pulls frustrates me. Even more so when I read his followers defense – full of ad hominems never legit facts – I try not to, but check that he hasn’t started WW3.

    It is so disappointing that a developed country with so much power have him as its leader. Hope it gets better, not just for America’s sake but for the whole world.

  27. Anon says:

    As a non-American who has followed American politics since The 80s I am scared and appalled about the downward direction of hate America is heading in. How can a country let itself go from a moral world leader to whatever this mess is now called. For Gods sake all good minded Americans need to go to the polls and vote out the people with this hate agenda and vote for the democrats. It is clear to me that republicans only care about themselves and power. No point just getting angry get out there good Americans and vote blue.

  28. themummy says:

    So…on that Laura Ingraham video. I think this is the first time in a long time that I have been well and truly shocked to where my jaw was actually hanging wide open and my eyes were bugging. Not because of the racism. I expect that. But because the cutaways to people making statement to reinforce and support what she was saying actually had the name of the person speaking with the label “white supremacist” (“Joe Smith, White Supremacist”) as if it were a title as normal as “Joe Smith, President of Such & Such Group” or “Joe Smith, State Congressman” or “Joe Smith, Professor at Such & Such College” or even “Joe Smith, Republican.” As if that “title” were ok or NORMAL to use in such a way, brazenly, and openly. That has not actually been done before in news. Ever. As in, not once EVER.