Donald Trump goes without a mask & praises Henry Ford and ‘good bloodlines’

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Donald Trump visited Michigan yesterday and it was just as awful as you’d expect. I think he went to Michigan on purpose as a not-so-subtle dog-whistle to his Nazi followers in that state, the same ones who stormed the state capitol building and shrieked at police officers to get their state’s businesses back up. Trump has a hate-boner for Michigan’s governor Gretchen Whitmer too. So yeah, Bigly visited the Ford Motor plant. Gov. Whitmer has already ordered Michiganders to all wear masks when they’re out, and mask-wearing is company policy in the Ford plant too. So obviously, Trump didn’t wear one. He spoke to reporters and his mostly mask-wearing staff without a mask. TMZ did get their hands on one photo (from social media) of Trump wearing a mask behind-the-scenes, but TMZ said: “In true 8th grade fashion, he said he didn’t want to give reporters the satisfaction of seeing him with a mask.”

In addition to the mask issue, Trump went off-script during his speech. Perhaps he thought he was literally taking part in a Nazi rally, because he started talking about the “good bloodlines” at Ford. Henry Ford was notoriously a huge racist and eugenicist who believed in good white bloodlines too.

Donald Trump’s campaign to change the subject from the coronavirus pandemic took a bizarre turn on Thursday, as the president paused during a speech at a Ford Motor Company plant in Michigan to praise the “good bloodlines” of the family descended from the firm’s founder, Henry Ford, a notorious anti-Semite and favorite of Adolf Hitler.

In an apparent ad-lib, Trump looked up from his prepared remarks — which praised the firm for teaming up with General Electric to produce ventilators and face shields for medical workers — to observe that Henry Ford’s descendants, like the current chairman, Bill Ford, who had introduced the president, have “good blood.”

“The company founded by a man named Henry Ford,” Trump’s prepared text appeared to say, “teamed up with the company founded by Thomas Edison — that’s General Electric.” But when Trump came to Ford’s name, he looked up from the text and observed: “good bloodlines, good bloodlines — if you believe in that stuff, you got good blood.”

Trump has made no secret of his own belief that he inherited everything from intelligence to an ability to withstand pressure through the “great genes” passed on to him by his parents and grandparents. He has also frequently compared the importance of “good bloodlines” in humans to the breeding of champion racehorses, a view that overlaps in uncomfortable ways with those of eugenicists and racists like Ford.

[From The Intercept]

It’s just… I…let’s not. I mean, Trump’s Nazi ramblings are not even the worst thing to happen this week. But Jesus Christ, this is awful.

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  1. Darla says:

    Yeah, he knew what he was saying. I know we all want to blame Miller, and I don’t doubt he could be involved, but Trump himself is a nazi from a family of nazis. And he is OBSESSED with bloodlines, so…

    • Jo73c says:

      Wasn’t his father one of the gang of pro-nazi eugenicists that rolled with Ford?

    • BayTampaBay says:

      They how or why did he allow Ivanka to marry Jared Kushner. Really, Trump is as convoluted in his thinking (if he thinks at all) as Katie Nicholl.

      • Jerusha says:

        Maybe because the kushners are as corrupt and morally bankrupt as the trumps.

      • Darla says:

        No doubt Jared is “one of the good ones”.

      • Lightpurple says:

        Jared is a useful tool, a means to an ends. As Trump was to his family. Trump wanted to marry Ivanka off to a celebrity, a sports figure or an actor or musician but nobody in those circles wanted anything to do with her. The New York City society circles they kept trying to infiltrate wanted nothing to do with her either. The Kushners were in the same situation as far as Jared was concerned after his father’s conviction. Their marriage was basically a merger of two damaged New York City real estate firms. It shored up the business, opening new avenues to profit and graft for both groups, gave the two of them the respectability of being married, and carried on the line through babies so Ivanka could play mommy for her lifestyle brand. He’s her starter marriage and when she finds someone who can offer her access to more money and power, she’ll toss him and drop her phony act of having had a religious conversion.

      • phaedra7 says:

        ($$$$$ talks and everything else walks. . . . . .)

      • Poisonella says:

        Lightpurple is spot on in her analysis. I don’t even know how any of them are going back to NYC. Spontaneous applause, and people bursting into tears is not going to be the greeting the Obamas enjoy. Have you seen Jared lately? There seems to be either some self loathing going on, or he is transitioning? He had an eye job, a lot of filler, and is plucking his eyebrows. It’s beyond metrosexual.

    • local russian hill says:

      stephen miller in all his glory helped write that speech. it’s awful. and the example the president set for children and others by not wearing a mask is awful too.

  2. Piratewench says:

    My heart shatters. To have a United States president stand up and talk about “good bloodlines”, and in reference to FORD!!!??? If anyone knows their history this should shake you to your very core. This is dangerous and disgusting and also just so so deeply heartbreaking, that we are in a place where this is just not even that surprising. My heart truly shatters.

  3. Lightpurple says:

    In the last few days, this Nazi has also gone after the three strong women who serve Michigan as Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General.

    • Voula says:

      Nazi? His favourite daughter married a Jew and he has Jewish grandchildren.

      • Lizzie Bathory says:

        @Voula If you think he cares about any of that, I have a condo in Trump Tower to sell you.

  4. emmy says:

    So he has officially arrived at “Blut und Boden”. It was a matter of time, honestly. Years ago I studied abroad and most of my friends were also doing their Erasmus semester. I was asked by some of them (all European) why we Germans are still so focused on WWII and the Holocaust. Our generation had, obviously, nothing to do with it. THIS is why. If you don’t remember, you’ll repeat the mistakes or you don’t recognize sh*t like that. There’s nothing subtle about it, it’s way past dog-whistles.

  5. Kathryn says:

    Deplorable. But I hope he keeps saying this awful stuff to hand the election to Biden

    • NatureLover says:

      Yup, and I hope our Goddess Pelosi and brilliant Obama keep riling up his hair, more so than it could possibly be, so that he resumes his daily press briefings to reinstate his disapproval ratings! They surely get under his thin skin!

  6. Emily says:

    He’s clearly a Nazi but evangelicals still think he’s chosen by God to deliver Israel … I can’t even with the moral contortions people must be putting themselves through to continue to justify supporting Trump.

    • Veronica S. says:

      Most evangelist movements in the United States are white supremacist, that’s why. The entire movement is built on the idea of supremacy over other religions, hence why Trump plays up his “prophet” appeal and supports “religious rights.” Inevitably, it starts to include other forms of oppression.

  7. grabbyhands says:

    For all the folks who are uncomfortable with the Nazi comparisons, that comment is about as Master Race as it gets and if you deny it, you should spend some time thinking about what a bad person you are.

    How we are living in an age where a President in this country feels completely comfortable making a comment like this on national television? And with no repercussions.

    I’m not sure I can handle much more.

    • L says:

      To be fair , Trump is devoid of any/all social graces and skills, the fact that he feels comfortable saying this in public doesn’t necessarily mean anything bad about your country, it’s him. He doesn’t have the support he thinks he does, he’s not going to win the election. And when he goes back to his regular life, he will find that his status descends rapidly.

  8. OriginalLala says:

    Holy crap, that’s not dog whistling, that’s straight out of the white supremacist handbook.

  9. Green Eyes says:

    There is a phot on line and an article. A photographer captured a photo of Trump during the short tour behind closed doors where he wore a mask briefly. NBC News is reporting it via twitter and the name
    Of the photographer is being kept anonymous. In the photo Trump is wearing a black mask. There are some posting on that feed’s comment (on a photo of him in the mask with a photo of a superhero cartoon I’ve never heard of) asking who wore it better Trump or Common? My thoughts were great all these negative comments baby man will never wear a mask again now because his feelings were hurt and a mean bully took his photo. He’s such a child.

    I tried to put a link but it’s a tweet and NBC photo. So not sure if it was ok.

    • Christin says:

      I saw footage of him holding a dark mask with what I assumed was the presidential seal in one corner. That’s when he made the “eighth grader” comment about not giving reporters the satisfaction of seeing him wear it.

      He also said something about thinking he looked better in the mask, which no doubt would be a truthful statement. 😉

  10. Veronica S. says:

    Everybody should consider it clarified as to how he’s going to try to retake 2020 – on the same Nazi-esque platform he did in 2016. He’s just being more honest about it now. This is exactly how you get the next Hitler into office, and with the way the economy is going to suffer for the next few years, you can bet it will get to the point of violence as soon as he figures out which group to blame for it. Frankly, if he takes the elections in November along with a Republican Congress, people should start considering how to get out of America if they can.

    • ClaireB says:

      How do we get out? Will other countries offer us asylum?

      • Desdemona says:

        The problem is that the rest of the world, and you too, will be handling the second wave or the aftermath of covid-19.
        The world will have its economics ruined and men like Trump will be winning elections or at least gaining more power all over the place. Extreme right leaders are gaining popularity, it’s scary because in many countries, those with similar discourse of hatred, racism, misoginy, are gaining terrain…
        Many experts say that this pandemic state will have consequences similar or worse to those of 1929, and I do fear that one of the consequences may be extremism reaching the power.
        I read comments in my country and also other countries’ newspapers and there’s a lot of hatred speechin them

      • Veronica says:

        Yeah, I’m not in doubt it’s a big “if” there, but I’m just being grimly realistic about where it will go. If people have the resources to leave, they should. I’m hoping it doesn’t come to that, frankly. Unfortunate reality is that previous to Trump, America *was* the country that took in the most immigrants, so the odds are not in the favor of even people like me who have extra money.

    • lisanne says:

      The vast number of people don’t have the resources to leave, and no country is going to want to take in large numbers of Americans. We have to hold onto our country.

  11. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Truly disgusting. Despicable. Nauseating. There’s nowhere on earth his bile belongs.

  12. Voula says:

    Not to be racist but I hope Joe Biden beats him.

  13. MellyMel says:

    Sounding like Voldemort with the “good bloodlines” nonsense. Vile, racist POS.

    • pineapple says:

      This is such a great comparison, Voldemort. Maybe there needs to be an add campaign comparing this man to Voldemort. J.K. Rowling was using a tale as old as time, it can be seen through history time and time again. Maybe young people would vote more if they knew this was a real life Voldemort. So many of the far right Leaders are.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      Since 2016 I’ve cycled Voldemort, Cheeto Dick, Nematode, Mussolini, Blobfish, and none seems to maintain the level of vile necessary when referencing this beast. I think we need to combine a slew and come up with something new. FecVolNemaCheesolinish. I have no clue.

  14. Nic919 says:

    Everyone around the same age as Dump knows that Henry Ford was a Nazi supporter. It was widely publicized. So the bloodlines thing was intentional.

    On a side note, Henry ford hired former Nazi soldiers to work as security guards in the Ford auto plants in the 50s. The plants were set up like the factories in Germany so they could watch over the workers at all times.

  15. KellyRyan says:

    No redeeming value in this human being. I know I’ve mentioned David Cay Johnston before, and can only read a few pages of his book at a time. He studied Dumpty for over 30 years, has a strong knowledge of our tax system. It is so disheartening to see the pain he creates for others.

  16. Lizzieb says:

    Between this and the Volkswagen crap, I weep for humanity. Please vote this regime out.

  17. M Narang says:

    ‪No matter what happens in November 2020, I will never get over the fact that 60 million Americans voted for this piece of 💩‬

  18. Sarah says:

    This reminds me of the plot against America. Had no clue how much of a racist and anti-Semite Henry Ford was until I saw that show.

  19. L says:

    Disgusting. I want to watch while he dies.

    • Thareny says:

      I read your statement. And agreed with it wholeheartedly, without hesitation. And that pains me, because that reveals just how much hatred I have for this f*ck. As much as this hate is justified, and I would pay front-row to watch him die, it still hurts that such hatred is in my being, cause surely, that’s poison itself.

  20. boobra says:

    hmmmm the last time bloodlines were at the forefront of discussion, Voldemort was in power

  21. mumu says:

    What a monumental piece of shit this man is.

  22. Ugh says:

    Sure, “good bloodlines” is how he turned out looking like THAT walking sack of shit. God, he’s denial in the form of a meat sack.