Just this past weekend, President Trump hosted a dinner for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago. Recently, the resort has also been referred to as the winter White House. In addition to the wives of the President and Prime Minister was Robert Kraft, owner of the five-time Super Bowl winning New England Patriots. Kraft and his star quarterback’s close relationship to Trump had caused many fans to cheer for the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. What is clear from a released photograph of the dinner is that the everyday person did not have a seat at the table. Against the backdrop of news reports about ICE round-ups and continuing mass protests against the Trump Administration, the President dined in oblivious and obscure luxury. The same can be said of his governing style.
“Les Miserables” was a novel written by nineteenth-century French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. The novel depicts a life long struggle between peasant Jean Valjean and police inspector Javert. Valjean was initially arrested for stealing bread to feed his ailing sister. He escaped from prison. Herein lies the lifelong obsession of Javert to bring Valjean to “justice.” The beginning of the Trump presidency has taken on the character of police inspector Javert. For example, even though Trump’s travel/Muslim ban has been halted in the Federal Courts, he insists on writing issuing a new travel ban to stop the hordes of refugees and illegal immigrants crossing America’s borders. Moreover, his insistence on masses of people voting illegally sets up a three prong attack on three sectors of America’s population. These three sectors include Muslims, Mexicans/Latinos, and African Americans.
Mexicans were the first group to be demonized by Donald Trump. This occurred early in his presidential campaign due to the fact that it was a major reason he stated that he was running for President. Trump saw it as a necessity for him to stop the rapists, murderers, and drug dealers infiltrating the United States from Mexico. Since his swearing in, Trump has signed Executive Orders to build a two thousand mile wall between the United States and Mexico. He has also directed his Secretary of Homeland Security to ramp up raids and deportations. One of the higher profile deportations involves a woman who came to the U.S. with her parents when she was fourteen years old. She was arrested for using a fake social security number in order to gain employment. Her husband is also being detained while their children live in terror of ICE agents. Donald Trump is governing out of his personal imagination. The only thing that he is not imagining is the possibility of cashing in big time on this gig as President. It has been reported that membership fees at his Mar-a-Lago resort have doubled to $200,000. Kelly Ann Conway is under investigation for ethics violations for encouraging people go out and buy Ivanka Trump merchandise. Conway was only supporting her boss who had just lambasted Nordstrom for dropping his daughter’s clothing line.
According to Donald Trump, untold numbers of “radical Islamic terrorists” are flooding America’s shores even as I write this article. The President says that we are under grave threats of imminent attacks. The alarm bells are sounding and the President insists on shouting fire in crowded theater. The President would have you believe that the Department of Homeland Security did not exist prior to his becoming President. Trump has this uneasy fixation on Muslims. He will attempt to hide his bigotry by touting potential hotel deals in Dubai. Trump is one of the worst kind of bigots. He loves to enlist people, who are the targets of his bigotry, to participate in their own oppression. The attempt at an external Muslim ban is just the first step. If you follow this story logically, it is only a matter of time before the President says that because there was a stay on his ban, “bad” people came into the country. Yes, the next logical step is to start rounding up Muslims. Some will rounded up for deportation. Others will simply be detained indefinitely until as such time as the threat from “radical Islamic terrorism” has ceased.
Donald Trump and his newly minted Attorney General are screaming about the massive rise in violent crime that only exists in their personal mental statistics. This Nixonian need to implement law and order only means that African American need to beware. The issue here is to stop crime. African Americans whether we realize it or not, are once again being defined as a crime. There no more talk about community policing. There is no more talk about body cameras. There is no more talk about police accountability. The only talk we hear from this administration is about the rising crime rate. If it were not for fear, Donald Trump would have no domestic or foreign policy. He has also set the table for more voter suppression. The President insists that from three to five million people voted illegally in the last election. According to Trump, this is the reason why Hillary Clinton received more of the popular vote. He has very little to say about Russian hacking and members of his campaign and transition team colluding with the Russians. Nevertheless, if there is massive voter fraud, the President will direct his more than willing Attorney General to do something about it. More than likely, Sessions is already on the case. Long live Valjean!
Anthony Neal earned his Ph.D. in political science at Atlanta University (now Clark Atlanta University). Dr. Neal is an associate professor at State University College, Buffalo. The author of numerous book reviews and journal articles, he has had his work published in the Western Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Black Studies, and Black Issues in Higher Education. In 2014 Dr. Neal received the university’s Faculty Appreciation Award, was named Instructor of the Year by the university’s United Student Government, and Professor of the Year by the Student Political Society in the Department of Political Science. In 2015, he published The American Political Narrative which is a succinct yet poignant narrative about the development of the American political system and what is needed to maintain it. In 2016, he will publish a book of poetry entitled “Love Agnostic | from 9/11 to Charleston”