No one holds Donald Trump more contemptuous than black women.
Even for a petty little man whose presidency has been almost singularly focused on tweeting insult between golf and crime, Trump seemed to retain the greatest condescension and disdain for black women, invoking racist and sexist language to belittle their intelligence and abilities.
His displeasure with black female journalists for questioning him—that is, doing their jobs—and intense dissatisfaction with their presence in the briefing rooms was evident when he instructed American Radio Networks reporter April Ryan “sat downand described it asloser; CNN’s Abby Phillips scolded, tell her, “You ask a lot of stupid questions;” And PBS journalist Yamichi Alcindor was “A threatHe silenced her with care, and called her.another thing. “
Trump deliberately raised images of ‘luxury queen’ when calling Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is ‘incompetent’ and wants ‘handouts’, invokes ‘angry black lady’ metaphors when marking Vice President Kamala Harris “a monster” and “crazy woman. “
Regardless of your opinion of Harriet Tubman putting on a $20 bill, canceling that suggestion, and proposing that it instead appear on $2 bills, while suggesting that a formerly enslaved woman became a nurse, a spy, and the first woman in the Union to plan and lead a military operation freed More than 700 slaves don’t compare to “Huge successGenocide and slave trader Andrew Jackson Wild.
All that hate rushed into memory on Wednesday, when New York Attorney General Letitia James, a black woman, announced that her office had filed a $250 million lawsuit alleging Trump and three. Middle-aged children, and very adults fraudulent”his network swelled Its worth billions of dollars to unfairly enrich itself and deceive the system, thus deceiving us all.” For those who may not want to read the full A complaint of 220 pagesJames A . Show Tweet topic With only a few examples of Trump’s many alleged financial lies, including false Triple the area in square feet From his Manhattan apartment to an unprecedented sale price of $327 million, Mar-a-Lago is valued at $739 million when he was closer to $75 million, and reports that he had cash on hand that wasn’t there.
This lawsuit from James, which says it has interviewed 65 people and reviewed millions of documents, is likely to anger Trump in a way he has never before. Inflicting a black lawyer on her is, for the former president, an even greater insult.
There is also the fact that of Trump’s many insecurities, revealing the least richness he has claimed is perhaps the most crippling. There was that time in 2011, right before Trump Comedy Central’s roasting, when he was the only topic ruled out of bounds To mock was any hint that it was poorer than claimed it. In 2005, Trump sued Trump nation Author Tim O’Brien to estimate Trump’s fortune between $150 million and $250 million – a far cry from “Five to six billionTrump claimed. (Since then, Trump has positioned his value differently than From 6 to 10 billion dollars.) The court overturned Trump’s lawsuit, but the filing gave us Trump’s admission that his net worth does not depend on assets and liabilities, but “special feelingsWhere the world is headed, and that can change quickly from day to day.”
Trump’s response to James’ suit was, as you might expect, more hateful. In a Truth Social post, Trump referred to James as “Peekaboo” (a word Reminiscent of the old-school slanders his fandom is working to bring back), Trump also called James a “fraud,” a “total crime-fighting disaster,” and blamed it for New York City becoming a crime-ridden sink. is being. “It’s the failed AG whose lack of talent in fighting crime is causing record numbers of people and companies to flee New York,” Trump said. Wrote. “The city is one of the catastrophes of crime and murder in the world under its watch.” He doubled down during his Thursday night appearance on Sean Hannity’s Show, saying that James “should focus on murder and crime in New York, where they walk into stores with axes and start swinging axes at people.”
Accusations of non-existent “reverse racism” resonate loudly with Trump’s self-pitying base of white grievances, which is why he went for it when dealing with black critics.
In 2018, when Alcindor asked Trump if he “encourages white nationalists,” he dismissed the question as “racist question. Just last January, Joy-Ann Reid named MSNBC hostess aselemental hanging. And while he was establishing the big lie about election theft, Trump and Rudy Giuliani It targeted Shay Moss and Robbie Freeman, two black women working in elections in Georgia. Trump brought up Freeman’s name 18 times during a January 2021 phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Ravensberger, distorting it and calling it “a fraud” And the “Professional Voting Scammer” World Health Organization “ballot box stuffing. None of that was true, but Trumpists did indeed believe Trump’s claim that illegitimate black votes had stolen the election; they were all very happy to buy black vote counters.
The Trump presidency has been a long plea for white resentment, and thunderbolt number of studies You have shown who – which for him Followers out of racism against blacks. (And the Discrimination on the basis of sexAnd the Because white supremacy and misogyny go hand in hand.) The targeting of two black women ensured an onslaught of death threats and racial harassment against Freeman and Moss by Trump supporters, who hardly needed a reason.
The ex-president is fanning those flames again – not because he never stopped – but in the hope that James will burn. In January, at a rally in Texas, Trump called James and other prosecutors “radicals, evildoers.” [and] racist,” and noted that his supporters are organizing “the largest protest we have ever seen in Washington, D.C., in New York, in Atlanta” if he faces charges.
“This lawsuit from James… is likely to irritate Trump in a way he hasn’t before. Inflicting a black lawyer on her is, for the former president, an even greater insult.“
“Maybe you guys can share a bit,” He said, nearly a year after the January 6 rebellion at the Capitol. His followers probably didn’t hear him, because they were chanting “Lock it up!”
However, the beauty of this moment is that Trump must contend with a long chain of evidence, the results of a three-year investigation, and an attorney general who will not succumb. (Oh, did Trump’s attorney, Alina Hobba, just mention the settlement of an anti-discrimination lawsuit filed by a former black employee who alleged Heba’s many racist acts included calling James “that black bitch?” too.)
In April, in response to one of Trump’s defamatory messages, James issued a statement:
Like all Americans, Donald J. Trump has the right to defend himself in court. However, this attorney general will not be intimidated or intimidated by the former president. Courts have repeatedly ruled that the office’s investigation into Trump and his financial dealings is legitimate and lawful, and Attorney General James will continue to pursue the facts and the law wherever they lead. Nothing will dissuade her from seeking justice.”
The level of anger that Trump is experiencing over his presence with a black woman — with receipts — is certainly off the charts. It’s also a very amazing moment. It also brings to mind the idea that while anti-blackness and misogyny are ubiquitous, Trump may also resent a black woman for seeing him so clearly from the jump: as a crook, thief, pathetically skinny-skinned and desperately needy. The man who considered the first black president an insult. The kind of white guy who repeats what you say in meetings and questions the validity of your ideas because of his lack of creativity. Who smiles at your comments because, deep down, they know you’re smarter than them.
He might get this. because he knows that 95 percent of black womenwho was famous at this point, voted against him in 2016. He enlisted the entire White House to go after Jemele Hill, the ESPN host at the time, to publicly acknowledge him as “white supremacy. “Trump – who has put at least 10 judges rated”not qualified“By the American Bar Association on the federal bench – the word was used”not qualifiedTo describe the talented Stacey Abrams, who helped along with a number of black activists in 2020 defeat Trump in Georgia.
And, of course, there’s James, who, as a candidate and on entering office, promised, “follow the moneyWhere Trump was concerned. Watching her fulfill this vow invokes fervent anger on Trump, the man who has devoted his life to avenging petty insults, and who has used his pulpit to stoke (in people who were already looking for someone to blame) more hatred against the same people who are always on the receiving end of white anger. and harsh criticism.
This may be trivial, but knowing how much Trump is particularly affected by this black woman, he would use every tool in his arsenal to destroy far less – if their roles were reversed.