This week started with the furor caused by President Donald Trump’s racist tweets urging four Democratic congresswoman of color to go back to where they’re from. (In the case of three of the four that would mean going back to, uh, America.)
With the middle of the week came chants of “Send her back!” — aimed at Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, a naturalized US citizen who was born in Somalia — during a Trump rally in North Carolina.
We closed the week with Trump first suggesting that he had barely heard the chants and quickly moved on (neither of which is true!) and then, when asked whether he was unhappy with the chants, offering this response: “No, you know what I’m unhappy with — the fact that a congresswoman can hate our country.”
Not good. But consider this: It’s July 19, 2019. There are 473 days before Election Day 2020. Or 15 months and 15 days, for you nerds out there.
In short: You ain’t seen nothing yet.
While I struggle to imagine how Trump can go any lower in terms of his weaponized racial appeals, it’s hard to imagine that all of this doesn’t get worse — MUCH worse — as voters begin to start paying more attention and make decisions about which candidate they will support.
Trump has shown — this week and repeatedly during the 2016 campaign and his time in the White House — that there is no bottom here. There is nowhere he will not go if he thinks it helps his chances of winning.
The Point: Judging by how this campaign has started, it has all the makings of the nastiest race anyone has ever seen.
And now, the whirlwind week in 21 headlines.
- Trump denies racist tweets were racist
- Treasury secretary says he doesn’t find Trump’s tweets racist
- Trump admin limits asylum claims by Central Americans
- Acting immigration chief says he does not know details of ICE raids
- ‘Squad’ responds to Trump: The US ‘belongs to everyone’
- Trump gets his third acting secretary of defense this year
- Barr declines to bring charges against NYPD officer in Garner case
- House session on condemning Trump comments devolves into fight
- Judge permanently blocks admin adding citizenship Q to census
- Trump blames Obama as he reluctantly bans F-35 sales to Turkey
- Pompeo claims Iran is willing to talk missiles
- Trump celebrates House killing impeachment resolution
- House votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt over census dispute
- Feds end investigation into Trump Org and hush money payments
- 2nd judge blocks Trump admin from adding citizenship Q to census
- Trump picks son of Antonin Scalia as next secretary of labor
- House Judiciary asks Hicks to clarify testimony about Daniels
- Trump claims to disavow racist chant after pressure from allies
- FBI warrants show Trump’s close involvement in hush money effort
- Trump administration weighs allowing no refugees into US next year
- Judge upholds a Trump admin alternative to Obamacare
See you next week!