The Spark

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The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Trump’s Divisive Comments on Mass Shootings

Nov 13, 2017

Since Trump declared he was a candidate for president in June of 2015, he has commented on 10 mass shootings in the U.S. that have occurred since that time. His pattern in these comments cements his role as Racist-in-Chief, dehumanizing whole groups of people, while excusing others.

Trump called the 5 of these shootings carried out by Muslim or black men “terrorism” and called for the shooters to be put to death, if they weren’t dead already.

In the 5 shootings carried out by white Christian men, Trump declared that the shooters had “mental problems” or he simply supported calls for “forgiveness”. He sounded sympathetic to them, even when their shootings were clearly acts of terrorism – like an attack on people at a Planned Parenthood clinic or at a bible class at a black church.

Trump’s comments consistently promote racist and anti-immigrant attitudes. In his view, white Christians who carry out mass shootings should be treated humanely, while immigrants, Muslims and black men should be considered to be criminals and put to death.

He’s clearly sending the message that one group of people in the country “deserves” more humane treatment – and has more humanity – than others. And as the president, his statements carry “official” weight.

This petty tyrant is skillful at further dividing an already divided working class. His racist rhetoric has to be exposed for what it is – an attack against the whole working class and a throwback to slavery.