The President Can Do Whatever, Say Whatever, And Be Whatever He Wants
The performance by Trump during his presidential press briefing on the day after the midterm elections was indeed a spectacle to behold. It is a performance that could and would only make his narcissistic supply proud. They are in fact proud of the way he projects that shared resentment, along with their in-the-moment schadenfreude of emotions, while basking in the opposition’s ire, disappointment, and revulsion of their perceived enemies’ comeuppance.
Trump’s base is one that has a consistent undifferentiated core mixture of whiteness — evangelical, nationalist, plutocratic, xenophobes, whose social dominance orientation is clearly a disorder that motivates their ignorance with insensitive beliefs.
To a predominant collective of the population that ultimately continues to dominate and exert social dominance ranging a spectrum of socioeconomic opportunities to sociopolitical ones, the abrasive and insensitive posturing of President Donald Trump as the exemplar is nothing short of hubris. The representation of this man and his character is indelibly impressionable among this socially wayward and racialized group.
Say whatever he wants
So when the president undeviatingly disparages African-Americans or Blacks as often as he does for lacking or having low intelligence (or simply calling them thieves for that matter) this ingratiates those whites who prefer the type of inequality that suggests that they rightly should hold more power, influence and social capital over this group.
Do whatever he wants
And when the president incessantly upholds an anti-immigration stance, particularly targeting groups from Latin countries — from Central and South Americas, there is an emboldening effect given to social dominance orientation that regards their carried exceptionalism in all manner of delegitimating and dehumanizing fashion.
When it comes to Social Dominance Orientation and the social and political behaviors and attitudes that distort and divide sentiment, the PennState, Moving Psychology blog from the Sites at Penn State stated, “researchers found that higher SDO was associated with pursuit of hierarchy-enhancing jobs, ideologies involving group prejudices, support for chauvinistic and law and order policies as well as military programs, and political-economic conservatism”¹.
Instead of finding this to be the epitome of unfitness (or unsoundness) to hold public office let alone the highest public office in the land, many, and I mean many, loudly and silently applaud; what he says; what he does; and what he is. They found his primetime performance to be entertaining and warranted in order to indoctrinate or reinforce the social dominance orientation (SDO) around whiteness.
The SDO that elevates whiteness proffer subordinate status, creating negative socialization.
The misnomer imparted by the national media that Trump supporters mainly consisted of the poor, the uneducated, and working class men, was and still to this day is deceptively misleading on all accounts. SDO is inherent to whiteness of any class, creed, gender, and race. If you subscribe to it you have already bought into its stigmatizations, especially concerning your own.
Be whatever he wants
Trump, like most of the racially insensitive and motivating-ly ignorant, is reactively offended by any notion or by any deductively logical conclusion that he is a racist or a white supremacist which can solely be based on this actions and by his very own words spoken or tweeted. Trump’s terribly incoherent strain of defensiveness proves his guilt (of what was wrongly done or said) and actually confirms those assessments.
Racists will oftentimes get away with deflecting or attempting to flip the script when confronted about their racism mainly because of systemic complicity which factors into the spineless or the indifferent as witnesses. There is no such thing as white innocence. The unwillingness to challenge them or the too willing to stay out of it is deliberate enough. Wracked with guilt and quite possibly some shame denialism comes easy.
A malignant narcissist like Trump who is seen as the most powerful man in the country and a leader of the free world will not be able to hold back on what he perceives as contributing to his greatness for too long. One day he will ask, so what if I want to be racist? I am the president of the United States I can be whatever I want to be. I can say whatever I want to say. And I can do whatever I want to do.
The “Inside The Vanity And Insanity Of Whiteness” Series
“sick and tired of being sick and tired.” — Fannie Lou Hamer, Civil Rights Heroine
In the upcoming article for the “Inside the Vanity and Insanity of Whiteness Series” I will discuss the stupidity behind anti-immigration as it relates to this theme.
After You Sign That Executive Order to End Birthright Citizenship to Babies Whose Parents Are Not Citizens Of The U.S. Who’s Next?
“It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don’t,” Trump said in an “Axios on HBO” interview taped on Monday. “You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they’re saying I can do it just with an executive order.” — HufingtonPost.com
Paul Ryan, the soon to be retired House Speaker, after hearing about the President’s plans, quipped that…
“Well, you obviously cannot do that. “You know, as a conservative, I’m a believer in following the plain text of the Constitution, and I think in this case the 14th Amendment is pretty clear, and that would involve a very, very lengthy constitutional process”
Yes he can do that actually!
You do know that the travel ban is in effect right?