There are many reasons Vladimir Putin wanted Donald Trump to be president. Besides implementing many foreign policies that would benefit Russia internationally and economically, he wanted to support Trump’s ability to sow social disruption and conflict among and between social groups in the United States. And Putin knew that is exactly what Trump would do. He had been very clear about sowing public discord amongst various groups. Remember in November 2016 Mr. Trump said he would attempt do surveillance on mosques and close many of them throughout the country. He also said he thought Muslims and the religion of Islam hated the United States.
So, responding to this hatred was a key part of his agenda. And we now have many attacks and killings at Muslim mosques and Jewish temples. San Diego last week is just the latest example.
Therefore, the new moto for Mr. Trump in the 2020 election will certainly be Making America Hate Again. His policies toward Muslims, toward immigrants from Mexico and Central American countries, and toward other minorities will be a continuance of his general approach to domestic and foreign policy. He has railed against NATO, against the continent of Africa, against leaders in Great Britain, Australia, and many other countries, and his support for many white nationalists will ensure his place in history as a promulgator of hatred and distain for many people. Of the more than 7,100 hate crimes reported in 2017, nearly three out of five were motivated by race and ethnicity, according to FBI reports. Religion and sexual orientation were the other two primary motivators. And hate crimes have continued to increase in 2018 and beyond.
And he and his Republican Party have echoed this approach. In fact, Art Jones, was running for congress in Ilinois in 2018.. He was an avowed Holocaust denier and head of a neo-Nazi group. Did you ever believe an proclaimed Nazi would be running for office in the US. With Trump’s takeover of the Republican Party and his white nationalist support, Republicans are no longer just the party of the Right, they are the party of the White.
So, if you love to hate, then Mr. Trump is great. It doesn’t get any clearer than that.