I'm sorry the Reading List is late today, but I stayed up to watch all of Trump's speech last night, then I spent an additional hour or so processing the shame. If you were unfortunate enough to be following me on twitter, you know how I feel, but here's a quick reminder:
Let me spend the rest of the reading list substantiating that statement. Groups that represent Latino voters across the political spectrum were stunned, as Adrian Carrasquillo at Buzzfeed reports:
... it wasn’t just groups that identify with Democratic policies that blasted Trump, as conservatives inside Quicken Loans Arena said the new Trump was the same as the old one, but now more menacing to immigrants as the official Republican nominee. “It was disappointing, I was cringing the whole time when he was talking about immigrants,” said Daniel Garza, executive director of the LIBRE Initiative who spent the week speaking at Latino events in Cleveland bashing Hillary Clinton but also admonishing Trump for his hardline approach to the issue. “What disturbs me the most about Trump’s rhetoric about immigrants is he makes the criminal element seem like the rule when they’re really the exception,” Garza said. “Immigrants contributing to the economy is the norm.” Mario Lopez, president of the conservative Hispanic Leadership Fund, said Trump’s speech hewed closer to authoritarianism than it did to the orthodoxy of a party “that claims to love liberty.”
Trump's repetition of the phrase "law and order" didn't slip by without notice. Caleb Lewis at Vox looks at the Nixonian antecedent:
During the 1968 election, Richard Nixon successfully ran as the candidate of law and order against a backdrop of rising crime and civil unrest. There was then, as there is now, a very unsubtle racial element at play in the statement. In '68, Nixon plastered Americans’ TVs with images of protests and urban upheaval, urging the nation to "vote like your whole world depended on it." Today, Trump vows that without his guidance regarding Hispanic immigrants, Muslims, and the "threat" of Black Lives Matter, "we will cease to have a country." That’s because "law and order" in American politics has always been a dog whistle — a way of speaking in code to one group of Americans to exploit their fears regarding another.
Here are a few other reactions to the "law and order" theme:
If those aren't enough receipts for you, here's David Duke, former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan with his reaction to the speech:
Here's my point: I know a lot of conservative "education reformers" who purport to care about the interests of children of color. Some of them have openly repudiated Trump. Others have not. In at least one Ohio poll, 0% of Black voters support Trump, and one national Quinnipiac poll has Black support for Trump at 1% nationally. I do not speak for anyone but myself, but if you vote for Trump, it will be impossible for me to believe you actually care about the interests of anyone who is not White. There, I said it.