By Dr David Laing Dawson
After Donald Trump’s spattering of recent tweets maligning Elijah Cummings and the city of Baltimore, his defenders arrived on various news and talk shows to explain, support and deflect.
I am writing about this because what these Trump explainers said reminded me of parents defending their child’s aggressive behaviour to a teacher.
The first of these is, “He’s a real boy. If he’s attacked he will fight back. Someone called him a name, he’s going to punch back. And he’s going to punch back harder. You have to expect that.”
The second is, “This other boy started it. He bullied first.”
The third is, “The real trouble maker in the class is a girl named Hillary. Her parents are the ones who should be in here.”
The fourth is, “I don’t know why you single out my son. There was a kid in the previous class who did much worse and never got in trouble. You know, the black kid.”
And finally, “Just because he beats up mostly black and brown kids doesn’t mean our family is racist. Why, we hire African Americans to pave our driveway and Hispanics to look after our garden.”
And variations such as,
“Well, I wish he hadn’t used a rock but you gotta admit the other kid had it coming.”
“He’s very popular you know. He’s running for class president next year.”
“And sometimes I think you teachers just have it in for my son. He’s a scapegoat for all you failed teachers.”
“Besides, it’s a fake story. Donald tells me he didn’t hit the other boy. The boy apparently slipped and hit his head on the pavement.”
“I’m recording this interview so I can take it home and play it for Donny and he will still love me.”
And, “Let’s get back to talking about the Steele Dossier, Obama doing nothing, and Hillary’s emails.”