Donald Trump’s repeated bashing of his former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao in appalling anti-Asian attacks is not only “repugnant” A Bloomberg columnist cautioned Saturday that the Bloomberg columnist was politically insane.
Trump’s racism is stupidly alienating a powerful voting bloc with “rising influence,” Robert A. George wrote.
If the Republican Party doesn’t have the guts to confront Trump Over his “ideological or moral” failings, “how about doing it for crass political purposes?” He asked.
George pointedly mentioned George Trump’s relentless, blatantly racist attacks on Truth Social against Chao, apparently largely as a way to get back at his political nemesis Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — and because Chao quit Trump’s administration after the violence of the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection.
Trump’s attacks echo his juvenile renaming of COVID-19 as the “Kung Flu” — but are even worse, argued George.
A Taiwanese-American woman to call “Coco Chow” … “crosses a line rarely seen in politics (at least if you don’t count Trump),” George Racist “name-mocking” as Chao notes, is “painfully common for many Asian Americans,” He notes.
Chao had been silent for a month about the attacks, but he finally spoke out to Politico earlier in this week. “When I was young, some people deliberately misspelled or mispronounced my name. Asian Americans have worked hard to change that experience for the next generation,” She added. Trump “doesn’t seem to understand that, which says a whole lot more about him than it will ever say about Asian Americans.”
It will continue to blowback Trump — and the Republicans, George warned. Trump’s behavior and the lack of Republican criticism is so “politically stupid,” He observed that many Asian Americans are open to Republican policies. But Trump’s “animus is almost pathological,” and he likely won’t rein himself in, nor be checked by his party, George noted.
He advised that it was best to avoid a “if” situation. Trump “continues making racist comments about an Asian American woman who served more than capably in four Republican administrations (including his own) — while other Republicans say not a word in repudiation — well, the Democrats’ 2024 political ads practically write themselves. Especially if Trump is the nominee.”