Donald Trump doesn’t need to wear a mask. His hateful self is unmasked every day.
During a visit to a Ford plant in Michigan, Trump praised Henry Ford, a notorious anti-semite and proponent of eugenics for his “good bloodlines.”
White supremacists and anti-semites heard his code words loud and clear.
An admirer of Hitler, Henry Ford published dozens of articles reflecting his bigotry including anti-semitic conspiracies targeting the international Jews. He outlined the “Jewish World Conspiracy” in his newspaper the Dearborn Independent. which was distributed through Ford auto dealers and sent free to schools and libraries around the country,
He also published 90 anti-Semitic articles referring to Jews as the root of America’s and the world’s ills and were reproduced in the book The International Jew: The Worlds Foremost Problem. The collected articles were sold as a pamphlet, which was subsequently translated into German, and inspired Hitler’s praise for Ford in Mein Kampf.
When Trump praises “bloodlines” his true self is unveiled. In full view. Just as when he praises the “very fine people” carrying torches and Swastikas.
Trump shares a bloodline with other white supremacists and authoritarians many who have blood on their hands.
Just as Ford’s anti-Semitic views echoed the fears and assumptions of many Americans in the 1920s and ’30s, so now in our own time the haters are stepping boldly from the shadows emboldened by Trump.
The hate is spreading unchecked like a deadly virus.
As a Jew I learned through osmosis the coded language and dog whistles of hate and bigotry. To Jewish eyes and Jewish ears the tropes of today are familiar, as familiar as the ancient prayers of Kaddish said in temple.
As antisemitic incidents rise in the U.S. and white suprematist voices are amplified Trump has lent them legitimacy, invigorating them to come out of the shadows, unmasked for all to see.
They will outlast Trump. That’s his bloody legacy. And it is bloody awful.
The specter of anti-Semitism has always hovered around us, the shadowy world of hate like a sinister ghost I chose not to want to see it.
No mask can hide Trump’s white supremacist world view. We can’t look away. No mask will protect us from what we must see.