It didn’t take long for the Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe vs Wade to become part of Donald Trump’s cult rally ranting. On Saturday he included the decision in his spiel before his glassy-eyed disciples, and took credit for it saying that it was “only made possible because I delivered” three ultra-partisan justices. For which credit actually belongs to Mitch McConnell.
It’s important to note that the judges Trump is so proud of were put on the court by a president who lost the popular vote twice, was impeached twice, and tried to overthrow the U.S. government. And their ruling defied the will of the American people who are rarely more united on an issue than they are about preserving the reproductive choice rights provided by Roe vs Wade.
Trump held his rally in Illinois in order to support the reelection of Rep. Mary Miller. In her remarks she also addressed the Court’s ruling and praised Trump for his role in securing it. She fawned…
“President Trump, on behalf of all the MAGA patriots in America, I want to thank you for the historic victory for white life in the Supreme Court yesterday.”
Miller: President Trump… I want to thank you for the historic victory for white life in the Supreme Court yesterday pic.twitter.com/RqxmbT8jx5
— Acyn (@Acyn) June 26, 2022
It isn’t often that such unbridled honesty is expressed in political speeches. Miller’s remarks are consistent with the right-wing agenda articulated by the “white replacement” theory (a favorite of Fox News Senior White Nationalist, Tucker Carlson) that fear mongers about an imaginary plot by Democrats to import dark-skinned foreigners to overwhelming the white electorate.
However, Miller later recognized the potential for backlash as she was severely chastised for her comments. So naturally, she had her spokesperson release a statement asserting that it was gaffe. “You can clearly see she is reading off a piece of paper,” he lied, saying that “she meant to say ‘right to life.'” But there are two things wrong with that sorry attempt at an excuse.
First of all, it isn’t reasonably possible to mistake the written words “right to life” for “white life.” They don’t look the least bit similar. She would have been better off saying it was a verbal gaffe, rather than a misreading.
Secondly, how does she explain the fact that the audience cheered effusively for what she actually said aloud? They couldn’t know if the written words were any different than the ones she spoke. They heard her say “victory for white life,” and they were thrilled by the sentiment that is so closely aligned with their racist principles.
Furthermore, Trump was standing right behind her when she it. He didn’t flinch, nor try to correct her. In fact, he smiled broadly with pride for his “white life” victory. And Miller didn’t attempt to correct herself either. Which should come as no surprise since she is the same person who once said that “Hitler was right on one thing. He said whoever has the youth, has the future.” That was a apparently her approval for emulating Hitler’s program of indoctrinating kids with propaganda. Part of the Republican “family values” platform?
Given that Miller’s explanation doesn’t hold water, that the audience cheered wildly, and that no corrections were made at the time, it’s impossible to assume anything other than that it was intended. And the walk back only took place after they were flooded with criticism. Now they are trying to dig themselves out of a hole that they themselves dug with years of shoveling racist rhetoric. And they’re just upset that their true face is, once again, being seen by all.
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