Maajid Nawaz is Leading Britain's Conversation
10 May 2017, 11:55
As the President fires the head of the FBI who he once praised, James says there’s only one reason why people could still support Trump.
James Comey, who Trump praised for re-opening the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails, was fired by the President yesterday. The FBI are currently investigating links between Russia and the US election.
In spite of this, and other problems, many stand steadfastly by Trump. James says given how little he's done, there's only one reason James can see for this.
"All I've got is that he's made racism great again."
It has been suggested in America that Trump’s support is based on ‘cultural insecurity’ less than economic hardship. James doesn’t accept this.
“Now you get tweets and text messages, and you see them on FOX News, from people who live in Kentucky, people who don't even have a passport who will explain to you why Germany and Sweden and France are all no go zones.”
He says these views contrast with France “resoundingly rejecting a fascist” and Angela Merkel with strong poll leads after she invited “one million souls” into the country, which upsets “people in America and Britain who quite like facism.”
After all this, and the latest murky issue of Trump firing the head of the FBI, James asks a question.
“What else has Donald Trump done that would explain why people will switch off their brains on this sort of scale?
“What did Donald Trump say during his election campaign? I could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue, I could shoot someone dead on Fifth Avenue, and they'd still love me.
“So my question is; why? And all I've got is that he's made racism great again.
“People who've spent the last twenty or thirty years being profoundly and rightly ashamed of the bigotries and prejudices lurking in their hearts have suddenly been able to articulate them again.
“Suddenly it's acceptable again.
“It's fantastic, it's a great time to be a racist. We've made racism great again."