Donald Trump is now acting rattled, paranoid, and outright desperate – and with good reason. His former top adviser Michael Flynn has decided to cut a plea deal against him, which could take Trump down entirely. He also clearly believes that yet another damning video about him is about to surface. So it’s not surprising that Trump made his most desperate attempt yet at distracting us from what he knows is coming.
We’ve all heard Trump derisively refer to Senator Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas” in an attempt at belittling her for being part Native American. It’s a racial slur in that context, and it’s not the first time we’ve heard Trump say something racist, nor will it be the last time. But today he took things much further. He was speaking while standing alongside Navajo code talkers – World War II heroes – when he once again referred to Warren as “Pocahontas.”
This marks a new low, even by Donald Trump’s standards. Not only did he use a racial slur against Native Americans, he did it while speaking with Native Americans. This can only be viewed as a conscious choice on his part. Even his inherently racist and increasingly addled brain could grasp how offensive and controversial this kind of remark would be, and how it might hurt him with the dwindling number of tentative supporters he has outside of his own base. Yet he did it anyway, because he’s just that desperate to create a distraction.
We’ve seen Donald Trump use this kind of strategy before. He purposely creates a moderately bad scandal for himself in order to distract the media and the public from a far worse scandal that he knows is about to surface. There’s a reason he’s doing the most racist things he can think of. It’s the same reason he’s suddenly bringing up the old Access Hollywood tape, just so he can dispute its authenticity. Trump thinks an even worse tape about him is about to surface – and he’s hoping we’ll focus on his racial slur hurled at Native Americans instead of whatever is on that tape. Just how bad must it be?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report