Pallin’ Around with Racists

By Bill Maher

Last month, a prolific young journalist named Julia Ioffe wrote a feature on Melania Trump for GQ that wasn’t even particularly critical, but Melania posted on Facebook that she didn’t like it. The Neo-Nazi site DailyStormer.com then linked to the story with the headline, “Empress #MelaniaTrump Attacked by Filthy Russian Kike Julia Ioffe In GQ!” and it was off to the races. Ioffe was inundated with emails like this… 

… and tweets like this…  

… and phone calls with recordings of Hitler speeches and overnight casket services.

These don’t come directly from the Trump Campaign, but do come from people who support Trump. So Wolf Blitzer, to his credit, asked Trump if he had a message to these fans, and Trump said, “I don’t have a message to the fans. A woman wrote an article that’s inaccurate.”

If any other politician gave this answer, it would be a career ending, page-one scandal. But because it comes from someone who routinely retweets white supremacists and has been doing the winky-wink with David Duke for months, it didn’t register as a blip. It’s become normalized, which is what we’ve already lost by him being a nominee: America defining racism downward.

He also said of these racists, “I know nothing about it,” which is exactly what he first said about David Duke’s endorsement: “I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay?” This conspiracy of silence between Trump and the media is the most insidious form of racism today, the “Oh, how’d that get there?” type.

Isn’t the secret of Trump’s success that he realized America, and the media, is more tolerant of racism than people like to think it is? We’re not allowed to compare anyone to Hitler, but when you’re the hands-down choice of Neo-Nazis, and you’re their retweeter-in-chief, what do we call you? If the swastika fits...