Sorry, the 53 percent of white women who voted for the current president, but Donald Trump is a rich white man’s president. He’s aligned himself with the hatred held by poor, white, middle and Southern Americans to motivate them to the polls, and every now and then, he throws them a bone to remind them that he’s still a leader in hate.
Not celebrating Eid al-Fitr with a dinner at the White House is just that. It’s a presidential bone to xenophobes who openly hate Muslims, and a reassurance that Trump is still a xenophobe-in-chief who openly hates Muslims.
The White House had held a Eid al-Fitr feast, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, every year since President Bill Clinton’s tenure. However, current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson reportedly rejected a request to hold a reception, the BBC reports.
Despite numerous studies that show that America’s biggest terrorists have always been and arguably always will be white men, the demagogue-in-chief continues to lead his tribe down a path of hate—pushing black-on-black violence, or “the scary Muslim myth”—because this is what he does.
One thing about Trump that remains consistent is his hate. He hates anything not white. His campaign into the White House was soaked in anti-Muslim rhetoric. Currently, the Supreme Court is deciding on the constitutionality of the president’s proposed Muslim travel ban. Trump even went so far as to request surveillance of U.S.-based mosques, the BBC reports.
The president did issue an empty statement as a hollow gesture to celebrate the end of Ramadan.
“On behalf of the American people, Melania and I send our warm greetings to Muslims as they celebrate Eid al-Fitr,” the statement reads, the BBC reports. It continues:
Muslims in the United States joined those around the world during the holy month of Ramadan to focus on acts of faith and charity. Now, as they commemorate Eid with family and friends, they carry on the tradition of helping neighbors and breaking bread with people from all walks of life.
During this holiday, we are reminded of the importance of mercy, compassion and goodwill. With Muslims around the world, the United States renews our commitment to honor these values. Eid Mubarak.
One of the easiest ways to know that the president had nothing to do with this statement is that nothing was misspelled. It also didn’t mention Hillary Clinton or her emails.
The president didn’t hold Eid dinner because he is openly a horrible person, and part of me believes that’s a good thing, because all of us nonwhite people know where we stand with this administration and its mission to “Make America hate again.”
Read more at the BBC.