There is no one Donald Trump has more contempt for than black women.
Even for a small, insignificant man whose presidency has focused almost exclusively on tweeting insults between golf and crime, Trump seemed to hold his utmost condescension and contempt for black women, using racist and sexist language to demean their intelligence and abilities. .
He repeatedly claimed that California Representative Maxine Waters had a “low IQ” and launched a verbal war with Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson, calling her a “crazy” liar.
His outrage at black female journalists for questioning him — that is, doing their job — and seething outrage at their presence in briefing rooms was palpable when he told American Urban Radio Networks reporter April Ryan: “sit down‘ and called her a ‘loser’; berated TUSEN’s Abby Phillips, telling her “you ask a lot of stupid questions;” and suggested that PBS journalist Yamiche Alcindor “threatened,” condescendingly gagged her, and called her “something else.”
Trump deliberately invoked ‘welfare queen’ imagery when he called Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser ‘incompetent’ and wanted ‘handouts’, and invoked ‘angry black lady’ tropes when he called Vice President Kamala Harris ‘a monster’ ‘ and ‘named a crazy woman’.”
And whatever you think of putting Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, his cancellation of that proposal and the suggestion that she appear on sold-out $2 bills instead — implying that a previously enslaved woman a Union nurse, spy and the first woman to plan and lead a military operation that freed more than 700 enslaved people can’t compare to the “huge success” of genocide and slave trader Andrew Jackson – is wild.
All this misogyny shot to mind on Wednesday, when New York Attorney General Letitia James, a black woman, announced that her office has filed a $250 million lawsuit in which Trump and his three middle-aged, very mature children fraudulent”just got blown up worth billions of dollars to unjustly enrich themselves and cheat the system, thereby cheating us all.” For those who might not want to read the entire 220-page complaint, James offered a tweet thread with just a few examples of Trump’s many alleged financial lies, including false tripling the square footage from his Manhattan apartment to enforce an unprecedented sale price of $327 million, valuing Mar-a-Lago at $739 million while closer to $75 million, and reporting that he had cash at the hand that didn’t exist.
This lawsuit from James, who says she has interviewed 65 people and viewed millions of documents, is likely to inflame Trump in a way few things have ever done. Having a black lawyer is a greater humiliation for the former president.
There’s also the fact that, among Trump’s many insecurities, being exposed as less wealthy, he argues, is perhaps the most crippling. There was that time in 2011, just before Trump’s Comedy Central roast, when the only subject he was off limits to ridicule was any insinuation that he was poorer than he claimed to be. And in 2005 Trump complained Trump Nation author Tim O’Brien for estimating Trump’s fortune between $150 million and $250 million — a far cry from the “five to six billion” Trump claimed. (Since then, Trump has variously placed his value from $6 to $10 billion.) The court dismissed Trump’s lawsuit, but the impeachment gave us Trump’s admission that he bases his wealth not on assets and liabilities, but on his own feelings, about where the world is going, and that can change quickly from day to day.”
Trump’s response to James’s lawsuit was, as you might expect, more misogyny. In a Truth Social post, Trump referred to James as “Peek-a-boo” (a word reminiscent of the old-fashioned insults his fanbase is trying to bring back), Trump also called James a “fraud”, a “total crime-fighting disaster”, and gave blame her for making New York City the crime-ridden cesspool Trump imagines. “She is a failed AG whose lack of talent in the fight against crime is driving record numbers of people and companies fleeing New York,” Trump said. wrote. “The city is one of the crime and murder disasters of the world under her watch.” He doubled down on Thursday night’s appearance on Sean Hannity’s show, saying that James “should focus on murder and crime in New York, where they walk into stores with axes and they start waving the axes at people.”
Accusations of nonexistent “reverse racism” resonate loudly with Trump’s self-pitying base of white grievance protesters, which is why it has become his target when dealing with black critics.
When Alcindor asked Trump in 2018 if he “encouraged white nationalists,” he dismissed the question as “a racist question.” Last January, he unfoundedly labeled MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid a “racist commentator.” And while laying down the Big Lie about election stealing, both Trump and Rudy Giuliani targeted Shaye Moss and Ruby Freeman, two black female election workers in Georgia. Trump mentioned Freeman’s name 18 times during a January 2021 telephone conversation with Georgian Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, denigrating her as “a con man” and “professional voter fraud” who “filled the ballot boxes”. None of that was true, but Trumpists already believed in Trump’s claim that illegitimate black votes had stolen the election; they were only too happy to buy that black vote counters were involved.
The Trump presidency has been a long-standing appeal to white grudges, and a staggering number of studies have shown that his followers are motivated by anti-black racism. (And sexism, because white supremacy and misogyny go hand in hand.) Targeting two black women guaranteed an onslaught of death threats and racial harassment against Freeman and Moss by Trump supporters, who barely needed a reason.
The ex-president is rekindling those flames — not that he’s ever stopped — but hopes James will burn himself. In January, at a rally in Texas, Trump called James and other prosecutors “radical, cruel” [and] racist,” and suggested that his supporters would stage “the biggest protest we’ve ever had in Washington DC, in New York, in Atlanta” if he were indicted.
“This lawsuit from James… is likely fueling Trump in a way that few things have ever done. Having a black lawyer is a greater humiliation for the former president.”
“Maybe you can join in a little bit”, he said, about a year after the January 6 Uprising in the Capitol. His followers may not have heard him, as they shouted “Lock her up!” chanted.
The beauty of the moment, however, is that Trump has a long trail of evidence, the results of a three-year investigation, and an attorney general who won’t be afraid. (Oh, did I mention that Trump’s attorney Alina Habba just settled a discrimination lawsuit brought by a former black woman who claimed Habba’s many racist acts included calling James “that black bitch?”. Also that.)
In April, in response to one of Trump’s defamatory posts, James released a statement:
“Like all Americans, Donald J. Trump has the right to defend himself in court. However, this Attorney General will not be intimidated or intimidated by the former president. The courts have ruled time and again that the office’s investigation into Mr Trump and his financial dealings is legitimate and lawful, and Attorney General James will continue to follow the facts and the law wherever they lead. Nothing will stop her from pursuing justice.”
The level of anger Trump experiences from having a black woman come for him — with receipts — is definitely off the charts. It’s also an absolute, almost too delicious, moment to behold. It’s also reminiscent of the thought that while anti-blackness and misogyny are rampant everywhere, Trump may also hate a black woman because she’s seen him so clearly from a jump: as a con artist, a thief, a pathetically thin skin and desperately needy man who took the first black president as an insult. The kind of white person who repeats what you say in meetings and questions the validity of your ideas because of his own lack of creativity. He grins at your comments because deep down he knows you’re smarter than him.
Maybe he notices that. He knows that 95 percent of black women, quite famous right now, voted against him in 2016. He enlisted his entire White House to go after Jemele Hill, an ESPN host at the time, because he publicly acknowledged him as a “white supremacist.” Trump — who had at least 10 judges rated “unqualified” by the American Bar Association on the federal bench — used the word “unqualified” to describe the impending talented Stacey Abrams, who, with a number of other black women activists in 2020 helped defeat Trump in Georgia.
And of course there’s James, who promised as a candidate and on her entry into the office “Follow the moneywhat Trump was all about. Watching her fulfill that vow is absolutely furious with Trump, a man who has devoted his life to revenge over trivial trifles, who used his pulpit to (among the people already looking for someone to blame) even more. hatred of the same people who are always on the receiving end of white rage and vitriol.
It may be insignificant, but knowing how much Trump is particularly hurt by this black woman, he would use every means in his arsenal to destroy for a lot less — if their roles were reversed.