The plebeian Trump truly reinforced his reputation when entering the inaugurational pulpit on Capitol Hill. Right throughout history authoritarian leaders have excelled in the falsification of history. Trump was merely trumping his colleagues.
He was appealing to the ‘American People’ – that spurious entity – embracing a prized saying among soldiers: “Whether you’re black, yellow or white, you’re all bleeding red.”
Well then – this is either a knockdown, even in the literal sense of the word, or it is a historical lie. Coming from Trump it is a lie plus ideological claptrap.
In the great conflicts after the Second World War – Vietnam and Iraq – much more American blacks were axed than white folks. Bush the Younger is the example of the rich whity who managed to get out of military service. He was registered as a ‘soldier’ but had a sinecure somewhere in the far north, within the borders of the States.
In these wars there flowed much more black blood than white blood, the poor bleeding much more richly than the rich.
America First! That is: First Trump; then American capital investments; then nothing else for a long time. And perhaps, a few years later, his followers may speed with 100 miles/hour over the improved roads of the country. Only though, if they can afford an expensive car.
Spooky acceptance speech it was, out there in the drizzle of Washington.