There are few adjectives left in the English language to describe the sheer nastiness of Donald Trump's farcical presidential campaign.
While it is the job of the media to encapsulate the vulgarity of the vanity project Trump is subjecting the American people to, I must confess to being almost lost for words when it comes to Trump's latest bout of venomous ranting.
In the wake of the shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Trump took to 'Fox and Friends' to whip up racist feelings against the president presumably in a bid to help drive the angry white bigot vote -- or in other words, Trump's base.
“I watched the president, and sometimes the words are okay," said Trump in reference to Obama's uncompromising condemnation of the shooter. "But you just look at the body language and there’s something going on. Look, there’s something going on.”
“There’s just bad feeling,” he continued. "And a lot of bad feeling about him. I see it too."
The insinuation is obvious: Obama supports the Black Lives Matter movement, so he is therefore responsible for the killing of police officers -- a popular meme amongst conservative blowhards who still have not come to terms with a black man running the country.
Trump's obsession with Obama's ethnicity and his birthplace is one of the most disgusting elements of his political ascendancy, and one of the main reasons why he continues to do so well. The continued implication that Obama is a) foreign, and b) a dangerous black man, resonates with America's latent racism and is responsible for the outpouring of hate we see from his white supremacist protestors.
Trump's meteoric fame in the political world is directly related to his outspoken belief that Obama was not born in the United States. To the great delight of racist right, Trump not only accused Obama of being born in Kenya, he actually paid for a team of investigators to go to Hawaii to confirm his suspicions (and of course found absolutely nothing).
While Trump's brazen ignorance and general offensiveness makes his presidential run an international embarrassment, it is his unconscious racism that makes it so utterly, utterly revolting. Trump appears to genuinely believe he is not a racist, yet his language reveals his innate prejudice and bigotry.
“I have a great relationship with the blacks," Trump told Fred Dicker on a radio show in 2011. "I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”
This is a man running for the presidency of the world's largest democracy in 2016, and he speaks of African Americans as a 19th century British colonialist would his garden boys. This is no doubt how he views Obama too -- an uppity negro who doesn't know his place.
Unfortunately for Trump, this charade isn't going down well with the people who matter most in this election -- the political center, minorities and women -- almost all of whom will vote against him in November because they recognize what a dangerous buffoon he is. Without a sizable portion of these demographics, Trump cannot win, and despite his bravado, he must know he is in deep, deep trouble in November.
His latest outburst should really be seen as a sign of desperation then -- a flailing strategy to drive his base in the hopes that the hate vote will power him through to the White House. Of course it won't, as every major poll indicates. It is just a shame that as Trump gets more desperate, Americans will have to put up with a lot more of this nonsense.