How Trump uses the culture wars as a distraction from the accelerating Covid-19 crisis

The president is resorting to racism in the hope that his fervent supporters will savour it and the media will focus on it. 

On Friday 3 July, with nearly 130,000 Americans dead from Covid-19, Donald Trump delivered a speech at Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Representatives of the Sioux – an alliance of Native American peoples – had implored him to cancel the speech. Not only did it pose a public health risk, they argued, but it would also be insulting for a president to speak ahead of US Independence Day on land that had once been stolen from Native Americans.

Accompanied by his wife, Melania,...
source: New Statesman

2020-07-13 12:00
Latest news from New Statesman
yesterday 20:02 The politics of the spice rack: habanero pepper
yesterday 20:02 The Belarus crisis is a test for Britain and the EU
yesterday 18:59 I left Labour over anti-Semitism. I'm rejoining, but with a heavy heart
yesterday 17:56 What Trump’s threat to ban TikTok and WeChat means for the future of the internet
yesterday 17:56 The A-level results injustice shows why algorithms are never neutral
yesterday 17:56 To transform the US, the Democrats need to win the Senate
2020-08-13 20:50 Tablescaping: the Instagram trend setting dinner parties apart
2020-08-13 20:50 Under siege: why Hong Kong’s press remains defiant
2020-08-13 20:50 Historic peace deal reached between Israel and the UAE
2020-08-12 21:44 The man vs the myth: George Soros at 90
2020-08-12 19:38 Labour won’t win by turning its back on refugees
2020-08-12 11:14 Why Stephen Emmott fears the next pandemic could kill a billion people
2020-08-12 11:14 The UK suffers the worst recession of any G7 country
2020-08-12 00:44 Kamala Harris: Biden’s VP pick is first woman of colour on a major party ticket
2020-08-11 15:17 Why the left must condemn China’s brutal authoritarianism
2020-08-11 15:17 “The only safe place I had is broken”: how Beirut’s blast sparked political fury
2020-08-11 14:14 What the problem of moral luck can teach us about lockdown rule-breakers
2020-08-11 13:11 Why Nicola Sturgeon’s apology over Scotland’s exams calamity isn’t enough
2020-08-11 13:11 The government's housing reforms are mostly noise – it's what's missing that's dangerous
2020-08-10 15:08 How mass post-election protests threaten Belarus's regime
Latest news from Great Britain
today 15:05 Inside 'deceptively spacious' East Yorkshire bungalow hiding amazing country views
today 15:05 Inside 'deceptively spacious' East Yorkshire bungalow hiding amazing country views
today 15:05 M62 traffic warning as 247-tonne load plods along motorway
today 15:05 M62 traffic warning as 247-tonne load plods along motorway
today 14:44 Coronavirus: 102 Jet2 pilots to be made redundant, union says The union said Jet2 was pressing ahead with the cuts despite a range of alternative options put forward by BALPA.
today 14:44 UK weather: Thunderstorms and downpours to cause travel disruption this weekend The Met Office has issued a yellow thunderstorm warning for large areas of England and Wales for the next three days.
today 14:41 ‘Not Bloody Likely’: What happened someone tried to kidnap Princess Anne in 1974?
today 14:41 Restaurant hit with £500 bill after diners leave without paying
today 14:41 iPhone 11 and Galaxy S20 dropped to 'lowest ever' price - just beware of one catch
today 14:41 Donald Trump in emergency dash to visit brother in hospital
today 14:41 Spain holiday warning: Tourist towns disinfected following deadly Nile fever cases
today 14:41 Furlough fraud: Warning as reports to HMRC climb to 8,000
today 14:41 Halle Berry recreates 007 bikini shot at 54: Talks Bond, fitness, choking during sex scene
today 14:41 Redundancy: Do employee redundancy rights change because of COVID-19?
today 14:41 Kate heartbreak: Duchess of Cambridge reduced to tears after Prince Harry speech
today 14:41 NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama sends fans into meltdown with season 18 news: 'Not a drill!'
today 14:41 Where’s the data? Sturgeon accused of not being transparent over COVID-19 test and trace
today 14:02 EU blacklists to build 'pressure' on Lukashenko
today 14:02 Hull man's horror over being billed almost £1,300 by E.ON
today 14:02 Hull man's horror over being billed almost £1,300 by E.ON
today 14:02 The swankiest Hull pubs and restaurants doing Eat Out to Help Out
today 13:41 Charles leads tributes to 'forgotten army' on 75th anniversary of VJ Day The Prince of Wales says veterans of the far east campaign deserve our "most heartfelt and undying gratitude".
today 13:38 Debenhams ‘draws up liquidation plan’ with 14,000 jobs under threat
today 13:38 Family pay tribute to ‘always smiling’ boy, 6, who died in bike crash
today 13:38 Teenagers, 13 and 17, charged with murder of dad ‘with heart of gold’
today 13:38 Spanish Grand Prix 2020 qualifying results LIVE: Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas eye pole
today 13:38 VJ Day 75: Memorial flypast in breathtaking tribute to WWII veterans across Commonwealth
today 13:38 Red Arrows flypast cancelled: Why has VJ Day flypast been cancelled?
today 13:38 Royal heartbreak: Queen's emotional reunion with grandchildren after months of lockdown
today 13:38 A-level students call for minister dismissal amid downgraded results row
today 13:38 Prince Harry snubbed on BBC Radio 4 as John Humphrys admits he refused to interview royal
today 13:38 Selling Sunset: Amanza details unseen wedding drama after Davina row 'Shut the f**k up'
today 13:38 UK hot weather forecast: Long-range chart shows WARM European air return - latest maps
today 13:38 Channel boat people taking us for mugs, says CAROLE MALONE
today 13:38 Money for nothing! House of Lords peers paid thousands... and don't even bother voting
today 13:26 Planning reform: rip it up and start again
today 12:59 Super League's top five wingers analysed
today 12:59 Super League's top five wingers analysed
today 12:59 The huge list of Championship players who are free agents that Hull City could sign
today 12:59 The huge list of Championship players who are free agents that Hull City could sign
today 12:59 Adverts for 'miracle cure' snail protein sent to elderly East Yorkshire residents
today 12:59 Adverts for 'miracle cure' snail protein sent to elderly East Yorkshire residents
today 12:59 Hull falls silent to commemorate 75th anniversary of VJ Day
today 12:59 Hull falls silent to commemorate 75th anniversary of VJ Day
today 12:47 Workers at Drax power station hold strike ballot over redundancies
today 12:38 Coronavirus: Debenhams owners draw up plan for department store chain's liquidation The 242-year-old chain has drafted in Hilco Capital to work on contingency plans for its possible liquidation, Sky News learns.
today 12:35 Toddler, 2, dies after plunging from ninth-floor flat window
today 12:35 Heart attack warning: The smelly symptom you should never ignore - it could be serious
today 12:35 Princess Anne heartbreak: One title Princess Royal could soon lose to Prince Charles
today 12:35 Boris Johnson pledges to go ‘all out’ to secure coronavirus vaccine
Watch the news from UK on Facebook