Future historians will not miss this. We like to connect the dots and see trends. The Trump presidency is only seven months old and there is already enough material to write an entire book on Trump and the politics of race. But just think about the last several weeks:
I. Charlottesville (August 12, 2017): Trump draws a moral equivalence between white supremacists and the people protesting against white supremacists. White supremacists were thrilled.
II. Arizona (August 25, 2017): Trump pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio from a jail sentence he was given for disregarding a court order in a racial-profiling case. Trump’s base was thrilled.
III. Washington (September 5, 2017): Trump ends the DACA program, leaving over 800,000 young people in limbo for the next six months about whether or not they will be deported. Trump’s base is very happy.
What do these three things have in common?