On this day in 1945, the United States detonates the first atomic bomb in a test in the Jornada del Muerto desert in New Mexico.
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The Know-Nothings wanted German and Irish immigrants to get out because they were allegedly subversive and diseased people who were stealing American jobs. White preachers and politicians of the 1820s urged freed blacks to move to West Africa, supposedly for their own good.
From that drive to encourage blacks to go back where they came from to waves of nativist attacks on Catholics, Jews, Asians and Hispanics in nearly every generation that followed, “go home” rhetoric is as American as immigration itself.
President Trump’s raw assertion of nativist language, in attacks Sunday and Monday on four Democratic congresswomen — all of them U.S. citizens, three of them native-born — is consistent not only with his long history of attacks on people he perceives as the other, but also with the nation’s oscillating attitudes toward immigration.
Molly Beck reports Wisconsin Republicans mostly quiet about President Trump’s use of a racist trope:
Just one prominent Wisconsin Republican lawmaker has said anything about the president’s suggestion to Democratic congresswomen who are not white to go back to “crime infested places from which they came.”
In a state that has held the distinctions of being the worst for black children to live and having the most segregated areas in America, its most powerful lawmakers said little when the leader of their party used a notorious racist trope intended to make Americans who aren’t white feel like outsiders.
Toluse Olorunnipa writes Trump’s incendiary rhetoric is met with fading resistance from Republican and corporate leaders:
When Donald Trump assailed Mexican immigrants as rapists and criminals during his 2015 presidential campaign launch, companies including Macy’s and NBC rushed to cut their business ties with him.
When a tape surfaced in 2016 of Trump boasting about grabbing women’s genitals, top Republican officials briefly pulled their endorsements, disinvited him from events and even sought to remove him from the ticket.
When, as president, Trump equivocated on condemning white supremacists in a deadly Virginia rally, top business leaders disbanded White House advisory boards in protest.
But on Monday, a day after he posted tweets promoting the racist trope that four minority congresswomen should “go back” to their countries of ancestry, the president waltzed onto the South Lawn of the White House with the confidence of a man fully supported by his party and by much of the corporate world that had once kept him at arm’s length.