Donald Trump wants to “Make America Great Again!”. You can tell he’s serious about making America great because he uses an exclamation point. Many have taken issue with Trump’s dystopian view of the current state of America, but he has made some credible points (if not presentation) regarding things in America which need to be improved.
For example, as part of his recent outreach to minority voters Trump has spoken out against the continuing violence between African-Americans and police. He has also acknowledged the disproportionate levels of violence and poverty experienced by minorities in America. Again, how he presents his arguments is another issue, but the underlying argument itself if solid. In order to make America great it needs to do a better job in finding solutions to the institutional and structural issues of social inequality.
Many do not believe this outreach will work and that in the process of attempting to speak to minority voters Trump is actually speaking down to them and belittling them. Part of this is how his arguments are presented. Part of it is when Trump says things like this when addressing Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand during the national anthem:
“I think it’s — personally — not a good thing…I think it’s a terrible thing, and you know, maybe he should find a country that works better for him. Let him try. It won’t happen.”
Colin Kaepernick was making a stand against the very things Trump has been addressing with minority voters. And doing it in much less negative tones than what Donald Trump uses. Yet when Kaepernick suggests America needs to be better Trump tells him to get out of the country because he doesn’t agree with Kaepernick’s action.
And Donald Trump’s message is exactly the criticism of Kaepernick in a nutshell: Make America great again, but only in specific ways with specific messages that don’t challenge my beliefs.