“The ‘Squad’ is a very Racist group of troublemakers who are young, inexperienced, and not very smart. They are pulling the once great Democrat Party far left, and were against humanitarian aid at the Border…And are now against ICE and Homeland Security. So bad for our Country!”
I want to hone in on one aspect of that tweet — where the President of the United States says that the members of “The Squad” are “not very smart.”
On what, you might ask, is Trump basing that conclusion about the intellectual capacity of these four female progressive Democratic members of Congress?
What then, could it be?
The answer of course is that all four members of “The Squad” are a) women and b) people of color.
Why might that be the real — and only — reason for why Trump said they were “not very smart?” A little thing I like to call history.
Which, well, feels like something more than a coincidence.
The best-case explanation for Trump’s fact-free judgement on the intelligence of “The Squad” goes like this: Trump is an equal-opportunity offender when it comes to attacking people’s intelligence. As The Washington Post’s Philip Bump wrote in August 2018:
“Trump often divides the world into two groups: those who are stupid (or dumb or ‘dummies’ or ‘low IQ’) and those who aren’t. It was also a reminder that, of late, Trump has often chosen to describe as stupid people who are not white.
“That wasn’t always the case. Before the presidential election, Trump mostly disparaged white people as stupid.”
So at a minimum, the President of the United States leans on a grade-school epithet (“You’re so dumb!) to describe people who disagree with him.
At a maximum, Trump knows exactly what he is doing with these descriptions of the intelligence of “The Squad” and other people of color. And he is also entirely unaware of the negative history he evokes when attacking women and people of color as stupid.
Either way, not a good look. At all.