I don’t know the truth about the size of Donald Trump’s hands, but his dog whistle is yuuuuuuuuge.
And understanding the history of racial dog whistle politics is essential not only to understanding his candidacy but to understanding the dynamics that are reaching a boiling point in this election and will continue to stir American politics and culture for the foreseeable future. […]
And there you have it: In the history of the United States, everything has been made for white people, particularly politics, the economy and culture. Suddenly that’s no longer the case and some people are resentful. Enter Trump, whistling for all the dogs to hear.
It was Donald Trump who, in 1989, channeled the anti-Affirmative Action resentment of many whites when he said in a TV interview, “A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well educated white in terms of the job market.” Though this was not, nor is not, factually true, Trump nonetheless insisted, “If I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I believe they do have an actual advantage.”
In this campaign, according to Politico, Trump has basically recycled Richard Nixon’s version of dog whistle racism by insisting he is the “law and order candidate”—implicitly protecting White America. It was Trump who began his campaign by insisting that Mexican immigrants “bring in drugs, they bring in crime. They’re rapists.”
It was Trump who said that Black Lives Matter is “divisive” while insisting that he, a white man born into wealth, is the one who can understand real discrimination because of how he’s been treated in the campaign.
Even Trump’s insistence that voting is “rigged” is a dog whistle, coming at a time when many white conservatives who believe in the myth of voter fraud have watched so-called voter ID laws be struck down as infringements on the voting rights of people of color.