On Sunday, July 14, President Donald Trump sent a series of tweets telling four non-White Congresswomen they should "go back" to their own countries.
All four are U.S. citizens.
His words were indefensible, but that didn't stop VP Mike Pence's Chief of Staff from trying to defend them on Fox News.
Though all citizenships are equal whether a citizen is born in this country or naturalized after immigrating to the U.S., it's worth noting that three of the four Congresswomen Trump targeted were born in this country, making it clear Trump's comments were based solely on their race.
The idea that only White people are "real Americans" is a White nationalist and White supremacist talking point. This is not the first time the President has quoted White nationalist rhetoric. His 2016 campaign slogan was borrowed from the Ku Klux Klan and White supremacist organizations.
Obviously, saying that any U.S. citizen is somehow less "American" because they are not White is explicitly racist. Specifically telling minorities to "go back where they came from" is a well-recognized taunt from White supremacists.
Anyone who fails to recognize and acknowledge that is ignorant of the history and present of the United States or lying to themselves and others.
On Fox News, however, Marc Short said the President's comments were not racist.
Because one of Trump's cabinet members, Elaine Chao, is not White.
Short also attempted to make the case that the President's comments were only made about Ilhan Omar, who immigrated to America as a teenager.
This was an obvious lie.
Twitter could't believe the White House has sunk so low that this was the defense of the President's words.
Trump can't be racist with a non-White person in his cabinet!"Some of my best friends...."
Short's lack of logic was clear for all to see.
Many people also doubted that Chao was hand-picked by Trump for her merits.
This was the best answer Short could come up with, even as Fox News gave him the easiest questions they could muster.
Trumps words were racist.
Many Americans still hope for a country whose leader doesn't strike out at citizens for the color of their skin.
And a "devoutly Christian" Vice President who doesn't blindly defend everything he does.
If you want to learn more about the White supremacy movement present in the United States, there are several books from people who left White nationalism behind.
The book Rising Out of Hatred: The Awakening of a Former White Nationalist is available here.
"Derek Black grew up at the epicenter of white nationalism. His father founded Stormfront, the largest racist community on the Internet. His godfather, David Duke, was a KKK Grand Wizard. By the time Derek turned nineteen, he had become an elected politician with his own daily radio show - already regarded as the 'the leading light' of the burgeoning white nationalist movement. 'We can infiltrate,' Derek once told a crowd of white nationalists. 'We can take the country back'."
To understand why talking about and even acknowledging racism is difficult for many people, the critically acclaimed book White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism is available here.
"Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively."
And if you want a definitive history of the rise of White supremacy and White nationalism, the book White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, is available here.
"Since 1865 and the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment, every time African Americans have made advances towards full participation in our democracy, white reaction has fueled a deliberate and relentless rollback of their gains. The end of the Civil War and Reconstruction was greeted with the Black Codes and Jim Crow; the Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education decision was met with the shutting down of public schools throughout the South while taxpayer dollars financed segregated white private schools; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965 triggered a coded but powerful response, the so-called Southern Strategy and the War on Drugs that disenfranchised millions of African Americans while propelling presidents Nixon and Reagan into the White House, and then the election of America's first black President, led to the expression of white rage that has been as relentless as it has been brutal."