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Trump’s Peculiar Sympathy for White South Africans

Despite the many graver human-rights problems plaguing Africa, Trump has somehow seized upon one affecting white people.
Source: Siphiwe Sibeko / Reuters

Donald Trump, who generally admires dictators and ignores their victims, has finally found a human-rights issue he cares about: the plight of white South Africans. On Wednesday, he tweeted a demand that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “closely study” the South African government’s “seizing [of] land from white farmers.”

Despite the many graver human-rights problems plaguing Africa, Trump has somehow seized upon one affecting white people. Yes, there are of the ruling history of racism is like saying his on the murder of Mollie Tibbetts has nothing to do with the fact that she is white and her alleged killer is Latino. It long ago ceased being an argument that can be made in good faith.  

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