Cover Photo: A photo of a doll's head—which bears resemblance to Donald Trump—seemingly abandoned on the pavement, surrounded by leaves and dirt and sticks.
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How Mental Illness Became a Scapegoat for Trump’s White Supremacy

When you attribute someone’s evil actions to their mental health status rather than their actual root cause—like white supremacy—then that evil is no longer presented as a choice.


I’m not like him. I could never be him.that man, clearly insane.

Slamming the president with a mental health diagnosis is a form of distancing that makes it hard to engage with the actual harm he is doing.

people at worship. This, too, is white supremacy at work.

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s.e. smith is a National Magazine Award-winning Northern California-based writer who has appeared in The Guardian, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Bitch Magazine, and numerous other fine publications.