Watching Robert Mueller’s testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday I couldn’t escape the sense that both disability and race were twin ghosts in the room. I cannot say with certainty that Mueller has hearing loss but I know when hostile speakers are making it impossible for people to hear them accurately. Several GOP representatives engaged in high speed barking. As a person with a disability I know something about this. As for race, let’s not forget that today’s Republican Party is filled with yesterday’s Democratic southerners—a matter that’s not unimportant because it answers the question so many are asking, namely, why would the GOP not care about the proven Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and Trump’s role in securing it? The answer is simple: Republicans fear people of color entering the corridors of power and influence more than Vladimir Putin.
Yes there was a third ghost in that chamber: the spirit of illusion, best articulated by James Baldwin long ago: “And have brought humanity to the edge of oblivion: because they think they are white.”
When Donald Trump screams about fake news he’s telling us he knows he’s an illusory man.