After the most-ever-watched Democratic debate, it didn’t take long for President Donald Trump to tweet Sen. Kamala Harris didn’t seem like an “American Black.” Nor did it take long for his son, Donald Jr., to promote a post questioning the Democratic challenger’s racial identity as an Oakland-born biracial child of a Jamaican father and Indian mother. This also goes for Rep. Ilhan Omar. She’s been hounded by Birthers with “baseless rumors” she skirted immigration laws to become a U.S. citizen.
Consequently, racism isn’t the only foundation on which all tyranny is built. So is sexism which is modeled on male-over-female domination.
But there may be something more to their attacks than just racism or sexism. Since the epicenter of women’s power in general is “birth,” it may also deal with motherhood.
Putting aside political opportunism, remember Trump and Birthers are usually patriarchal authoritarians, some with a history of sexual assault. What they fear most is women-led movements that redefine leadership roles – such as a woman president, and women who critically examine issues of gender. In psychological terms, it’s a paradigm shift just too great to comprehend. As for motherhood and birth, it’s the one thing they can’t control or have power over.