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Donald Trump Is Back on His Racist, Sexist “Suburban Housewife” Dog-Whistling

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Donald Trump is once again dog-yelling (it’s so far beyond a whistle at this point) about how he wants to protect suburbanites, and particularly suburban women, from having to give up the white supremacy he just assumes they’re clinging to as a way of life.

“The ‘suburban housewife’ will be voting for me,” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning, tagging Fox News and host Maria Bartiromo. “They want safety & are thrilled that I ended the long running program where low income housing would invade their neighborhood. Biden would reinstall it, in a bigger form, with Corey Booker in charge!”

Donald Trump has repeatedly invoked the image of a “suburban housewife,” saying Biden will destroy their American Dream and their “Suburban Lifestyle Dream,” and declaring that “suburban women” don’t want to “Defund the Police.”

The implication is that these suburban women–which is obviously code for white women of a certain economic stratum–need to be protected from poorer people of color looking to bring drugs, violence, and just their mere existence from the cities to their gated communities.

In this latest tweet, Trump seems to be implying that Biden would appoint Booker, who is Black and whose first name is spelled Cory, as the head of Housing and Urban Development and that together, the two would enact their plan to fill the suburbs with scary, scary BIPOC, thereby destroying white people’s “American Dream” of living in segregation.

It wasn’t exactly subtle.

In addition to the overt racism of implying BIPOC are to be feared, Trump’s statement is also totally sexist, as it conflates women with “housewives,” all suburban women with white supremacists, and implies that white women need or even want to be protected from BIPOC. It’s just an all-around terrible tweet.

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Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.