I’m no american so my intake in this matter is highly subjective and lightly informed. Please be advised that I will generalize in a manner that is highly unjust to a big chunk of the Americans, maybe even to the big majority of them. I ask for the understanding of both of those facts and I ask for the apology for anyone that might take them as not accurate or as gross/uneducated opinion.
I don’t know if the majority of Americans are racist, the rest of the world (at least Europe) sees that statement as a probable truth.
What I can say with (an outsider’s) some certainty is that Americans seem to be highly conservative, with everything that something like that implies, for christ sake your president and politicians can’t shut up about god and the “god save america” and “so help me god” tropes. Europe is much more agnostic/atheist in a social/popular level and incredibly more secular on an state level. Statements like that are almost never made by European leaders. One more thing, we don’t really care about the sexual and marital life of our politicians, European leaders are very commonly divorced/single, their wives/husbands don’t participate in the elections or public life, some of them (very few, but still) are homosexual and a lot of them are agnostic or atheists. In America divorce is the end of a political career, in Europe we couldn’t care less.
One more thing, Americans come across (and friends of mine that have family and have already been in the states told me the same thing) as highly nationalistic. Don’t get me wrong, European countries are also nationalistic, just look to the internal functioning of the EU, with all countries trying to take what they think that is their due and overlooking the needs of the other and the collective. But the majority of Americans seem to take it to another level, having little respect or consideration for other nations and thinking of them as the best country in the hole world, and you better not put that in cause or else you are going to receive some aggressive stares and comments.
So, regarding the topic of this thread, I have no idea if there are some persons taking the “trump wave” as an opportunity to behave themselves in an illegal and immoral way, I’m not even american so that is out of my reach. But I think that the “american culture” (take that concept as a gross and unjust generalization) has in its roots (or in the roots of what trump calls the “real america”) the preconditions for some of the abuses, hate and discrimination that might or might not be taking over part of the country or its citizens’ behavior. Europeans have a huge tendency to start full destructive wars in the name of national interests, but Americans seem to be specially able to canalize those basic but not so nice (at least from my perspective) tendencies of the human nature to an internal level, whether on a self-aggrandizing note or on a internal-discrimination one.
Again, I apologize in advance if anyone takes my comment as offensive in any manner. That is not my goal but the fact that I’m necessarily dealing with generalizations and the fact that English isn’t my main language might impede my text from expressing the care that subjects such as these should be discussed and commented on.