Birtherism Was the Beginning, but What Is Trump’s Endgame?

His persistent attacks on the freshman WOC ‘Squad’ have an all-too-familiar ring

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) pause between answering questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on July 15, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo: Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images

BBack in the early 2000s, when it became apparent that Barack Obama would do the impossible — become the first Black President of the United States — the “birther movement” began to ascend just as quickly as he did. The premise of…