President Trump’s “least racist person” claim may alleviate concern for some people, but the vast majority of onlookers do not buy what he’s selling. Worry, frustration, and anger appears to be steadily accumulating in regards to the possibility of the United States having a racist president. The thick division in the nation feels like it could be cut with a knife, and emotions are running high.
So is Donald Trump racist? If you’re struggling to believe your president is a racist, that’s understandable. But I must say that the facts are simply not working in your favor, Mr. Trump. Here’s why so many people think he’s a racist.
1. Trump’s refusal to rent to African-Americans in the 70s
Listening to Mae Wiggins as she recounts her experience with the Trump Management Corporation in the early 1970s speaks volumes to his character. You see, Wiggins and her friend submitted an application for a Trump-owned apartment in Queens. The two were quickly denied on account of no vacancy. Once Wiggins realized vacancies did exist, Trump’s organization was reported to the U.S. Department of Justice.
During the investigation, a white couple was sent undercover to check for a vacancy, at which point they were offered an apartment. Trump and his organization were sued for discriminating against black tenants and applicants.
Next: When all else fails, this is Trump resorts to slander.
2. Trump’s “Pocahontas” remark and then some
Donald Trump’s unfortunate response to threats against his bottom line typically comes in the form of slander and dishonesty. Such is the case when Trump’s Atlantic City casino business was facing potential competition from the Mohawk Indian reservation’s casinos. Trump smeared their names all in an effort to keep business in his casino.
And did you forget the time in a 1993 radio interview when Trump laid claim that American Indians were faking their heritage and ancestry? Nevertheless, his most recent racist comment was calling Senator Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas” in the midst of meeting with WWII Navajo veterans.
Next: President Trump can’t seem to shake his feelings about this country.
3. His obsession with Mexican immigrants being criminals
When President Trump announced his presidential candidacy in 2015, he came out of the gate speaking disparagingly about Mexican immigrants — cue the “build a wall” rant. Here’s what he had to say:
When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best — they’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.
Highlighting another instance, President Trump’s May 2016 remark regarding Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel’s so-called inability to hear a Trump University case because “We’re building a wall between here and Mexico. The answer is, He is giving us very unfair rulings—rulings that people can’t even believe.”
Next: Shutting down an entire religious following on a whim.
4. “A total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States”
When President Trump halted immigration from seven Islamic countries, it’s unclear if he knew that only accounted for 12 percent of the Muslim practitioners. On a global scale, there are at least 1.6 billion Muslims — the second-largest religious group just behind Christianity. In North America alone, there are nearly 3.5 million Muslims.
Nevertheless, Muslims legally entering the United States temporarily came to a screeching halt in December 2015. This even applied to Muslim-American citizens who were coincidentally traveling outside the U.S. for say, vacation.
Next: Trump is okay with immigration, as long as it coming from white-dominated countries.
5. Less of Haiti and Africa, more of Norway
Jogging your memory, do you recall in June 2017 when Mr. Trump falsely-claimed that 15,000 Haitian immigrants all had AIDS? Or that he also insisted 40,000 Nigerians would not “go back to their huts” after seeing the U.S. In January 2018, the president grossly requested that more Norwegians immigrate and fewer Haitians and Africans immigrate.
Next: That time the Trump administration royally dropped the ball.
6. The “politically motivated ingrates” of Puerto Rico
Let’s face it, Puerto Rico has been dealt a very poor hand in the aftermath of the 2017 hurricane season (not to mention the economy ruining tactics of the U.S.). And when it came time for the Trump Administration to spring into action, they dropped the ball. Inevitably, Trump mozied down to Puerto Rico, made an appearance, then called the Puerto Rican people “politically motivated ingrates” when his administration was scrutinized for its lack of assistance.
Next: He’s chummy with this outwardly racist politicians and government officials.
7. His chummy relationship with Roy Moore and Joe Arpaio
When President Trump gave Roy Moore his seal of approval and even helped Moore’s campaign, it became clear where the president fell on the racism spectrum. After all, the Republican Senate candidate has publicly shared his pro-slavery thoughts, along with his feelings on American-Muslims not being allowed in Congress.
Then there is Joe Arpaio, the Arizona sheriff Trump pardoned after being convicted of racially profiling Latinos and brutally imprisoning Latino immigrants. Come to find out, Trump is a big Arpaio fan.
Source: The New York Times