(And If You Vote For Him, So Are You)
With fewer than 100 days until Election Day, I still hear Trump supporters ask “Do you have any actual evidence that Trump is a racist?”
Um. Yeah. There’s a little bit of evidence out there. Let’s scratch the surface, shall we?
Trump’s Twitter Is Full of Racist Fake News
One day after a black activist was kicked and punched by voters at a Donald Trump rally in Alabama, Trump tweeted these racially loaded and incorrect murder statistics:
Like much of what he Tweets, it was wrong. The Tweet falsely claimed that black people are responsible for 81 percent of white homicides. Trump retweeted the meme from a white supremacist Twitter feed that has a modified swastika as its logo.
The “Crime Statistics Bureau” supplied as a source doesn’t exist. Not that Trump or his voters would know that.
Trump’s Team? You Guessed It. Racists.
Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller (Trump’s senior policy advisor and a leading architect of his immigration policies) sent hundreds of emails promoting white nationalism to Breitbart editors
- Stephen Miller shares link from the white nationalist website VDARE
- Miller recommends ‘Camp of the Saints’ to Breitbart
- McHugh says Miller told her to aggregate from American Renaissance
- Confederate flag removals upset Miller after church murders
- Miller focuses on racial identity of killer with ‘alt-right’ beliefs
- Miller says he reached out to anti-Muslim extremist Pamela Geller
- Miller forwards Infowars link to aid McHugh’s reporting
- Miller backs immigration policies Hitler once praised
- Miller posits conspiracy theories about immigration
- Exploring Miller’s reported ties to white nationalist figures
Three headlines:— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) November 13, 2019
1. The US held a record number of migrant children in custody in 2019. https://t.co/xnjQQhsrOH
2. Hate crimes hit a 16-year high in 2018. https://t.co/AB1AGDVWNf
3. One of the president’s senior advisors is an avowed white supremacist. https://t.co/zu9k6rrgiM
Once the news of Bannon’s appointment as Trump’s senior counselor hit white supremacist websites, racist forums like Stormfront erupted in celebration.
Trump Is Anti-Latino As Well
“There’s a direct correlation between the hate speech and fear-mongering coming from President Trump and the right wing of the Republican Party with the increase in attacks against Latinos”
—Domingo Garcia, the national president of the League of United Latin American Citizens.
“President Trump frequently refers to Latinos in the most hateful and bigoted ways, and words matter. Having just visited El Paso and hearing first-hand from the victims of the tragic shooting there, I know that hateful words have hateful consequences, and can result in violence and even death.”
—Janet Murguía, head of the Washington-based Latino civil rights organization UnidosUS
Trump Trashes Native Americans, Too
In 1993, when Trump wanted to open a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that would compete with one owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Nation, a local Native American tribe, he told the House subcommittee on Native American Affairs that “they don’t look like Indians to me… They don’t look like Indians to Indians.”
The Justice Department Sued Trump TWICE For Racist Housing
When Trump was serving as the president of his family’s real estate company, the Trump Management Corporation, in 1973, the Justice Department sued the company for alleged racial discrimination against black people looking to rent apartments in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
Federal investigators also gathered evidence. Trump employees had secretly marked the applications of minorities with codes, such as “No. 9” and “C” for “colored,” according to government interview accounts filed in federal court. The employees allegedly directed blacks and Puerto Ricans away from buildings with mostly white tenants, and steered them toward properties that had many minorities, the government filings alleged.
Trump Thinks President Obama Was Born In Africa
Long before calling Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists,” Trump was a leading proponent of “birtherism,” the racist conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is thus an illegitimate president. Trump claimed in 2011 to have sent people to Hawaii to investigate whether Obama was really born there. He insisted at the time that the researchers “cannot believe what they are finding.”
Trump Let White Supremacists Campaign For Him
Trump looks the other way when white supremacist groups and their violent supporters rally for him.
Trump sidestepped opportunities to renounce white nationalist and former KKK leader David Duke, who told his radio audience that voting for any candidate other than Trump is “really treason to your heritage.”
Neo-Nazi groups rallied for Trump. His white supremacist fan club includes the Daily Stormer, a leading neo-Nazi news site; Richard Spencer, director of the National Policy Institute, which aims to promote the “heritage, identity, and future of European people”; Jared Taylor, editor of American Renaissance, a Virginia-based white nationalist magazine; Michael Hill, head of the League of the South, an Alabama-based white supremacist secessionist group; and Brad Griffin, a member of Hill’s League of the South and author of the popular white supremacist blog Hunter Wallace.
A leader of the Virginia KKK who is backing Trump told a local TV reporter, “The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in.”
White supremacists love Donald Trump:
“I urge all readers of this site to do whatever they can to make Donald Trump President … ” Trump is “the only candidate who is even talking about anything at all that matters.”
Trump’s plan to deport immigrants and end birthright citizenship was called “a revolution” and Trump “is saying what White Americans have been actually thinking for a very long time.”
— white nationalist author Kevin MacDonald, who edits the anti-Semitic Occidental Observer.
Discrimination Against Black People is a Pattern For Trump
“When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor,” Kip Brown, a former employee at Trump’s Castle, told the New Yorker for a September article. “It was the eighties, I was a teen-ager, but I remember it: they put us all in the back.”
—former employee of Trump’s Castle hotel-casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey (source)
“And isn’t it funny. I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it,” O’Donnell recalled Trump saying. “The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”
“I think the guy is lazy,” Trump said of a black employee, according to O’Donnell. “And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.”
—John R. O’Donnell, who was president of Trump Plaza Hotel & Casino (source)
Trump Wanted Mob Justice For the (Innocent) Central Park Five
In 1989, Trump took out full-page ads in four New York City-area newspapers calling for the return of the death penalty in New York and the expansion of police authority in response to the infamous case of a woman who was beaten and raped while jogging in Manhattan’s Central Park.
The convictions were vacated years later when the real rapist admitted attacking the jogger and his DNA was matched to the crime. The city paid millions to the African-American teens to settle their lawsuits.