While many of those who watch the inflammatory, reckless and irresponsible antics of the ego-maniacal presumed GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump can, and do, honestly say he is a “racist,” evidence continues to build that the Republican Party is putting an incredible bigot at the top of its national ticket this year.
The latest to join the ranks? Libertarian Presidential candidate and former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, said then when asked if he thought Trump is racist.
“Based on his statements, clearly,” Johnson said. “The stuff he’s saying is just incendiary.”
Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson continued his criticism of Donald Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric on Sunday, labeling it “racist.”
When asked on CNN’s “State of the Union” about Trump’s widely criticized promise to “look into” replacing any Transportation Security Administration employee who wears hijabs (Arab ceremonial veils), Johnson said it just confirms Trump’s rampant racism.
“He has said 100 things that would disqualify anyone else from running for president but doesn’t seem to affect him,” Johnson said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” adding: “That statement in and of itself, it’s racist.”
Trump over the Fourth of July weekend once again used an image from white supremacists to illustrate a tweet calling presumed Democratic Presidential candidate Hllary Clinton “crooked” and the “most corrupt candidate ever.” Interestingly, those same words are being used more and more by an increasing number of voters to describe Trump.
The illustration used by Trump on Twitter displayed a red Star of David on a bed of $100 bills. It comes from an online white-supremacist movement and is at least the fifth time that the GOP approved candidate has “borrowed” images from the racist right.
The illustration disappeared from Twitter after many, including some Republicans, complained. No explanation from Trump, which is normal for him.
Lis Smith, former deputy campaign manager for former candidate Martin O’Malley, told MSNBC’s “AM Joy” is racist, fascist and a xenophobe. ““Let me preface this by saying Donald Trump is a racist, he is a fascist; he is a xenophobe. I think he would be the worst president in American history.”
MSNBC talk show host Joe Scarborough, a former Republican Congressman from Florida, calls Trump’s “racist statements” more than enough to “disqualify” him for President.
“Republicans so shocked and stunned and deeply saddened and offended by clear acts of racism in the world to stop endorsing him,” Scarborough says. “This unbelievable. He is getting worse, not better.”
The web site Fusion.net says its study of the American National Election Study survey shows the younger voters (18-29) aren’t buying into Trump’s rhetoric and see him as what he is: A old white racists playing a con game.
Writes Sean McElwee and Ashley Jardina:
It’s hard not to be pessimistic about the future of race in a country where a soon-to-be presidential nominee is appealing to white nationalists. But there’s increasing evidence that the youngest Americans are the least likely to buy into Donald Trump’s racism.
We found that young people, white and overall, have dramatically colder feelings toward Trump, an avatar for the sort of white reactionary politics we argue that young people are less likely to support.
It seems that the youngest white people of voting age are noticeably more sympathetic to the need for racial justice and more likely to accept structural narratives about race. Trump may win the GOP nomination, but his style of politics has probably lost the future.
Samantha Bee, host of “Full Frontal” says Republicans can’t disown Trump because his racism appears to the party’s core:
Writes Lee Moran in The Huffington Post:
“Full Frontal“ host Samantha Bee broke down the Republican Party’s history to explain why the bigoted rhetoric spouted by its presumptive presidential nominee wasn’t actually a novelty.
“Trump isn’t desecrating the Republican Party,” she said. “He’s just peeling back the glossy exterior to reveal the hideous symbiont that’s been lurking there for decades.”
Bee clarified that she didn’t think “all racists are Republican” or that “all Republicans are racists.” But she did say that the party had relied on an uneasy coalition between “fiscal conservatives” and “resentful whites” to win elections.
“Trump support in the white-supremacist world is unprecedented,” says Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center. “The typical white-supremacist opinion of politicians is ‘a pox on both their houses.’ No one deserves their trust. But in Trump, they’ve found a champion.”
In the end, the Republican Party is nominating Donald Trump because he represents the party’s core racism and bigotry.
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