Trump’s overt racism erupts against U.S. citizens

A member of the March to Confront White Supremacy holds a sign during a rally behind the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington on Sept. 6, 2017. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Bulletin to Congress.  Is overt racism and bigotry enough to impeach the corrupt thug who now occupies the White House?  If not, why?  Maybe we should work even harder to get rid of you, along with Trump.

Donald Trump’s morning tweet:

So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how….

Not one of the members of Congress slammed by Trump is white, but only one was actually born outside of the United States. All are American citizens.

They are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts.

“These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough,” Trump said in his attack. “I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

Responds Ocasio-Cortez:

Mr. President, the country I ‘come from,’ & the country we all swear to, is the United States. But given how you’ve destroyed our border with inhumane camps, all at a benefit to you & the corps who profit off them, you are absolutely right about the corruption laid at your feet.”

You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder. You won’t accept a nation that sees healthcare as a right or education as a #1 priority, especially where we’re the ones fighting for it. Yet here we are.

But you know what’s the rub of it all, Mr. President? On top of not accepting an America that elected us, you cannot accept that we don’t fear you, either. You can’t accept that we will call your bluff & offer a positive vision for this country. And that’s what makes you seethe.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is also seething, not at her colleagues in Congress, but at the racist at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue:

When @realDonaldTrump tells four American Congresswomen to go back to their countries, he reaffirms his plan to “Make America Great Again” has always been about making America white again.

Our diversity is our strength and our unity is our power.

Rep. Ray Lujan of New Mexico fired back at Trump on Fox News:

That is a racist tweet. Telling people to go back where they came from — these are American citizens elected by voters in the United States of America to serve in one of the distinguished bodies in the U.S. House of Representatives. I think that’s wrong.

Tweets Representative Brendan F. Boyle, Democrat of Pennsylvania:

Like some of my Democratic colleagues, I’m young, from an immigrant family, also very critical of Trump. Funny thing though, he never tells me to ‘go back where I come from.’ Hmm I wonder why?

That’s easy to answer, Rep. Boyle:  You’re white.

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Proof on the question: Is or isn’t Trump a racist?

After Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made the news on 60 Minutes Sunday night saying ‘yeah, yeah, no question’ Trump is a racist, the White House deputy press secretary shot back “Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez’s sheer ignorance on the matter can’t cover the fact that President Trump supported and passed historic criminal justice reform…”  and “… has repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all forms.”

Breaking this “proof” down we can easily dismiss the latter. After all, what president would do anything other than condemn racism is all forms? The first so-called “proof,” signing into law the criminal justice reform bill was nothing to brag about. After all it was endorsed by powerful GOP members of Congress and endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police.

Another “proof” offered one year ago was that NBC would never have allowed a racist to host top rated shows:

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said claims that President Donald Trump is racist are “outrageous,” citing his success as a public figure and his star turn on television as a host on NBC’s reality show “The Apprentice.”

“Frankly, if the critics of the president were who he said he was, why did NBC give him a show for a decade on TV?” Sanders said Tuesday. Sanders Says Trump Isn’t Racist, Citing ‘The Apprentice’ Jan. 16, 2018

Ocasio-Cortez’s statement only references the tip of the racism iceberg that is Trump:

When you look at the words that he uses, which are historic dog whistles of white supremacy. When you look at how he reacted to the Charlottesville incident, where neo-Nazis murdered a woman, versus how he manufactures crises like immigrants seeking legal refuge on our borders, it’s — it’s night and day,”

Had she been quicker in her response and done her homework and simply searched “Trump racist” online she would have found a HuffPost article from 02/29/2016 but Updated on Jan 02, 2018: Here Are 13 Examples Of Donald Trump Being Racist, He claims to have “a great relationship with the blacks,” which is totally something a normal person would say. (If you do this online search now you will have to get past the many links to articles about Ocasio-Cortez’s comment.)

The 13 described are below. (I put the brither matter first because it was the most glaring.)

  1. He questioned whether President Obama was born in the United States
  2. Attacking Gold Star parents
  3. Claiming a judge was biased because he was “Mexican”
  4. The Justice Department sued his company ― twice ― for not renting to black people
  5. Discrimination against black people has been a pattern in his career
  6. He refused to condemn the white supremacists who are campaigning for hi
  7. He treats racial groups as monoliths
  8. He trashed Native Americans when he was trying to open a casino
  9. He encouraged the mob justice that resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of the Central Park Five
  10. He condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester
  11. He called supporters who beat up a homeless Latino man “passionate”
  12. He stereotyped Jews and shared an anti-Semitic desecrated by white supremacists
  13. He treats African-American supporters as tokens to dispel the idea he is racist

PBS News Hour has another article from August 2017 with their own even longer list in: How Trump talks about race.

The article makes a good point about Trump’s history with race being complicated:

He is a man who was accused of racial discrimination multiple times at his businesses but who used his Mar-a-Lago resort to smash white-only membership policies in Palm Beach, Florida.

He was among the loudest voices attacking the legitimacy of the nation’s first black president, but launched one of the most public Republican efforts in modern history to reach out to the African-American community.

He has a Jewish daughter and grandchildren, yet left Jews out of a Holocaust remembrance statement.

He fired a longtime aide for using a racial epithet, but secretly funded ads that associated Native Americans with drug use and crime. And he has repeatedly called Mexicans rapists and criminals while insisting that he loves them.

I’d sum up Trump’s racism as based on his belief in the superiority of rich white people, mostly men he thinks are like him and on the inferiority of anybody else including people of other races but also women and just about anyone who would go to one of his rallies.

This may be too nuanced to explain in answer to the question “is Trump a racist” so if pressed I’d say that he was a racist although at times he behaves as if he isn’t.

I am pleased that Ocasio-Cortez has brought Trump’s racism back into the public dialogue.


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