In my last post I began with these words: Like many other Americans, I’ve been trying to figure out why honest, intelligent people support Donald J. Trump. Now I’m wondering: Are trumpsters as racist and bigoted as he is? No matter the color of their skin, no matter their IQ, no matter their income level, trumpsters appear to ignore the racism that Trump displays.
Trump’s racism has been exhibited via his tweets and his documented actions of earlier times, even though he claims that he is “the least racist person that you have ever met.” How can that be a true statement? He has clearly shown his racism in tweets and in some of his discriminatory actions against Mexicans, Central Americans, African Americans (especially athletes), and immigrants seeking asylum.
In the 1970s, he was well known for discriminating against blacks. His real estate company refused to rent apartments to blacks and he accused black employees of being lazy, saying it was in inherent trait.
By 2015, before the presidential campaign, he publicly called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” His anti-Muslim rhetoric continued during his campaign and after his election. Who can forget that he declared: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best…. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” He also declared in a campaign speech that people of color living in urban America are living in hell. “You walk down the street, you get shot.” And that blacks were “living in poverty; your schools are no good; you have no jobs.”
Immigrants of color are special targets for Trump’s racism. Haitians “all have AIDS” he said in 2017. African immigrants, he declared, should “go back to their huts.”
One of Trump’s most recent attacks was directed at TV host Don Lemon and LeBron James. That attack has been replayed many times on Facebook and in news reports. Trump called Lemon the “dumbest man on television,” and added that Lemon made LeBron “look smart, which isn’t easy to do.” Both Lemon and James responded to the racist insults. In Lemon’s words: “This president traffics in racism and is fueled by bullying — from keeping children at the border in cages to bullying journalists at every one of his rallies. ” Lemon added: “Referring to African Americans as dumb is one of the oldest canards of America’s racist past — and present — that black people are of inferior intelligence.” Trumpsters as well as many other Americans repeat the falsehood. They also tend to forget Trump’s racism over the years.
But Trump has aimed most of his racist remarks at former President Barack Obama, beginning with his blatant lie that Obama was born in Kenya and thus ineligible for presidential office, although Trump finally admitted recently that Obama was born in the United States. In another lie, Trump accused Obama of being “a terrible student, terrible,” while at Harvard. Now, how could that be? Obama was editor in chief of the Harvard Law Review. Trump’s attacks on Obama continue to this day, and they have been so numerous that they have become one of Trump’s mantras.
Perhaps the most frightening kind of racism Trump displays is his refusal to condemn white nationalists/white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and David Duke, former KKK leader who endorsed Trump for the presidency. Trump’s lack of condemnation of extremist right-wing groups encourages racist actions nationwide. In fact, at least four white supremacists are running for congressional offices and they have thousands of supporters. What will Trump have to say about these candidates? Probably nothing. As UNusual as it is for Trump to shut his mouth and stop his twittering, his lack of speech in this case would imply support for white supremacy, which would clearly say (to me at least) that there is undoubtedly a racist in the White House.