Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump may have failed to disavowed the Ku Klux Klan in late February, but he’ll have you know he is not racist. In fact, he claims to be “the least racist person that you have ever fulfilled, ” and last summer he pulled out the old standby about not having a racist bone in his body.
But he hasn’t given us a lot of reason to believe that. In fact, despite Trump’s protests to the contrary, he has a long history of saying and doing racist things. It’s not really surprising that he’s won the support and kudo of the country’s white supremacists.
Here’s a running listing of some of the most glaringly racist things links with Trump. We’re sure we’ll be adding to it soon.
He assaulted Muslim Gold Star parents
Trump’s retaliation against the parents of a Muslim U.S. Army officer who died while invited to participate in the Iraq War was a clear low phase in a campaign full of hateful rhetoric.
Khizr Khan, the father of the late Army Captain Humayun Khan, spoke out against Trump’s bigoted rhetoric and disregard for civil liberties at the Democratic National Convention on July 28. It speedily became the most memorable moment of the convention.
“Let me ask you, have you even read the U.S. Constitution? ” Khan asked Trump before pulling a copy of the document from his jacket pocket and holding it up. “I will gladly lend you my copy, ” he declared.
Khan’s spouse Ghazala Khan, who wears a Muslim head scarf, stood at his side during the course of its speech but did not speak.
In response to the devastating speech, Trump confiscated on Ghazala Khan’s stillnes to insinuate that she was forbidden from speaking due to the couple’s Islamic faith.
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She likely, perhaps she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me, ” Trump said in an interview with ABC News that first is available on July 30.
Ghazala Khan explained in an op-ed in the Washington Post the following day that she could not speak because of grief over her son.
“Walking onto the convention stage, with a huge picture of my son behind me, I could hardly control myself. What mom could? ” she wrote. “Donald Trump has children whom he loves. Does he truly need to wonder why I did not speak? ”
He claimed a judge was biased because “he’s a Mexican”
In May, Trump implied that Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge presiding over a class action against the for-profit Trump University, could not fairly hear the suit because of his Mexican heritage.
“He’s a Mexican, ” Trump told CNN of Curiel. “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.”
Curiel, it should be noted, is an American citizen who was born in Indiana. And as a prosecutor in the late 1990 s, “hes been gone” after Mexican drug cartels, constructing him a target for assassination by a Tijuana drug lord.
Even each member of Trump’s own party slammed the racist remarks.
“Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist commentary, ” House Speaker Paul Ryan( R-Wis .) said in a reaction to Trump’s comments, though he clarified that he still endorses the nominee.
The comments against Curiel didn’t sit well with the American public either. According to a YouGov poll released in June, 51 percent of those surveyed agreed that Trump’s comments were not only incorrect, but also racist.Fifty-seven percentage of Americans suppose Trump was wrong to complain against the judge, while merely 20 percentage think he was right to do so.
When asked whether he would trust a Muslim judge, in the interests of his proposed restrictions on Muslim immigration, Trump suggested that such a judge might not be fair to him either.
The Justice Department sued his company twice for not renting to black people
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.
The lawsuit charged that the company quoted different rental terms and conditions to black rental nominees than it did with white nominees, and that the company lied to black applicants about apartments not being available. Trump called those accusations “absolutely ridiculous” and sued the Justice Department for $100 million in injuries for defamation.
Without acknowledging wrongdoing, the Trump Management Corporation determined the original suit two years later and promised not to discriminate against black people, Puerto Ricans or other minorities. Trump also agreed to send weekly vacancy listings for his 15,000 apartments to the New York Urban League, a civil rights group, and to permit the NYUL to present qualified applicants for vacancies in certain Trump properties.
Just three years after that, the Justice Department sued the Trump Management Corporation again for allegedly discriminating against black applicants by telling them apartments weren’t available.
In fact, discrimination against black people has been a pattern in his career
Workers at Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, have accused him of racism over the years. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission penalty the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000 in 1992 because administrators would remove African-American card traders at the request of a certain big-spending gambler. A nation appeals court upheld the fine.
The first-person account of at least one black Trump casino employee in Atlantic City suggests the racist practises were consistent with Trump’s personal behaviour toward black workers.
“When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the boss 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 set us all in the back.”
Trump belittled his black casino employees as “lazy” in vividly bigoted words, according to a 1991 book by John O’Donnell, a former chairman of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.
“And isn’t it funny. I’ve got black accountants at Trump Castle and Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my fund! I detest it, ” O’Donnell recalled Trump saying. “The only various kinds of people I want counting my fund are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”
“I suppose the guy is lazy, ” Trump said of a black employee, according to O’Donnell. “And it’s likely not his fault because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.”
Trump has also faced charges of reneging on commitments to hire black people. In 1996, 20 African Americans in Indiana sued Trump for failing to honor a promise to hire largely minority workers for a riverboat casino on Lake Michigan.
He refused to condemn the white supremacists who are campaigning for him
Three times in a row on Feb. 28, Trump sidestepped opportunities to renounce white nationalist and former KKK leader David Duke, who told his radio audience last week that voting for any candidate other than Trump is “really treason to your heritage.”
When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he would condemn Duke and say he didn’t want a election from him or any other white supremacists, Trump claimed that he didn’t know anything about white supremacists or about Duke himself. When Tapper pressed him twice more, Trump said he couldn’t condemn a group he hadn’t yet researched.
By Feb. 29, Trump was saying that in fact he does disavow Duke, and that the only reason he didn’t do so on CNN was because of a “lousy earpiece.” Video of the exchange, however, proves Trump responding speedily to Tapper’s topics with no apparent difficulty in hearing.
It’s preposterous to think that Trump doesn’t know about white supremacist groups or their sometimes violent support of him. Reports of neo-Nazi groups rallying around Trump go back as far as August.
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 writer of the popular white supremacist blog Hunter Wallace.
A leader of the Virginia KKK who is backing Trump told a local TV reporter earlier this month, “The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes, we believe in.”
And most recently, the Trump campaign announced that one of its California primary delegates was William Johnson, chair of the white nationalist American Freedom Party. The Trump campaign subsequently said his inclusion was a mistake, and Johnson withdrew his name at their request.
He questions whether President Obama was born in the United States
Long before calling Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists, ” Trump was a leading supporter of “birtherism, ” the racist conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is thus an illegitimate chairman. Trump claimed in 2011 to have sent people to Hawaii to investigate whether Obama was actually born there. He insisted at the time that the researchers “cannot believe what they are finding.”
Obama ultimately got the better of Trump, releasing his long-form birth credential and relentlessly taunting the real estate mogul about it at the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner that year.
But Trump continues to insinuate that the president was not born in the country.
“I don’t know where he was born, ” Trump said in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.( Again, for the record: He was born in Hawaii .)
He treats racial groups as monoliths
Like many racial instigators, Trump often answers accusations of bigotry by loudly protesting that he actually love the group in question. But that’s just as uncomfortable to hear, because he’s still treating all the members of the group — all the individual human beings — as essentially the same and interchangeable. Speech is tell, here: Virtually every time Trump mentions a minority group, he uses the definite article the , as in “the Hispanics, ” “the Muslims” and “the blacks.”
In that sense, Trump’s defensive explains are of a piece with his slander of minorities. Both will vary depending on essentializing racial and ethnic group, blurring them into simple, monolithic entities, instead of acknowledging that there’s as much variety among Muslims and Latinos and black people as there is among white people.
How did Trump respond to the outrage last year that followed his characterization of Mexican immigrants as criminals and rapists?
“I’ll take jobs back from China, I’ll take jobs back from Japan, ” Trump said during his visit to the U.S.-Mexican border in July. “The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they’re going to love Trump.”
“The Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they’re going to love Trump.” Donald Trump, July 2015
How did Trump respond to critics of his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S .?
“I’m doing good for the Muslims, ” Trump told CNN in December. “Many Muslim friends of mine are in agreement with me. They tell,’ Donald, you brought something up to the fore that is so brilliant and so fantastic.’”
Not long before he called for a blanket prohibit on Muslims entering the country, Trump was proclaiming his affection for “the Muslims, ” disagreeing with rival candidate Ben Carson’s claim in September that being a Muslim should disqualify someone from running for president.
“I love the Muslims. I think they’re great people, ” Trump said, insisting that he would be willing to name a Muslim to his presidential cabinet.
How did Trump respond to the people who called him out for funding an investigation into whether Obama was born in the United States?
“I have a great relationship with the blacks, ” Trump said in April 2011. “I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”
Even when Trump has dropped the definite article “the, ” his attempts at praising minority groups he has previously slandered have been offensive.
Look no further than the infamous Cinco de Mayo taco bowl tweet 😛 TAGEND
Former Republican presidential candidate and Florida Gov. Jeb Bush( R) had a good breakdown of everything that was wrong with Trump’s comment.
“It’s like eating a watermelon and saying’ I love African-Americans, ’” Bush quipped.
He trashed 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 Indian to me … They don’t look like Indian to Indians.”
Trump then elaborated on those remarks, which were unearthed last year in the Hartford Courant, by saying the mafia had infiltrated Indian casinos.
He fostered the mob justice that resulted in the wrongful imprisonment of the 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 suit of a woman who was beaten and raped while jogging in Manhattan’s Central Park.
“They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes, ” Trump wrote, referring to the Central Park attackers and other violent criminals. “I want to detest these assassins and I always will.”
The public outrage over the Central Park jogger rape, at a time when the city was struggling with high crime, led to the wrongful conviction of five teens of coloring known as the Central Park Five.
The men’s sentences were overturned in 2002, after they’d already expended years in prison, when DNA evidence proved they did not perpetrate the crime. Today, their suit is considered a cautionary tale about a politicized criminal justice process.
Trump, however, still guesses the men are guilty.
He condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester
At a November campaign rally in Alabama, Trump advocates physically assaulted an African-American protester after “the mens” began chanting “Black lives matter.” Video of the incident shows the assailants kicking “the mens” after he has already fallen to the ground.
The following day, Trump implied that the attackers were justified.
“Maybe[ the protester] “shouldve been” roughed up, ” he mused. “It was perfectly disgusting what he was doing.”
Trump’s dismissive posture towards the protester is part of a larger, troubling pattern of instigating violence toward protesters at campaign events that has singled out people of color.
One reason Trump may have exhibited special disdain for that particular demonstrator in November, however, is because he believes the entire Black Lives Matter movement lacks legitimate policy grievances. He alluded to these views in an interview with the New York Times magazine this week when he described Ferguson, Missouri, as one of the most hazardous places in America. The small St. Louis suburb is not even in the top 20 highest-crime municipalities in the country.
He called advocates who beat up a homeless Latino man “passionate”
Trump’s racial incitement has already inspired hate crimes. Two brethren arrested in Boston last summer for beating up a homeless Latino man cited Trump’s anti-immigrant message when explaining why they did it.
“Donald Trump was right — all these illegals required to deported, ” one of the men reportedly told police officers.
Trump did not even bother to distance himself from them. Instead, he suggested that the men were well-intentioned and had simply gotten carried away.
“I will say that people who are following me are very passionate, ” Trump said. “They love this country and they want this country to be great again. They are passionate.”
He stereotyped Jews as shared an anti-Semitic meme created by white supremacists
When Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition in December, he tried to relate to the crowd by invoking the stereotype of Jews as talented and cunning businesspeople.
“I’m a negotiator, like you folks, ” Trump told the crowd, touting his book The Art of the Deal .
“Is there anyone who doesn’t renegotiate deals in this room? ” Trump said. “Perhaps more than any room I’ve spoken to.”
But that wasn’t even the most offensive thing Trump told his Jewish audience. He implied that he had little chance of earning the Jewish Republican group’s support, because his fealty could not be bought with campaign donations.
“You’re not going to support me, because I don’t want your fund, ” he said. “You want to control your own politician.”
Ironically, Trump has many close Jewish family members. His daughter Ivanka converted to Judaism in 2009 before marriage the real estate mogul Jared Kushner. Trump and Kushner raise their two children in an observant Jewish home.
Then in July, Trump tweeted an anti-Semitic Hillary Clinton meme that featured a photo of her over a background of $100 bills with a six-pointed Jewish Star of david next to her face.
“Crooked Hillary – – Makes History! ” he wrote in the tweet, which also read “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever” over the star.
The holy symbol was co-opted by the Nazis during World War II when they forced Jews to sew it onto their dres. Use the symbol over a piling of fund is blatantly anti-Semitic and re-enforces hateful stereotypes of Jewish greed.
But Trump insisted the image was harmless.
“The sheriff’s badge which is available under Microsoft’s’ shapes’ fit with the theme of corrupt Hillary and that is why I selected it, ” he said in a statement.
Mic, however, discovered that the the meme was actually created by white supremacists and could be found on a neo-Nazi forum more than a week before Trump shared it. Additionally, a watermark on the image leads to a Twitter account that regularly tweets racist, sexist political memes.
He treats African-American supporters as tokens to dispel the idea he is racist
At a campaign appearance in California in June, Trump boasted that he had a black supporter in the crowd, saying “look at my African American over here.”
“Look at him, ” Trump continued. “Are you the greatest? ”
Trump went on to had indicated that the media conceals his appeal among African Americans by not encompassing the crowd more attentively.
“We have tremendous African-American support, ” he said. “The reason is I’m going to bring jobs back to our country.”
In fact, Trump has the lowest level of African-American support of any Republican presidential nominee since 1948, according to FiveThirtyEight. As of the most recent polling, merely 2 percent of black voters plan to vote for him fewer than the percentage who plan to vote for Green Party candidate Jill Stein or Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson.
It’s may not be surprising that Trump has brought so much racial animus into the 2016 election cycle, given his family history. His father, Fred Trump, was the specific objectives of folk singer Woody Guthrie’s lyrics after Guthrie lived for two years in a building owned by Trump pere: “I suppose/ Old Man Trump knows/ Just how much/ Racial detest/ He stirred up/ In the bloodpot of human hearts.”
And last fall, a news report from 1927 surfaced on the site Boing Boing, revealing that Fred Trump was apprehended that year following a KKK riot in Queens. It’s not clear exactly what the elder Trump was doing there or what role he may have played in the riot. Donald Trump, for his part, has categorically denied( except when he’s ambiguously denied) that anything of the kind ever happened.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump is a serial liar , rampant xenophobe , racist , misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims 1.6 billion members of an entire religion from entering the U.S .
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