President Donald Trump managed to lower the bar for the national discourse to “shithole,” following reports that he used the foul word to describe countries in Africa as well as Haiti, a Caribbean country. The Congressional Black Caucus suggested that the temporary protected status visa program could help immigrants from those areas in an immigration proposal.
Although today he has denied ever saying it this way, Trump reportedly said:
“Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?”
Another comment Trump denies saying at the same meeting:
“Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.”
CNN noted that the racist comment was “hardly a departure” for Trump, who has repeatedly shown America who he really is since well before the election. Newsweek compiled a list of all the times Trump has made racist comments about immigrants, Muslims, and others, although there are more to be found.
Then, when you combine that with the actions he has taken both before and after the election, the evidence is staggering, like a mountain blocking out the sun.
It’s a pattern of monumental racism and anyone who suggests that Trump is not racist should examine the mountain in plain sight. What’s more, if they continue to support Trump we should all hold them accountable for the part they are playing in enabling this from the President.
Here is a short-list of Trump’s most sweeping racist moments, with a video to back it up where possible.
1. Trump Is Racist Against All Muslims
Or roughly 24 percent of the world population. It’s easily demonstrated.
He quickly repackaged the Muslim ban as a Travel ban, but Trump’s own words during the campaign show clearly that he is racist against all Muslims. There was also an official Trump campaign website page calling for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” which they took down, but only after a reporter asked then-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer why it was still there.
Trump said at a campaign rally that:
“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shut-down of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”
See him say it below:
2. Donald Trump’s Birther movement
Here, Trump attacked former President Barack Obama, claiming he was not born in America. This is plainly racist. Only as he campaigned for the presidency was he forced to admit that Obama was born in the United States, yet he still congratulated himself for his attacks on Obama in a debate with Hillary Clinton.
“His Grandmother in Kenya said he was born in Kenya and she was there and witnessed the birth,” said Donald Trump in an interview with Meredith Vieira in 2011.
See him say it below:
3. Donald Trump Disparaged All Mexicans
Or roughly 127.5 million people.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you,” Trump said pointing. “They’re sending people who that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume are good people,” said Trump during the campaign.
In another speech, he said, “They are not our friend, believe me” in a sweeping judgment.
Trump doubled down on his rhetoric in a later interview, when asked if he had any regrets about the comment. He also doubled down on his promise that Mexico would pay for a border wall.
Today, not so much, as he puts the burden on Congress for $18 billion by putting the lives of roughly 800,000 Dreamers on the line in the process.
“Well, some are, and some are good and some are rapists and some are killers.”
See the interview below:
4. Trump’s response to Puerto Rico
Trump’s response to the predominately Latino people of Puerto Rico after they suffered devastation from Hurricane Maria appeared to be totally racist. The US territory held approximately 3.411 million people in 2016, though now at least 200,00 have fled to the mainland in Florida.
Below, he Tweeted out that the Puerto Ricans “want everything to be done for them” and he slammed a besieged Mayor who had made a desperate plea for help.
…want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort. 10,000 Federal workers now on Island doing a fantastic job.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 30, 2017
The comment portrayed the entire population as lazy, rather than deserving of help from fellow Americans as they faced what was called by some, a possible genocide.
Trump was also seen in a photo-op dismissively throwing paper towels to Puerto Ricans, which certainly only furthers the optics of not taking the Puerto Rican crisis seriously at all.
See the story about Trump’s attack on Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz below:
5. Trump Praised Neo-Nazis
He referred to neo-Nazis who rallied in Charlottesville, Virginia as “fine people,” equating the morality of Nazis with counter-protesters.
“You had some very bad people in that group, but you also had people that were very fine people on both sides.”
Witness that disgusting moment below:
These top five instances are among the broadest sweeping to Americans and people internationally, but of course, there are many others. Trump’s immediate executive action after taking office in January to commence with the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines certainly signals a total disregard of Native American people.
Trump’s self-imposed culture war to divide Americans who support NFL players protest of police brutality against brown-skinned people is another instance of obvious racism.
For a look at the numerous times that Trump made blatantly racist comments, see the list from Newsweek.
Americans have become desensitized to the ongoing chaos from the Trump administration after a year, but we must never allow ourselves to find any of it normal. Every time Trump makes a racist comment or takes a racist action, we must communicate to our representatives that this isn’t acceptable.
Republicans in Congress may expect us to consider it a new normal, but in so doing, they show their own complicity with racism and a man who is unfit to hold the highest office in America.
To end on one bright note from Rachel Maddow, Trump’s ongoing public racist comments may undo his racist policies in the courts. See that story below:
Featured image: by er Guiri via Flickr- CC BY 2.0.