Trump has repeatedly claimed he’s “the least racist person.” The record suggests otherwise.
If you ask President Donald Trump whether he’s racist, he has a standard response: He claims that no, in fact, he’s “the least racist person that you’ve ever encountered.”
But Trump’s record tells a very different story.
On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly made explicitly racist and otherwise bigoted remarks — from calling Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists to proposing a ban on all Muslims entering the US to suggesting that a judge should recuse himself from a case solely because of the judge’s Mexican heritage.
The trend has continued into his presidency. From stereotyping a black reporter to pandering to white supremacists after they held a violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, Trump hasn’t stopped with the racist acts even after his election.
The latest came in remarks surfaced by the Washington Post. Talking about immigration from Haiti and African countries, Trump asked, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” He suggested that we should allow more people from Norway. The implication is very clear: The people coming from predominantly black countries are bad, while the people coming from a predominantly white country are good.
Meanwhile, the very first time that Trump appeared in the pages of the New York Times, back in the 1970s, was when the US Department of Justice sued him for racial discrimination. Since then, he has repeatedly appeared in newspaper pages across the world as he inspired more similar controversies.
This long history is important. It would be one thing if Trump simply misspoke one or two times. But when you take all of Trump’s actions and comments together, a clear pattern emerges — one that suggests that bigotry is not just political opportunism on Read More Here