Racism, in one broad sense is judging people for the cultural groups they associate with. Here are some fourteen reasons why Trump might be considered a racist.
He attacked a deceased Muslim U.S Army Officers parents, Trump’s attacked Khizr Khan and his wife,a Muslim U.S. Army officer who died while serving in the Iraq War.
He claimed a judge was biased because “he’s a Mexican”. Trump implied that Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge presiding over a class action against the for-profit Trump University, could not fairly hear the case because of his Mexican heritage. “He’s a Mexican,, 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.”.
He was sued 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 .
His casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey were racist. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000 in 1992 because managers would remove African-American card dealers at the request of a certain big-spending gambler. A state appeals court upheld the fine. Trump disparaged his black casino employees as “lazy” in vividly bigoted terms, according to a 1991 book by John O’Donnell, a former president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino.
He failed to hire minority workers for a riverboat casino on Lake Michigan. Twenty African Americans in Indiana sued Trump in 1990 for failing to honour a promise to hire mostly minority workers for a riverboat casino on Lake Michigan.
He refused to condemn the white supremacists who are campaigning for him. Three times 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 vote 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, shows Trump responding quickly to Tapper’s questions with no apparent difficulty in hearing questions.
He questioned whether President Obama was born in the United States. Before calling Mexican immigrants “criminals” and “rapists,” Trump was a leading proponent of “birtherism,” the racist conspiracy theory that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States and is thus an illegitimate president.
He treats racial groups as monoliths. Trump often answers accusations of racism by protesting that he actually loves the group in question. “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.” 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.”
He trashed Native Americans. In 1993, when Trump wanted to open a casino in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that would compete with one owned by a local Native American tribe, he told the House subcommittee on Native American Affairs that “they don’t look like Indians to me... They don’t look like Indians to Indians.”
He encouraged 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 case 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 hate these murderers and I always will.” The men’s convictions were overturned in 2002, after they’d already spent years in prison, when DNA evidence showed they did not commit the crime.
He condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester. At a campaign rally in Alabama, Trump supporters physically attacked an African-American protester after the man began chanting “Black lives matter.” Video of the incident shows the assailants kicking the man after he has already fallen to the ground. The following day, Trump implied that the attackers were justified. “Maybe [the protester] should have been roughed up,” he mused. “It was absolutely disgusting what he was doing.”
He called supporters who beat up a homeless Latino man “passionate”. Trump’s racial incitement has already inspired hate crimes. Two brothers 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 need to be deported,” one of the men reportedly told police officers. Trump 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 and shared an anti-Semitic meme created by white supremacists. When Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition, 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.”. 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 money,” he said. “You want to 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 imply that the media conceals his appeal among African Americans by not covering the crowd more attentively.“We have tremendous African-American support,” he said.
That’s why people think he is a racist.
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