I have taken the time to read the January 15, 2018 article published in the New York Times titled, “Donald Trump’s Racism: The Definitive List.” Below, I have outlined the truth that should be obvious behind each alleged racist act/comment highlighted in yellow in the article.
- Donald Trump questioned the past President’s place of birth. The article begins with the accusation that Donald Trump’s questioning of the past President’s place of birth is racist. I am not a racist and that was a question I myself had. A question that was developed by media stories I followed prior to recognizing exactly how corrupt the mainstream media actually is. The media exposed his education and residency history and I was unsure he was a US citizen. An issue that could easily be resolved by producing the birth certificate. After all, you must be a “natural born Citizen” to run for President of the United States. It is neither wrong nor racist to question a candidate’s place of birth, given his unwillingness to provide the record required to qualify him for the office he was pursuing.
- Trump’s real estate company tried “to avoid renting apartments to African-Americans” in the 1970’s and gave preferential treatment to whites, according to the federal government” I found it funny that when I tried to view the hyper-link provided in your article, I could not read the “opinion” piece cited. That opinion piece was another New York Times article written by Nicholas Kristof in July of 2016. However, I was able to find an article (https://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/02/trump-fbi-files-discrimination-case-235067) in 2017 with documents attached for your review. In that article, Donald Trump was quoted as writing in his 1987 book, “What we didn’t do was rent to welfare cases, white or black.” This case was settled via consent decree also linked to the article.
- “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. (…) I think that guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks.” This quote is separated with content missing from the middle (represented by the “…”) Notice how the sentence went from plural to singular. Context is everything and I have experienced first-hand how the media use … to leave out information that would frame the information that follows in a different way.
- In 1989, Donald Trump took out ads in the New York newspapers urging the “death penalty for five black and latino teenagers” accused of raping a white woman in Central Park. Nothing in that ad was race related or racially motivated. The ad is published right above the quote and you should read it. Unfortunately, once again, when I tried to view the hyper-link provided in your article, I could not read the “opinion” “Op-Ed” piece cited. That opinion piece was another New York Times article written by Sarah Burns, in October 2016. If a court convicted these individuals of a crime this horrible, I can see why people would argue for the death penalty. I found it funny how in the ad Donald Trump took out and published in this article, he wrote, “Many New York families – White, Black, Hispanic and Asian – have had to give up the pleasure of a leisurely stroll in the park at dusk, the Saturday visit to the playground with their families…” and so on. He also wrote, “Mayor Koch has stated that hate and rancor should be removed from our hearts. I don’t think so. I want to hate these muggers and murderers. They should be forced to suffer and, when they kill, they should be executed for their crimes. They must serve as examples so that others will think long and hard before committing a crime or an act of violence.” Ad is titled “Bring Back Our Police!”
- In 1989 Donald Trump said, “I think sometimes a black may think they don’t have an advantage or this and that. I’ve said on one occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today, I would love to be a well-educated black, because I really believe they do have an actual advantage.” I guess you can consider this racist if you want. However, I know many who have accurately cited the advantages minorities get that are non-existent for a white male of the same background and potential, simply because of the color of their skin. I find it interesting that a man saying, “I would love to be a well-educated black, because I really believe they do have an actual advantage” is racist. Seems more like perpetual victimhood to me.
- In 2016, Donald Trump began his presidential campaign with a speech “disparaging Mexican immigrants as criminals and ‘rapists.’” Please don’t forget that in this same speech he said, “…and some I assume are good people.” I admit this is not the most eloquent of statements, but I also believe he was speaking the truth about the massive issues entering our country via our southern border. Drugs, human trafficking are massive concerns, as is the reported rape numbers associated with the illegal immigration. Context is important. Once again, I tried to read the information provided by the link in the article, but I could not do so without paying for the additional New York Times article.
- Donald Trump “uses the gang MS-13 to disparage all immigrants.” This is simply a complete falsehood. He did call the members of the MS-13 gang animals, which they are. The media chose to apply this to “all immigrants.” Source not cited in the article, but I personally remember the comment as I watched it live and the media’s feeding frenzy following the statement.
- Not a quote, but rather a recommendation for protecting the United States. In 2015, Donald Trump called for “a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,” including refusing to readmit Muslim-American citizens who were outside of the country at the time. This was a “temporary” shutdown to protect our country from specific locations that present a clear and present danger to the citizens of the United States. His complete statement was, “Donald J Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.” It was not a racially motivated effort but a concern for the American people.
- Donald Trump accused judge of bias because of “the judge’s Mexican heritage.” He did say this and in the follow-up interview (link provided in the article) cited his belief that his comments regarding building the wall were a source of issue for this judge. I do not agree with this statement, nor am I defending it. I also do not think it was a racist comment as much as his believing that the court’s decision was biased based on background.
- In 2017 Donald Trump said 15,000 recent immigrants from Haiti “all have AIDS” and that 40,000 Nigerians, once seeing the United States, would never “go back to their huts” in Africa. Once again, I am unable to read the context of this alleged quote, since the link provided is to an article once again published in the New York Times and is not available unless I pay. The selection of the quotation marks leads me to believe there could be additional substance there to be considered prior to making the decision. We all know every Haitian immigrant does not have AIDS. However, in context, was the statement accurate. This does not make him a racist.
- Donald Trump “vulgarly called for less immigration from Haiti and Africa and more from Norway.” He did describe some third world countries as “shitholes.” Not the most presidential verbiage, but also not inaccurate. If they were great places no one would want to leave. The Norway connection was in an effort to contrast immigration from countries whose immigrants will contribute to America. I have personally been to Haiti and it is a horrible place with horrible living conditions. “Shithole” is not inaccurate. That does not mean the people there are horrible people. Sadly, their own government is destroying them from with. That is my fear for the USA. If the vocal Democrats we see on the television every day get their way, our country will become a “shithole.”
- Donald Trump called the past president “a terrible student, terrible.” Clearly this is not a racist comment. It is an observation those who hate President Trump want to make racist.
- Donald Trump claimed the past president “did not work hard as president.” What the hell appears racist in that statement, if he said it? Once again, this is a personal observation. I personally feel our past president was a horrible leader and did not leave this country better than he found it. That is a personal observation and there is nothing racist about that. However, saying you do not like someone or something they have done, etc. becomes racist when the left wants it to be. Just because a white person expresses such opinions does not make them racist, and the assertion it does is ridiculous and for me proves that when you have nothing else, play the race card to rally the base.
- Donald Trump falsely claimed the past president “issued a statement for Kwanzaa, but failed to issue one for Christmas.” This is a statement in this article with no supporting information and therefore must be ignored.
- Donald Trump said, “Our inner cities, African Americans, Hispanics are living in hell because it’s so dangerous. You walk down the street, you get shot.” He also told black voters, “You’re living in poverty; your schools are no good; you have no jobs.” When did stating facts become racism? Our inner cities are crime ridden. The ethnic makeup of most of those communities are black and Hispanic and those good people are living in hell when they experience such great risk of being shot during a drive-by. The criminals in those communities prey on their own, as well as outsiders. They are also living in poverty, the schools in those areas are far below those in more affluent areas, and the jobs issue was also accurate. How is this racist. Perhaps it is because when you look into the majority of those communities they are controlled politically by the Democratic party and making Donald Trump racist is easier than working to fulfill your political promises.
- Donald makes false crime statistics to exaggerate urban crime. This is a bean counter thing and the numbers are what you want them to be. Again, this is not supportive of racist. Source cited is the Inquirer, seriously?
- Donald Trump use of inaccurate statistics. This makes him a politician for sure, but not racist. Consider the manner in which the media alters the information they provide to the community. No one is screaming the journalist or outlet is racist. I admit, everyone should fact check the images they share to the best of their ability before they share them. Unfortunately, no one is calling out the media for doing this and yet a man (who the left hates) does the same thing and he is a racist.
- Donald Trump “frequently criticizes prominent African-Americans for being unpatriotic, ungrateful and disrespectful.” This is connected to the story regarding the NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem. Identify the ethnicity of the majority of the players doing this, especially those getting the greatest amount of media attention. President Trump is calling them out for what most of the USA loving patriots agree is unpatriotic, ungrateful, and disrespectful to the men and women who sacrificed everything for the athlete’s right to do such things. I personally can’t stand that they do this. However, brave men and women fought and died so that these ungrateful individuals have the right to do so. I don’t have to like it, I just have to allow them to do it. They don’t have to like what I have to say about it, but they have to let me say it. I have that right and so does President Trump. This does not make either of us racist.
- President Trump call Puerto Ricans who criticized his administration’s response to Hurricane Maria “politically motivated ingrates.” Again, not racist. Just because they live in Puerto Rico and this occurred, does not make his assessment of what was said and done racist. They received aid as quickly as possible and those on the left who wanted to make a name for themselves sought the opportunity to do so. His response was accurate, not racial.
- Donald Trump retweeted white nationalist without apology. The assertions in this article are disgusting and when investigated show the bias of not only the writer, but the media complex. Being a nationalist is not a bad thing. Despite the definition the left is trying to fix to the term, nationalist is defined as “a person devoted to nationalism.” “a member of a political group advocating or fighting for national independence, a strong national government, etc.” Nationalism is defined as “spirit or aspirations common to the whole of a nation. Devotion and loyalty to one’s own country; patriotism.” How on God’s green earth is being a nationalist (putting the USA first) racism? President Trump does not support White Nationalism and no one has proof that he does, outside the ramblings of some less than stellar individuals with an agenda.
- Donald Trump call White supremacists in Charlottesville, VA “very fine people.” This is another quote taken out of context. I remember watching this and listening to his comments. He stated that there were very fine people on both sides of the conflict. In context, it showed his effort to acknowledge the rights of both people there for peaceful protest and not that he was saying the violent supremacists were fine people. That was a twist the media gave the comment.
- After David Duke, the former leader of the KuKlux Klan endorsed him, Trump was reluctant to disavow Duke even when asked directly on television. This one kills me. The link in this part of the article you shared takes you to an article in the Washington Post. The video provided in the article demonstrates how many times Donald Trump disavowed Duke. Over and over again to reports at press conferences and on television. The video proves the fallacy of the allegation made.
- Trump pardons Sheriff Joe Arpaio. This is not a racist act, nor are the other Americans President Trump has pardoned since becoming president. You indicate this is another element verifying he is a racist and I reply it is not.
- Then the article moves on to the Indian Nation comments. Due to the length of this post already, I will just say this is not proof of anything, especially the mocking of Senator Elizabeth Warrant as “Pocahontas.” Is it juvenile to call her that, yes it is. However, it has been proven she lied about this and now claims that she “identified” as a Native American. Another shining example of this identity politics the left loves so much.
I will not comment on the remaining three or four attacks on President Trump. They are also minor, petty and beneath recognition, especially given all I have written her.
It disgusts me how so many on the left think America First is a bad thing. I am personally tired of seeing politicians pandering to the illegal immigrant in hopes of gaining votes. They were elected to govern on behalf of the American people, not illegal immigrants. It is certainly time American’s came first.
None of the observations made over the 40-year period proves President Trump is a racist. I do believe it shows how the media and the others who want this man out of office so badly they will stoop to anything to see it done. Truth be damned.