This material is excerpted from the Intelligence Report (summer, 2016), a Southern Poverty Law Center publication. This time line takes place over the twelve months after officially putting in his bid for the Republican Presidential Campaign. Throughout this time, Trump has made many racist & biased statements; his typical pattern is to make this kind of ignorant & alarmist statement, then over the next several days he defends it, never apologizing, but always keeping “Donald Trump” as Number One.
The following contains some of the factual evidence, in a time line form, no matter what Trump says afterwards; the statements are telling, and indicative saying what he says as a result of his own consciousness & belief systems regarding diversity, race, immigration, etc. Language is an environment, and it’s also a reflection of one’s character & ethos.
Referring to Mexicans seeking a home in the USA: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he said. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists” (p. 15). Stereotyping, blaming others for our own financial problems, & making a huge inference that all Mexicans are, essentially, trouble & pathologically sick.
Members of the White Genocide Project started a petition to honor Trump for ‘”opposing white genocide”’ (p. 15).
Trump introduced a six-page immigration plan; the plan was largely devised by Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state who also serves as an attorney for the legal arm of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, “a far-right anti-immigration group” (p. 15). Kobach is also known for marketing & defending anti-immigration and voter ID laws.
David Duke also praised his plan by saying about Trump, “he has really said some incredibly great things recently. So whatever his motivation, I don’t give a damn. I really like the fact that he’s speaking out on this greatest, immediate threat to the American people” (p. 15).
Trump clashed with CNN’s Megyn Kelly. He told CNN that Kelly had “blood coming out of her wherever,” and was blaming Kelly for her tough debate questions on her menstrual cycle, that’s just the latest misogynistic comment from Trump. In the middle of the month, Trump fired his top advisor, Roger Stone; Stone is known for verbal, racist attacks using words like “stupid Negro,” “House Negro,” “Nigga,” “Uncle Tom,” “Arrogant Know-It-All Negro,” and more.
When a Black Lives Matter protestor was beaten by Trump’s supporters at a November 21 rally in Birmingham, Alabama, Trump told Fox News, “Maybe he should have been roughed up. It was absolutely disgusting what he was doing” (p. 16).
The next day Trump tweeted that blacks were responsible for 81% of whites murdered in the U.S.—PolitiFact showed that this to be a flat-out lie; ironically, true, genuine statistics verify that 82% of murdered whites were, indeed, killed by other white people.
Trump also claimed that people were laughing when the Trade Towers were brought down in 2001; multiple investigations showed that this wasn’t the case, but Trump restated the allegation and stubbornly refused to retract it. Do you think that most rational people want someone for President that’s so rigidly racist they can’t admit it when they’re wrong.
After the ISIS attack in Paris, Trump called for a ‘”total and complete shutdown”’ of Muslims entering the U.S. A number of surveys have shown that the number of American Muslims supporting violence is tiny. This harkens back to putting certain “tests” on folks who want to emigrate to the U.S. at prior times in our nation’s history.
This was a bad month for Trump. He denied knowing about David Duke, after one time calling him a racist bigot who was a problem; he said “I don’t know anything about David Duke, okay?” which was patently false, because of previous statements he had made about Duke.
Trump told South Carolinians the story of how General John Pershing executed Muslim prisoners in the Philippines with bullets dipped in pig’s blood, which is a total fairy tale, but effectively denigrated Muslims.
He promised to pay the legal fees of anyone who knocked the crap out of anyone protesting at his rallies.
At one of Trump’s rallies in Fayetteville, North Carolina, Trump supporter, John McGraw was videotaped as he punched a black protestor; the local sheriff called the attack “a cowardly, unprovoked act;” yet Trump said he was looking into paying McGraw’s legal fees.
“In Washington, DC. police released a video showing an unidentified white woman assaulting a black woman wearing a hijab. The victim, who said the woman also poured a strange smelling liquid on her, said her attacker called her ‘fucking Muslim trash,” shouted that she was voting for Trump, and said she hoped that as president he would send “‘all of you terrorist Muslims out of the country’” (p.20).
It was in this month that Trump said that he wouldn’t get legal justice, based on a lawsuit that accused Trump of fraudulently offering degrees through Trump University, because the judge in the case was of “Mexican” heritage. So what if he was born in Indiana, and so what if he’s a Mexican-American-big deal! Just another sign of Trump’s own racism.
This was the month of the horrific massacre of primarily LBGT people in a club in Orlando, Florida. Trump insinuated that the massacre was an example of the complicity of Muslims; in December, 2015 fourteen people were killed by a Muslim couple in San Bernadino, California, and Trump claimed in an interview that “There were numerous people that saw bombs all over the apartment floor,” yet there was no evidence this was true.
Within the last week, from the time of this writing, Trump accused President Obama of being one of the founders of ISIS, as well as Hillary Clinton.
I write this, not as an alarmist, but as one who wants to highlight the racism of Donald Trump as an alert; it doesn’t matter if he’s an Unaware Racist, or a Blatant Racist, his track record is filled with racist & biased rhetoric.
Not unlike Germany, prior to the reign of Adolph Hitler, Hitler hit men & women were sent out into the streets to provoke the populace; Hitler blamed the business sector for many of the evils found in Germany’s economy. At first Hitler wormed his way into the public eye, because he seemed “righteous” and had a solution to the problem of the German economy—that solution was the “final solution” for Jews in Germany, and the occupied countries Germany had invaded.
The message is clear: fascism often begins with the innocent appeal for the betterment of the nation & its inhabitants-something’s amiss & we can fix it (“Let’s make America great again”); as political inroads keep occurring, people get brainwashed & can’t think straight or rationally. They believe the lies of people who they think “is in the know,” and are especially persuaded by charismatic & wealthy people. This is Trump’s appeal so we need to continue our vigilance to communicate our truth as much & well as we can.
Please share this with as many people as you can. If you know Trump supporters, now would be a good time to communicate about the Trump falsehoods & racism.
©Christopher Bear-Beam August 18, 2016