If there was any ever doubt in anyone’s mind that Donald Trump is a racist, that doubt was erased yesterday. In a meeting in the Oval Office discussing the protected status of immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and Africa countries as part of a bipartisan immigration bill, according to a Washington Post report, Trump went off in an angry rant and said this: “Why are we having all these people from sh*thole countries come here?” He later suggested that the U.S. should bring in more immigrants from countries like Norway.
The White house has issued several statements since this news broke but none deny that Trump said this. This is not the first time Trump has let his racist views come out in public. Newsweek has a list of his past racist comments:
- Donald Trump kicked off his 2016 presidential bid by disparaging Mexican immigrants.“They are not our friend, believe me,” he said. “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
- According to the New York Times, Trump said during a meeting in June that Haitians “all have AIDS.” The White House vehemently denied the report.
- During the same interview, Trump said that Nigerian immigrants wouldn’t ever “go back to their huts” in Africa.
In addition to immigrants, the president has also faced criticism for “racist” comments about people from other countries regardless of their immigration status.
- In the same interview, rump said that Afghanistan is a “terrorist haven.”
- During the 2016 presidential election, Trump called out a gold star Muslim family, and insinuated that the mother wasn’t talking because she was Muslim.“If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me,” Trump said in an interview with ABC News in July.
- In May, Trump said that federal judge Gonzalo Curie couldn’t fairly hear the case because he’s 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 said.
- Before his career as a politician, Trump allegedly wouldn’t rent to black people back in the 1970s. This led to his company being sued twice by the Justice Department for discrimination.
- Trump retweeted an anti-Semitic meme.
- He was called a racist in November after he said this to Navajo Code Talkers: “I just want to thank you because you’re very, very special people. You were here long before any of us were here, although we have a representative in Congress who, they say, was here a long time ago. They call her ‘Pocahontas.’ But you know what, I like you because you are special. You are special people.”
- Trump claimed that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.
- When Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition in December 2015, he called himself “a negotiator like you folks,” which many people said brought up Jewish stereotypes.
- Trump once said, “Laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that,” according to John R. O’Donnell, author of his 1991 book Trumped!
- The president blamed “many sides” for neo-Nazi violence last year.
- Trump retweeted anti-Muslim propaganda from a far-right British group last November.
- During the 2016 presidential election, Trump pointed to a black man and said, “Look at my African American over there.”
- He retweeted false statistics about white homicide victims after a black activist was kicked and punched by at one of his rallies in Alabama.
- Trump asked African-American reporter April Ryan to set up a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus. Prior to this exchange, he said that many African Americans were “living in hell,” in reference to conditions in inner cities, Politico reported.
“You actually have to curse to report on the president of the United States” To quote Donald Trump, “Sad.”
MSNBC Host Joy Reid, sitting in for “All In” host Chris Hayes, explains how her parents were from parts of the world where, according to President Trump, you’ll find ‘shithole countries’ from which the United States should not accept immigrants.
CNN host Anderson Cooper sent an emotional message to Haitians on the eighth anniversary of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake that devastated their country.
Anyone making excuses for this man’s racist comments is as racist as he is.