The R Word

If it walks like a duck, and it quacks like a duck . . .

Honestly, I just don’t understand why people are so very hesitant to say it. Perhaps it is a stigma they are afraid to use. Maybe they themselves are afraid of a counter-attack. Secretly, we all know it to be true, but not all of us are willing to say it.

Trump is a Racist.

Some people will get all hot and bothered, and will feign indignation and cry that no one knows what is deep in this man’s heart. And you know what . . . they are right. We don’t know what is deep in Trump’s heart. But what we can do, however, is evaluate his racist behavior over his lifetime, and we can come to a conclusion ourselves.

Want some examples?

  • In 1973, the Trump corporation was sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination in not renting his properties to minorities. According to the Trump handbook, he and his company immediately counter-sued the Justice Department. Declaring the Justice Dept. suit as ‘absolutely ridiculous’, Trump did not fight it. Two years later, he settled the lawsuit (with an undisclosed penalty), and promised to not discriminate in renting to minorities. Mr. I-Don’t-Settle-Lawsuits settled, and in doing so, showed the world his guilt.
  • In 1992, the New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined Trump casinos $200,000 for racial discrimination. It seems that African American card dealers were removed from tables upon the request of any ‘big spender’, and according to a book by former employee Kip Brown, when Donald and Ivanka arrived at the casino, all African American dealers were removed from the tables.
  • In 1993, in front of a House subcommittee on Native American affairs, Trump was arguing against Native American-owned casinos. He stated, “They don’t look like Indians to me . . . they don’t look like Indians to Indians.”
  • In 1989, Trump took out a full page ad in four (yes, four!) New York City newspapers arguing for the return of the death penalty, and that it should be used against the Central Park Five. These five boys were convicted of raping and beating a jogger in Central Park. In 2002, after DNA tests proved them innocent, they were released from prison. To this day, Trump has never apologized, and still thinks these five men are ‘bad people’ and must be guilty of something.
  • When Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition in December 2015, 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.”
  • For years, Trump was the loudest and most vocal member of the Birther movement. His claims that President Obama was not born in the USA rang hollow then, and still ring hollow. He claimed to have sent his ‘people’ to Hawaii to look for Obama’s birth certificate, and that they were finding ‘amazing’ things. However, nothing came to light. Nothing. For those people who don’t think that this is racist, please consider this: Trump was trying to tell Americans and the world that Obama is not one of ‘us’, and that he must be an outsider. Even when shown Obama’s birth certificate, he continued to argue, and claimed that the certificate was forged and fake.
  • In July 2016, when a Gold Star father and mother spoke at the Democratic Convention, Trump attacked them, and made disparaging comments about these brave parents. Instead of simply thanking this Gold Star family for making the ultimate sacrifice of losing their son in battle, he attacked the mother, saying “She probably, maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say. You tell me.”
  • In May 2016, in the midst of a lawsuit over the theft of money from students by Trump University, Trump argued that the judge in the case couldn’t be fair. Was the judge a graduate of Trump University? Did he have a child who was swindled of money from Trump University? No. It was because, as Trump so eloquently put it “He’s Mexican”. Well, Judge Curiel was born in Indiana. And, the case had nothing to do with Mexico.
  • And now, in August 2017, Trump claims that anyone who stands up to, and fights against Nazis, the KKK, and White Supremacists are just as bad as the people they are fighting. And, he said that there were ‘very fine people on both sides’. No, Mr. Trump. Nazis are bad. The KKK are bad. White Supremacists are bad. And anyone who is demonstrating near them, and who does’t immediately leave the premises when they hear their racist tirades, are by definition guilty by association.

Trump telling people he is not racist does not mean that he is not. His actions speak louder than his words.

So, don’t be afraid to use the R word. For it fits.

Trump is a Racist.

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