On Sunday, January 14, 2017, Donald Trump claimed that he is “not a racist.” Unfortunately, his past actions point to a systematic attack against non-white people. Check out this list of racist moments in Trump’s professional life and tell us if you still think he’s not a racist.
The U.S. Justice Department was forced to sue the Trump Management Corporation after he refused to sell apartments to African Americans. The future U.S. President denied the claims and millions of taxpayer dollars were spent in an attempt to prove his systematic racism. Two years later, Donald Trump settled the case out of court, all but admitting that he was a racist.
Four Black teenagers and one Hispanic teen were accused of raping a white woman while she was walking through Central Park in New York City. The controversial case eventually proved that the teens were wrongfully convicted of a crime they never committed. Donald Trump, in the meantime, called for the death penalty for the non-white teens. If there was one positive that came from his comments, it shone a light on racial discrimination and racially-based injustices in law enforcement.
“Black guys counting my money! I hate it… The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.” This alleged comment was published in a book from John O’Donnell. The comment proves once again that Donald Trump is willing to discriminate against any race or heritage that is not his own.
The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino was fined by the New Jersey Casino Control Commission after it was determined that managers were removing Black card dealers any time a big-spending gambler, also known as a shark, requested a white dealer. A well-known practice at the casino, there was no recourse for Trump to deny an obvious allegation.
Trump addressed the House Subcommittee on Native American Affairs during a probe into organized crime in Native American casinos. During his testimony, the future 45th POTUS of the United States commented on the physical attributes of the Native American people. “They don’t look like Indians to me… They don’t look like Indians to Indians.”
As we headed into the 2010’s Mr. Trump was up to his old games. Speaking on Fox News he decided to stand behind the birther movement, addressing his own concerns that President Obama was not born in the United States. “He’s [Obama] spent millions of dollars trying to get away from this issue. Millions of dollars in legal fees trying to get away from this issue. And I’ll tell you what, I brought it up, just routinely, and all of a sudden a lot facts are emerging and I’m starting to wonder myself whether or not he was born in this country.”
Donald Trump appeared on the radio and backtracking from his birther attacks against President Obama, he attempted to lay claim to having a great relationship with non-white communities. “I have a great relationship with the blacks. I’ve always had a great relationship with the blacks.”
Donald Trump took to Twitter, a longtime favorite practice and once again brought up Obama’s birth certification. “An ‘extremely credible source’ has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud.” Donald Trump has never provided any proof to his claims and has refused to expose a source that likely never existed.
As he announced his hopes to win the U.S. Presidency, Donald Trump went on a brutal attack against Mexicans in what became a sad battle cry for his campaign. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. 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. And some, I assume, are good people.”
After the KKK and various alt-right groups of white supremacists and general racists had gone on a rampage, President Trump was asked if he would denounce an endorsement of David Duke, a former KKK leader. Instead of speaking out against such hatred, Trump said he knew “nothing about David Duke.” The President, over the years, had made it clear that he was very familiar with Duke and the KKK.
President Trump was still running for his seat at the table when he sent out a tweet on May 5 that proved how out of touch he was with the general conversations going around about racism. While eating a taco bowl, the soon-to-be 45th POTUS tweeted: “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!” Most of the Hispanic community hung their heads in disbelief.
A federal judge was overseeing a lawsuit against Trump University when Donald Trump questioned his ability to be fair because of the judge’s own heritage. “What happens is the judge, who happens to be, we believe, Mexican, which is great. I think that’s fine.” Like almost all of Trump’s comments, the Republican Party ignored his comments and no condemnation was given from the likes of Paul Ryan.
Donald Trump attempted to claim he wasn’t racist by attack his opponent, Mitt Romney. “Mitt Romney had his chance to beat a failed president but he choked like a dog. Now he calls me racist-but I am least racist person there is.” Trump’s attacks against a black President were a general theme throughout his campaign.
Trump in June 2016, posted a tweet in which he attacked his opponent Hillary Clinton. A photo in the tweet showed Hillary Clinton with a dollar bill covered background and a red, 6-pointed star with the words, “Most corrupt candidate ever.” The tweet didnt’ sit well with non-racists who investigated the photo and discovered it was taken from an anti-Semitic, white supremacist message board.
We don’t know if this was as much racist as proof that Donald Trump is out of touch with the race-relations conversations going on all throughout America. In a nearly all white crowd of supporters, Trump spotted a black person and pointed to them while telling the crowd, “look at my African American over here.”
Khizr Khan, a Muslim-American whose son was killed in Iraq was speaking at the DNC when Trump suggested to ABC that the man’s wife, Ghazala Khan was not allowed to speak because she is a woman. “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.” This was a sign of things to come with Donald Trump’s illegal bans on travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.