Donald Trump was right. He could stand in the middle of the street, shoot someone in cold blood, and his base would still support him.
Especially if the someone he shot happened to be brown or black.
Trump has always at least flirted with racism. Back in the day, he got in some trouble for discriminating against non-white renters. He’s called neo-Nazis “fine people.” And suggested Mexican immigrants are mostly drug runners and rapists.
He even famously demanded a “Muslim ban.” In his own words, a “total and complete shutdown” of Muslim immigration to the U.S.
But this latest revelation takes the cake. And it’s not even something Trump did himself.
More Than Just Guilt by Association
Before we get to what Donald Trump didn’t do, let’s take a look at a few things he did…
- When DNA evidence cleared the Central Park Five, Trump still insisted they were guilty… and called the settlement “outrageous.”
- Trump said a judge couldn’t be impartial on Trump University because the judge is “Mexican.” The man – whom Trump called a “hater” – was born in Indiana.
- According to multiple witnesses, Trump referred to Haiti and poor African nations as “shithole countries” in a meeting. He stated a preference for immigrants coming from countries like Norway.
One of Trump’s few associates of color – former staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman – claims he uses the “N-word” regularly. She also said he’s called George Conway – who is half Filipino – a “fucking Flip” and a “fucking Goo-Goo.”
Yet Trump and his supporters insist he is no racist. In his own words, Trump is “the least racist person you’ve ever met.”
So why does he tolerate associates like Steven Miller?
Because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) just released about 900 e-mails written by Miller – a key Trump advisor. And some 80% of them include material favorable to the White Nationalist movement.
These racist e-mails influenced the actions of other Trump associates – including Steve Bannon. Here’s a quick run-down of the sordid story.
From Breitbart With Love
Donald Trump loves him some Breitbart. The far-right “news” organization has provided both inspiration and staffers to our 45thpresident.
Back in 2015, Miller was an aide to Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. He also agreed to provide editorial direction to Breitbart staff. That’s where the e-mails come in. A former Breitbart editor broke with the radical Right… and turned over hundreds of e-mails from Miller to the SPLC.
According to Katie McHugh – the ex-Breitbart editor – her employer introduced Miler as someone who would be guiding the “new” site’s editorial direction.
That direction included references to a White nationalist book called Camp of the Saints. The book predicts “the end of the white world” at the hands of non-white immigrants/refugees. The tone and contents of the book are extremely racist.
According to pbs.org, at least two Breitbart employees – who became Trump staffers – gave the book’s contents favorable exposure. Both Steve Bannon and Trump’s special assistant, Julia Hahn, promoted the book’s message.
Meanwhile the White House has attacked the SPLC as left-leaning… but hasn’t denied the contents of the e-mails.
And Trump plows ahead with immigration policies built around White Nationalist ideals. Immigrant families are held in concentration camp conditions. Legal immigration numbers for people of color are squeezed to a trickle. And Bahamians – whose homes and entire islands were destroyed by hurricane Dorian – are denied emergency entry.
Now we’ve seen the Miller e-mails. They contain an outline of the Trump administration’s immigration policies. Clearly linked to White Nationalist ideals.
Please, can we all now agree Donald Trump is a racist? If you said, “No,” it’s time to consider that maybe you’rea racist, too.
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“Alleged Stephen Miller emails reference white nationalist and anti-immigrant perspectives,” pbs(dot)org. Nov 14, 2019.