He’s denigrated women, Hispanics, the disabled and Muslims. He’s insulted black people and Gold Star families, and called his effort to avoid STDs in his youth his “personal Viet Nam.”
For 15 months, he has snarled and growled his way through speeches laced with rhetoric lifted straight from Nixon’s Southern Strategy. He’s cozied up to white supremacists like David Duke and hired the alt-Right’s leading media figure as his campaign chief. He’s encouraged those at his rallies to treat protestors with hostility and commended them when they did.
Now he complains that an assessment of some of his fans as racist, homophobic and xenophobic is unfair and inappropriate. So let’s look at the record.
What do you call the behavior of the Trumpkins in Kansas who attacked two Muslim and Hispanic students and called them “brown trash”?
Or those at a Las Vegas rally who yelled “Sieg Heil” and “light the m***erf***ker on fire” toward a black protester?
How would you describe what happened to the black protestor in Birmingham who was punched, kicked and choked? Or to the Latino in Miami who was knocked down and kicked?
Those are just a few examples of scores of similar incidents chronicled since Trump descended his golden escalator to launch his campaign by calling Mexicans criminals and rapists.
Google “Trump violence” and you’ll get 93,800,000 results, the top 20 of which detail hostility towards minority protestors by Trump fans.
A Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll of 16,000 Americans conducted in June-July found that “Supporters of U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump are more likely to describe African Americans as “criminal,” “unintelligent,” “lazy” and “violent” than voters who backed some Republican rivals in the primaries or who support Democratic contender Hillary Clinton.”
That’s racist – and it’s deplorable.
The same poll found that “Trump supporters are more than twice as likely as Clinton supporters to have negative views of Islam.”
That’s xenophobic – and it’s deplorable, too.
In a Suffolk University poll released just before Labor Day, 44% of ALL those responding said they think the GOP nominee is racist. That figure rose to 60% among Hispanics and not surprisingly, 83% among blacks.
Birds of a feather… water seeks its own level… call it whatever you want.
The GOP nominee has called his people unto him, and they have come.