Donald Trump: An embrace of prejudice and paranoia

Donald Trump’s campaign is built on prejudice and paranoia. He’s questioned the citizenship of the first African American president, he has a disturbing pattern of courting white supremacists, he’s been sued for housing discrimination against communities of color. He’s attacked a judge for his Mexican heritage, and he’s promised a mass “deportation force.” He has helped an ugly, radical fringe take over one of America’s two major political parties and get within reach of the most powerful office in the world. Throughout this campaign, he’s shown us exactly who he is and what he stands for. We believe him.

EXAMPLES OF TRUMP’S HATEFUL AND DIVISIVE COMMENTS:

TRUMP ON WOMEN:

TRUMP ON HISPANICS:

  • Donald Trump continues to double down on his plan to deport 16 million people who are part of America’s social fabric and economic engine.
  • He would send a “deportation force” to schools, workplaces and homes, and tear these families apart.
  • Trump, on immigrants crossing the border from Mexico: “They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.”
  • Donald Trump: “If you look at the statistics of people coming, you look at the statistics on rape, on crime, on everything coming in illegally into this country it’s mind-boggling…somebody’s doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody’s doing it! Who’s doing the raping? Who’s doing the raping?”
  • Trump, on the use of the offensive term “anchor baby”: “Excuse me — I’ll use the word ‘anchor baby.’
  • Donald Trump told journalist Jorge Ramos, “Go back to Univision.”
  • On Cinco de Mayo, Trump sent the following tweet: “Happy #CincoDeMayo! The best taco bowls are made in Trump Tower Grill. I love Hispanics!”
  • Trump launched a series of racially tinged attacks on federal judge Gonzalo Curiel, saying he could not do his job because he was of “Mexican heritage.”
  • Speaker Paul Ryan [R-WI]: “Claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sorta the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”
  • Sen. Bob Corker [R-TN]: “During a Tuesday interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Corker, a Tennessee senator who is a top-ranking Trump supporter and has been listed as a potential running mate, refused to answer on three occasions whether the Manhattan billionaire was fit to be president.”
  • Iowa State Senator David Johnson: “Iowa state senator David Johnson became the first elected official to leave the Republican Party over Donald Trump on Tuesday, likening the presumptive nominee’s campaign to the rise of Adolf Hitler. Johnson announced that he was changing his registration to No Party after Trump leveled accusations of bias at Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an American judge of Mexican heritage who allowed the release of some unflattering documents from a case against Trump University.”

TRUMP ON MUSLIM AMERICANS:

  • In December, Donald Trump released a statement saying, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.”
  • In the statement, Trump cited polls showing “great hatred towards Americans by large segments of the Muslim populations.”
  • Trump suggested we should create a database to track American Muslims, saying “We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely…We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.’”
  • Since announcing his support for a Muslim ban back in December, Donald Trump has repeatedly stood by it, saying in May, “No, I’m not softening my stance at all.”
  • He even called for some sort of “commission” – possibly to be headed up by Rudy Giuliani – to look at “this problem.”
  • Trump defended his call to ban Muslims from the U.S. by arguing FDR “did the same thing” when he set up internment camps during World War II.
  • Trump didn’t limit his Judge Curiel insult to Hispanics. Donald Trump said that a Muslim judge could also treat Trump unfairly because of his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States.

TRUMP ON AFRICAN AMERICANS:

TRUMP ON LGBT AMERICANS:

  • Donald Trump opposes marriage equality.
  • Trump has suggested as president he would appoint Supreme Court justices that would overturn the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage.
  • Trump’s proposed Supreme Court picks had a history of anti-LGBT positions.
  • Trump supported “religious freedom” laws that discriminated against LGBT Americans.
  • Trump would rescind the directives protecting transgender people from discrimination, arguing they were just a “tiny, tiny portion” of the population
  • Trump supports North Carolina’s hateful HB2 law barring people from using restrooms and other public facilities that correspond to their gender identity.
  • Trump’s religious advisory board contains a number of anti-LGBT activists.

TRUMP ON NATIVE AMERICANS:

  • Trump has continuously referred to Elizabeth Warren as “Pocahontas.”
  • Trump suggested Native Americans working at casinos were not “real Indians.”
  • Trump secretly bankrolled a series of racist ads to oppose Native American gaming in New York state.

TRUMP ON ASIAN AMERICANS – PACIFIC ISLANDERS:

TRUMP’S ANTI-SEMITISM:                                     

TRUMP ON PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES:

TRUMP ON VETERANS:

COMMON LANGUAGE FOR ALL COALITIONS:

  • Trump is normalizing hatred and bigotry, courting white supremacists and lifting up hate groups.
  • While Trump attempts to pivot into a more “ serious” mode, he has simply doubled down on his divisive and dangerous campaign. His new campaign CEO is Steve Bannon, former Chairman of Breitbart.  Here’s more info on Breitbart:

o Breitbart.com is a so- called news site that has given a platform to divisive, racist, anti-Semitic and anti- Muslim conspiracy theories.

o Breitbart.com has actually been known to defend white supremacists, to create an online haven for them.

o Even David Duke, the former Ku Klux Klansman leader who, as a young man, was notorious for parading on the LSU campus in a Nazi uniform, has praised Trump for hiring Steve Bannon.

  • The reality is that Trump’s divisive and dangerous rhetoric has had a ripple effect across the country.  He’s bringing hatred into our communities. From school children bullying their Latino peers saying “build the wall” to:

o Washington Post: “Trump’s vitriol is making it off the campaign trail and into the lingua franca of children at an alarming rate. Just watch coverage from Trump rallies to hear the next phrases kids will be slinging at school.” [Washington Post, 3/7/16]

o Huffington Post: “Even though they can’t vote… kids are paying attention to the 2016 election. Trumps bigotry is moving from the political stage to the community level.”[Huffington Post, 5/15/16]

o Southern Poverty Law Center: “Our report found that the campaign is producing an alarming level of fear and anxiety among children of color and inflaming racial and ethnic tensions in the classroom. Many students worry about being deported.” [Southern Poverty Law Center, 4/13/16]

o HEADLINE: “The Trump Effect’: Hatred, Fear And Bullying On The Rise In Schools” [Huffington Post, 4/13/16]

o HEADLINE: “The Parent-Child Discussion That So Many Dread: Donald Trump” [New York Times Video, 3/10/16]

o HEADLINE: “The ‘Trump Effect’ Is Contaminating Our Kids – And Could Resonate For Years” [Washington Post, 5/7/16]