U.S. President Donald Trump’s controversies have come to a head with a series of comments being described by many as “racist.”
In an interview with C-SPAN on Tuesday, Trump dismissed the criticism by saying “everybody’s called a racist now.”
“I’m the least racist person there is in the world, as far as I’m concerned,” the U.S. president said.
So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
....and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
....it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2019
Earlier this month, Trump took to Twitter to call out “the squad” of Democratic members of Congress and told them to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came.” This “squad” of female Democrats are Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
Following Trump’s tweets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau felt compelled to respond, condemning his comments declaring “that’s not how we do things in Canada.”
Rep, Elijah Cummings has been a brutal bully, shouting and screaming at the great men & women of Border Patrol about conditions at the Southern Border, when actually his Baltimore district is FAR WORSE and more dangerous. His district is considered the Worst in the USA......— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
....As proven last week during a Congressional tour, the Border is clean, efficient & well run, just very crowded. Cumming District is a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess. If he spent more time in Baltimore, maybe he could help clean up this very dangerous & filthy place— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 27, 2019
The U.S. president also attacked Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings on Twitter, calling him a “brutal bully” of border officials after being a staunch critic of the treatments of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. Trump also stated that Cummings’ Baltimore district is a “rat and rodent infested mess.”
.@RepCummings is a champion in the Congress and the country for civil rights and economic justice, a beloved leader in Baltimore, and deeply valued colleague. We all reject racist attacks against him and support his steadfast leadership. #ElijahCummingsIsAPatriot https://t.co/2LG8AuQrHh— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 27, 2019
Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi responded to these comments to support Cummings and called Trump’s tweets “racist attacks.”
But this isn’t the first time the “racist” label has been used for Trump, with incidents of “racists” comments and actions spanning decades.
For example in 1991, the former president of the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey quoted a comment from Trump that stated: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it...I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks.” Trump originally denied making the statement but later said it was “probably true.”
A year later, the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino was fined $200,000 for moving black and women dealers off tables to accommodate a notable gambler’s prejudices.
According to a Quinnipiac University poll of 1,306 self-identified registered U.S. voters, conducted between July 25 and July 28, 2019, more than 50 per cent believe the U.S. president is a racist.
With white voters, only 46 per cent say he is racist, while 80 per cent and 55 per cent of black and Hispanic voters agreed with the statement.
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