Donald Trump. Perhaps the most vile president in the world today. Photo: Gage Skidmore-Flickr
Donald Trump’s characterization of Haiti and African countries as “shithole countries” have some in media debating whether he is racist.
Trump’s racism was evident long before he made this vile remark about countries where Black people live. The real “shithole” is the orifice known as Trump’s mouth. The question is: why do so many White Americans deny Donald Trump’s racism?
The current controversy started after Trump assailed Haiti and African countries Thursday as “shithole countries,” during a bi-partisan meeting on immigration and the DACA program. Reportedly, Trump also asked why there weren’t immigrants from Norway an overwhelmingly-White populated country.
Throughout Thursday, neither Trump or White House officials denied he made these statements. However, by Friday when it became evident that national and international condemnation was widespread, Trump tweeted that he only used “tough” language. Because we know Donald Trump is a serial liar, this denial is meaningless. Who should we believe Trump, or, Illinois Senator Dick Durbin who verified press reports that this perverted president did indeed make these comments?
“I cannot believe that in the history of the White House, in the Oval Office, any president has ever spoken words that I personally heard our president speak yesterday,” Durbin said. “He said these hate-filled things and he said them repeatedly.” Durbin also said Trump’s words were “hate filled, vile and racist.”
Besides Sen. Durbin, no one who was in the room when Trump made these comments has gone on the record to denounce him. Durbin tells us South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham chided Trump immediately after these comments. But Graham seems to have decided it isn’t politically expedient to speak openly about the racist statements of this president.
Would Sen. Graham be so reticent to condemn racist comments if President Obama had been the one saying them?
Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton and Georgia Senator David Perdue engaged in an even clearer example of partisan political posturing. Both released a joint statement using evasive Reaganesque language saying, “We do not recall the President saying these comments specifically.”
Are they telling us Trump could’ve called African countries “shithole” countries but it just may’ve slipped their minds? Are racist comments so routine to them that they can’t “recall” when a Republican says something so reprehensible?
Wisconsin Republican Paul Ryan called Trump’s comments “unhelpful” and “unfortunate.” What is “unfortunate” is the political cowardice of politicians like Paul Ryan and Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell, who has said not a word.
Then there are the timid comments of Black South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. Reportedly, after Sen. Graham substantiated the statements made by Trump to Sen. Scott, Scott then said, “If these comments are the president’s words they are disappointing to say the least.” What is “disappointing” Sen. Scott is your wimpy language where you said, “the least,” in regard to such obviously racist language disparaging Black people.
On Friday, in a farcical scene of spectacle, Donald Trump stood next to certain coopted African-Americans to, supposedly, honor Dr. Martin Luther King. That these African-Americans would stand next to Trump during this ceremony, after these latest comments—and not denounce his racist comments in memory of Dr. King—tells us all we need to know about these Black political misleaders and their lack of moral conviction.
The event was a grandstanding disgrace to the legacy of Dr. King. Black lackeys, like Dr. Ben Carson, Paris Dennard and Pastor Darrell Scott, seem to be only seeking political visibility, and handout crumbs from Massa Trump’s table. As such, they should be publicly reviled and rejected outright by Black America.
Dr. King would surely be ashamed of the spinelessness of these obedient opportunistic Black people. Dr. King once said, “There comes a time when silence is betrayal.” These unprincipled Black status-seekers should also remember these words from Dr. King “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
Dr. King’s friend, Civil Rights icon and Georgia Congressman John Lewis said he would be boycotting the upcoming State of The Union. Lewis said Trump’s “words and his actions tend to speak like one who knows something about being a racist. It must be in his DNA, in his makeup.”
Black Republicans, like Dr. Carson and Sen. Scott, should be educating this elitist dunce on the fact that America was made “great” by African Slaves who came from these same “shithole countries” he now disparages. They should be making it clear that Europe was made rich from exploiting the natural resources, and labor, from these African “shithole countries.” Historical facts tell us the primary current crises in Africa were created by European, and American imperialism.
As this shameful debacle was ending, African-American journalist April Ryan shouted the question many in media are now asking: “Mr. President, are you a racist?”
Hasn’t Trump answered this question many times before?
Didn’t he answer it when he said there were “very fine people” among the Neo-Nazis, Klan, and other racist groups who descended on Charlottesville? Didn’t he speak his racism when he called Mexicans “drug dealers” “rapists” and “killers” who are “bringing crime” to America? What about when then candidate Trump said that Judge Gonzalo Curiel was biased against him because of his Mexican heritage—a comment Congressman Ryan called the “textbook definition of racism?”
Haven’t we heard racism in his bigoted comments against Muslims? Remember his calls for a “total and complete shutdown” of all Muslims entering the country?
Trump’s dossier of discrimination against African-Americans preceded all of this, and is a long one. We know he was sued by the Justice Department, twice, in 1973 and 1978, for housing discrimination against African-American—where he directed subordinates to mark C on the housing applications of African-Americans.
The 1989 Central Park Five case fiasco is instructive in illustrating how Trump uses racism to publicize himself. As these five teenage boys were being wrongly accused by police and prosecutors of rape, Trump took out full-page ads in all four major newspapers in New York City demanding the reinstatement of the death penalty. Even after DNA evidence exonerated them, Trump continued to disparage these innocent men.
In a 1989 interview with Bryant Gumbel, Trump made the deceitful claim that “A well-educated Black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated White in terms of the job market.” Isn’t this the very kind of racial rationalization we hear from bigots who deny there is discrimination against Blacks in America?
According to author John O’Donnell, a onetime president of Trump’s Plaza Hotel and Casino, Trump once complained about a Black accountant saying “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys wearing yarmulkes.” O’Donnell also alleged that Trump said, “laziness is a trait in Blacks.”
Donald Trump won the White House because he championed the racist “Birther” lie against President Barack Obama—that many working-class Whites, and Republicans agreed with. Trump is also there because he was legitimized by an avaricious “mainstream” media; and moguls like CBS CEO Leslie Moonves who said Trump’s candidacy “may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.”
Donald Trump’s primary political trump card is: racism. Anytime he needs to rally his base he reverts to it. Isn’t this why he repeatedly attacked Black NFL players protesting police brutality—while falsely claiming the protests are disrespectful to the flag and military?
Trump’s racism has been evident for decades. The question is: why does a large part of White America deny Trump’s racism?