Trump Claims He’s Not Racist, But These Quotes Suggest Otherwise

President Donald Trump is still making headlines over accusations that he called a number of African nations “shithole countries” during a recent immigration meeting, asking instead why the country doesn’t get more immigrants “from Norway.” The comments prompted pundits, politicians, celebrities and everyday Americans to call the president of the United States a racist — to which he’s now responded that he’s the “least racist” person out there.

But is he really? These comments from President Trump’s first term in office suggest not only that he’s racist, but also that he’s lacking some serious self-awareness.

1. He thinks all people on welfare are black.

When the president was discussing welfare policy early on in his term, he appeared baffled to learn that of the Americans using welfare benefits, some were actually white.

According to Newsweek, “In the spring of 2017, the newly elected president met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus. During that meeting, one of the members mentioned to Trump that welfare reform would be detrimental to her constituents— adding, “Not all of whom are black,” according to NBC News. The president was incredulous. ‘Really? Then what are they?’”

2. He thinks all black people know each other.

That’s not the only problem the president had with the Congressional Black Caucus, either. He simply could not wrap his head around the idea that they didn’t know his Housing and Urban Development Secretary, Dr. Ben Carson.

“At a March meeting with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, Trump asked the elected officials if they personally knew just one member of his incoming cabinet — Ben Carson — according to two people in the room,” reports NBC.com. “Carson, the only black member of Trump’s Cabinet, had never served in Congress and spent his career as a surgeon. Trump found that surprising that no one said they knew him, the attendees said.”

3. No, really, they all know each other.

Of course, speaking to the Congressional Black Caucus at all was a big step for the president, what with his inability to approach them directly. That’s apparently why he asked White House reporter April Ryan – one of the few African American reporters in the press corps — if she could set one up for him.

“I’ll tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting?” he said. “Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours?”

4. Don’t forget about the code talkers.

Then there was that time that the president decided to hold a ceremony honoring the Navajo code talkers of World War II directly in front of a portrait of the man who tried to destroy them as a people. And if that wasn’t enough, President Trump took this opportunity to make jokes about Sen. Elizabeth Warren, calling her “Pocahontas.”

5. And that time he condemned “many sides” for violence in Charlottesville.

And we can’t forget the white supremacist rally held in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in widespread violence and one death when a participant drove his car into a crowd of anti-racism protesters.

The president responded to the incident by condemning the “many sides” involved, putting racists and anti-racist forces on the same level. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides,” he said, repeating, “On many sides.”

6. He believes African immigrants “have AIDS” and “live in huts.”

This month’s immigration meeting wasn’t the only one to involve President Trump’s racist comments about African immigrants, either. According to the New York Times, the president seethed about immigrants during a late December meeting as well:

Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a different person who was there. Forty thousand had come from Nigeria, Mr. Trump added. Once they had seen the United States, they would never ‘go back to their huts’ in Africa, recalled the two officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive conversation in the Oval Office.

7. He finds Korean people interchangeable.

Who needs an expert in negotiations when you have a “pretty Korean lady” who can take on North Korea instead? So thinks the president, after asking one staffer where “her people” were from.

“When the analyst responded that her parents were from South Korea, the president reportedly responded by asking a nearby adviser why the ‘pretty Korean lady’ was not negotiating with North Korea’s government on behalf of the Trump administration,” reports The Hill. “The analyst, whose name was not released, is reportedly trained in hostage negotiation, not diplomacy.”

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore, via Wikimedia commons

74 comments

Marie W
Marie W2 months ago

thanks

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Leanne K
Leanne K7 months ago

Oh for sure Trump is racist and elitist. No doubts whatsoever

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Leanne K
Leanne K7 months ago

Every racist says they are not racist but...

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Anette S
Anette S8 months ago

I know, I repeat myself: this person is mentally confused and belongs locked away or at least in therapy. He is by no means qualified to serve the office of the President of the United States.

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Janet B
Janet B8 months ago

Thanks

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E8 months ago

@david f
You man just like SO many gullible people like you listen to the words "fake news " so often on your fox news and from trump that you need to come here to a liberal site like C2 to try and peddle your brand of journalism?
Speaking of racist !!!

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Cindy M. D
Cindy M. D8 months ago

Can someone tell me when tRUMP's birthday is - I'm gonna buy him a dictionary with the word racist circled for his convenience.

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michelle t
michelle m8 months ago

I agree with Trumps racist views.I dislike his other antics however.

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David F
David F8 months ago

The 90% Fake news calls Trump a racist so often, that many of the most gullible sincerely believe them.

Racist is the default argument commonly used when facts overwhelm the ideologist then it dilutes the meaning when a true racist should be exposed.

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Benjamin B
Benjamin B8 months ago

great article

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