We’ve known for awhile that Donald Trump is a violent, abusive pick for a Presidential nominee.
Anyone who announces their campaign with a rash and callous statement about Mexicans being “rapists,” “criminals,” and “killers” is a brutal choice.
But the Donald is not the only Trump whose track record should be examined further. His sons have made disturbing statements as well, commenting on the Syrian refugee crisis and workplace sexual harassment.
The Trump family is drowning in racism and misogyny. Here are 7 times Donald Trump’s sons were just as deplorable as him.
1. Donald Jr.’s take on the Confederate flag controversy: There’s no problem with it
Following the Democratic National Convention in July, Donald Jr. decided it was time to take a stance on the Confederate flag.
He said, “I believe in traditions,” adding, “I understand how people feel about some of that, but leaving some of the traditions the way they are in this country, there’s nothing wrong with some tradition.”
2. Eric Trump says strong women don’t allow themselves to be subjected to sexual harassment
In the wake of Fox CEO Roger Ailes stepping down over sexual harassment allegations, the Trump family stood by him, as they often do when someone needs an apologist of sexist violence.
Donald Trump centered women in the discussion on sexual harassment, but not in the way one should. He said that if his daughter Ivanka ever got harassed at work, he hoped that she would quit.
After facing some blowback over his comments, little Eric came to the Donald’s defense. He said, “[Y]ou should take it up with Human Resources, and I think [Ivanka] would as a strong person. At the same time, I don’t think she would allow herself to be subjected to that.”
Apparently women who are sexually harassed can be neither strong nor powerful, according to Eric.
I would actually argue that we are both.
3. Similarly, Donald Jr. said that women who can’t handle sexual harassment “don’t belong in the workforce”
Amid swirling sexual assault allegations against Republican nominee Donald Trump, his surrogates — and sons — are coming to his defense, suggesting that his gross mistreatment of women is “normal.”
On Thursday, BuzzFeed recovered audio from 2013 of Donald Jr. saying in an interview, “If you can’t handle some of the basic stuff that’s become a problem in the workforce today, then you don’t belong in the workforce.”
The “basic stuff”? Sexual harassment.
4. Eric Trump blames Syrian refugees for U.S. wage stagnation
Forget the rhetoric that “Syrian refugees could be ISIS,” Eric Trump took it to another level in August when he straight-up lied about wage stagnation in the U.S.
He said, “I mean, wages have been stagnant for the last 15 years and it’s because you have, you know, Syrian refugees coming in. It’s because you have, you know, thousands of people coming over the border.”
The U.S. has only recently started admitting Syrian refugees into the country, specifically over the last five years.
5. Syrian refugees are like poisonous skittles, Donald Jr. suggests
Donald Jr. took to Twitter in mid-September to explain why we shouldn’t let Syrian refugees into the country. He shared an image of a bowl of skittles along with the text: “If I had a bowl of skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.”
Trump Jr.’s caption read, “This image says it all. Let’s end the politically correct agenda that doesn’t put America first.”
Syrian refugees aren’t candy. Syrian refugees are people fleeing violence.
6. When Donald Jr. used a racist trope to describe a black Trump fan
When Trump was endorsed by CJ Pearson, a black teenager who once said President Obama “doesn’t love America,” Donald Jr. tweeted his approval of the endorsement and said with amazement, “Wow so young and so articulate!”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 27, 2016
Calling black people articulate isn’t a compliment, it’s a racist micro-aggression. As Lynette Clemetson wrote for the New York Times in 2007 on the topic, “When whites use the word [articulate] in reference to blacks, it often carries a subtext of amazement, even bewilderment.”
Condoleezza Rice’s former communications counselor shared with Clemetson, “When people say it, what they are really saying is that someone is articulate … for a black person.”
7. Who’s surprised though — Donald Jr. made his anti-black racism clear as early as February
Donald Jr. and Eric appeared on Fox and Friends in February where they discussed Super Tuesday.
The show’s host Ainsley Earhardt noted that some black celebrities, such as Whoopi Goldberg, Al Sharpton and Raven-Symoné, said they would leave the country if Trump won the election.
Donald Jr. wasn’t phased. He said, “I’ll buy them their airfare. I’m more than happy to chip in.”
The Trump war on “political correctness” is baffling. Decency and respect for the varied experiences of different people is hardly a matter of “political correctness,” but one of creating more socially just structures.
It should be super clear by now what the Trump family represents: white supremacy and misogyny. No, not just the Republican nominee. His sons are just as deplorable.