US President Donald Trump drew fresh accusations of racism Monday after he attacked four ethnic-minority Democrats in Congress, telling them to “go back” where they came from.
While Trump denies he is racist, he has a long history of political pandering to white suspicions about other ethnic groups, which many believe helped him win electoral victory in 2016 and which could be important in the election next year.
– Campaign against Obama –
Well before opened his bid for the White House in 2016, Trump targeted the African-American background of Barack Obama, suggesting the Hawaii-born president was really born outside the United States.
In 2011 he suggested Obama was secretly a Muslim — another group among his regular targets.
– Mexican ‘rapists’ –
Trump made fighting immigration a key plank of his election platform, and told supporters in speeches that migrants from US neighbor Mexico are “drug smugglers and rapists.”
“They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they are rapists, and some, I assume, are good people,” he said in a campaign speech.
After becoming president, he defended his border policies in similar terms.
“You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are, these aren’t people, these are animals,” he said of the migrants.
– Muslims in America –
Trump also campaigned on instituting a ban on entries by Muslims, rooted in a long history of attacking Islam.
In 2015 he claimed, falsely, that “thousands and thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey cheered after the 9/11 attacks on New York.
During the 2016 campaign he assailed the parents of Captain Humayun Khan, a Muslim US soldier killed in Iraq, after Khan’s father criticized the billionaire White House candidate.
“If you look at his wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say, she probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me,” he said.
In the 2016 race he promised “a complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”
After he won election, Trump placed a sweeping ban on arrivals from several Muslim countries and slashed the number of refugees the country would accept, especially from Syria.
– ‘Shithole countries’-
In a private January 2018 White House meeting, Trump made clear he preferred migrants from white Western European countries.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Trump asked, pointing to African countries, Haiti and El Salvador.
“Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out,” he said.
“We should have more people from places like Norway,” he added.
– ‘Very fine people’ –
White supremacist, neo-Nazi and anti-Semitic groups gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia in August 2017 for a rally, emboldened by what they perceived as Trump’s implicit support.
Counter-protesters flocked to the city and clashes broke out. One neo-Nazi deliberately ploughed his car into a crowd of protesters, killing one and injuring 29.
Addressing the violence, Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides,” and an “egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides,” equating the racist groups with those opposing them.
– Texans good, Puerto Ricans bad –
Trump had different views of supplying emergency funds for Texas and Puerto Rico — a US territory — after both were devastated by hurricanes in 2017.
“TEXAS: We are with you today, we are with you tomorrow, and we will be with you EVERY SINGLE DAY AFTER, to restore, recover, and REBUILD!” he tweeted in September 2017.
As for Puerto Rico, he wrote: “All their local politicians do is complain & ask for more money… The pols are grossly incompetent, spend the money foolishly or corruptly, & only take from USA.”
CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation
CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.
Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.
"His point is nonsensical," Honig said. "Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing."
‘Everyone he touches gets tainted’: CNN panel astonished by number of criminally convicted Trump allies
A CNN panel on Friday stood in awe at the number of President Donald Trump's allies who have been convicted of crimes ever since his election in 2016.
During a panel discussion about Trump ally Roger Stone's conviction on seven criminal counts that included witness intimidation, perjury, and obstruction of justice, CNN host Anderson Cooper said it was astonishing how many of the people who helped the president get elected have wound up in jail.
"In your own life, how many people are you close to in your orbit who have been convicted of crimes?" Cooper asked and then listed off former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, and former personal attorney Michael Cohen.
Marie Yovanovitch made a ‘mockery’ of Trump’s dismissal of the ‘deep state’ with her testimony: CNN’s David Gregory
CNN contributor David Gregory used his time during a panel segment on the impeachment testimony of Marie Yovanovitch to hammer President Donald Trump for attacking the diplomat on Twitter as she spoke -- then said she had made a "mockery" of his [Trump's] dismissal of the "deep state."
According to Gregory, viewers might think he was naive to believe the president would not get personal and go after Yovanovitch, but that he was honestly stunned.