October 1973: Donald Trump and his father, Fred Trump, are accused by the Department of Justice of refusing to rent apartments to African Americans. The case was settled two years later. The Trumps did not admit guilt. From The Washington Post: “Two former Trump employees … were quoted in court documents as saying they were told that the company wanted to rent only to ‘Jews and Executives’ and ‘discouraged rental to blacks.’”

March 1978: The DOJ accuses Trump of not living up to the terms of the 1975 settlement and continuing not to rent to African Americans.

May 1989: In a full-page New York Daily News ad, Trump calls for the execution of the Central Park Five, five black and Latino teenagers accused of raping a white woman in Central Park. They were later exonerated based on DNA evidence, but Trump refused to concede their innocence, calling the city’s $41 million settlement with them a “disgrace.”

1991: A book by John O’Donnell, a former president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, quotes Trump complaining about a black accountant: “Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control.”

October 1992: A New Jersey appeals court upholds a $200,000 judgment against the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino after managers removed black and women dealers to cater to a mobbed-up high roller’s prejudices.

February 2000: To stop a competing casino from opening in the Catskills, Trump runs newspaper ads showing hypodermic needles and drug paraphernalia, saying, “The St. Regis Mohawk Indian record of criminal activity is well documented.”

September 2010: Trump tells David Letterman that Muslims should not build a mosque in Lower Manhattan, near Ground Zero: “Well, somebody knocked down the World Trade Center. … Well, somebody’s blowing us up. I mean, somebody’s blowing up buildings, and somebody’s doing lots of bad stuff, David.”

February 2011: Trump tells the conservative gathering CPAC, “Our current president came out of nowhere. Came out of nowhere. In fact, I’ll go a step further. The people that went to school with him, they never saw him. They don’t know who he is.” (This is false.)

March 2011: On The View, Trump embraces birtherism: “I was a really good student at the best school. I’m like a smart guy. They make these birthers into the worst idiots. Why doesn’t he show his birth certificate?”

June 2013: Trump tweets: “Sadly, the overwhelming amount of violent crime in our major cities is committed by blacks and hispanics [sic].” (This is false.)

June 2015: Announcing his candidacy for president, Trump says, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

May 2016: Trump criticizes the judge overseeing lawsuits against Trump University as inherently biased because he’s of Mexican descent.

August 2016: Trump makes a pitch to black voters: “You’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”

January 2017: President Trump signs an executive order banning all refugee admissions and temporarily barring people from several majority-Muslim countries.

August 2017: After white supremacists march in Charlottesville and an antifascist demonstrator is murdered, Trump repeatedly says “both sides” are to blame, adding that there were “some very fine people” among the white supremacists. He later calls Confederate monuments “our heritage.”

September 2017: At a rally in Alabama, Trump attacks NFL players who kneel during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. Advising his supporters to boycott the NFL, he says, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired!’”

December 2017: Trump reportedly says that people who come to the U.S. from Haiti “all have AIDS” and laments that Nigerian immigrants don’t “go back to their huts.”

January 2018: Trump asks a group of lawmakers, “Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” referring to Haiti and countries in Africa. He also says he wants more immigrants from places like Norway, which, obviously, is mostly white. (Trump later denies making that comment about Haitibut not about African countries.) A United Nations spokesperson calls Trump a “racist.”

One reply on “A History of Donald Trump’s Racism, Abridged”

  1. It would be interesting to know if you ever wrote a list such as this one on ex-president Obama.
    Unquestionably, it would have been 1000 times more offensive and at least 10 times longer.

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