Donald Trump Has Been a Racist All His Life -- And He Isn't Going to Change After Charlottesville
Publisher: The Intercept
Date Written: 15/08/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21214
Consider the first time the president's name appeared on the front page of the New York Times was an article which pointed out that the Department of Justice had sued the Trump family's real estate company in federal court over alleged violations of the Fair Housing Act because of anti-black bias. Over the next four decades, Trump burnished his reputation as a bigot.
Some had hoped that Trump would be moderated by office; there was much talk of a presidential pivot. It was all utter nonsense and wishful thinking from lazy commentators who have found it difficult to cover, and call out, a president who regularly traffics in racially charged rhetoric while surrounding himself with an array of race-baiting advisers.
The U.S. has had plenty of presidents in recent decades who have dog-whistled to racists and bigots, and even incited hate against minorities - think Nixon's Southern Strategy, Reagan and his "welfare queens," George H.W. Bush and the Willie Horton ad, and the Clintons and their "super-predators" - but there has never been a modern president so personally steeped in racist prejudices, so unashamed to make bigoted remarks in public and with such a long and well-documented record of racial discrimination.