The racist incumbent in the White House

In a article by Justin Coleman of The Hill called “Santorum: ‘Huge mistake’ for Trump not to condemn white supremacy at debate,” the former Senator chastised the president for not condemning white supremacism. Per The Hill’s article (a link is below):

“Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum (R) on Wednesday said that it was a ‘huge mistake’ for President Trump not to condemn white supremacy during the first presidential debate against Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Santorum said in an appearance on CNN’s ‘New Day’ that Trump’s refusal to denounce white supremacy was a ‘bad error,’ saying the president has “condemned these groups before.”

‘But for some reason, he didn’t and I think that was a huge gaffe,’ the former senator said. ‘And it’s been typical of the president when he gets backed into a corner he doesn’t like to be forced to say something.’

‘He made a huge mistake, and again you can’t say anything other than disappointed,’ he added.”

This is not the first time the president has failed to condemn white supremacism or has uttered racist remarks.

– Trump’s comment about good people being on both sides in the Charlottesville, VA white nationalist march and reaction that led to one woman mowed down led to his Jewish National Economics Advisor Gary Cohn to decide to leave the White House after he passed a tax bill.
– Trump settled a court case for housing discrimination against African-Americans, and then had to be taken back to court as he did not honor the settlement.
– Trump placed a full page article accusing the Central Park Five (all African-American teens) of a heinous crime. They were convicted, but the conviction was overturned.
– Trump used derogatory terms against Native Americans in public testimony as he was losing casino business to Native Americans.
– Trump for several years continued attacking President Obama for not being born in America, the “Birther Issue.” Would he have done this is Obama was 100% white?
– Trump referenced not wanting immigration from “s**thole countries” when he decided to unwind an agreed to DACA for the Wall funding deal made verbally earlier in the day.
– Trump made reference to the four new Congress members to “go back to where you came from” as they were women of color.
– Trump announced his candidacy referencing the “rapists’ coming in from Mexico
– Trump supported the right for his mostly white followers to protest (with guns) in state capitols to re-open the economies, but references the multi-racial Black Lives Matter protestors as “thugs.”

While I am not perfect, it is pretty clear the president has made many racist remarks, which make him racist. Further, I am hard pressed to not call Trump a white supremacist sympathizer. But, don’t take my word for it. His attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen said under oath to Congress, “Donald Trump is a racist, he is a con-artist and he is a cheat.” Why did he lead with racist?


12 thoughts on “The racist incumbent in the White House

    • Janis, I agree. A gaffe is a mistake. He had several opportunities to not say what he did. The white supremacist group is quite happy with the White House incumbent’s words of encouragement. Keith

    • Jeff, agreed. Here is yet one more Republican who has expressed concern over the failure to denounce white supremacy, per The Hill.

      “Former Montana Gov. Marc Racicot (R) delivered a biting assessment of President Trump’s tenure in the White House after Trump refused to explicitly condemn white supremacy during Tuesday’s debate, saying his continued leadership is ‘dangerous to the existence of the republic.'”

      • I would take it a step further and say that his continued leadership (such as it is) is a danger to the entire world, for much of what he does, particularly in areas of climate change and foreign relations affects the planet, not just the U.S.

      • Good on him Keith. He’s obviously a country over party guy. Lot of respect for him.

  1. What most disturbs me is that his approval rating still remains at or about 40%. This tells me that there is a large portion of people in this country who are also racists and bigots, for how else could they continue to support him?

    • Jill, I don’t think what we obviously see is sinking in to his followers. With that said, it is very hard for him to hide from what he said at the debate. Keith

  2. Note to Readers: First, I am sorry the president and first lady have a contracted COVID-19. I do not wish ill on anyone. Second, it did trouble me that the president made references earlier in the day about minorities and low income people spoiling the suburbs. That is a continuation of said racist narrative. Again, you cannot say you are not a racist when you continue to say racist things.

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