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What's It Going to Take for the Mainstream Media to Call Trump a Racist?

December 26, 2017 in Blogs

By Chauncey DeVega, Salon

After his latest screed about Haitians and Nigerians, no one can pretend otherwise.

In an essay here last week, I argued that Donald Trump views nonwhite immigrants and Muslims as human garbage. As such, Trump, his administration and the Republican Party are engaging in a campaign of “soft” ethnic cleansing directed against those groups. The usual suspects in the right-wing media responded with outrage that I would make such a basic and obvious observation about their hero and idol's bigotry and racism.

On cue, Donald Trump has provided further proof of his white supremacist views through his words, deeds and actions.

In a carefully researched story published over the Christmas weekend, the New York Times reported that Trump was angered because “too many” immigrants and other visitors were being allowed entry to the United States. At a meeting in the Oval Office last June, Trump reportedly began to read aloud from a list of approved immigrant visas supplied to him by domestic policy adviser Stephen Miller:

[So] many foreigners had flooded into the country since January, he vented to his national security team, that it was making a mockery of his pledge. Friends were calling to say he looked like a fool, Mr. Trump said. …

More than 2,500 were from Afghanistan, a terrorist haven, the president complained.

Haiti had sent 15,000 people. They “all have AIDS,” he grumbled, according to one person who attended the meeting and another person who was briefed about it by a different person who was there.

Forty thousand had come from Nigeria, Mr. Trump added. Once they had seen the United States, they would never “go back to their huts” in Africa, recalled the two officials, who asked for anonymity to discuss a sensitive conversation in the Oval Office.

Later in the article, the Times reporters offer this context:

Seizing on immigration as the cause of countless social and economic problems, Mr. Trump entered office with an agenda of symbolic but incompletely thought-out goals, the product not of rigorous policy debate but of emotionally charged personal interactions and an instinct for tapping into the nativist views of white working-class Americans.

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