It’s not being black or white or any color. It’s about America

A lot of attention will, and should, be focused on racism in the upcoming 2020 presidential election.

It should, and must, be something that all thinking Americans should have on their minds when they vote.

We have a president who spouts white supremacist rhetoric constantly, who tells native-born Americans to go “back to where they come from” if they are not white and who runs a company with a long, disgraceful record of discrimination against racial minorities.

“Trump is a racist. Period,” writes New York Times columnist Charles Blow.

He adds:

It is not a stretch to say that Trump is racist. It’s not a stretch to say that he is a white supremacist. It’s not a stretch to say that Trump is a bigot.

Those are just facts, supported by the proof of the words that keep coming directly from him. And, when he is called out for his racism, his response is never to ameliorate his rhetoric, but to double down on it.

I know of no point during his entire life where he has apologized for, repented of, or sought absolution for any of his racist actions or comments.

Instead, he either denies, deflects or amps up the attack.

Trump is a racist. We can put that baby to bed.

“Racism” and “racist” are simply words that have definitions, and Trump comfortably and unambiguously meets those definitions.

“Trump is a racist president,” writes George Conway, a New York lawyer and husband of Trump senior advisor Kellyanne Conway.

He adds:

Naivete, resentment and outright racism, roiled in a toxic mix, have given us a racist president. Trump could have used vile slurs, including the vilest of them all, and the intent and effect would have been no less clear. Telling four non-white members of Congress — American citizens all, three natural-born — to “go back” to the “countries” they “originally came from”? That’s racist to the core. It doesn’t matter what these representatives are for or against — and there’s plenty to criticize them for — it’s beyond the bounds of human decency. For anyone, not least a president.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Trump is not a racist. Of course, he would say that. McConnell is also a racist. I covered him while reporting in Washington, DC. He might as well wear a white Klan robe.

Trump repeatedly claims he is “the least racist person anywhere in the world.” His history is littered with racist and racially charged comments and actions.

Report Philip Rucker and Ashley Parker of The Washington Post:

In 1989, Trump purchased newspaper advertisements demanding the reinstatement of the death penalty after the arrests of the “Central Park Five,” black and Latino teenagers accused of raping a white jogger in New York. They were exonerated in 2002, but Trump has repeatedly refused to acknowledge their innocence. In 2005, he pitched an idea for his reality television series, “The Apprentice,” that would have pitted white people against black people.

Trump then rose to political prominence partially by championing the racist “birtherism” myth that President Barack Obama was born outside the United States. As a presidential candidate, Trump attacked a judge overseeing a Trump University case for his Mexican heritage. And once in the White House, Trump equivocated in the aftermath of a deadly white supremacist rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, saying there were “very fine people on both sides.”

Last month, Trump tweeted that four minority congresswomen should “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” even though all four are American and three were born in the United States. He later did not tell his supporters to stop chanting “Send her back!” at a campaign rally where he evoked the name of one of the four, Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). The Somali-born refugee became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

Trump’s rhetoric came under fresh examination after the man accused of killing 22 people in El Paso echoed the president’s language about an “invasion” of Hispanic migrants in what authorities say they believe is the suspect’s missive explaining the reasons for the shooting.

We have a racist president. He wants voters to re-elect him in 2020. Think long and hard about what keeping him in office does to America. Forget about faux allegiance to any political party.  Remember, instead, what is important to America.

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