Trump’s supporters may insist that accusations against Trump of dog whistle racism, which are really not even all that veiled at times, are ridiculous attempts by Democrats to call everything they disagree with racist, but that claim is getting much more difficult to support.
According to insiders at an Oval Office meeting in February, Trump flew into a racist rant, proposing that he push stories about violent crimes committed by undocumented Latino immigrants to please his base and push his promised border wall agenda.
During an Oval Office meeting last February, Trump acted as if he was at a rally, making up Hispanic names and noting crimes they might have committed — saying the crowd would roar for deportations. Jared Kushner and Stephen Miller laughed. https://t.co/3rLF1J73q4 pic.twitter.com/N9SqiJkg1d
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) May 25, 2018
Trump reportedly flew into a rage at Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, blaming her for a rise in illegal immigration that made him look bad to the supporters who convinced that every brown person living without documentation in the United States is bent on raping and killing everyone in sight.
According to The Washington Post:
‘The president has chastised her on several occasions this spring, including a much-publicized meeting earlier this month when he attacked her in front of the entire Cabinet. He has grown furious because his administration has made little progress building the border wall, and his most ardent supporters have blamed Nielsen for not doing more to halt the caravan of Central American migrants whose advance Trump saw as a personal challenge.’
🚨Trump is coming to Long Island on Wednesday to continue to vilify and dehumanize immigrants. We won’t stand for it. Rally tomorrow (Tuesday) with us to say: Long Island is #UnitedAgainstHate. And our community is #HereToStay. pic.twitter.com/ARVRO88z6R
— Make the Road NY (@MaketheRoadNY) May 21, 2018
Nielson was appointed to the Department of Homeland Security by Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, who defended her to the president during that meeting. Instead of listening, Trump put on a performance for attendees at the meeting, pretending he was speaking in front of one of his rabid rally crowds.
‘Trump reminded them the crowds loved his rhetoric on immigrants along the campaign trail. Acting as if he was at a rally, he then read aloud a few made up Hispanic names and described potential crimes they could have committed, like rape or murder. Then, he said, the crowds would roar when the criminals were thrown out of the country — as they did when he highlighted crimes by illegal immigrants at his rallies, according to a person present for the exchange and another briefed on it later. Miller and Kushner laughed.’
Sarah Huckabee Sanders doubles down on Trump's description of immigrants as animals. She says they are "horrible, horrible, disgusting people." Somehow immigants morphed into MS13 between the oval office and Sarah's press platform.https://t.co/ATv5j3cHyh
— Kathleen ODonnell (@krikaworks) May 17, 2018
Without a doubt, this type of thinking is why, suddenly, Trump’s focus has turned to MS-13, a gang of immigrants that began in California, who comprise a total of 0.0008 percent (that is one ten-thousandth of one percent) of the entire undocumented population in the U.S. After criticism of his rhetoric during the campaign in which he broadly painted all people crossing the border at Mexico as “rapists and drug dealers,” Trump needed to narrow his focus to a specific group, but all his supporters hear is that every undocumented immigrant should be considered violent, armed, and dangerous. That is exactly Trump’s intention.
It was my great honor to host a roundtable re: MS-13 yesterday in Bethpage, New York. Democrats must abandon their resistance to border security so that we can SUPPORT law enforcement and SAVE innocent lives! pic.twitter.com/pxe9Z4efyZ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 24, 2018
Trump’s son-in-law and openly racist adviser, Stephen Miller, appear to think that Trump’s blatant race-baiting is hilarious, but real people are being impacted by the president’s ignorance. The end of Trump’s autocratic reign cannot come soon enough to end the spread of hate supported by the president.
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