Seven Times Donald Trump Promised to Make America White Again
Donald Trump, a leading Republican hopeful for president of the United States, has made white supremacy a defining element of his campaign. Behold:
1. When President Barack Obama challenged the nation Sunday not to resort to bigotry after a Muslim couple killed 14 people in San Bernardino, California, Trump issued a press release Monday that read: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
2. When people said that sounded ridiculous, Trump doubled down. "I wrote something today that I think is very very salient, very important and probably not politically correct, but I don't care," he told reporters Monday in South Carolina.
3. When the Syrian refugee crisis was wrongly blamed for the terrorist attacks in Paris in November, Trump's answer was to ban all Syrians from entering the United States:
Because Christian refugees are "superior" to Muslims, Trump said.
4. When Trump announced his candidacy and outlined his thoughts on immigrants who come to the United States seeking better lives, he told his supporters in June, "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists."
5. When viewers pointed out that those comments seemed a bit inflammatory, Trump doubled down. "It's unbelievable when you look at what's going on. So all I'm doing is telling the truth," Trump said in July in an interview with CNN's Don Lemon. "Well, somebody's doing the raping, Don! I mean somebody's doing it! Who's doing the raping? Who's doing the raping?"
6. When Trump blasted the Democratic Party for "catering" to Black Lives Matter activists. "I think it's disgraceful the way they're being catered to by the Democrats," Trump told Bill O'Reilly in September. "And it's going to end up kicking them you-know-where. I don't think it's going to end up good. The fact is all lives matter. That includes black and it includes white and it includes everybody else."
7. When he gave his interpretation of the problem of police shootings in the United States. "It's a massive crisis. It's a double crisis. What's happening and people. You know, I look at things. And I see it on television. And some horrible mistakes are made," Trump said in August. "At the same time, we have to give power back to the police because crime is rampant. And I'm a big person that believes in very big — you know, we need police."