Bess Levin of Vanity Fair wrote that Trump is and has always been an outright racist, and while the examples are too numerous to list, a few examples include calling for the execution of five Black and Latino teenagers; telling four congresswoman of color to “go back” to the “totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” despite the fact that three-quarters of the group “came from” the United States; and assisting in the assassination of five Black and Latino teenagers.
Then there is the time he prohibited travel to the United States from seven predominantly Muslim countries.
He also labeled Mexicans as rapists and criminals.
He pardoned a man who, according to a US Department of Justice expert, oversaw the worst pattern of racial profiling by a law enforcement agency in American history.
He also erupted in a rage over the removal of a statue of a Confederate general who believed Black people should be treated as property by white people, despite the fact that said general was one of the greatest military leaders of all time.
The list goes on.
While this is not surprising, it is extremely disturbing to learn that in August 2017, Trump not only praised a group of white nationalists and neo-Nazis and claimed they had some very fine people among them, but he also referred to said group as “my people” while arguing with then House Speaker Paul Ryan about his remarks.
Donald Trump flipped out at then House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) for condemning white supremacists after the deadly 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, a new book claims. Ryan responded to Trump’s infamous “both sides” rhetoric about the violence at the gathering with a tweet calling white supremacy “repulsive.” Trump was apoplectic with Ryan over his comment, according to excerpts from The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Robert Costa’s upcoming tell-all Peril that Insider published Wednesday.
Trump phoned Ryan and screamed about him not being “in the foxhole with me,” according to the book. Ryan reportedly told Trump he had “a moral leadership obligation to get this right and not declare there is a moral equivalency here.”
“These people love me. These are my people,” Trump raged at Ryan in response. “I can’t backstab the people who support me.” Ryan noted the presence of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville. Trump admitted there were “some bad people.”
“I get that. I’m not for that. I’m against all that,” he reportedly said. “But there’s some of those people who are for me. Some of them are good people.”
Other Ryan-related revelations from Peril include Woodward and Costa reporting that, following the 2016 election, the Republican from Wisconsin began studying Trump like a science experiment in the hopes of figuring out how to work with him.
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Ryan, realizing that he would have to work with Trump, started researching how to deal with someone who is “amoral and transactional,” the book says. A wealthy doctor in New York, who was also a Republican donor, contacted Ryan later and told him, “You need to understand what narcissistic personality disorder is,” according to the book.
“What?” Ryan asked, at which point the doctor sent the Wisconsin Republican an email detailing his “thoughts on how to best deal with a person with anti-social personality disorder,” Woodward and Costa reported. The email also included links to articles about the topic in The New England Journal of Medicine, and information from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th edition. The book said that “Ryan studied them for weeks, convinced Trump had the personality disorder.”
There are many other examples of Trump’s racism.
Recently, Trump chose to speak in Cullman, Alabama, a notorious sundown town, also known as sunset towns, gray towns, or sundowner towns. They are all-white communities or municipalities in the United States that practice racial segregation by excluding non-whites through a combination of discriminatory local laws, intimidation, or violence.
Eva Schloss, 91, the stepsister of Anne Frank recently stated in an interview that Trump “obviously admired Hitler” in reference to claims made by his former wife, Ivana, that he kept a book of Hitler’s speeches on a nightstand beside his bed.
Schloss, who is the co-founder of The Anne Frank Trust UK, told the Daily Beast that there was no doubt that Trump was a “racist.”
“There was a noticeable uptick in anti-Semitic hate crimes during the Trump administration. And there was a president in Trump who described neo-Nazis chanting “Jews will not replace us” as “very fine people,” Schloss said.
“Trump wasn’t just against the Jews. He was against the Mexicans and many others. He was a racist. Full-stop, he was a racist. I’ve compared him to Hitler. I even heard that he studied Hitler’s speeches and things like that, so he obviously admired Hitler and just copied him with his anti-Semitism,” she added.
“The Muslims are hated as well. This is what’s so wrong in our society—white supremacy. We should all treat each other as equals. We’re just one human race—different colors, different religions, different opinions, but all human beings who should have the same opportunities and should be measured equally.
“Anti-Semitism is nothing new, and I’m afraid it will always be there. I don’t know why it is, but it is a fact—ever since Jewish people became a people, there has been prejudice. We have to be alert and try to give the message that it is wrong. But the Black people are suffering as well.”
“We have to shake hands with anyone who is racist against anybody and try to change the attitudes of people. But the internet is dangerous—not just against Jews. A lot of terrible, wrong messages are given, and people don’t know what is true anymore and what is false,” she added.
Ivana Trump, Trump’s first wife and mother of his children Don Jr, Ivanka, and Eric shared during a 1990 Vanity Fair interview that Trump always kept a book of Hitler’s speeches beside his bed and read it repeatedly.
Trump, of course, denies the claims. He claims he has never read Hitler’s speeches. “If I had these speeches, and I am not saying that I do, I would never read them,” he claimed.
In 2019, under the Trump administration, Jews in the United States suffered the largest number of anti-Semitic incidents since the Anti-Defamation League started recording them 40 years earlier.
Throughout his presidency, Trump was criticized for failing to condemn the far-right white supremacist group The Proud Boys. During a presidential debate against now president Joe Biden, Trump was asked to condemn the group, but instead told the group to “stand back and stand by!”
At one point during his presidency, he created major outrage when he blamed “many sides” for the neo-Nazi violence in Charlottesville back in August of 2017. He also stated there were “very fine people” on “both sides.”
One of he most touching testimonials came from George Conway, husband of Trump’s top counselor Kellyanne Conway, and the co-founder of the anti-Trump PAC and the Lincoln Project, when he spoke to a group of medical experts who wrote the book, #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump.
“I voted for Donald Trump in 2016, and I almost took a job myself to run the civil division in the Department of Justice,” Conway says. “Donald Trump wasn’t my first choice among the Republican nominees, but I was hopeful that he would calm down and get better as time went on.”
He goes on to say, “the problem was, once he got into the supreme position of power, he lost some of his incentive to be disciplined. And I’m thinking at this point in time: What’s wrong with him? Donald Trump is like a practical joke that got out of hand.”
“My mother came from the Philippines… came to the United States in the 1950s,” Conway shares. “I just think of myself as an American, and I just assume people aren’t racist. And I tend to forget, well, some people are. And that’s sort of the lesson with Trump, I just gave him the benefit of the doubt.”
Conway stops to wipe away tears before adding “Sorry. And I found that to be… it really came home to me: This man is a racist, he is evil.”
“He’s a racist. Beyond any question.”