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The president of the NAACP, Derek Johnson, has officially called President Donald Trump a racist in an interview ahead of the anniversary of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Johnson told Politico this about Trump and his role in the resurgence of racism:
I think, unfortunately, we are now looking at an individual in the White House serving the role as president who’s not only made racist comments but he’s sought and implemented racist policies.”
Trump has been accused of racism even before he stepped into the White House. In the 1970s, Trump tried to avoid renting apartments to African-Americans, giving preferential treatment to white Americans. He also treated black employees of his casinos differently, with a former executive saying that Trump criticized a black accountant by saying that he hated when black guys counted his money and that laziness was a trait “in blacks.”
In 1998, Trump took out an ad urging the death penalty for five black and Latino teenagers accused of raping a woman in Central Park – even arguing that they were guilty in 2016, more than a decade after DNA evidence exonerated them. We also can’t forget that he started off his presidential campaign with a speech attacking Mexican immigrants by calling them rapists and criminals.
He also used MS-13 — a criminal gang that is indeed dangerous but represent a fraction of America’s 1.4 million gang members — to disparage all immigrants, suggesting that Obama’s protection of Dreamers and other law-abiding immigrants contributed to the spread of MS-13. The irony there, of course, is that MS-13 started in the United States, and the vast majority of its members are US citizens.
Johnson also noted that “anytime you have someone serving the role as commander in chief of this country characterizing other nations as ‘shithole nations,’ seeking to undermine any policy of his predecessor, not because it’s good policy but because it was his predecessor’s policies, who established his political chops questioning the legitimacy of the prior president and whether or not he was born in this country, he’s demonstrated both in words and in deeds and in policy implementations racist tendencies.”
“Therefore, I have no other conclusion but to say he is a racist,” Johnson added.
And most people will agree.
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