The country is finally waking up to what many on the left — especially those of color — have been saying for years now: Donald J. Trump is a vile racist.
His comments yesterday that El Salvador, Haiti, and Africa are “shitholes” from which we shouldn’t be taking immigrants has rendered it impossible for his supporters to claim any longer that he is anything other than an avowed bigot. Trump is a white supremacist hiding in plain sight, and it’s nothing less than cowardly to deny it.
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Now, another stunning racist sentiment from our president has surfaced to fan the flames of global outrage.
NBC News reports that in March, during a meeting with the Congressional Black Caucus, an attendee stated that welfare cuts would negatively affect her constituents, adding that not all of them are black.
“Really? Then what are they?” Trump asked, apparently unable to fathom the idea that anyone other than African Americans might benefit from social welfare programs.
The fact that he was willing to make such a blatantly racist comment in a meeting with the Black Caucus show just how deeply ingrained his bigotry is. Trump not only assumes every person benefitting from welfare is black, he assumes everyone else assumes it as well.
— Mark Berman (@markberman) January 12, 2018
In reality, most Americans using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also referred to as Food Stamps, are white. HuffPost reports that 40.2% of recipients are white, and only 25.7% are black.
During the same meeting, Trump asked the members of the Black Caucus if any of them knew incoming Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson.
“Carson, the only black member of Trump’s Cabinet, had never served in Congress and spent his career as a surgeon. None of the lawmakers knew Carson, and Trump found that surprising, the attendees said,” writes Vivian Salama of NBC.
Again, Trump demonstrated the bottomless depths of his ignorance. He thought that since the members of the meeting were black, they would naturally know Ben Carson simply because he is also black. His idiotic assumptions might be funny if they were so flagrantly offensive and damaging.
Trump is a disgusting racist. Every American must accept that fact, and vote him out of office the first chance they get. Anything less is a complete dereliction of moral obligations.