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OPINION: Donald Trump is inarguably racist



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President Trump points at the media and calls them fake news during the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on April 26 in Indianapolis. Ty Vinson Buy Photos

Somehow we are still having the argument about whether or not President Donald Trump is racist. Trump has been followed by accusations of housing discrimination, called Mexicans rapists, pushed for a Muslim ban and started the birther movement. Look me in the eyes and tell me he isn’t racist. 

Yet, it’s a scandal to call him racist in Congress because apparently it’s bad manners. Everyone needs to stop trying to be respectful toward Donald Trump and call it like it is. 

These are not new facts. He has always been racist, and he always will be racist. It’s a strategy that works for him, and it is showing no signs of stopping. His recent tweets about congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Illhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib, however, are on a whole new level.

He is specifically inciting racism against four congresswomen of color, two of which are the first Muslim women in congress ever. He is telling these actual members of Congress who were elected by the people that they have no place in American politics because the “places from which they came” are “crime-infested.”

Trump’s mind has a wire that got disconnected and prevents him from using his critical thinking skills. Two of the three congresswomen were actually born in the U.S., not that that should even matter. Rep. Illhan Omar has been drawing the majority of Trump’s recent scorn, however, since she is a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Somalia.

The rhetoric here is astounding. Trump is saying loud and clear that people who aren’t white — especially people who aren’t white and who were born abroad — are not true Americans. Despite Omar’s completely legitimate citizenship status, Trump still says she does not belong in American politics. 

Put nothing past Donald Trump. He is the president of the United States, yet he is still stooping low enough to support completely unsubstantiated rumors about Omar just to prove a point. Just three days after his racist tweets, he told an interviewer, “Well, there’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother.” 

That’s such a disgusting thing for anyone to say, let alone a president to say about a current Congress member. 

When people say you have to be the bigger person, they mean you should just do the dishes anyway even though it’s your roommates turn. They don’t mean you should ignore racism for the sake of respect. The Congress members who did not want to support the statement that Trump is racist are cowards. Silence is compliance when you’re in such a position of power.

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