Donald Trump and Everyone Else
In case you’ve been living under a rock for the past year and haven’t heard the news, Donald Trump is running for president, and he is now the presumptive GOP nominee. Although he has gained a lot of momentum and support from right wing Americans throughout his campaign, Trump has been repeatedly called out for his prejudiced attitudes towards a multitude of racial, religious, and LGBT groups. The list of his discriminatory comments is seemingly endless, so gathered here are a few of the real gems.
Trump’s most blatant homophobic statements came in the form of his response to the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court Ruling that federally granted same-sex couples the right to marry. Trump told a group of evangelicals that they could “trust” him to agree with their stances on same-sex marriage, calling the Supreme Court’s decision “sudden” and “shocking." I guess five months of Supreme Court delineation and years of battles in appellate courts is sudden to you, Donald? I’d hate to see how you’d handle a true crisis situation if that seems too quick. Later on Fox News Sunday, Trump said, “If I’m elected I would be very strong in putting certain judges on the bench that I think maybe could change things,” indicating he would take marital rights away from same-sex couples. Can’t wait for him to bring back institutionalized homophobia!
As if those comments aren’t enough, Trump has also voiced his support for the First Amendment Defense Act that would take away anti-discriminatory protection for LGBT community members and protect homophobes like Kim Davis, a county clerk who refused to sign same-sex marriage licenses. Not only has Trump demonstrated an interest in taking away LGBT marital rights, but he has shown no desire to protect their safety and liberty as American citizens in any capacity. A President Trump would set same sex couples back several years and negate the immense progress that has been made in LGBT rights.
Trump has also demonstrated incredible racism in his comments about Hispanic people and African-Americans. His attitudes towards Hispanic people are pretty well-known, especially because a major component of his campaign is his promise to build a giant wall to keep all Mexicans from crossing the border illegally. Trump has said, “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. And some, I assume, are good people.” Wow, Donald, thank you so much for assuming at least ~some~ of the people fleeing their country are good people. That is so generous of you to believe at least ~a couple~ Hispanic people are coming to America for a good reason (please hear my sarcasm because I AM FUMING).
Because of his blatant discrimination against Hispanic people, Trump has received a lot of negative news attention and has little to no support from Americans of Hispanic descent. So to cover his tracks, Trump sent out this truly glorious tweet on Cinco De Mayo to show just how accepting he is:
Feast your eyes on the most staged image of all time. First of all, there isn't even anything called a taco bowl on Trump Tower's menu. Second, Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, not just a general Hispanic celebration, demonstrating that Donald has no idea what he's doing. And third, the word hypocritical doesn't even begin to cover Trump's idiocy. Maybe this pic has something to do with why Trump has astoundingly low poll numbers among Hispanic Americans?? My girl Hil sums up my feeling on Don's tweet best:
Trump’s racism towards black people has come out a little more passively than his racism towards Hispanic people, but I assure you it is there. For example, a former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan voiced his support for Trump, and Trump then refused to disavow the support on multiple occasions, blaming an inability to hear the question because of a bad earpiece when confronted. Rather than saying "This guy is bad news and I don’t want him anywhere near my campaign," like any non-racist person would do, Trump refused to comment on the support, which was just his cowardly way of embracing it. If you want to see some blatant Trump racism towards black people, check out this Huffington Post article that demonstrates his racism is nothing new.
Still with me, people? Good, because we are nowhere near finished. As we’ve established, Donald Trump is a bigot. In addition to targeting LGBT people and minorities, Trump has also bashed Muslim people. Actually, let me take that back; Trump has not bashed Muslim people because he does not speak of them as individuals, instead criticizing the entire religion. Trump famously said, “I think Islam hates us.” DONNY. What does that even mean?
Trump clearly does not have any understanding of the differences between Muslims and Muslim extremists, and I don’t think he cares to find out. Also, Islam is not a sentient being, it is a religion. It cannot hate. Furthermore, by saying “us,” Trump pits Muslims against everyone else, further isolating a group of people already struggling to be seen as individuals instead of mindless pawns in a terrorist group. His comments are just as lazy as they are discriminatory, but the good news is that he’s being celebrated for his astounding levels of discrimination! Trump was given the title “Islamophobe of the Year” by the Islamic Human Rights Organization, demonstrating just how epic his bigotry is. Congrats my man!
Trump also demonstrated discriminatory attitudes towards people with disabilities, as he mockingly imitated New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from arthrogryposis at a rally. Trump cruelly mocked Kovaleski’s muscular deformities, flailing his arms and sticking his tongue out. His behavior is that of a twelve-year-old boy with parents who never bothered to teach him basic manners, yet here we are taking him seriously as a presidential candidate.
But I’m not bitter or anything.
Donald Trump’s bigotry appeals to the anger and hatred that is consuming so many Americans, allowing him to increase his own power and reach through unintelligent remarks and prejudice. Our country has made so much progress in terms of equality, and voices like Donald Trump’s threaten to dismantle everything generations of people have worked for. So please, please show this to anyone who might be taking Trump seriously. And if you haven't been convinced Donald is bad news yet, check out what he has to say about women.
Feature illustration by Meagan Guild.