“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. 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.” – Donald J. Trump, June 16, 2015.
Nearly one year ago, that’s how the man who would eventually go on to become the presumptive GOP nominee, Donald Trump, began his presidential campaign.
Yet here we are today, a year later, and many Republicans are pretending to act “shocked” or “outraged” at his comments about an American born federal judge who just so happens to be of Mexican heritage.
My question is, why are Trump’s comments so alarming? Maybe I’m wrong, but hasn’t vilifying minorities, especially Mexicans, been his “thing” from the start?
After all, isn’t this the same guy who:
- Turned the word “Muslim” into a racial slur?
- Spent years as a “birther,” a conspiracy built on racism, that ultimately catapulted him to Republican superstardom?
- Said “there’s my African American” to reference apparently the one black individual at a speech as if it were an accomplishment?
- Shared propaganda that was put together by white supremacist groups?
- Played dumb when he was asked about former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke speaking highly of him?
As far as I know, this is the same guy, yet Republicans are acting “shocked” that he would dare say something racist and bigoted about a federal judge.
Again — seriously?
To be honest, I’m not even sure why this is considered a “story.” Not because I don’t find his comments extremely offensive, but because they’re not any different from the litany of vile, bigoted, racist and dishonest things he’s said during his entire campaign.
Let’s not forget, this is the same guy who said POWs aren’t American heroes because he doesn’t like people who were captured.
So, Republicans, spare me this clear act that you’re all upset, bothered and offended by Trump’s comments about this judge, because you all damn well know most of your supporters agree with him.
The modern-day GOP is built on bigotry, racism and ignorance — and Donald Trump’s overwhelming success proves it.
Not only did Trump launch his campaign by appealing to bigotry and racism, but it’s been a huge part of his entire campaign. So this sudden indignation coming from Republicans is an absolute joke.
These people didn’t seem to have a problem seeking out Trump’s endorsement and support even as he pushed the racially driven birther conspiracies. These people didn’t seem to have a problem with him when he called Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. These people didn’t mind when he belittled war veterans. These people didn’t mind when he called for an all-out ban on Muslims. These people didn’t mind that he cowardly skipped a debate because he was afraid to face Fox News’ Megyn Kelly after his sexist comments following the first presidential debate. These people didn’t seem to mind that he actually tried to tie Sen. Ted Cruz’s father in with some JFK conspiracy. These people didn’t mind the fact that he’s called women pigs in the past. These people didn’t seem to mind the fact that he’s shared white supremacist propaganda. These people didn’t seem to mind when he goes on childish tirades on Twitter, calling people names like a petulant and spoiled 11-year-old. These people didn’t seem to mind that he blatantly lied about seeing “thousands and thousands” of Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attacks in New Jersey. These people didn’t seem to mind that he said and did plenty of vile and disgusting things over the last year.
So don’t try to sell me this fake “outrage” because he pushed the racism and bigotry we’ve all known has been there “a bit too far” by attacking a federal judge.
This is who Donald Trump is, has been and always will be.
It’s the same candidate many of them spinelessly bowed down to the moment they realized they couldn’t beat him during the primary.
Which means they own this — the whole Republican party does.
So, Republicans can try to sell this bullsh*t that his comments don’t represent the values of the party, but you’d have to be an absolute fool to buy it.
Donald Trump is exactly what the modern-day Republican party is. That’s exactly why he clinched the GOP presidential nomination without hardly breaking a sweat.