By Natasha Lane
Donald Trump is known for making outlandish statements to the media. Very often, those statements are both unfounded and extremely racist, leaving viewers in a state of shock. However, the shock is only temporary and when you recover, you want to be ready to respond.
Here are five responses to Donald Trump.
1. “Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.” (April 27, 2015, Twitter)
Trump is referring to the Baltimore Riots of 2015, following the suspicious death of the young black man, Freddie Gray, while in police custody. The issue in this statement is not Trump’s reference to the destruction of the riots.
Shops were broken into and looted. Public property was destroyed. The issue in this statement is in Trump’s attempt to lay the blame on President Obama, who did call the violence in Baltimore inexcusable. Unlike Trump, Obama did recognize that the unrest in Baltimore could not be blamed on one single person, but on a historical distrust between the police and African American communities, as well as overall racial tensions in America.
2. “What do you have to lose by trying something new like Trump? What do you have to lose? You live in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth is unemployed, what the hell do you have to lose?” (Aug 19, 2016, Dimondale Michigan)
The short answer: all of the progress we have made as a country. All of the conversations we have had on race, whether they ended in agreement or not. Most importantly, what we (the whole country, really) has to lose is the abnormality of bigotry.
In an article in the Washington Post, the Editorial Board had this to say about Trump and bigotry: “Rhetoric that properly has been taboo in this country for a generation — overt racism, sexism, anti-Semitism — has begun to seep back into politics, with Mr. Trump and his closest associates providing cover.”
3. “An extremely credible source has called my office and has told me that Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a fraud.” (Aug 6, 2012, Twitter)
Besides the fact Obama’s birth certificate has been questioned previously with no evidence found to support its fraudulence, Trump never identifies this source. If he had substantial evidence to finally verify the suspicions of some Americans, why would he not do it?
4. “Part of the beauty of me is that I’m very rich.” (April 2, 2011, ABC News)
Trump is very rich, while the majority of Americans are not. Most Americans fall into the middle-class, an experience Trump will never understand. Additionally, though he praises himself for being rich, his riches are supplied the workforce of the middle class. Without the middle class, there is no rich, and there is definitely no genuine beauty in being rich.
5. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. 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.” (June 16, 2015, Washington, D.C.)
Put aside the stereotyping of Mexicans as sexual predators and consider these lines from The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I left my lamp beside the golden door!”
These are the words written on the plaque at the Statue of Liberty.
Our great African American President hasn't exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 28, 2015