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Is it unfair to call President Trump a racist?

Screenshot from CNN's YouTube video: GOP Rep. Mia Love: Trump's comments racist

President Trump appears to enjoy pushing the envelope when it comes to his rhetoric, especially when it involves race. He made public comments, on the campaign trail, about Mexico, where he said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.” In his speech, he continued, “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.”

There are also various reports he’s made comments, that could be considered racist, in private. Most recently, he allegedly made vulgar comments about Haiti, El Salvador, and Africa. Then, there were his earlier reported remarks about Haiti and Nigeria. He claimed Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS,” and said that the 40,000 Nigerians would never “go back to their huts.”

President Trump does have people who will defend him. Recently, Senator Rand Paul was on Meet the Press and said, “I don’t think the comments were constructive at all, but I also think that, to be fair, we shouldn’t draw conclusions that he didn’t intend.” Paul also added, “I think it’s unfair to sort of paint him, ‘oh well, he’s a racist,’ when I know for a fact that he cares very deeply about the people of Haiti because he helped finance a trip where they would get vision back for 200 people in Haiti.” Senator Paul’s defense of the president raises a question. Is it unfair to call President Trump a racist?

CNN – GOP Rep. Mia Love: Trump’s comments racist

The Issue

Is it unfair to call President Trump a racist? Is it unfair because people keep twisting his words to fit their political agendas? Or, is calling him a racist just being accurate about who he is?

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Written by Darren Silverman