Is Donald Trump A White Supremacist?

imageIt’s easy to joke about Donald Trump’s bizarre statements – they’re so outlandish that it is hard to believe anyone could possibly believe something so offensive. However, pundits have been weighing in recently about whether this rhetoric is pretending to play into racist ideas in order to garner support from America’s far-right or if Trump genuinely holds these beliefs. Here are a collection of hist most shocking and offensive quotes on race.

“Our great African-American President hasn’t exactly had a positive impact on the thugs who are so happily and openly destroying Baltimore.”

“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 bring crime. They’re rapists… And some, I assume, are good people.”

“Laziness is a trait in the blacks. … Black guys counting my money! I hate it.”

I’m not one to believe that terms such as “white supremacist” should be tossed around lightly – it has serious implications and rash judgements should be avoided. When writing this article I was curious what the exact definition of white supremacy entails. The Merriam-Webster definition, however, is rather broad:

“a person who believes that the white race is better than all other races and should have control over all other races”

By this interpretation, I would personally classify Donald Trump as a white supremacist. It terrifies me to my core that this man is leading the Republican polls once again. It disappoints me that people from my country can buy into this language and fear-mongering but I still have hope that other Republican candidates will overcome Trump in the polls.

What do you think will happen? Do you view Trump as a white supremacist?

With 346 days until the election,

Phoebe Warren