American Culture

Two years of bigotry by Donald and his Administration

Donald is a hateful bigot, and his Administration has turned his bigotry and hate into official US policy.

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I started tracking the horrible things said and done by Donald and his Administration (plus a few key allies) on July 1, 2017. That’s two years ago now. And in those two years I’ve counted over 2500 unique examples of loathsome, unAmerican, even outright fascist behavior. On Wednesday, I pointed the many (many) moral failures of Donald and his Administration. Today we’re going to review the even more numerous instances of bigotry and hate.

Overall total number of unique instances of awfulness between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019: 2,531

Donald’s various types of bigotry

Anti-gay marriage: 24 instances, or 0.9% of all instances. For example, Donald was OK with businesses denying gay couples service or entry to their businesses, the State Department has been denying visas to some same-sex partners of foreign diplomats, and the Administration has even been denying birthright citizenship to the children of same-sex couples.

Anti-Semitism: 14 instances, or 0.6% of all instances. For example, onetime advisor Sebastian Gorka (who is proud to tout his family’s connections to the Vitezi Rend, a Hungarian group that collaborated with the Nazis during World War II) defended Donald’s slow response to the Minnesota mosque bombing in August 2017 by saying that the bombing could be “a fake hate crime.” Donald himself repeated an anti-Semitic trope (the Jewish banker) when he suggested that George Soros might be behind various migrant caravans coming from Central America. And Donald implied that Jewish Republicans had a dual loyalty when he referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “your prime minister” during an event.

Image Credit: AP File/Mark Lennihan

Homophobia (and transphobia): 57 instances, or 2.3% of all instances. For example, Donald used homophobia to try and taint the Special Counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the US election when he claimed to have gay photos of involving both James Comey and Robert Mueller. At one point, the White House bible study group was led by a homophobic, misogynistic, and anti-Catholic bigot, and Donald refused to allow U.S. embassies to fly the LGBTQ rainbow pride flag from their flagpoles in June.

Donald also supported a nominee to be a federal judge who called transgender children “part of Satan’s plan” and hereimposed a ban on transgendered warfighters in the US military. And the Administration has actively worked to allow housing discrimination against the transgendered.

Image Credit: NBC News/Suzanne Gamboa

Immigrant-hating: 373 instances, or 14.7% of all instances. For example, Donald has called for deporting the families of soldiers, airmen, seamen, and marines who are deployed and he reneged on a promise made by the US government that foreign-born members of the military could become US citizens, forcing many to flee the country to avoid deportation.

Donald has repeatedly said he was OK with the Dreamers becoming citizens, and repeatedly flip-flopped on that. He’s moved to limit access to citizenship even for legal immigrants, and he is demanded that a citizenship be added to the 2020 Census for the first time in 70 years.

Finally, Donald has ended temporary protected status for refugees from natural disasters like tens of thousands of Hondurans living in the US, he’s restricted access to asylum (probably illegally) on the southern border, and he intends to ban the spouses of legal immigrants on work visas from working themselves. But worst of all, his anti-immigrant border policies have forced toddlers to appear in immigration court without a family member, social worker, or legal representation.

Islamophobia: 93 instances, or 3.7% of all instances. For example, Donald retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted by a convicted criminal and British nationalist and refused to take them down, and he appointed John Bolton as National Security Advisor even though Bolton is strongly anti-Iranian and chaired an anti-Muslim non-proift. Donald has repeatedly attacked and refused to apologize for his attacks on Democratic Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib. And Donald blocked $225 million in aid money for Syrian stabilization and for hospitals in Palestinian East Jerusalem.

Misogyny: 200 instances, or 7.9% of all instances. For example, Donald has reversed Obama-era policies intended to address gender discrimination and he’s nominated people to be federal judges who are hostile toward laws that protect women from discrimination.

The Administration has ended teen pregnancy programs and has backed bans on abortions after 20 weeks even though abortions after that point are nearly always done because of life-threatening complications to the woman or lethal abnormalities in the fetus. And Donald has praised aides accused of domestic abuse, eliminated domestic violence as a justification for an asylum claim, and has even gone so far as to bemoan how young men are scared about accusations of rape, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

Race baiting: 80 instances, or 3.2% of all instances. For example, Donald supported Roy Moore of Alabama in his bid to replace Jeff Sessions as senator even though Moore claimed that the last time the US was great was when slavery was still legal. Donald has tried, with some success, to blame Democrats for crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, especially violent crimes like murder. He called for Jemele Hill to be fired for calling him a racist even though Donald himself once called Obama a racist. While he was in the Administration, then Attorney General Sessions said “if you want more shootings, more death, then listen to the ACLU, Antifa, Black Lives Matter,” essentially blaming the victims. And just recently, Donald went so far as to make a joke out of someone at a rally who shouted that migrants should be shot.

Racism: 480 instances, or 19.0% of all instances. For example, Donald has twice celebrated Columbus Day without mentioning the genocide of Native Americans that followed and he cut scholorships and other aid to Natives via the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

The Administration withheld hurricane emergency funds to Puerto Rico, Vice-President Pence praised former Arizona Sheriff and anti-latinx racist Joe Arpaio, and Donald himself released a racist advertisement just days before the 2018 midterm elections.

The Central Park Five today (Image Credit: Getty/Elle)

And Donald referred to African immigrants as coming from “shithole countries,” reversed school discipline policies that were intended to end disproportionate punishments against black students, refused to apologize to the Central Park Five even after they were released for being wrongfully imprisoned, and even went so far as to lecture civil rights icon John Lewis on the meaning and importance of civil rights.

Social Darwinism: 392 instances, or 15.5% of all instances. For example, the Administration twice tried to cut retirement benefits and freeze salaries for federal employees and the EPA has “reformed” regulations in a way that allows manufacturers to produce and mine asbestos again.

With respect to immigrants, many undocumented immigrants have been dropping out of food assistance programs because the immigrants are afraid that the Administration will use that assistance as a justification for deportation or denial of residency. In addition, the Administration has said that it’s OK to detain children without toothbrushes and soap, and the Administration defunded legal services for victims of human trafficking.

Donald has also called for eliminating heating assistance dollars for low-income households, OKed states imposing work requirements for Medicaid, intended to cut a program to help low-income people get internet access, and even cut a program to help homeless veterans get off the streets and into housing.

Splitting up immigrant families: 104 instances, or 4.1% of all instances. The Administration started by ending the Central American Migrants program that aimed to reunify children crossing the border with documented family members already in the US and by calling to end family sponsorship visas for all immigrants. Donald then implemented a child separation program at the southern border, a policy that aide Stephen Miller said was “a simple decision.” The policy resulted in thousands of children (including potentially thousands more who were not reported by the Administration) being stripped from their parents and, in many cases, the deportation of parents without their children. As a result, the Administration lost track of 1,500 children but claimed to not be legally responsible for their health and safety and deported parents were found to be at risk of losing their children to adoption in the US. All the while Donald illogically claimed that his family separation policy brought families together and his Health and Human Services Secretary claimed that stripping children from their parents was a “great” example of “American generosity and charity.”

White male privilege: 181 instances, or 7.2% of all instances. Donald has employed people who were thrown out of their previous jobs as a result of sexual harassment, assault, and/or domestic abuse during the height of the MeToo movement. Donald pardoned two conservatie political allies who had served time for fraud and racketeering, and he pardoned Dick Cheney’s former chief of staff, Scooter Libby, for leaking CIA agent Valerie Plame’s name to the press. All three were white male political allies.

The highest levels of Donald’s Administration is dominated by white men, including Wilbur Ross (who is essentially a con artist) and Steven Mnuchin (whose bank illegally foreclosed on homes during the collapse of the real estate market). And then there’s Jared Kushner, whose rejection for a security clearance was overruled by someone in the White House itself.

Finally, the Administration has sued to end affirmative action admission policies by colleges and universities, reversed policies that protected victims of on-campus sexual assaults in favor of the accused, and even reversed a ban on importing elephant “sport” hunting trophies from Africa.

White supremacy: 91 instances, or 3.6% of all instances. The clearest examples are related to Donald’s response to the Charlottesville “Unite the Right” rally where one counterprotestor died. Donald placed the blame for violence on both the white supremacists and the counterprotestors, but he also complained that “beautiful” Confederate monuments would be removed after the violence of Charlottesville. Ryan Zinke, then Secretary of the Interior, even worried that if the Confederate statues were removed, Native Americans would demand that monuments to the Native American genocide might be targeted next.

Donald’s tweets have supported white supremacists who were banned by Facebook for spreading hate speech and he’s used his Twitter to spread false white supremacist talking points.

The New England Patriots kneel during the National Anthem (Image credit: Jim Rogash/Getty Images North America)

Finally, Donald suggested that NFL players shouldn’t be Americans if they refused to stand for the National Anthem and his Administration is denying passports to Latinx Americans living along the border because the Administration doesn’t believe that they were born in the US and are thus US citizens.

Xenophobia (or more broadly, Dehumanizing the Other): 151 instances, or 6.0% of all instances. For example, Donald nominated (and the Senate approved) Gina Haspel to lead the CIA even though her background of running a black ops torture facility during the so-called War on Terror should have been disqualifying. The Administration has targeted changes to Native American health programs, but the changes could damage treaty rights between the US and tribes. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services has removed the phrase “Nation of Immigrants” from its mission statement, and the Administration has claimed that it only wants immigrants who are willing to assimilate into the US and give up their cultural history in the process.

But the worst is how Donald and his Administration have dehumanized immigrants. Donald implied that large numbers of people crossing the border were rapists and criminals, and he called immigrant gang members “animals” instead of people. Donald called for sending the NYC truck terrorist sent to Guantanamo Bay and declared an enemy combatant instead of giving him the due process rights afforded to all citizens and legal permanent residents. The Administration even went so far as to use one of the more shameful periods of US history – the internment of Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II – as legal justification to deny civil rights to detained immigrants even against the Constitution.

Next up: Donald’s disgusting views and behavior on education and the economy.