Friday, January 19, 2018

Figure Out A Way


Public Gives Obama More Credit Than Trump For Economy


Donald Trump continually brags about how good he has been for the economy. He would like Americans to think the economy wasn't improving until he became president, and that he is wholly responsible for the current improved economy.

But the American people aren't buying what he's trying to sell them. They know that it was President Obama who turned the economy around, and that Trump has done nothing to change that. About 56% of the public gives Obama a great deal/moderate amount of credit for the current economy, while 49% say the same about Trump. That's a 7 point gap in favor of President Obama. That has to be a dagger through the heart of the narcissist currently occupying the White House.

The chart shows the results of a recent Gallup Poll -- done between January 8th and 14th of a random national sample of 1,499 adults, with a 3 point margin of error.

Lies

Political Cartoon is by Milt Priggee at miltpriggee.com.

Global Approval Of U.S. Leadership Dropped Under Trump



These charts are from a newly-released Gallup Poll. They questioned approximately 1,000 people in each of 135 different countries, and the margin of error is about 2 points. The poll shows that in the last year (since Trump took office) there has been a sharp drop in the number of people that approve of United States leadership on world problems.

Under President Obama, the approval of U.S. leadership was 48% worldwide, and disapproval only 28% -- a healthy positive gap of 20 points. But under Trump, that approval has dropped by 18 points to about 30% (even lower than the global disappointment with George W. Bush), a disapproval has climbed to 43% -- resulting in a negative gap of 13 points.

The world believes Trump when he says "America first", and they no longer believe the United States can provide leadership that is fair to all parties. They believe Trump will toss them under the bus to get a few more dollars for American corporations.

And it gets even worse. The United States was the most trusted leader under President Obama. Under Trump, they finish in third.

2016 leadership approval:
United States..........48%
Germany..........41%
China..........31%
Russia..........26%

2017 leadership approval:
Germany..........41%
China..........31%
United States..........30%
Russia..........27%

To be blunt -- Donald Trump has seriously damaged the reputation of the U.S. among the people of the world, and he has ceded world leadership to other countries.

Fake News Winner

Political Cartoon is by Adam Zyglis in The Buffalo News.

Most Voters Don't Want Oprah Winfrey To Run For President



There is still talk on social media (and on cable news) about the possibility of Oprah Winfrey running for president. What does the general public think? Do they want to see Winfrey run? If this poll is to be believed (and I think it should be), then the answer is NO.

By a 35 point margin, all registered voters say they do not want Winfrey to run for president, and when only Independents are queried, that margin rises to 36 points. Even Democrats are opposed -- by a 5 point margin.

The poll then put Winfrey head to head in a primary run against four other Democrats who might run in the Democratic primary. The second chart shows those result (with only Democrats being questioned). Winfrey would do well against Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand, but there are a lot of undecideds in those match-ups. She doesn't do nearly as well against the two current favorites -- losing to Bernie Sanders by 9 points and to Joe Biden by 23 points.

This is the Politico / Morning Consult Poll -- done between January 11th and 16th of a random national sample of 1,993 registered voters, with a 2 point margin of error.

Dream Ignored (By Republicans)

Political Cartoon is by Jeff Darcy in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Trump responsible For Decline In Freedom (U.S. & World)



Freedom House has released its annual report on freedom. Sadly, 2017 was not a good year. Freedom declined in the world, and in the United States -- and the primary reason was Donald Trump. Here is part of their report concerning the United States:

A long list of troubling developments around the world contributed to the global decline in 2017, but perhaps most striking was the accelerating withdrawal of the United States from its historical commitment to promoting and supporting democracy. The potent challenge from authoritarian regimes made the United States’ abdication of its traditional role all the more important.
Despite the U.S. government’s mistakes—and there have been many—the American people and their leaders have generally understood that standing up for the rights of others is both a moral imperative and beneficial to themselves. But two long wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and a global recession soured the public on extensive international engagement, and the perceived link between democracy promotion on the one hand and military interventions and financial costs on the other has had a lasting impact.
The Obama administration continued to defend democratic ideals in its foreign policy statements, but its actions often fell short, reflecting a reduced estimation of the United States’ ability to influence world events and of the American public’s willingness to back such efforts.
In 2017, however, the Trump administration made explicit—in both words and actions—its intention to cast off principles that have guided U.S. policy and formed the basis for American leadership over the past seven decades.
President Trump’s “America First” slogan, originally coined by isolationists seeking to block U.S. involvement in the war against fascism, targeted traditional notions of collective global security and mutually beneficial trade. The administration’s hostility and skepticism toward binding international agreements on the environment, arms control, and other topics confirmed that a reorientation was taking shape.
Even when he chose to acknowledge America’s treaty alliances with fellow democracies, the president spoke of cultural or civilizational ties rather than shared recognition of universal rights; his trips abroad rarely featured any mention of the word “democracy.” Indeed, the American leader expressed feelings of admiration and even personal friendship for some of the world’s most loathsome strongmen and dictators.
This marks a sharp break from other U.S. presidents in the postwar period, who cooperated with certain authoritarian regimes for strategic reasons but never wavered from a commitment to democracy as the best form of government and the animating force behind American foreign policy. It also reflects an inability—or unwillingness—by the United States to lead democracies in effectively confronting the growing threat from Russia and China, and from the other states that have come to emulate their authoritarian approach.
The past year brought further, faster erosion of America’s own democratic standards than at any other time in memory, damaging its international credibility as a champion of good governance and human rights.
The United States has experienced a series of setbacks in the conduct of elections and criminal justice over the past decade—under leadership from both major political parties—but in 2017 its core institutions were attacked by an administration that rejects established norms of ethical conduct across many fields of activity. President Trump himself has mingled the concerns of his business empire with his role as president, appointed family members to his senior staff, filled other high positions with lobbyists and representatives of special interests, and refused to abide by disclosure and transparency practices observed by his predecessors.
The president has also lambasted and threatened the media—including sharp jabs at individual journalists—for challenging his routinely false statements, spoken disdainfully of judges who blocked his decisions, and attacked the professional staff of law enforcement and intelligence agencies. He signals contempt for Muslims and Latin American immigrants and singles out some African Americans for vitriolic criticism. He pardoned a sheriff convicted of ignoring federal court orders to halt racially discriminatory policies and issued an executive order restricting travel to the United States from a group of Muslim-majority countries after making a campaign promise to ban all foreign Muslims from the United States. And at a time when millions around the world have been forced to flee war, terrorism, and ethnic cleansing, President Trump moved to implement major reductions in the number of legal immigrants and refugees that the United States would accept.
The president’s behavior stems in part from a frustration with the country’s democratic checks and balances, including the independent courts, a coequal legislative branch, the free press, and an active civil society. These institutions remained fairly resilient in 2017, but the administration’s statements and actions could ultimately leave them weakened, with serious consequences for the health of U.S. democracy and America’s role in the world.

He Just Keeps Lying

Political Cartoon is by Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

They Are Frightened


Thursday, January 18, 2018

Our Responsibility



Public Doesn't Think Trump Will Go Down As A Good Prez


This newly released poll asked respondents to rate the last seven presidents. It is the Economist / YouGov Poll that was done between January 14th and 16th of a random national sample of 1,500 adults, with a margin of error of 3.3 points.

I'm still surprised at how many people think Ronald Reagan was a good president. About 56% said he was an above average president (the only president receiving a majority of above average votes). People still don't understand that it was Reagan that sowed the seeds of economic disaster that came to fruition in George W. Bush's second term. It took a few years for the disaster to happen, but that doesn't change the fact that it was Reagan's implementation of "trickle-down" economic policy that started the nation on the course to the Great Recession.

Barack Obama (42%) and Bill Clinton (39%) are the other two presidents to have above average as their highest percentage. Both Bushes and Carter go down as average.

It's Donald Trump that takes the biggest hit. A majority of 51% rate him as a below average president, while only 39% rate him as average or above average.

Cognitive Test

Political Cartoon is by Dave Granlund at davegranlund.com.

Biden Is Most Popular Of Possible Presidential Candidates




I found these numbers interesting, and thought you might also. They are from the new Quinnipiac University Poll done between January 12th and 16th of a random national sample of 1,212 voters, with a 3.4 point margin of error.

There's still a couple of years before voters need to seriously consider who they want for president in 2020. That's a lot of time, and lots could happen to she things up between now and 2020.

But if we had to decide right now, Joe Biden is in a very good position. The public views him favorably by a 24 point margin. He is followed by Bernie Sanders with a 10 point margin and Oprah Winfrey with a 14 point margin. Kirsten Gillibrand is not known by enough of the public to have a good rating. And Donald Trump, who will probably be the GOP nominee, is upside-down with a 20 point negative margin.

Biden is also the only candidate to have more saying they would be inclined to vote for him than not. All of the other candidates are in negative territory on that question -- including Sanders and Winfrey. And Biden also leads all the other when you consider just Democrats and Independents (which would give him the inside track to get the Democratic nomination).

Voters might have a different attitude by 2020, but at least for right now, Joe Biden is the person to beat.

NOTE -- Other possible Democratic candidates (Cory Booker, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, etc.) were not included in this poll. I wish they had been, because it would be interesting to see how they rate with the public.

Excellent Health ?

Political Cartoon is by Clay Jones at claytoonz.com.

Public Sees Trump As Racist, A Divider, And Doing Poor Job

 



These charts reflect information in a new Quinnipiac University Poll -- done between January 12th and 16th of a random national sample of 1,212 voters, with a margin of error of 3.4 points.

They show Trump still has not improved his job approval numbers. They currently stand at 38% approving and 57% disapproving -- a negative gap of 19 points.

But it's worse than that. By a 21 point margin, Americans think Trump respects whites more than he respects people of color. By a 23 point margin, they think his recent remarks about immigrants from certain countries were racist. And by a 33 point margin, they believe he has been more of a divider than a uniter.

That tells me that not only does the public think Trump is doing a poor job, but they also think he is a racist.

Then we have the chart below. Respondents were asked if Trump was mentally stable. They split on that, with 45% saying yes and 47% saying no.

These are some terrible numbers, and unless he does something to improve them, he's going to be a serious drag on the Republican ticket in November.


Statue Of Racism

Political Cartoon is by Lalo Alcaraz.

Trump Has The 4 Warning Signs Of A Budding Tyrant

(This image of Donald Trump is by DonkeyHotey.)

The following is just a small part of an excellent article by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times. It should scare the hell out of you (and make you determined to vote blue this November).

Two political scientists specializing in how democracies decay and die have compiled four warning signs to determine if a political leader is a dangerous authoritarian:
1. The leader shows only a weak commitment to democratic rules. 
2. He or she denies the legitimacy of opponents. 
3. He or she tolerates violence. 
4. He or she shows some willingness to curb civil liberties or the media.
“A politician who meets even one of these criteria is cause for concern,” Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, both professors at Harvard, write in their important new book, “How Democracies Die,” which will be released next week.
“With the exception of Richard Nixon, no major-party presidential candidate met even one of these four criteria over the last century,” they say, which sounds reassuring. Unfortunately, they have one update: “Donald Trump met them all.”
We tend to assume that the threat to democracies comes from coups or violent revolutions, but the authors say that in modern times, democracies are more likely to wither at the hands of insiders who gain power initially through elections. That’s what happened, to one degree or another, in Russia, the Philippines, Turkey, Venezuela, Ecuador, Hungary, Nicaragua, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Poland and Peru.

Sh*t-House President

Political Cartoon is by Kevin Siers in The Charlotte Observer.

Proud To Be A Liberal


Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Never Be Fearful


Number Of Uninsured Americans Has Risen Under Trump


The chart above reflects the numbers in a newly released Gallup Poll. It was done between October 1 and December 31st of 2017 of a random national sample of 25,072 adults, with a margin of error of only 1 point. It compares the number of uninsured Americans in the 4th quarter of 2016 (Obama;s last year in office) with the 4th quarter of 2017 (Trump's first year in office).

Note that the percentage of uninsured Americans has risen since Trump took office by 1.3% (from 10.9% to 12.2%), reversing a trend of several years that had the percentage decreasing. And there was a rise in the percentage of uninsured in every income, racial, and age group but one -- those over 65 who are covered by Medicare (and Trump and the congressional GOP are laying plans to cut Medicare).

That 1.3% may not sound like much, but in a country with a population of over 323 million people, that translates to about 4 million people. That's a lot of people who no longer have any health insurance -- and Trump's policies are just beginning to disrupt the insurance market. I expect there will be millions more who've lost their insurance at this time next year.

Least Racist ?

Political cartoon is by Clay Jones at claytoonz.com.

The Voters Grade Trump On His First Year In Office


This chart uses information contained in a new Politico / Morning Consult Poll -- done on January 4th and 5th of a random national sample of 1,988 registered voters, with a 2 point margin of error. Those voters were asked to grade Trump on how well he did in his first year in office -- with "A" being excellent and "F" being a failing grade.

All voters gave Trump the following:
A = 18%
B = 17%
C = 14%
D = 11%
F = 35%

The demographic breakdown is shown in the chart above -- with A/B (good grades), C (average), or D/F (poor grades).

Not Using The Code Words

Political Cartoon is by David Fitzsimmons in the Arizona Daily Star.

Corruption Is Alive And Well In The Trump Administration

(Cartoon image is by Mark Bryan.)

It didn't take corporations, organizations, foreign powers, and politicians long at all to discover the way to influence Donald Trump -- appeal to his naked greed. Direct payments to Trump are illegal, but since Trump did NOT divest himself of his businesses, there is an easy way to funnel money to him -- just put that money into his businesses. While that may not be directly illegal (but should be), it does make his administration easily corruptible. And that is exactly what's happening. Consider this from Public Citizen:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 60 trade groups, companies, religious groups, charities, foreign governments, interest groups and political candidates are spending money at President Donald Trump’s properties, a new Public Citizen report finds.
The report, “Presidency for Sale,” documents 64 instances in which Trump’s sprawling set of businesses has resulted in a unique set of conflicts that previously were unimaginable for the president of the United States. Those spending money at Trump hotels, golf courses, restaurants and real estate developments around the world include:
  • 35 political candidates or political organizations;
  • 16 trade or interest groups;
  • 4 charities, including one run by Trump's son Eric;
  • 4 foreign governments;
  • 3 religious groups;
  • 2 individual companies; and
  • 1 college football team.
“Donald Trump entered office with the most blatant and potentially corrupting conflicts of interest in the history of American politics, and things only got worse from there,” said Robert Weissman, Public Citizen’s president. “Business is booming at the Trump International Hotel in D.C., not because of the d├ęcor, but because corporations and foreign governments want to curry favor with the president.”
The information in this report comes from news stories as well as Federal Election Commission (FEC) records for political expenditures above $100 including events, food, lodging, rent and travel expenses at Trump properties. The full spreadsheet with sources is available here. Companies with major financial interests at stake with the federal government have been big users of Trump properties.
Corporate interests that have held or are planning to hold events at Trump-owned locations include the National Mining Associationthe U.S. Chamber of Commerce and GEO Group, a private prison company that benefited from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ reversal of an Obama-era decision to phase out private prisons and held its annual leadership conference at the Trump National Doral golf resort in Florida.
GEO Group donated $225,000 to a super PAC supporting Trump, despite a federal ban on political donations by government contractors, according to a complaint filed by the Campaign Legal Center.
Meanwhile, foreign governments, including Saudi ArabiaMalaysia and Kuwait haven't hesitated to book rooms and hold events at Trump’s Washington, D.C. hotel, effectively paying tribute to Trump by frequenting his properties. U.S. Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) all have held fundraisers at Trump properties, and many more lawmakers have held smaller events.
Trump’s political organization also has spent substantial sums at Trump properties, with five Trump-affiliated groups spending nearly $750,000 at Trump properties in the first three quarters of 2017, according to a Public Citizen analysis of FEC data.
“Donald Trump is a man who is easily flattered,” said Alan Zibel, the report’s author and research director of Public Citizen’s Corporate Presidency Project. “Corporations and foreign governments know the best way to get on his good side is to open up their wallets at one of Trump’s many businesses.”

Oops!

Political Cartoon is by Clay Bennett in the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

A Threat To The Republic


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Offended ?


Trump Kills DACA Deal And Tries To Blame Democrats


When Trump met at the White House with both Republicans and Democrats a few days ago, he urged them to negotiate a compromise on DACA. He told them he would sign whatever compromise they brought him. He LIED.

Just a couple of days later, several senators brought him a negotiated agreement that they thought could pass the Senate. Trump killed it. He didn't like it because it didn't give him the money for a wall on the southern border, and because it protected some immigrants from non-white countries (which he called "shithole" countries).

Now he has told the press that DACA is probably dead because Democrats don't want it, and aren't willing to negotiate a compromise. That's nonsense. For Trump, a compromise means they should knuckle under and submit to what he wants (agree to his bigoted and racist desires).

I guess he thinks the public will forget that it was him (not Democrats) that killed the DACA program with an executive order -- and it was him (not congressional Dems and GOP) that refused to accept a negotiated compromise.

Well, the public is not that stupid. They know who cares about the Dreamers, and who doesn't. Note in the chart above that 70% of the public says Trump does not care about the Dreamers (and 68% say the same of his GOP cohorts in Congress). And they believe the opposite of Democrats -- with 60% saying those congressional Democrats do care about the needs of Dreamers.

Trump can try to blame the Democrats for his own failures, but the public is not buying it.

The chart above uses information from a new Economist / YouGov Poll -- done on January 8th and 9th of a random national sample of 1,500 adults, with a margin of error of 3.3 points.

No Help From Republicans

Political Cartoon is by Daryl Cagle at cagle.com.

Republicans Happy With Direction Of U.S. - Others Are Not


A majority (61%) of Republicans say they are satisfied with the current direction of the United States. But they are alone. Only tiny minorities of the general public (29%), Independents (31%), and Democrats (7%) say the same.

This chart was made using numbers from a recent Gallup Poll -- done between January 2nd and 7th of a random national sample of 1,024 adults, with a 4 point margin of error.

Conceived BY A Smart Guy ?

Political cartoon is by Mike Keefe in The Colorado Independent.

Trump Has Lost Significant Support In Red-State Georgia


Georgia is a pretty red state, and one would expect Trump support to be pretty strong there. After all, he carried the state in the 2016 election by a full 5 points. But that expectation seems to be wrong currently. A new poll shows approval for Donald Trump has dropped sharply. Now only 36.7% of Georgians approve of Trump, while 58.7% disapprove -- a negative gap of 22 points!

That makes one wonder -- if the 2020 election was held right now, could Donald Trump carry the state? Maybe not.

The chart above reflects the results of a recent Atlanta Journal-Constitution Poll -- done between January 3rd and 10th of a random sample of 940 Georgia voters, with a margin of error of 3.2 points.

Racist-In-Chief

 is Political Cartoonby Osmani Simanca at cagle.com.

The Long History Of Donald Trump's Racism

Donald Trump told reporters that he's the least racist person they know. It was a lie, but a lie that most racists in America tell. They seem to think that verbal denial will erase their obviously racist actions. It does not!

People are not necessarily what they claim to be. They are what their actions define them as -- and Donald Trump has a long and continuous history of racist statements and actions. He is a racist and a bigot, in spite of his denials. Anyone who cannot see that is living in a state of denial.

From Vox.com, here is a list of Trump's racist actions:

Here’s a breakdown of Trump’s history, taken largely from Dara Lind’s list for Vox and an op-ed by Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times:
  • 1973: The US Department of Justice — under the Nixon administration, out of all administrations — sued the Trump Management Corporation for violating the Fair Housing Act. Federal officials found evidence that Trump had refused to rent to black tenants and lied to black applicants about whether apartments were available, among other accusations. Trump said the federal government was trying to get him to rent to welfare recipients. In the aftermath, he signed an agreement in 1975 agreeing not to discriminate to renters of color without admitting to discriminating before.
  • 1980s: Kip Brown, a former employee at Trump's Castle, accused another one of Trump's businesses of discrimination. "When Donald and Ivana came to the casino, the bosses would order all the black people off the floor," Brown said. "It was the eighties, I was a teenager, but I remember it: They put us all in the back."
  • 1988: In a commencement speech at Lehigh University, Trump spent much of his speech accusing countries like Japan of "stripping the United States of economic dignity." This matches much of his current rhetoric on China.
  • 1989: In a controversial case that’s been characterized as a modern-day lynching, four black teenagers and one Latino teenager — the "Central Park Five" — were accused of attacking and raping a jogger in New York City. Trump immediately took charge in the case, running an ad in local papers demanding, "BRING BACK THE DEATH PENALTY. BRING BACK OUR POLICE!" The teens’ convictions were later vacated after they spent seven to 13 years in prison, and the city paid $41 million in a settlement to the teens. But Trump in October 2016 said he still believes they’re guilty, despite the DNA evidence to the contrary.
  • 1991: A book by John O’Donnell, former president of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City, quoted Trump’s criticism of a black accountant: "Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day. … I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault, because laziness is a trait in blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not anything they can control." Trump at first denied the remarks, but later said in a 1997 Playboy interviewthat "the stuff O’Donnell wrote about me is probably true."
  • 1992: The Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino had to pay a $200,000 fine because it transferred black and women dealers off tables to accommodate a big-time gambler’s prejudices.
  • 2000: In opposition to a casino proposed by the St. Regis Mohawk tribe, which he saw as a financial threat to his casinos in Atlantic City, Trump secretly ran a series of adssuggesting the tribe had a "record of criminal activity [that] is well documented."
  • 2004: In season two of The Apprentice, Trump fired Kevin Allen, a black contestant, for being overeducated. "You're an unbelievably talented guy in terms of education, and you haven’t done anything," Trump said on the show. "At some point you have to say, ‘That’s enough.’"
  • 2005: Trump publicly pitched what was essentially The Apprentice: White People vs. Black People. He said he "wasn't particularly happy" with the most recent season of his show, so he was considering "an idea that is fairly controversial — creating a team of successful African Americans versus a team of successful whites. Whether people like that idea or not, it is somewhat reflective of our very vicious world."
  • 2010: In 2010, there was a huge national controversy over the "Ground Zero Mosque" — a proposal to build a Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan, near the site of the 9/11 attacks. Trump opposed the project, calling it "insensitive," and offered to buy outone of the investors in the project. On The Late Show With David Letterman, Trump argued, referring to Muslims, "Well, somebody’s blowing us up. Somebody’s blowing up buildings, and somebody’s doing lots of bad stuff."
  • 2011: Trump played a big role in pushing false rumors that Obama — the country’s first black president — was not born in the US. He even sent investigators to Hawaii to look into Obama's birth certificate. Obama later released his birth certificate, calling Trump a "carnival barker." (The research has found a strong correlation between "birtherism," as this conspiracy theory is called, and racism.) Trump has reportedly continued pushing this conspiracy theory in private.
  • 2011: While Trump suggested that Obama wasn’t born in the US, he also argued that maybe Obama wasn’t a good enough student to have gotten into Columbia or Harvard Law School, and demanded Obama release his university transcripts. Trump claimed, "I heard he was a terrible student. Terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?"
For many people, none of these incidents, individually, may be totally damning: One of these alone might suggest that Trump is simply a bad speaker and perhaps racially insensitive ("politically incorrect," as he would put it), but not overtly racist.
On top of all that history, Trump has repeatedly made racist — often explicitly so — remarks on the campaign trail and as president:
  • Trump launched his campaign in 2015 by calling Mexican immigrants "rapists" who are "bringing crime" and "bringing drugs" to the US. His campaign was largely built on building a wall to keep these immigrants out of the US.
  • As a candidate in 2015, Trump called for a ban on all Muslims coming into the US. His administration’s attempts at implementing a watered-down version of this policy have been contested in courts.
  • When asked at a 2016 Republican debate whether all 1.6 billion Muslims hate the US, Trump said, "I mean a lot of them. I mean a lot of them."
  • He argued in 2016 that Judge Gonzalo Curiel — who was overseeing the Trump University lawsuit — should recuse himself from the case because of his Mexican heritage and membership in a Latino lawyers association. House Speaker Paul Ryan, who endorsed Trump, later called such comments "the textbook definition of a racist comment."
  • Trump has been repeatedly slow to condemn white supremacists who endorse him, and he regularly retweeted messages from white supremacists and neo-Nazis during his presidential campaign.
  • He tweeted and later deleted an image that showed Hillary Clinton in front of a pile of money and by a Jewish Star of David that said, "Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!" The tweet had some very obvious anti-Semitic imagery, but Trump insisted that the star was a sheriff’s badge, and said his campaign shouldn’t have deleted it.
  • Trump has repeatedly referred to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has said she has Cherokee ancestors, as "Pocahontas."
  • At the 2016 Republican convention, Trump officially seized the mantle of the "law and order" candidate — an obvious dog whistle playing to white fears of black crime, even though crime in the US is historically low. His speeches, comments, and executive actions after he took office have continued this line of messaging.
  • In a pitch to black voters in 2016, Trump said, "You’re living 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?" 
  • Trump stereotyped a black reporter at a press conference in February 2017. When April Ryan asked him if he plans to meet and work with the Congressional Black Caucus, he repeatedly asked her to set up the meeting — even as she insisted that she’s "just a reporter."
  • In the week after white supremacist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August 2017, Trump repeatedly said that "many sides" and "both sides" were to blame for the violence and chaos that ensued — suggesting that the white supremacist protesters were morally equivalent to counterprotesters that stood against racism. He also said that there were "some very fine people" among the white supremacists. All of this seemed like a dog whistle to white supremacists — and many of them took it as one, with white nationalist Richard Spencer praising Trump for "defending the truth."
  • Throughout 2017, Trump repeatedly attacked NFL players who, by kneeling or otherwise silently protesting during the national anthem, demonstrated against systemic racism in America.
  • Trump reportedly said in 2017 that people who came to the US from Haiti "all have AIDS," and he lamented that people who came to the US from Nigeria would never "go back to their huts" once they saw America. The White House denied that Trump ever made these comments.
  • Speaking about immigration in a bipartisan meeting in January 2018, Trump reportedly asked, in reference to Haiti and African countries, "Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" He then reportedly suggested that the US should take more people from countries like Norway. The implication: Immigrants from predominantly white countries are good, while immigrants from predominantly black countries are bad. 
  • Trump denied making the "shithole" comments, although some senators present at the meeting said they happened. The White House, meanwhile, suggested that the comments, like Trump’s remarks about the NFL protests, will play well to his base. The only connection between Trump’s remarks about the NFL protests and his "shithole" comments is race.
This list is not comprehensive, instead relying on some of the major examples since Trump announced his candidacy. But once again, there’s a pattern of racism and bigotry here that suggests Trump isn’t just misspeaking; it is who he is.