Anti-Semitism / Bigotry / Islamaphobia / Racism / White Supremacy

The Bigotry of the Trump Administration

Donald Trump is anti-woman, anti-Hispanic, anti-black, anti-anything that would bring the country together.

Sally Bradshaw, Republican Strategist

This appears to be the unifying theme for policy under the Trump administration. Trump has no hesitation appealing to his white nationalist base.  He confirmed this when he defended Neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members after Charlottesville.

 

Below is a partial list of examples of how Donald Trump has elevated himself to become Bigot in Chief or, as Trevor Noah noted, the Second President of the Confederacy.  The purpose of the list is to show that bigotry is the raison d’être of this administration.

Hiring Bigots

We’ve previously posted about the White Supremacist backgrounds of Steve Bannon, General Mike Flynn, Stephen Miller and Jeff Sessions.  See video above that covers Sessions, Housing Secretary Ben Carson, Energy Secretary Rick Perry,  and Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin and list of Islamaphobic comments made by Trump appointees.

Other Trump’s team with checkered past include:

  • Sebastian Gorka, former White House advisor (ties to Neo-Nazi group);
  • William Bradford, Department of Energy, Office of Indian Energy Policy (racist comments); and
  • Fred Malek, Chair of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (antisemitic)

Anti-African American

Anti-Hispanic / Anti-Immigrant

  • Pardoning former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for criminal contempt for ignoring court order to stop racial profling of Hispanics.

  • Will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which prevents deportation and allows minor children of undocumented immigrants to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit.
  • Ended the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program. DAPA extended protections for some immigrant parents whose children were citizens of or residents in the United States.
  • Ordered his administration to publish a weekly list of crimes committed by immigrants.
  • Signed an executive order to start the construction of his border wall between the U.S. + Mexico.
  • Removed Spanish language page from White House website.

Anti-Muslim

  • Within a week of becoming president, Trump signed an executive order blocking Syrian refugees and banning citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days. This order goes into effect immediately, prompting mass chaos at airports, protests and legal challenges. Rudolph W. Giuliani, a close adviser to the president, later said on Fox News: “So when [Trump] first announced it, he said, ‘Muslim ban.’ He called me up. He said, ‘Put a commission together. Show me the right way to do it legally.’”
  • Ended the practice of recognizing the end of Ramadan with an iftar dinner.
  • Hours after a deadly terror attack in Barcelona, President Donald Trump suggested that Islamic terrorists should be executed with bullets soaked in pig’s blood, praising a discredited story of a 20th-century atrocity.

Anti-Woman

  • Not even 48 hours into his administration, surrounded by a group of white men, Trump signed an order reinstating the global gag rule, which denies funding to organizations and clinics around the world that so much as mention the word “abortion.” This draconian policy will lead to the deaths of thousands of women and will actually result in 2.2 million more abortions a year.
  • Stopped a rule that would require large companies to report worker incomes by race and gender. The rule was aimed at reducing pay disparity.
  • Revoked an executive order that mandated compliance by contractors with laws protecting women in the workplace. Prior to the 2014 order, a report found that companies with federal contracts worth millions of dollars had scores of violations of labor and civil rights laws.
  • Trump appoints anti-choice Roger Severino to head the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights.  Appointing Severino is very on-brand for President Trump, who apparently believes it makes sense to put people in charge of things they don’t believe in. Severino is vocally opposed to provisions in the ACA that protect women and LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in the healthcare system — so naturally, he’s now in charge of those nondiscrimination protections. He also opposes a huge number of policies that drive equality and social change: same-sex marriage, reproductive freedom, Planned Parenthood, and a woman’s ability to access birth control regardless of how her employer feels about it.
  • Behind closed doors and surrounded by anti-choice leaders, Trump signed away access to birth control and critical preventative care for millions. Before President Obama left office, he passed a rule that would prevent states from discriminating against certain women’s health clinics, including Planned Parenthood, that provide abortions. By canceling this rule, Trump gave into a fringe element of his political base and made it harder for women and families across the country to access basic health care.
  • Anti-ACA activist Scott Gottlieb is confirmed to lead the Food and Drug Administration. We now have an FDA commissioner who is opposed to the Affordable Care Act and coverage for birth control has persistently attacked reproductive health care and Planned Parenthood, and pointed to the deceptively edited videos intended to defame PPFA as “proof.”
  • President Trump reportedly plans to let the White House Council on Women and Girls go dark citing budget cuts and redundancies.
  • Implemented a dress code that prohibits women from having bare shoulders in the speaker’s chamber is being enforced.
  • Trump signed a bill to overturn Obama-era protections for Title X grantees, allowing states to block Title X funding for providers that also offer abortion with nonfederal funds, including Planned Parenthood. Title X funding provides critical reproductive, educational, and counseling services related to family planning and contraception to 4 million clients each year.
  • Cuts the National Domestic Violence Hotline: Trump’s budget proposes cutting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services budget by 18 percent. If that cut is applied to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, it would mean that more than 200,000 calls for help would go unanswered.
  • Defended accused sexual harassers: In an Oval Office interview, Trump defended conservative commentator Bill O’Reilly from sexual harassment allegations despite evidence that Fox has already paid more than $13 million to settle five claims against O’Reilly. Trump’s assumption that the complaints were false reveals his instinct to doubt women who experience harassment and assault and mirrors the attitudes that make it hard for victims to come forward. Sadly, this is only the latest example of Trump defending harassers and echoes his support of former Fox executive Roger Ailes.
  • Cut violence against women programs: Trump proposed Justice Department cuts that could affect Violence Against Women Act, or VAWA, program funding and civil rights enforcement. VAWA serves survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence, supports efforts to reduce sexual assault, and helps indigenous and tribal communities affected by violence. In addition to the proposed cuts, there are reports that Trump may be considering eliminating the Office on Violence Against Women entirely.
  • Under American Health Care Act insurers would have the option to stop covering preventive care, including access to birth control, breast-feeding support, and domestic violence screening and counseling.

Anti-LGBT

  • Repealed a rule allowing transgender individuals to serve in the military.
  • Withdrew federal protections for transgender students in schools. Under the rule approved by Obama, transgender students could use school bathrooms that corresponded to their gender identities.
  • Ended the declaration of June as Pride Month.
  • Trump hopes to cut $186 million in the CDC’s funding for HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and support services. Six HIV experts on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, quit via a Newsweek op-ed, stating that Trump “simply does not care” and has “no strategy” for addressing the epidemic.

Antisemitic

  • Trump releases Holocaust Remembrance Day statement that made no reference to Jews or even antisemitism, but which pleased Daily Stormer.  The Holocaust Museum issued a stern rebuke.

    Nazi ideology cast the world as a racial struggle, and the singular focus on the total destruction of every Jewish person was at its racist core.  Millions of other innocent civilians were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis, but the elimination of Jews was central to Nazi policy. As Elie Wiesel said, “Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims.

  • On multiple occasions attempted to dismiss rise in antisemitic attacks as false flag attacks.
  • Appointed Fred Malek, Chair of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Malik had been in charge of rooting out Jews during the Nixon Administration.
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