I recently wrote a piece on the influence of the radical right, specifically white supremacists, on Donald Trump and some of his closest advisors a few weeks ago.
Most notably those advisors being Jeff Sessions, his new Attorney General; Steve Bannon, his chief political advisor; and Michael Flynn who has since resigned after allegations of misrepresenting to President Trump his contacts with Russian officials. Note: There is a standing joke in the Senate that Sessions would have joined the KKK but he found out they smoked marijuana which Sessions is vehemently against legalizing.
It has been noted by some political observers that leading up to Trumps election, but more so after his election as president, white supremacist groups increased their propaganda messages through flyers and publicity stunts, particularly at university campuses throughout the nation. Their intent is to attract the racially biased at whatever level. It could easily be the typical Southern redneck who still disapproves of interracial marriage, federal housing opportunities, and refers to Blacks with the “n” word. Or it could be the average American citizen who believes that maintaining an underclass through preferential treatment (affirmative action quotas) and welfare is reverse discrimination. Make no bones about it, that was Donald Trump’s attraction for the majority of Americans, the political left being the exception. The left cared little for the well-being of minorities in America but disguised their message in a “Black lives matter” cloak of indignation.
In fact, I would venture to suggest that for a significant number of Americans, (white Americans that is), Trump’s slogan, “Let’s make American great again!” really means “Let’s make America white again.” I am fairly sure Trump was fully aware of the subliminal message in that slogan and not entirely opposed to it, given his past statements and actions with regard to Blacks and Latinos.
Examples: When Trump was serving as the president of his family’s real estate company, the Trump Management Corporation in 1973, the Justice Department sued the company for alleged racial discrimination against black people looking to rent apartments in the Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island boroughs of New York City.
Further, workers at Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, have accused him of racism over the years. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000 in 1992 because managers would remove African-American card dealers at the request of a certain big-spending gambler. A state appeals court upheld the fine.
His lack of concern for “Mexicans” is not only shown by his new deportation program, indiscriminately arresting longtime residents, albeit illegal, and dropping them off in poor unprepared towns across the border such as Tijuana, it is also shown by his comments about the qualifications of a Latino judge who did not rule in his favor in a suit involving plaintiffs who felt cheated by the “Trump University.” Trump implied that Gonzalo Curiel, the federal judge presiding over a class action suit against the for-profit Trump University, could not fairly hear the case because of his Mexican heritage.
“He’s a Mexican,” Trump told CNN. “We’re building a wall between here and Mexico. The answer is, he is giving us very unfair rulings — rulings that people can’t even believe.”
A 2-for-1 for Racists: Post Hateful Fliers, and Revel in the News Coverage, Pro Publica (org)
Here Are 16 Examples Of Donald Trump Being Racist, Huffington Post
Donald Trump Building Team of Racists, New York Magazine