Forty Two wrote:Well, the people that call him racist are not going by the literal verbiage he uses...
I did. To wit:
Jack: If you invoke his race as a reason why he can't do his job...
Donald: (cuts in) I think that's why he's doing it. I think that's why he's doing it.
I already went through that -- in context, it's not Trump using the verbiage "race" it's the interviewer, Tapper. Trump answered many questions specifying that it was the judge's Mexican heritage and his affiliation with the La Raza lawyers group that was the issue. That's why he's doing it. You're cherry picking one question and answer. Trump himself never uses the term "race." But Tapper kept at it. If that's the best evidence you have, then it's pretty weak in terms of showing that Trump thinks people of Mexican nationality are a race.
Forty Two wrote:...he does not literally call Mexicans rapists as a people.
Agreed. He called those Mexicans "they send" rapists, which definitely is not the same as calling Mexicans a rapist race.
Definitely not the same. He also didn't call all of the Mexicans sent "rapists." He said "they're sending rapists" along with other types of people they are sending. It is absolutely clear from what he's saying that he is alleging that Mexico is sending the bad ones to get rid of them. Trump has made iterations of this statement many times.
There's plenty to criticize about Trump. What's weird is that some folks are desperate to pigeonhole him into this Nazi or fascist category, that they are just certain that he's an out-and-out racist. A guy who was raised liberal, came of age in the 1960s, in liberal New York, which was even then very diverse and cosmopolitan, and who has an unblemished hiring practice in his companies, is supposedly now a card carrying Neonazi or KKK sympathizer. Come on, guys...you can do better than that.
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