You’ve all seen it by now:
A lot of people are going to say Trump misspoke or Chris Wallace set him up. Trump’s supporters are doing everything possible to defend him. But how can we interpret Trump’s words as something other than racism? Consider some of his previous comments:
The Atlantic has an oral history of his racist statements.
Vox has a timeline running from 1973-2020.
There is even a Wikipedia page on Trump’s views on race.
Read our coverage of Charlottesville 2017 here.
I try to get my history students to think contextually. The work of placing Trump’s comments on race in the historical context of his previous statements on the subject gets us closer to understanding the meaning of his words on Tuesday night. There is a definitely a pattern here and because of this context I feel comfortable calling Trump a racist.
And the day after the debate, Trump continued with the race baiting in Minnesota.