From telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to “go back” to their countries to using rhetoric that inspires white supremacist mass shooters, President Donald Trump’s racism is growing even more blatant as the 2020 presidential election creeps closer.
South Bend, Indiana mayor and Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg spoke with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday. Tapper asked Mayor Pete if he considered it a “racist act” to vote for Donald Trump in 2020.
Watch his answer below:
.@jaketapper: “Do you think that it’s a racist act to cast a vote for President Trump in 2020?”
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) August 18, 2019
“At best, it’s looking the other way on racism,” Buttigieg told Tapper. He continued:
“But I think a lot of people are wondering what kind of deal even that is supposed to be. You know you look at what he said in that rally: ‘You’ve got no choice but to vote for me.’ And if you look at the numbers, basically what he’s saying is, ‘Alright, I want you to look the other way on the racism, tolerate the negativity, accept the instability of my administration because I am going to deliver for you job growth almost as good as the Obama years.’ That’s what his argument amounts to now and that’s part of the reason why he’s unpopular.”
Buttigieg was referring to the president’s rally in New Hampshire this past Thursday, where he told supporters they had “no choice” but to vote for him, or “everything” would be “down the tubes.”
"You have no choice but to vote for me. Because your 401(k)s, down the tubes. Everything's going to be down the tubes. So whether you love me or hate me, you gotta vote for me."
— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) August 16, 2019
Many agreed with Mayor Pete’s assessment.
Hell yea it’s racist
— Braker (@travis_swift13) August 18, 2019
Buttigieg is absolutely correct, people who vote for trump know he’s a racist, that his policies are racist but they look the other way they say because of the economy and judges. SAD.
— jwbucked (@jwbucked) August 18, 2019
— Yvette Smith-Smith (@ysmithwas) August 18, 2019
Buttigieg is far from the only candidate calling out Trump’s racism.
On August 3rd, my hometown of El Paso, one of the safest cities in America, fell victim to one of the deadliest mass shootings in our country’s history—the result of guns and of hatred fueled by online radicalization, propaganda outlets like Fox News, and a racist president.
— Beto O'Rourke (@BetoORourke) August 16, 2019
Question: "Some of your Democratic colleagues have just straight-up come out and said that President Trump is racist. Are you willing to say that? Is he a racist?"
Sen. Elizabeth Warren: "I've already said that." pic.twitter.com/YoIQ5q1QR5
— The Hill (@thehill) February 11, 2019
Tapper: Do you agree that [Trump is a white supremacist or white nationalist]?
Sanders: "I do. Look. It gives me to pleasure to say this, but I think all of the evidence out there suggests that we have a president who is a racist." pic.twitter.com/HDOzaCYzVF
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 4, 2019
A recent article from the Washington Post reported that the president, who has been accused of racism since the 1970s, hates being called racist:
Throughout his career as a real estate magnate, a celebrity provocateur and a politician, Trump has recoiled from being called the r-word, even though some of his actions and words have been plainly racist.”
The president is doing everything he can to avoid being called a racist, just short of actually examining his character, reconsidering his rhetoric, or abandoning clearly racist policies.