President Donald Trump left many on social media perplexed after he tweeted a quote from Fox News host Lou Dobbs which claimed he “has done more for minority groups in this country than any president in decades.”
“President Trump has done more for minority groups in this country than any president in decades.” @LouDobbs
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2018
The punchline here is, of course, that Trump has been accused of harboring racial animus toward minorities since well before he became president. People immediately pushed back.
REALLY ! Where is the Trump stronger version of The Civil Rights Act of 1964? Or do you mean Trump wanted to stop Black Athletes kneeling? He's never visited troops in harms way which are high % of non white. Maybe he helped Carter in Habitat? Oops no again.
— Steven Erickson (@StevenErick1976) August 28, 2018
Poor Lou Dobbs used the wrong preposition. Trump has done more "TO" minority groups, not "FOR" them. Because nothing Trump has done has been helpful to the minorities – Muslim bans, family separations, name calling, trying to end DACA, turning ICE into a deportation force, etc.
— Denise Ingram (@leclemot) August 28, 2018
That Trump tweeted a comment from Lou Dobbs is rather suspect. Dobbs has expressed frustration over the lack of a wall at our nation’s southern border to keep migrants out. He has, among other things, claimed that illegal immigrants are responsible for bringing cases of leprosy to the United States, helped Trump propagate the “birther” myth that former President Barack Obama is not a citizen of the United States, and was the subject of a yearlong investigation which found that he used undocumented workers to maintain his properties.
Trump’s history of racial animus is well documented. In the 1980s, he insisted that the Central Park Five, four African American juveniles and one Hispanic juvenile who were convicted of a rape and assault they did not commit, were guilty anyway, even though a convicted rapist and murderer already serving a life sentence in prison confessed to the crime and DNA evidence confirmed his guilt.
Earlier this year, he was criticized for calling Haiti and African nations “shithole countries.”
Last week, Trump was accused of taking a talking point straight from the playbook of white nationalists when he said he’d asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to “closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures.”
I have asked Secretary of State @SecPompeo to closely study the South Africa land and farm seizures and expropriations and the large scale killing of farmers. “South African Government is now seizing land from white farmers.” @TuckerCarlson @FoxNews
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 23, 2018
Land reform––more specifically “land restitution”––was one of the promises made by the African National Congress when it came to power in South Africa in 1994, in response to the Native Lands Act of 1913. which “prohibited the establishment of new farming operations, sharecropping or cash rentals by blacks outside of the reserves” on which they were forced to live. White nationalists have claimed that the movement has sparked a “genocide” against white farmers who’ve opposed redistributing lands.
Trump also came under fire on the campaign trail for referring to Mexicans as “rapists” and “murderers.”
In the days since the body of Mollie Tibbetts, a Brooklyn, Iowa college student was found, Trump and many conservatives have seized on the fact that the suspect, Cristhian Bahena Rivera, is a Mexican national who authorities say was in the country illegally, and have used the murder to make the case for harsher immigration legislation.