Connecticut Newspaper: Trump Voters Support Racism and Bigotry
'Trump’s alleged racism is impossible to separate from support for his policies'
Connecticut newspaper, The Hartford Courant, wrote that President Donald Trump's voters could not support him without also supporting racism and bigotry against black people.
The paper made outlandish claims in an editorial just weeks away from the upcoming election.
At the same time, the paper’s editorial board endorsed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Many leftist media outlets have smeared Trump as a racist despite his denunciations of white supremacy, racism, and bigotry.
The Courant claimed that support for Trump’s alleged racism is impossible to separate from support for his policies.
“President Trump’s views on race and his willingness to exploit deep-rooted divisions are well documented,” the Courant’s editorial board wrote.
“He jump-started his 2016 campaign by equating Mexicans with rapists and drug dealers. When racist violence erupted at a Charlottesville, Va., white-supremacist rally, Trump said there were ‘very fine people on both sides.’"
"And most recently, when asked during a debate with Biden to denounce white nationalism, Trump said it was time for the militaristic hate group the Proud Boys to step back — but also to ‘stand by.’”
The paper referred to comments that Trump has made since 2015, many of which had been twisted by the media.
When Trump announced his run for president in 2015, he outlined the groundwork for a campaign that would focus heavily on illegal immigration.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you," Trump said.
"They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us."
"They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” Trump said.
The Courant also cited the misquoted line that Trump gave in the aftermath of the Charlottesville clash.
Referring to the debate over Confederate statues, Trump said that there are “good people on both sides” of the debate.
Trump denounced white supremacy and told the Proud Boys “stand back and stand by" during his first presidential debate with Joe Biden.
Several days later, Trump denounced the group in an interview on Fox News.
The Proud Boys is headed by Enrique Tarrio, a black Cuban American.
The courant’s editorial board claimed that while many voters may cast a vote without necessarily supporting everything in a candidate’s platform, Trump's so-called racist conduct is the exception.
“Politics is always about compromise, to a certain extent. It’s rare to find a candidate who lines up with all your beliefs, so you find the one who comes the closest, and you put the other issues on the side,” the editorial board wrote.
“But Trump’s racism isn’t the same, not even close. The potential damage he could do to the fabric of our nation is profound. So, his candidacy raises a question: Can you really support Trump without supporting the racism that permeates his administration?”
“The difference now, in 2020, is that Donald Trump doesn’t just exploit racism, he revels in it,” the Courant continued.
“Trump wears his whiteness like a badge of honor and plays his affinity for groups like the Proud Boys and other agents of racial hatred for applause. Trump doesn’t simply mine the racial divide for political advantage; he treats it like a worldview to be celebrated and adored.”