I refuse to call Donald Trump a xenophobe because that would not be politically correct. Instead, I will only call him a racist.
Why do you ask? Keep reading.
Donald Trump has a knack for saying something without really saying it. You know, the “wink, wink” method. He’ll hint at something, planting a seed with thinly disguised messages, leaving room for himself to say with almost a straight face, “I never said anything like that.”
For example, though he referred to Ted Cruz as a ‘p*ssy’ on more than one occasion during a rally, he claimed that it wasn’t his word, he was just repeating it. When he retweets questionable tweets, even from white supremacists, he absolves himself by saying he has millions of followers and was just retweeting, as if the tweet coming from him is meaningless.
Of course, he can also make a statement, be caught on camera, then deny minutes later ever saying it. But, that’s a different story.
When news broke out about Trump University, the scam operation run by Trump which bilked thousands of people out of tens of thousands of dollars, Donald Trump defended himself by mentioning that the judge who is handling the case against Trump University is Hispanic.
First, he did so at a rally.
Trump first raised the idea of filing a motion to recuse U.S. Judge Gonzalo Curiel during a campaign rally on Saturday in which, without mentioning him by name, the Republican candidate said the judge overseeing his case has shown “tremendous hostility” to him. “He’s Hispanic, which is fine,” Trump said.
He brought addressed it again, explaining why he would bring up the judge’s ethnicity to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press back in January.
“Why would you need to ask for a recusal and what does his ethnicity have to do with it?” moderator Chuck Todd asked Trump during an appearance on “Meet the Press” Sunday morning.
“Because I think he’s been very, very unfair with us,” Trump replied. “I think the judge has been extremely unfair. This is a case that many, many, many people said should have been thrown out on summary judgment. We have 98 percent approval. We have an A from the Better Business Bureau.”
“And you think it’s because he is Hispanic?” Todd asked. Trump’s reply: “Well because of the wall, and because of everything that’s going with Mexico and all of that, I think it’s frankly — look, this is a judge who has treated me very, very unfairly. This is a case that should have been thrown out a long time ago in the opinion of many great lawyers.”
He also brought up the judge in the Trump University case being Hispanic during an interview with Chris Wallace on FOX News.
“I think the judge has been extremely hostile to me. I think it has to do with, perhaps with I’m very, very strong on the border — very, very strong on the border,” Trump told Wallace.
“We have a very hostile judge. Now, he is Hispanic, I believe,” he added. “And he is a very hostile judge to me.”
At Tuesday night’s town hall, Trump had another ‘let me randomly throw in someone’s Hispanic heritage’ moment when he ‘asked’ host Anderson Cooper if Ted Cruz’s first name is Rafael. Cooper seemed a bit stunned that Trump brought that up.
Here is the exchange: (video below)
ANDERSON COOPER: “You just welcomed a new grandson. His name is Theodore. Any chance you’re going to call him Cryin’ Ted.”
This was in relation to Trump constantly calling Cruz “Lyin’ Ted” a complete projection since Donald Trump is the biggest liar on the GOP campaign trail.
DONALD TRUMP: “No, I don’t think so. I said. I said. Well, actually, isn’t Ted’s real name Rafael?”
Notice the emphasis he put on the word ‘Rafael’ as he leaned forward towards Cooper, who sat speechless for a moment. And for the record, Donald, Ted is part of his ‘real name’. Edward is his middle name and Ted is a name that many people named Edward use.
TRUMP (turning to the audience): “I think so, right? Because that was one of the questions that I did have to ask.”
COOPER: “It is.”
TRUMP: “It doesn’t matter.”
If it doesn’t matter, why bring it up? I’ll tell you why.
The second I heard Trump say those words, I had my husband pause the TV and I said, “Do you know why he said that. It’s a dog-whistle.”
For those who are unfamiliar with the meaning of the term, in politics ‘dog-whistle’ means the following.
Dog-whistle is political messaging employing coded language that appears to mean one thing to the general population but has an additional, different or more specific resonance for a targeted subgroup.
To the average person, Trump pointing out that Cruz’s first name is not Ted, which is a shortened version of his middle name, but is rather ‘Rafael’, that is meaningless.
But Donald Trump has a following of white nationalists and white supremacists. Many have speculated that’s why he sent mixed messages when it came to disavowing David Duke, the KKK, and other white supremacist groups who have expressed support for Trump or stated the message to “not vote for the Cubans [referring to Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio who are of Cuban-American heritage.”
On Twitter, Trump has retweeted tweets from the white nationalist account @WhiteGenocideTM, who is one of Trump’s most devoted fans on Twitter.
Trump brought up Cruz’s first name as being Rafael as a signal to his racist, white supremacist followers, reminding them that Cruz is Hispanic.
That’s my belief, and I’m sticking to it.
Again, I refuse to call Donald Trump a xenophobe because that would not be politically correct. Instead, I will only call him a racist.