Beyond His "Shithole Countries" Remark, Trump Has A Long History Of Saying Racist Things

Beyond His  Shithole Countries  Remark, Trump Has A Long History Of Saying Racist Things

“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?”

That's how President Trump reportedly referenced to Haiti and African nations on Thursday during a meeting with a bipartisan group of senators. Though the president seemingly denied the comments on Friday morning, senators of both parties have said the .

This is just the latest statement in a long list of racist remarks Trump has made in his lifetime. But the timing of the comments, just one day before the anniversary of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, is especially harrowing for Nathalie Pierre, chairwoman of the board of the Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy and PhD candidate in the department of History at NYU.

"Trump's comments, and the tepid retraction, are in line with the historical relationship of the two countries. U.S. presidents have authorized gunboat diplomacy in Haiti from the late 19th century and liberally invaded and/or intervened in Haitian affairs when it suited U.S. national interests," she told Refinery29 via email.

She added, "As a survivor of the Haitian earthquake that occurred eight years ago today, Trump's comments are like a knife jab to the quivering wound left by the 2010 earthquake. And yet, I am grateful for his honesty that reveals the deepest sentiments of my host country."

Trump's feelings for Haiti and other countries where the majority of the population are people of color are not surprising given his background. This is the man who in 1973 was sued by the Justice Department for racial discrimination, alleging that he and his company refused to sell apartments to Black people.

Sophie Bjork-James, a Vanderbilt University anthropologist who studies white nationalism, told Refinery29 that Trump's remarks would inevitably resonate with these groups and part of his broader base too, since they believe people of color are inferior.

"He has a long history of talking about racialized groups in disparaging ways, from referring to Mexicans as rapists to advocating for a ban on Muslims. All of these ideas are held by white nationalists," she said.

She added that though Trump has emboldened white nationalist groups, that's not the risk we should be worrying about so much.

"The biggest danger of these kind of comments is not the emboldening of the organized racist —although this is surely to happen — but the potential normalizing of racist ideas," she said. "The more normal these extreme ideas become the more dangerous."

Trump claims he is "the least racist person that you’ve ever encountered," but his record shows otherwise. Ahead, a look at some of his racist remarks through time.

About immigrants

Besides saying that Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations are "shithole countries," Trump also recently said in a closed-door meeting about immigration that all Haitians "have AIDS" and that once Nigerians saw the U.S. they would never "go back to their huts." (Nigerian immigrants are in fact the most educated group in the U.S., surpassing white and Asian people.)

About Black people

According to the 1991 book Trumped!, the president said that Black people were inherently lazy and said he disliked having accountants who were Black."Black guys counting my money! I hate it," Trump said. "The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day."He went on, "I think that the guy is lazy. And it’s probably not his fault because laziness is a trait in Blacks. It really is, I believe that. It’s not something they can control."

About Central Park Five

After four Black teenagers and a Latino teen were charged with the brutal rape and beating of a woman in 1989, Trump took a full-page ad in four newspapers calling for the reinstatement of the death penalty.

The teens, known as the Central Park Five, were exonerated in 2002 after a convicted murderer and rapist confessed to the crime. The man's confession was corroborated through DNA evidence, and the authorities never found forensic evidence that connected the Central Park Five to the rape. But even after it was proven that the men were innocent, throughout the years Trump has continued to say they're guilty.

And as recent as October 2016, Trump still believes the Central Park Five are guilty, even though the men have been exonerated by the legal system.

About Native Americans

In 1993, Trump testified at a hearing held by the House Native American Affairs subcommittee, which at the time was investigating organized crime in Native American casinos. Without offering proof, Trump told lawmakers it was "obvious" that the Mafia had infiltrated the casinos."They don’t look like Indians to me," he said. "They don’t look like Indians to Indians."And during the 2016 presidential campaign and now as president, Trump has called Sen. Elizabeth Warren "Pocahontas" as a way to mock her claim of Native American heritage. Native Americans have said the term is derogatory over and over again, but that hasn't stopped the president from using it, even in front of Navajo veterans last November.

About Muslims

In late 2015, Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

Trump also insulted a Muslim Gold Star family in 2016. Capt. Humayun Khan, a Muslim Army captain, was killed in Iraq in 2004. His parents Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared at the Democratic National Convention, where Khizr gave a speech in which he said Trump had never sacrificed anything and offered to lend the then-candidate his pocket-sized version of the U.S. Constitution.

Trump criticized them and said Khizr delivered the speech because Ghazala wasn't "allowed" to speak.

"If you look at his wife, she was standing there. She had nothing to say. She probably — maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me,” Trump said to ABC News.

Ghazala Khan wrote in an op-ed that her husband asked whether she wanted to speak at the convention, but she chose not to because it was too upsetting.

About President Obama

For five years, Trump was one of the most vocal supporters of a conspiracy theory falsely claiming that President Obama was not born in the United States — even after the White House released Obama's birth certificate proving he was indeed born in Hawaii.

It took until September 2016 for him to disavow the theory. However, since then he has questioned once again the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate in private conversations.

About Mexicans

How can anyone forget how Trump launched his presidential campaign in 2015? His speech, where he decried Mexicans as rapists, caused instant outrage.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," he said, before adding, "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

In 2016, Trump attacked Gonzalo Curiel, a federal judge from Indiana born to Mexican parents who was president two Trump University lawsuits. The president said Curiel should recuse himself from the trial, because he would unfair to Trump.

"He’s a Mexican," he said. "We’re building a wall between here and Mexico."

House Speaker Paul Ryan called the remarks against Curiel a "textbook definition of a racist comment."

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