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Defending Bigots

  • Donald Trump was one of the few public figures willing to defend Paula Deen after she was caught using offensive racial slurs. "No one expected redemption, but for Paula Deen, Wednesday was supposed to at least be a day of clarification. Instead, the beleaguered TV chef's grammatically twisted, biblically allusive, weepy appearance on Today after having admitted she used a racial slur in the past was met with mixed reviews tipping toward the critical. PR pundits declared it mediocre to miserable. Two more major business partners, Caesars Entertainment and Walmart, severed their relationship with Forbes' fourth-highest-earning celebrity chef in 2012. […] Boldface-name defenders did emerge, however. Donald Trump tweeted that she ‘made a big mistake in using a forbidden word but must be given some credit for admitting her mistake. She will be back!’" (USA Today, June 27, 2013)

Editorial Note

Still trying to determine the best way to present this information. One thing that frustrates understanding the cohesiveness of Trump's bigoted worldview is that we tend to atomize it into the way that it targets and dehumanizes specific subgroups.

  • Trump told his biographer “for the most part, you can’t respect people because most people aren’t worthy of respect.” “Mr. Trump is a veritable factory of boorish put-downs, laugh-out-loud exaggerations and self-aggrandizing declarations. But ‘Never Enough’ unearths decades-old gems that might otherwise be lost to history. […] On his feelings of superiority: ‘For the most part, you can't respect people because most people aren't worthy of respect,’ he told Mr. D'Antonio.” (New York Times, September 9, 2015)

Internment Camps

  • December, 2015: Trump refused to say whether he opposed the World War II internment of Japanese Americans. “By Tuesday morning, Trump's proposal was being compared to America's controversial past - and Trump himself was being compared to worse: When asked whether he would have supported Japanese internment camps, Trump told Time that he could not say for certain. ‘I would have had to be there at the time to tell you, to give you a proper answer,’ he told the magazine. ‘I certainly hate the concept of it. But I would have had to be there at the time to give you a proper answer.’” (Washington Post, December 8, 2015)
  • December, 2015: In a different interview given on the same subject, Donald Trump insisted that he did not endorse the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II. “The billionaire Republican businessman stood behind his proposal during a tour of television talk shows on Tuesday morning. But when asked whether he was in agreement with the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II, he gave the morning news shows an emphatic no. ‘No, I'm not. No, I'm not,’ he said. On MSNBC's ‘Morning Joe,’ Trump pointed to immigration actions against ‘Germans, Italians and Japanese’ taken by Franklin D. Roosevelt – ‘a respected president, a highly respected president,’ he said.” (Washington Post, December 8, 2015)

Categories of Bigotry

Misogynist Bigotry

Racial Bigotry

Religious Bigotry

Ableist Bigotry