Jemele Hill has recently made headlines for calling Donald Trump a white supremacist. On both sides of the political spectrum there are many names used to slander the opposition. I want to take a look at legitimate names to attribute to Donald, based on documented fact and analytical observation, not just emotional opinions. Let's start with something simple.
A "liar" is a person who tells lies. One of the biggest lies that Donald tells is that he did not support the war in Iraq. "I wasn't a fan of Iraq. I didn't want to go to war." He has repeated this claim multiple times. However, in 2002, on The Howard Stern Show, he stated the complete opposite, that he did support the war. One of Donald's sticking points when discussing violence is to point to Chicago. On the day of former President Barack Obama's farewell speech there, Donald stated that two people were shot during the speech. The fact is, on January 10th, the day of said speech, no homicides were committed. In order to intensify the fear against refugees here in America, Donald stated that the Syrian refuges were not fully vetted. The fact is that refuges are fully vetted and the background check can take up to two years. It is also a fact that zero Syrian refugees have committed any violent acts against America. I don't have the time to list the over 60 lies Donald has stated in public. If you would like to go through all of them, they are listed on www.poltifact.com. The point here is that Donald Trump is a liar, based on fact.
A "male chauvinist" refers to the maintenance of fixed beliefs and attitudes of male superiority, associated with overt or covert depreciation of women. In 1992, Olympic skater Katarina Witt was described by Donald as "wonderful looking while on the ice but, up close and personal, she could only be described as attractive if you like a woman with a bad complexion who is built like a linebacker." Katarina Witt is not a model, she is an Olympic gold medalist. Notice that the negative critique he gave her had nothing to do with her abilities as an athlete, but everything to do with her looks. In an interview with New York Magazine, Donald stated about women, "You have to treat them like shit." The man literally said that women should be treated "like shit." Throughout his time in the spotlight, Donald's criticisms of women have always referenced their looks. Feel free to Google Alicia Machado, Rosie O'Donnell, Angelina Jolie, Gail Collins, Carly Fiorina, Cher, Arianna Huffington, and any other woman Donald has criticized. Based on fact, Donald Trump is a male chauvinist.
A "white supremacist" is a person who believes that the white race is inherently superior to other races. Donald began his real estate business by discriminating against black applicants. In 1973, the United States Justice Department investigated him and his KKK-affiliated father for violating the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Did Donald fight this charge? No, he settled. Donald single-handedly led the crusade against the Central Park 5. For those unfamiliar with the case, here is a brief history: In 1989 five black and Hispanic teens were accused of assaulting and raping a white woman in Central Park. Donald spent an estimated $85,000 in New York City Newspaper ads to bring back the death penalty for these young men. Fourteen years later, DNA evidence proved that these young men were not guilty. Donald has yet to apologize or admit he was wrong. These two examples, while showing that Donald is racist, do not yet show his white supremacy based on the definition. In 2016, Khizr and Ghazla Khan spoke out against Donald's proposed Muslim Ban and other issues. Donald publicly went after them in the press and indicated that Mrs. Khan was not allowed to speak due to gender roles in Islam. It is important to note that in 2004 the Khans lost their son, who died in combat defending our country. At the same time, a grassroots organization called Veterans Against Trump began gaining national attention. Donald has never criticized this organization. He attacked two grieving Muslim parents, but not an entire organization founded on the principle of opposing him. It should come as no surprise that the majority of the members of Veterans Against Trump are white. In May of 2017, the city of Manchester, England became the victim of a terrorist attack. Donald sent his condolences. In June of 2017, when the city of London, England was attacked, Donald publicly berated the Mayor. The difference is that the mayor of Manchester is white and the mayor of London is not. In response to black accountants who work for his company, Donald stated, "I've got black accountants at the Trump Castle and at Trump Plaza. Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day." He went on to say in that same piece that laziness is a trait among blacks. Donald has even stated that a Hispanic judge could not fairly handle a case because "he's a Mexican." When asked if a Muslim judge, in light of his views on Muslim immigration, would be better able to handle the case, Donald stated that a Muslim judge might not be fair to him either. Donald Trump, by way of facts, is a white supremacist.
My reason for writing this article is not to attack Donald Trump, but to defend those who use real, fact-based words against him. My hope in this article, and everything I write, is to shed light on truth. I want Trump supporters to read this and really think about the man they are supporting. I want them to understand some of us are not on the "Trump Train." I want the people that chose not to attend the 2016 election to read this and know they have the power to put a real system of checks and balances in place in 2018. Lastly, I hope Donald Trump reads this so he will know some of us do not subscribe to fake news, but like to keep our criticisms of him fact-based.
Donald Trump has a history of being all the bad things that people accuse him of being. He is not innocent, but guilty as charged in the court of public opinion.
Contributing Editor: Ken Mejia-Beal
Ken Mejia-Beal is a concerned citizen, who cares deeply for his country. Ken wants to make the world a better place for all people. A capitalist with a heart who believes in free thinking and human rights. Ken wants to use his words in order to shine a light on political ventures in order to allow those without knowledge to form strong positions through fact based conversation. Ken resides in DuPage County, within Illinois. He has ambitions to motivate those around him to communicate differing ideas while remaining civil.