Trump Condemns Racism Following Years of Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric

President Trump condemned white nationalism today in the wake of the mass shooting in El Paso — but his consistent messaging on immigration as an “invasion” was echoed in the gunman’s manifesto.

Trump's Shocking Rhetoric on Immigration

President Trump has condemned white nationalism days after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas left at least 22 dead. A manifesto written by the gunman railed against the “Hispanic invasion of Texas” — language that echoes that of the president. He saw the presence of people of Latin American descent in Texas as an “invasion,” even though the presence of such people predates the existence of the state of Texas. The president himself gave a speech announcing that “in one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry, and white supremacy. These sinister ideologies must be defeated.” On Twitter, however, the president’s immediate instinct was less to defeat white nationalism than to concede to it, by urging Democrats to pass his unpopular, restrictionist immigration agenda in exchange for implementing popular gun-control policies.

Leading conservative outlets have openly condemned white nationalism. In a deeply polarized age, it will fall to those on the right to lead their cohorts away from the right-wing ethno-nationalism that has captured the imagination of the party’s intellectuals, and its rank and file. Underlying political factors that have led to this moment remain unaltered, and unless they change, these condemnations will not be sufficient to move the Republican Party and the conservative movement from its current course.

As Americans were preparing to vote in the 2018 midterm elections, a white supremacist walked into a synagogue in Pittsburgh and slaughtered a dozen people. A Trump hater, the shooter nevertheless echoed the centerpiece of the president’s midterm campaign, an obsession with an “invasion” of Central American migrants that would destroy America by rendering it less white. The shooter held Jews responsible for this act of “genocide,” and so believed he was justified in killing as many Jews as possible. President Trump will not change who he has always been. And as long as the Republican Party and the conservative media are committed to defending him, their attempts to join their fellow Americans in eradicating the scourge of white nationalism won’t be realized.


08/05/2019 10:08 PMupdated: 08/06/2019 1:03 PM
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  • Joel R.
    08/05/2019 22:07

    What has USA and Afghanistan in common?

  • Daramola F.
    08/05/2019 22:08

    You are the wicked racist known by the whole world. Don't worry, wait for your reward from God

  • Claudia T.
    08/05/2019 22:11

    trump is the immoral azz hole who is promoting bigotry and hatred by his speeches He has said...The judiciary and ‘so-called’ judges (when they don’t toe the line) ‘open up our country to potential terrorists’. The main-stream media is ‘the enemy of the people’. African Americans are ‘thieves, not qualified, have low IQs’. Women are ‘fat, pigs, dogs, slobs’ and BTW you can ‘grab ’em by the p----’ unless they’re your daughter, in which case you can lust after them. Mexicans are ‘rapists, our enemy, corrupt’. Muslims are ‘radical terrorists’. Democrats are ‘un-American, treasonous, a wacko mob’. BTW, many white nationalists are ‘fine people, Putin’s doing a great job’ and as for Kim Jong Un . . . ‘we fell in love’.

  • Manant P.
    08/05/2019 22:11

    Fake speech...

  • Kester C.
    08/05/2019 22:12

    He is a comedian

  • Elizabeth T.
    08/05/2019 22:13

    The monster shooter from El Paso was a moron. Trump referred to ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS (caravans) as an invasion, not LEGAL IMMIGRANTS. Recently, in order to separate the two, Trump has taken to calling them illegal migrants. There is a massive difference between legal immigrants and illegal migrants. Trump, and republicans, support the former, but do not support the latter. The mass shooting in El Paso is as much Trump’s fault as the mass shooting in Ohio was Elizabeth Warren’s fault. Fyi, it wasn’t their faults. It was nobody’s fault but the monsters that perpetrated these atrocities on innocent people.

  • Paula A.
    08/05/2019 22:13

    chump is a RACIST, POS !

  • Darrell G.
    08/05/2019 22:14

    his xenophobic views are destroying this country

  • Tamara J.
    08/05/2019 22:14

    Not your true sentiment's, like lie lie-- God knows your heart.

  • Darrell G.
    08/05/2019 22:17

    @brut does a good job of informing us of politicians political views

  • Frank P.
    08/05/2019 22:20

    #Trump is such a #Wimp #Putin owns the #NRA and the NRA owns Trump and #MowcowMitch another Wimp is also owned by Putin

  • Shelaina P.
    08/05/2019 22:21

    I don't get how people look at him at think "He is the best President"

  • Marjorie D.
    08/05/2019 22:22

    All I heard this morning was a monotone, blah, blah, blah!

  • Chris V.
    08/05/2019 22:22

    Because it is an invasion! They are not seeking asylum or they would be doing it legally through the port of entry! Why don’t you guys get it right instead of lying like the rest of the media! Oh yeah because you aren’t any different!

  • Betty N.
    08/05/2019 22:23

    I do love this man!

  • Renso H.
    08/05/2019 22:24

    You stop the drugs When people stop using drugs Ask why are so many looking for drugs Work on that and the drugs will stop I don’t do drugs Offer any amount of drugs to me And I will say no Those who do need help Are you helping That’s all I will say My faith tells me to stay out of such issues May Jehovah God help us

  • Yolanda C.
    08/05/2019 22:26

    He cannot be sincere at all !! He does not believe anything he is saying !

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    08/05/2019 22:26


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    08/05/2019 22:32


  • John M.
    08/05/2019 22:34

    Problem is today he says we need to come together and tomorrow he'll go back to splitting us apart, nonsensical man small man bully thief lier and criminal. AKA scum of the swamp. Vote blue