Is Voting for Trump Endorsing Racism?

I guess this is the question asked here but inside out. Many folks have said that a vote for Biden is for abortion. What about Trump’s racially divisiveness? Can it be ignored The editorial by a CT newspaper is interesting.
"President Trump’s views on race and his willingness to exploit deep-rooted divisions are well documented. He jump-started his 2016 campaign by equating Mexicans with rapists and drug dealers. When racist violence erupted at a Charlottesville, Va., white-supremacist rally, Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides.” And most recently, when asked during a debate with Biden to denounce white nationalism, Trump said it was time for the militaristic hate group the Proud Boys to step back — but also to “stand by.”

That alone should frighten you, but right about now is when some of you are probably saying that you don’t subscribe to the kind of racist invective Trump uses to fire up his base. You believe in the free market and low taxes, or you’re against abortion, or you just don’t trust the Democrats.

But on race? You believe that all men and women are created equal. I see the person, you say, not the color of their skin. …

While many were celebrating [Obama’s election], others were seething. And one person who understood that well was Donald Trump, who jumped in early with his “birther” claims that called into question Obama’s citizenship. The campaign was dismissed by many as ridiculous, but it sent a clear signal to those who’d been disaffected by the election of a Black president: They had a champion in Donald Trump.

The exploitation of racial antipathy isn’t a new phenomenon in American politics. Racist tropes and imagery have long been part of the lexicon of campaigns. When George H.W. Bush wanted to call out Michael Dukakis as being soft on crime, his campaign focused on a Black man, Wille Horton, who had raped a white woman while out of prison on a weekend furlough program. The message was racist and clear. Dukakis never recovered.

So, again, you might be saying to yourself: That’s campaign rhetoric. That’s not who I am. President Trump is doing what white politicians have always done; the election will end, and we will move on. Supporting Trump doesn’t mean I am condoning or facilitating racism.

The difference now, in 2020, is that Donald Trump doesn’t just exploit racism, he revels in it. Trump wears his whiteness like a badge of honor and plays his affinity for groups like the Proud Boys and other agents of racial hatred for applause. Trump doesn’t simply mine the racial divide for political advantage, he treats it like a worldview to be celebrated and adored."

Nope endorsing Trump is MAGA🇺🇸

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As a minority I find the notion that Trump is a racist and that Democrats hold the “moral high ground” on this issue to be entirely offensive.

I live in the the US south. Never in my life have I been the victim of overt “right wing” style racism. I’ve literally lost count of the number of times liberals have said/done something racist towards me tho.

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If you read the editorial it states that Trump has stoked and exploited racial divisions. Democrats have not done this.

YRMV

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I’m literally telling you that they have done it tho and that I have personally experienced it.

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War stories don’t get us any further forward. I can give you my personal reactions to civil rights activities from Orval Faubus to this date. Let’s stick with the issues.

The question is if a voter can ignore Trump’s racial divisiveness.

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4 More Years :us:

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Ya let’s stick to the issue. My experiences are happening today. You’re digging decades back to make a false equivalency.

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If you notice, I did not reach back at all. Like I said, war stories are not particularly helpful as to this issue.

If you read the editorial it states that Trump has stoked and exploited racial divisions. Democrats have not done this.

A matter of opinion. Mine is the Democrates have done this more.

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Both sides of whether or not to tear down a confederate statue.

This is actually caused by the media that likes to mention race a lot.

Proud Boys have a black man for their leader and Trump condemned them. Also I have no idea what whiteness is supposed to be.

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NO!!! (10 char)

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I don’t know if a comparison helps. Once again: Can a moral voter ignore Trump’s stoking and exploiting racial divisiveness?

Folks seem unable to focus on that.

And Sunday sermons ‘cause’ sin.

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They are being divisive about it probably because it makes a lot of cash, but my other points still stand.

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I guess you misunderstood the post you quoted. The assumption it that he strokes and exploits racial divisiveness. He does not, Since he does not to vote for him is not endorsing Racism. as for your article:

President Trump’s views on race and his willingness to exploit deep-rooted divisions are well documented.
Well Documented? Most of this is taken out of context and therefore a lie.

He jump-started his 2016 campaign by equating Mexicans with rapists and drug dealers.

Trump was referring to illegal aliens coming over the U.S.-Mexico border who commit additional crimes, such as rape not all Mexicans.

When racist violence erupted at a Charlottesville, Va., white-supremacist rally, Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides.”

What he did say “There were very fine people on both sides, & I’m not talking about the Neo-nazis and white supremacists because they should be condemned totally.”

Trump has multiple times condemned racism. The article is nothing more than a partisan attack that avoids truth.

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Even without looking at anything Trump may have said or done, the fact that overtly racist groups do support Trump is strongly suggestive.

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No, there have been too many examples. You can nit-pick but its obvious that Trump has been racially divisive.

The left have their own fringe activists and that’s also suggestive. Besides a well known white supremacist endorsed Biden.

It’s obvious that the media is also divisive but you wanted to defend them.

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I’m going to answer the question in the header and say yes. Biden isn’t that good, but he’s objectively better than Trump.

Who are these overtly racist groups that support Trump.:face_with_raised_eyebrow:

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