Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has recently been groveling for more votes, as his popularity among voters remains in the decline. On Wednesday, Trump planned to meet with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto just hours ahead of the candidate’s much-anticipated immigration speech in Arizona.
However, as has become the norm in the Trump campaign trail, there is always some random Trump supporter using Trump as an excuse to flaunt their bigotry. As evidenced this past weekend, one of Trump’s prominent supporters apparently missed the memo on the candidate’s newfound concern to reach a wider pool of voters.
On Sunday at a “Tea Party for Trump” rally in Missouri, a Republican official offered a refinement of the standard definition of “racism” by oddly pointing out that Mexicans are “not a race.” To add insult to injury, the next day he attempted to backpedal his statement with an even more offensive remark that he was referring to “illegal immigrants” when he said “Mexicans” on Sunday.
Former Missouri Republican Party director Ed Martin reportedly wished to console the pro-Trump audience in Festus, Missouri by explaining that it’s not offensive or expressive of racial bias to dislike a particular group of people given their nationality or religion.
Martin said, “Donald Trump is for Americans first. He’s for us first. It is not selfish to support, or to be for, your neighbor, as opposed to someone from another nation. And Mexico, Mexicans, that’s not a race. You’re not racist if you don’t like Mexicans. They’re from a nation.”
The Republican official then applied the same train of thought to disliking Muslims, when he spoke in support of Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigrants. He said, “If you don’t think Muslims are vetted enough because they blow things up, that’s not racist. There’s white Muslims, black Muslims, green Muslims. This is not racism.”
Martin’s ignorant interpretation aside, the single-minded approach that the flip-flopping Trump campaign is using to make appeals to non-white voters in his speeches undermines the very notion of racial equality.
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