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Here Are 5 of the Most Blatantly Racist Things Donald Trump Has Said on the Record

One need only examine the things Trump has said on the record to know how he feels about people of color.

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Omarosa Manigault Newman, in her new book “Unhinged,” is alleging that President Donald Trump wasn’t shy about racial slurs when he was the star of the hit reality show “The Apprentice,” which debuted in 2004. Newman has alleged that although she didn’t actually hear Trump using racial slurs, some of the producers she knew from “The Apprentice” did. Actor Tom Arnold has alleged that he has, in his possession, outtakes from “The Apprentice” in which Trump makes overtly racist remarks, and Bill Pruitt and Chris Nee—both of whom were producers on that program—also allege that they heard the president-to-be using racial slurs. 

For legal reasons, these alleged “Apprentice” outtakes remain unreleased. Pruitt doesn’t want to be sued. But whatever happens with the alleged outtakes, one need only examine the things Trump has said on the record to know how he feels about people of color. 

Here are five of the most blatantly racist things Trump has said on the record.

1. Trump Mocks Asian Accents, Paints Asians as Ruthless Opportunists

At a campaign event in Iowa on August 26, 2015, Trump demonstrated that he is as distrustful of Asians as he is of Latinos or Africans. Trump characterized Asians as shameless, ruthless opportunists, using a fake Asian accent to mock them. Trump said, “When these people walk into the room, they don’t say, ‘Oh hello, how’s the weather? It’s so beautiful outside. How are the Yankees doing? They’re doing wonderful, that’s great.’ They say, ‘We want deal.’”

2. Trump Paints Mexican-American Judge as Loyal to Mexico Rather Than the U.S.

In 2016, a comment Trump made about Judge Gonzalo Curiel was so racist that even House Speak Paul Ryan called Trump out, denouncing it as “the textbook definition of a racist comment” (although that didn’t prevent Ryan from falling in line like an obedient Republican and endorsing Trump for president). Curiel was the judge in a class-action lawsuit from students who alleged they had been defrauded by Trump University, and Trump insisted that because he was of Mexican descent, Curiel couldn’t possibly be impartial in the case. Trump, in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, implied that Curiel’s loyalty was to Mexico rather than the U.S., but Trump forgot to mention that Curiel was born in Indiana. Curiel’s parents, both from Jalisco originally, became U.S. citizens—and the 64-year-old Curiel has been a U.S. citizen his entire life and speaks English as his native language. 

3. Trump Denounces El Salvador, Haiti as ‘Sh*****e Countries’ While Calling for More Norwegian Immigration

Trump set off a major controversy in January when he described Haiti, El Salvador and some African countries as “shitholes” while calling for more immigration from Norway. The African Union, which includes 55 different countries, denounced the comments as “clearly racist”—and it wasn’t difficult to figure out why Trump expressed a preference for immigrants from Norway, which is known for having a lot of fair-skinned people. But here’s the ironic part: Trump is wildly unpopular in Norway, where government policies are quite comparable to the social democracy that Sen. Bernie Sanders would like to see in the U.S.

4. Trump Characterizes Mexican Immigrants as ‘Rapists’ and ‘Drug Dealers’ 

In 2015, during his presidential campaign, Trump made it clear that he viewed Mexican immigrants in general as a threat to public safety. “When Mexico sends its people,” Trump asserted, “they’re not sending the best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” 

5. Trump Claims Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate Is a Fraud, Despite Overwhelming Evidence to the Contrary

Back in 2011 and 2012, Trump was a leading proponent of the ridiculous and blatantly racist “birther” conspiracy theory—which alleged that President Barack Obama was really born in Kenya, not the U.S. Repeatedly, Trump demanded that Obama show his birth certificate to prove that he was really a U.S. citizen. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, in order to show how idiotic the birther theory was, placed a copy of Obama’s birth certificate right in front of the camera—and the evidence was incontrovertible: Barack Obama, born August 4, 1961, Honolulu, Hawaii. Regardless, Trump and other birthers (including his wife, Melania Trump) persisted with their ludicrous claim.

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Alex Henderson is a news writer at AlterNet and veteran political journalist. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications. Follow him on Twitter @alexvhenderson.