1. He said a judge in a case against him couldn't be fair because of his 'Mexican heritage.'
During an interview with Jake Tapper in 2016, Donald Trump responded to previous comments about how Judge Gonzalo Curiel who ruled against him in a Trump University lawsuit couldn't be fair to him because of his "Mexican heritage" despite the fact that the judge was born in the US.
- Donald Trump Ramps Up Attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel | Time
Trump said the judge had an "absolute conflict" of interest in presiding over the Trump University lawsuit because of his Mexican ancestry
2. He took out an ad calling for the death penalty of the Central Park Five.
In 1989 a woman was raped in Central Park in New York leading to the arrest and conviction of five African American men which led Donald Trump to take out an ad calling for them to be sentenced to death. After the men were cleared of the crime and the real perpetrator was caught, Donald Trump refused to apologize for the ad and said they were still guilty.
- Trump Refuses to Apologize for Central Park Five Ad | Time
President Donald Trump did not apologize for ads he took out in 1989 calling on the death penalty to be used on the Central Park Five.
3. He described people who shouted "Jews will not replace us," as "Very Fine People."
Following the protests against white supremacists who shouted "Jews will not replace us," in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017 which led to the murder of a protester, Donald Trump in a press conference said they were "very fine people on both sides." Following his comments many white supremacists praised Donald Trump's comments saying that he speaks for them.
4. He described a city with a large African-American population as "Rat and rodent infested mess."
In a tweet in 2019, Donald Trump lashed out at Representative Elijah Cummings for the congressman's criticism of his border policies by describing Baltimore who Cummings represents as a "Rat and rodent infested mess."
Cummings, responding to Trump, said he has a "constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the executive brand" and has a "moral duty to fight for my constituents."
5. When he implied that four minority congresswoman should ‘go back’ to where they came from.
In a tweet in 2019, Donald Trump seemed to imply that four minority congresswom including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib who have been severely critical of him should 'go back' to where they came from despite the fact that 3 out of 4 of them were born in the US.
President Donald Trump said Sunday that progressive Democratic congresswomen should return to the countries where they came from in a series of tweets that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi labelled "xenophobic."
6. When he asked for Barack Obama's birth certificate.
In 2011, when Donald Trump was considering a run for president he started a campaign to find out if Obama was really born in the US despite the fact that Obama's opponent John McCain in the 2008 election was born in Panama.
The latest controversy is reminiscent of some of Trump's previous issues.
7. When he retweeted a racist meme with fake crime statistics
In 2015, Donald Trump retweeted a meme that stated that African Americans were more prone to violent crimes than white people. When challenged by Bill O'Reilly, he made the excuse that he can't fact check everything he tweets out.
- Donald Trump Retweets Racist Propaganda
The data originated from a neo-Nazi account on Twitter.
8. When he said Mexico was sending us their rapists.
In his speech to announce his presidency in 2015, Donald Trump made a statement about how Mexico isn't sending us their best people including rapists.
"They're sending people that have a lot of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."
- Trump refers to campaign remarks calling Mexicans 'rapists' - Business Insider
President Donald Trump on Thursday defended what was perhaps his most notorious remark on the campaign trail: calling Mexicans "rapists."
9. When he failed to condemn David Duke supporting him
In a 2016 interview with Jake Tapper, Donald Trump was asked whether he would condemn David Duke's endorsement of him and said he never heard of David Duke despite the fact that he condemned him back in 2000. He later blamed the incident in a faulty earpiece despite the fact the he repeated what he was asked by Jake Tapper.
10. When his company was shown to have refused to rent apartments for African-American tenats
In 1973, the Justice Department brought a lawsuit against him and his father Fred when it was discovered that when potential white tenants applied for an apartment they were given one but when potential black tenants applied they were declined. This led to his company settling the lawsuit.
- Donald Trump's Housing Discrimination Case Still Chases Him Decades Later : NPR
In the 1970s, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Donald Trump, his father and Trump Management, alleging the Trumps engaged in racial discrimination at their properties.
11. When he called African-American football players who were kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality "Son of a Bitch."
While at a rally in Alabama, Donald Trump criticized African-American football players who kneeled to protest police brutality during the national anthem by calling them a 'son of a bitch' and called for players who took the knee to be fired.
- With 'son of a bitch' comments, Trump tried to divide NFL and its players
The president is embracing an "us versus them" conflict involving politics, patriotism and popular American pasttimes.
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