While America watches the primaries unfold across the country, many of the candidates have come under fire for their statements, beliefs and conduct on the campaign trail. No such candidate has garnered as much attention as the incomparable Donald Trump. One of the most blatant and serious charges against his campaign has been centered on the rationale that he is in fact, a racist man who happens to be running for President of the United States. In a recent CNN interview with New York’s Mayor Bill De Blassio, he discusses the reality of Trump’s appeal and the dangerous environment that his rhetoric is creating around the country.
In a society where racists and their actions are vilified on television, replayed on social media and destroyed in editorials, it can be unsettling to think that a racist person could ascend so far in life to even attempt a presidential run. Unfortunately, history begs to differ as nefarious leaders from all over the world have held mass assemblies where they spouted angry speeches to eager ears. While those assemblies seem outdated and unrealistic, Trump’s campaign has seamlessly recreated those environments over and over again.
During the CNN interview, Camerota alludes to the fact that Trump’s speeches are the only evidence of his racist ideals but de Blassio quickly points out that his platform for these speeches is far too big to sidestep responsibility for such words. When asked if Trump would accept support from noted KKK affiliations, he decided against denouncing the racist organization, as most progressive politicians would. Mayor Bill de Blassio’s interview is another stepping stone in uncovering how certain people avoid recognizing racism, especially on such a large scale.
“Look what he said about Muslims, look what he said about Mexicans. It’s a clear pattern of division,”
de Blasio told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, referencing Trumps speeches that have even included encouraging Muslims to be banned from the U.S. in general. While these words clearly demonstrate a lack of respect for different cultures, many Trump supporters find themselves comfortable with the rhetoric and even applaud the call for the removal of certain people.
This type of racism blindness is often associated with frustration and how some voters want to have a group of people to blame for their quality of life. Mayor de Blassio accurately notes that Trump often preys upon this frustration and in turn, incites violence as a recourse. As more and more politicians recognize the trend of Trump’s campaign, they are finding themselves poised to speak up in hopes of enlightening the average voter.