In the 1970s, Trump was sued twice by the U.S. Justice Department for discriminating against black people who wanted to rent housing from his father's company. He started his political career by arguing falsely and repeatedly that Barack Obama was not a United States citizen, and he later lied about having found evidence in support of his claims. During the presidential campaign, Trump was denounced by politicians on the right and left after saying a U.S. district judge of Mexican ancestry couldn't be unbiased in the Trump University fraud suit because of his heritage. House Speaker Paul Ryan said, "Claiming a person can’t do the job because of their race is sort of like the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable."
|2017.08.23||A UN committee charged with tackling racism has issued an “early warning” over conditions in the US and urged the Trump administration to “unequivocally and unconditionally” reject discrimination. theguardian.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, Nationalism)|
In the past decade, the only other countries that have been issued similar warnings were Burundi, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kyrgyzstan, and Nigeria.
|2017.08.25||More than one-quarter of a panel tasked with advising the Homeland Security Department on cybersecurity and infrastructure protection resigned en masse, citing Trump’s “insufficient attention” to the nation’s cyber vulnerabilities, his response to racist violence in Charlottesville, withdrawing from the Paris Accord, among other complaints. defenseone.com (See also Nationalism, Environment, John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.08.26||Controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was pardoned by Donald Trump on Friday after being found guilty in July on criminal contempt charges stemming from his refusal to stop imprisoning suspected illegal immigrants. abcnews.go.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Immigration, Immigrants)|
|2017.08.28||Donald Trump said he announced his pardon of former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio as Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas because he “assumed the ratings would be far higher.” thehill.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Immigration, Legal Issues)|
|2017.09.05||The Trump administration announced Tuesday it would begin to unwind an Obama-era program known as DACA that allows younger undocumented immigrants to live in the country without fear of deportation, calling the program unconstitutional. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Jeff Sessions, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice)|
|2017.09.12||The Supreme Court reinstated disputed congressional and state voting maps in Texas, blocking two lower court rulings that said the Republican-backed district lines were the product of racial discrimination. bloomberg.com (See also Supreme Court)|
The high court action is a victory for Texas Republicans, who defended the districts and sought Supreme Court intervention. It’s a blow to minority-rights groups that sued to challenge the maps.
|2017.09.14||Donald Trump again drew a parallel between white supremacists and counter protesters, drawing a mild rebuke from South Carolina’s Tim Scott, the only black Republican in the Senate who met with Trump to discuss racial issues a day earlier. bloomberg.com (See also Anti-Semitism, Nationalism)|
|2017.09.23||Donald Trump appeared at a campaign rally in Huntsville, Ala., veering off topic, and eventually landing on a few controversial points regarding the NFL and players peacefully protesting violence against African-Americans. washingtonpost.com (See also Black Americans, Nationalism, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.09.23||Donald Trump says Stephen Curry’s White House invitation has been ‘withdrawn,' ignoring that there had been no invitation yet, but the NBA champions were not welcome at the White House. washingtonpost.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.09.24||The Trump administration announced new restrictions on visitors from eight countries — an expansion of an existing travel ban that has spurred fierce legal debates over security, immigration and discrimination, adding Chad, North Korea and Venezuela to the new indefinite ban. washingtonpost.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Nationalism, North Korea, Foreign Policy, Iran)|
|2017.09.25||Russian operatives used Facebook ads to exploit America’s racial and religious divisions during the 2016 presidential campaign. washingtonpost.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Russian Meddling in Election)|
|2017.10.19||Donald Trump made several false statements to try and rebut a Florida congresswoman’s account of a call between him and the widow of a soldier killed in Niger, accusing her of listening in on the conversation and telling a “total lie” to the media. politico.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, False Statements)|
|2017.10.20||Donald Trump has erroneously stoked racial fears by falsely linking a rise in recorded crime in England and Wales to the “spread of radical Islamic terror” in his latest outburst on Twitter. theguardian.com (See also Muslims, False Statements, Assaults on Facts)|
The data in the report barely mentions terrorism, as it is dwarfed by the 5.2 million offences tracked that year.
|2017.10.31||White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly on Monday called Robert E. Lee “an honorable man” and said that “the lack of an ability to compromise” led to the Civil War, setting off a firestorm while implying that "men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand." washingtonpost.com (See also John Kelly, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.11.19||An FBI report on the rise of black “extremists” is stirring fears of a return to practices used during the civil rights movement, when the bureau spied on activist groups without evidence they had broken any laws. apnews.com (See also Assaults on Civil Liberties, Jeff Sessions)|
|2017.11.19||Donald Trump tweeted that he should have left three American citizens in jail after they were arrested for shoplifting in China. nytimes.com (See also China, Feuds, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.11.21||Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch. cnn.com (See also Feuds, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.11.24||Jeff Sessions is methodically reshaping the Justice Department to reflect his nationalist ideology and hard-line views, from calling for prosecutors to pursue the most serious charges possible to altering the department's legal stances in cases involving voting rights and LGBTQ issues some would call discrimination. washingtonpost.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice, LGBTQIA, Nationalism, Immigration, Muslim Immigration Ban, Assaults on Civil Liberties)|
|2017.11.27||At an event honoring Navajo Code Talkers — Native Americans who served in World War II — President Trump used a racial slur when he said, "You were here long before any of us were here. Although we have a representative in Congress who they say was here a long time ago. They call her Pocahontas," referring to Senator Elizabeth Warren. axios.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.11.29||A spokesman for UK Prime Minister Theresa May condemned Donald Trump's decision to retweet anti-Muslim hate videos from British far-right leader Jayda Fransen, stating that UK citizens "overwhelmingly reject" the prejudiced rhetoric of the far-right. axios.com (See also Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Immigration, Muslims)|
|2017.11.29||Donald Trump has retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by the deputy leader of the far-right British political party Britain First. buzzfeed.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigration, Unpresidential Behavior)|
|2017.11.30||Donald Trump attacked British Prime Minister Theresa May over her criticism of his racist, Islamophobic far-right retweets. theguardian.com (See also Unpresidential Behavior, Unprecedented Actions, Belief in Conspiracy Theories, Nationalism)|
|2017.12.04||A divided U.S. Supreme Court let Donald Trump’s travel ban take full effect while legal challenges go forward, allowing the US to bar or restrict entry by people from six mostly Muslim countries, even if they have a relationship with a U.S.-based person or institution. bloomberg.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Nationalism, Iran, Yemen, Syria, Supreme Court)|
|2017.12.06||House Democrats overwhelmingly joined Republicans on Wednesday to defeat an attempt to impeach Donald Trump, but 58 Democrats supported the bid to consider impeachment over the objections of House Democratic leaders, who viewed the measure as a distraction in a Republican-controlled Congress. politico.com (See also Anti-Semitism, Unprecedented Actions)|
|The Trump administration has given nearly 60,000 Haitians with provisional legal residency in the United States 18 months to leave, announcing that it will not renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that has allowed them to remain in this country. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigrants, Department of Homeland Security)|
Scott Alexander–Slate Star Codex
Alexander considers the question, "Is Trump Racist?", in his November 2016 column, You Are Still Crying Wolf.
I stick to my thesis from October 2015. There is no evidence that Donald Trump is more racist than any past Republican candidate (or any other 70 year old white guy, for that matter). All this stuff about how he’s “the candidate of the KKK” and “the vanguard of a new white supremacist movement” is made up. It’s a catastrophic distraction from the dozens of other undeniable problems with Trump that could have convinced voters to abandon him. ...
How could Trump insult a Mexican judge just for being Mexican? I don’t know. How could Trump insult a disabled reporter just for being disabled? How could Trump insult John McCain just for being a beloved war hero? Every single person who’s opposed him, Trump has insulted in various offensive ways, including 140 separate incidents of him calling someone “dopey” or “dummy” on Twitter, and you expect him to hold his mouth just because the guy is a Mexican?
On Feb. 6, 2017 Bouie examined the White Nationalist project and advocates taking root in the White House, examining an essay written under the pseudonym, Publius Decius Mus:
he wrote, hailing the real estate mogul as the only figure who understood the stakes, who would beat back these “foreigners” and preserve America’s democratic tradition as Decius saw it. Not a tradition of pluralism, but one of exclusion, in which white Americans stand as the only legitimate players in political life. A dictatorship of the herrenvolk.