Donald Trump has given women, the disabled, veterans and Hispanics plenty of reasons to vote against him already.
But just when you thought there was no one else he could insult, the Washington Post dug up a Donald Trump vision of Native Americans you have to see to believe. And, well like so much of the rest of Trump’s exploits, you can see it because it’s on tape.
Let’s just put this here and let you see for yourself.
According to the Washington Post, “Donald Trump claimed that Indian reservations had fallen under mob control. He secretly paid for more than $1 million in ads that portrayed members of a tribe in Upstate New York as cocaine traffickers and career criminals.And he suggested in testimony and in media appearances that dark-skinned Native Americans in Connecticut were faking their ancestry.”
Trump’s harsh rhetoric on Native Americans was part of his aggressive war on the expanding Native American casino industry during the 1990s, which posed a threat to his gambling empire. The racially tinged remarks and broad-brush characterizations that Trump employed against Indian tribes for over a decade provided an early glimpse of the kind of incendiary language that he would use about racial and ethnic groups in the 2016 presidential campaign.
The GOP nominee has portrayed Mexican immigrants as rapists and murderers, accused a Latino federal judge of bias because of his ancestry, and suggested that most American Muslims are harboring terrorists. As for Native Americans, the Republican nominee has repeatedly mocked Massachusetts Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s claim of Cherokee ancestry by referring to her as “Pocahontas” while some of his rally crowds have erupted in war whoops. Read the whole story in the WaPo link above.
He even said “They don’t look like real Indians” before launching a series of ads portraying tribes near his home in New York as criminals. The Washington Post reports that he paid more than $1 million for those ads. There is no evidence those allegations were true then or now.
Here in New Mexico, the state’s only Republican Native American State Representative is fighting off a tough general election challenge from Glojene Todacheene but she won’t denounce the head of her own party, in spite of language like this against her own people (and women like her, for that matter).
As each of these insults became public, Republican Sharon Clahchischilliage stood silent.