The dark and ugly side of Donald Trump’s rampant racism was on full display as the presidential candidate made his way through Alabama. Twenty thousand people came out to show their support for the bigoted nativist, and, like their idol, they represented the worst in the American people. Many were open with sharing their racism with reporters; one man was heard to be shouting “WHITE POWER!”
Trump’s speech was his usual rabble-rousing xenophobia, calling again for a “Mexican wall,” and the 14th Amendment guaranteeing birthright citizenship- which he believes is a law that only America has enacted, instead of it being common practice throughout the world.
One man, Jim Sherotta, said that “Hopefully, he’s going to sit there and say, ‘When I become elected president, what we’re going to do is we’re going to make the border a vacation spot, it’s going to cost you $25 for a permit, and then you get $50 for every confirmed kill. That’d be one nice thing.”
Another woman, Cherly Burn was very concerned about California: “It’s now international, lawless territory. Everything is up for grabs. Illegal aliens are murdering people there. People are being raped. Trump isn’t lying about anything — the rest of the country just hasn’t found out yet.”
It just goes to show how horrifically divisive Trump’s rhetoric is. America’s racial wounds still run very deep. The last thing we need is for a presidential frontrunner who will not stop attacking minorities in America.
Watch the “WHITE POWER!” yell here:
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.