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Trump’s Convention Was The Whitest Thing On TV — His Electorate Will Be, Too

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Trump’s Convention Was The Whitest Thing On TV — His Electorate Will Be, Too

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Republican National Convention delegates yell and scream as the Republican National Committee Rules Committee announces that it will not hold a recorded vote on the Rules Committee's Report and rejects the efforts of anti-Trump forces to hold a roll-call vote, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

This year’s Republican National Convention was the whitest event on TV. While Donald Trump made sure to line up some minority speakers who could attest that he’s not a racist, despite his multiple attacks against minorities, the ethnic composition and themes of the convention attendees undermined that effort in a big way.

According to The Washington Post, out of 2,472 total delegates, only 18 were black, less than one percent. Latinos made up five percent of total delegates, though only three Hispanics made it on stage.

Even some Republicans were alarmed by the overwhelming whiteness of the convention. A group of minority Republicans sent out a letter to RNC chairman Reince Priebus expressing concern over “deficits” in the party’s engagement with non-white communities.

“We have watched in dismay as the presumptive nominee of our Party, the Party of Abraham Lincoln, has caused massive defection, disgust, and disinterest with comments and behaviors that are offensive to the very demographics we need to win this election,” they wrote in the letter.

The way some RNC attendees and speakers used their ethnicity in order to convince the public of Trump’s character was cringeworthy. Lynne Patton, the vice president of Trump son Eric’s foundation and a Trump family friend, talked about how the Trumps stuck by her through her drug issues, and how she’s proof that the Trumps don’t hate minorities.

“As a minority myself, I personally pledge to you that Donald Trump knows that your life matters,” she continued. “He knows that my life matters, he knows that LGBTQ lives matter, he knows that veterans’ lives matter, he knows that blue lives matter,” she said.

Ralph Alvarado, a state senator from Kentucky, was the token Hispanic, and aimed to bring Latinos into a party that has turned increasingly hostile against them.

“There have been comments that I can’t agree with,” Alvarado said before his speech. “There’s things that he said that none of us like to hear, obviously with the judge… I know a lot of those things come from frustrations.”  Yet he aimed to show Trump as someone who will build a wall, but will include “a big beautiful door on the front of that wall,” echoing Trump’s plan to deport 11 million people and allow “the good ones” back in to the United States.

Jessica Fernandez, a 31-year-old Cuban American delegate, found it hard to fit in to a crowd of mostly white, mostly older Republicans.

“Just look around,” she told the Post. “I’m a little unicorn.”

The Miami native was rooting for Marco Rubio during the primaries, but now she was “toeing the line for Trump,” despite the many friends and loved ones who told her not to attend the RNC, and that they could not support Trump.

“I just wish Trump would chill with some of the rhetoric,” she said.

But the rhetoric Fernandez wishes Trump would avoid fuels his campaign’s base, and the convention made that very clear.

During Trump’s acceptance speech on Thursday, a message from a white supremacist was shown in the hall.

https://twitter.com/Western_Triumph/status/756316297860943872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The @Western_Triumph Twitter handle is pretty self-explanatory, but their use of hashtags like #AltRight, #ProWhite, #RaceRealist and #LoveYourRace further evidences their views on race. Apparently, Trump’s social media director didn’t see fit to check that.

The phrases that got the most cheers from the crowd also made clear what kind of party Trump supporters want. Any mention of the wall got them going. When Sabine Durden called undocumented immigrants “illegal aliens,” they went wild.

Infamous KKK leader David Duke expressed unwavering enthusiasm for Trump’s convention. Seeing the opening for white nationalism created by Republican candidate, Duke just announced that he plans to run for a senate seat.

The RNC also tried, unsuccessfully, to reach another demographic at the receiving end of Trump’s rhetoric – women. Trump saved his best card, his daughter Ivanka, for the feat.

“At my father’s company, there are more female than male executives,” Ivanka said. “Women are paid equally for the work that we do, and when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out.”

While she discussed the gender pay gap, she denied it as the real issue creating wage discrepancy. Instead, she said motherhood is to blame, and promised her father would change labor laws and make childcare affordable. That hasn’t previously been in Trump’s agenda — did he read Ivanka’s speech? — and his campaign has not elaborated on this promise.

Ivanka is pretty, likable, and a great speaker, but the tone of the RNC completely dismantled her claims of a color- and gender-blind Donald Trump, at least as a candidate.

The racism present at the convention can only be matched by the misogyny it accompanied. Speakers and attendees over and over used Hillary Clinton as an excuse to voice centuries-old rhetoric against women.

Chris Christie’s speech, in which he had the crowd chant “guilty!” seemed like a trial against a woman who dared step outside her lines in the seventeenth century.

The Salem-style witch-hunt against Clinton was a major theme in the convention. Trump advisor and delegate Al Baldasaro, who was present at the convention, has repeatedly stated that Clinton should be shot for treason. An Ohio politician, not at the convention, said the same week that she should be “hanging from a tree,” a statement he later apologized for, unlike Baldasaro, who is now being investigated by the FBI for his remarks.

T-shirts with the words “Life’s a Bitch – Don’t Vote for One,” flew off the racks. Other hot items included a pin that said “KFC Hillary Special. Two fat thighs, two small breasts… left wing,” and a shirt with Trump riding a motorcycle, wearing a shirt that says “If you can read this, the bitch fell off,” showing Clinton falling off the bike.

What does Ivanka think about that?

 

Photo: Republican National Convention delegates yell and scream as the Republican National Committee Rules Committee announces that it will not hold a recorded vote on the Rules Committee’s Report and rejects the efforts of anti-Trump forces to hold a roll-call vote, at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., July 18, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

 

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28 Comments

  1. AgLander July 22, 2016

    By the end of next week we will complete the stark physical contrast between the Clintons and Trump families on stage at the conclusion of their conventions. The Trumps, a happy, handsome and energetic unit with highly educated and successful children, all leading clean as a whistle lives and who are beautiful examples of what America offers to anyone willing to get down and do some honest work. Compare that to the Clintons….Bill and Hillary, two stooped over worn and ragged looking individuals who are suffering from signs of advanced aging due to the energy expended staying one step ahead of the law their entire political careers and who stopped living as a couple years ago because they can’t stand each other’s company other than putting on a brave face for political functions, standing with a daughter married to a Wall Street hedge fund manager who is the son of a convicted Wall Street financial felon. What a sight! I can’t wait to see if a sting operation results in the arrests from among the Clinton entourage on stage next week!

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    1. King of America July 22, 2016

      I think it’s incredible how desperately you have been trying to spin the Republican white pride rally convention as anything other than an unprecedented political disaster.

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    2. yabbed July 23, 2016

      I guess you haven’t see The View with Donald and Ivanka Trump where when asked what they had in common Ivanka said real estate and golf. Trump to the horror of the hosts said sex. The photos of Trump with hands inappropriately placed on the preteen and teen Ivanka and his constant comments about her hotness, how he would like to date her, about her breasts (which are bought from a plastic surgeon and paid for by daddy). His shockingly inappropriate placement of his hands on her torso and her instinctive flinching away on the convention stage following her speech made fathers’ and daughters’ – and their mothers’ – skin crawl.

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      1. AgLander July 23, 2016

        Your mental fantasies in framing Trump versus the published testimony of confirmed REALITY in describing Bill Clinton’s physical abuse of female interns using cigars! Got it! Great argument you got there!

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        1. yabbed July 23, 2016

          You know, your mother should have told you that one is known by the company one keeps. 🙂

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        2. Grannysmovin July 23, 2016

          “Published testimony of confirmed physical abuse of a female with a cigar.” Well he was impeached for lying under oath not for consensual sex between two adults. (In appropriate that it took place in the oval office – but not criminal). Aren’t there allegations and investigations against Trump regarding for sexual assault, rape, fraud (trump U), bribery of the Florida and Texas AG to stop lawsuit against him for TrumpU, hiring and mistreating immigrant workers, order to pay restitution for discriminating rental policies. As far as looks are concerned his one son is fairly attractive, his other son not, his youngest son is growing into his looks, Ivanka is attractive just ask her father, his wife is attractive and her father was a card carrying communist. People who live in glass houses (you and Trump) should not be throwing rocks.

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      2. Grannysmovin July 23, 2016

        Let us not forget his son-in-law’s Rabbi refused to give the opening benediction and where was Cardinal Dolan a big Republican Supporter? Not taking other people’s words and claiming them as your own, his daughter’s is being sued for stealing someone else’s shoe designs and has them made in China and of course what 4 or 5 musical entities have told him and his campaign to stop the unauthorized use of their music.

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    3. The lucky one July 23, 2016

      That’s like comparing horse dung to cow dung, both stink. Your comment that “anyone willing to get down and do some honest work” of which you claim the Trumps as an example is as absurd a remark as I have seen here. Sure helps to start out with a few million from daddy though doesn’t it. If Donnie and his kids had not been born into enormous wealth you would have never heard of any of them.

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  2. Buford2k11 July 22, 2016

    that scumbag doesn’t speak for this white guy, nope, never…trump is not a good person…

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  3. AgLander July 22, 2016

    Knowing that it is an indisputable fact that “white men” created this country and are responsible for it’s elevated status among nations in the world today, I would think more respect would be shown for their political sway instead of the pejorative way it has been presented. Or am I to believe that the “Soros wing” of this nation has declared war on anything white? If so, who will lead this war? Will it be Pocahontas Warren, the make believe Indian warrior princess who claims her status based on an Indian recipe she found in her granny’s hutch?

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    1. King of America July 22, 2016

      I love that you’re not even pretending not to be racist garbage any more. Sorry that your philosophy died out in the 1950s and can never come back! There aren’t nearly enough ignorant white dullards to elect Trump!

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      1. AgLander July 23, 2016

        No….denying the history of this great country’s roots are the ultimate expression of racial animosity and hatred. You have it in an unlimited supply, but unless you have the power and ability to purge, the history books, (like Hillary unsuccessfully tried with her emails) you will continue to live in a state of hatred towards people of color…in this case, white color. That makes you by any definition, a vile racist!

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        1. drdroad July 23, 2016

          Who’s denying it?? And how does this country’s roots (which include a hell of a lot of Native Americans) have anything to do with being racist today?? Oh, and lets not forget the contribution of REAL labor done by the Black slaves owned by these wonderful white folk who make up the country’s ‘roots’.

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        2. King of America July 23, 2016

          OK thanks for the racist sedition. Don’t care.

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          1. AgLander July 23, 2016

            Allow me to translate the meaning of your reply……”Since I can’t change history, I will simply hate on it and anyone who correctly points it out.”
            Glad I could help you….loser!

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          2. King of America July 23, 2016

            OK, sorry you can’t read good. Probably you should have stayed in homeschool.

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        3. Bill P July 24, 2016

          Well here is some US history for you. These God-fearing white Christians help steal people from another continent, put them in slave ships, transport these people to this country and then sold them into perpetual slavery. It’s not the proudest moment of this country.

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    2. Grannysmovin July 23, 2016

      Yes we can thank your “white men” from killing Native Americans and forcing them to adapt to their beliefs. We can thank your “white men” for slavery. We have your “white men” to thank for misogamy. What “white man” invented the
      Imaging X-ray Spectrometer oh no that was George Alcorn a black man or Benjamin Banneker Invented America’s First Clock or George Washington Carver Inventor of Over 300 Peanut Product or Otis Boykin Invented an improved electrical resistor or Dr. Charles Drew Blood Bank Inventor or Frederick McKinley Jones Refrigerator Inventions or Garrett A. Morgan
      Traffic Signal and Gas Mask Inventor or John Henry Thompson Computer Programming and Software Inventions. What about the Tuskegee Airmen who overcame segregation and prejudice to become one of the most highly respected fighter groups of World War II. Of course white workers were reluctant to do such backbreaking, hazardous work so the Chinese were hired who were willing to do whatever the work was to get the job done. Your are such a racist an you have no idea what this country is about,. It took all Americans and Immigrants to build this Country; People of color, whites, male, female, all religions, all sexual orientations, “we the people” is not “you the white people”.

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    3. The lucky one July 23, 2016

      “it is an indisputable fact that “white men” created this country and are responsible for it’s elevated status among nations in the world today” That is much too broad of a statement to be considered “true”. Yes white men, mostly wealthy ones, “created” a country founded upon genocide of natives and enslavement of Africans, along with exploitation of poor workers of any ethnicity or national origin. You better look again at “it’s elevated status among nations in the world today”. We have slipped considerably in many areas except being the world’s number one arms supplier.

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  4. ThePatriarchy July 23, 2016

    I wonder if Hillary’s convention will be characterized as a bunch of man hating feminists, single women looking for more government handouts, white hating minorities looking for more government handouts and self-loathing white liberals who demand more safe spaces? Probably not – but hey – hypocrisy.

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  5. yabbed July 23, 2016

    And here’s the good news for America: there aren’t enough racists, misogynists, KKKers and white supremacists,or subpar IQs in this country to elect the despicable Trump.

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    1. The lucky one July 23, 2016

      You hope. I look around and see quite a few. It doesn’t help that his opponent is the most disliked woman in America. Neither Clinton or Trump are viable candidates.

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      1. yabbed July 23, 2016

        Hillary Clinton is the only qualified candidate in the race. She is, in fact, the most qualified candidate we have had in decades. I don’t believe the majority of Americans are racist misogynist homophobic morons. Moderates elect POTUS, not far right or far left.

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        1. opinioned1 July 23, 2016

          I agree 100%.. America is never going back 50 years.

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        2. The lucky one July 23, 2016

          I said viable not qualified. (viable-capable of working successfully; feasible). Certainly she is more qualified than Trump, but who isn’t? OK, Ben Carson but other than him everyone that even thought about running is more qualified than Trump.

          But the most qualified in decades, hardly. Bush Sr. had better credentials to be a president and look how poorly that turned out.

          Are “the majority of Americans are racist misogynist homophobic morons”? Not necessarily all of the above but its barely a majority of eligible Americans that even bother to vote.

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    2. CrankyToo July 23, 2016

      I think you’re right, for a change. It’ll take about 60 million dirtbags and dumbasses to elect Trump. As stupid and odious as many GOP supporters are these days, there just aren’t enough of them to get the job done.

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  6. opinioned1 July 23, 2016

    Just how gd despicable can it get??? Trump has exposed what the vast majority of Americans thought was over and done with 50 years ago. I never in my life thought the GOP would offer up a moron like Trump. What this clown has done the GOP, to American values, and tolerance for all is criminal.

    Fittingly as G.W. Bush opined, he will be the last republican setting in the Oval Office for decades because of the bigot Trump, and the RNC convention that displayed the true intent of today`s republican party. White power is not a winner in the 21st century you morons, and that`s what Trump has turned the GOP into.

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