President Trump has demonstrated a pattern of racist thinking, speaking and actions throughout his life and his first year in the presidency, asserts Richard Blow in the New York Times. His racially charged comments, especially his most recent reference to "sh*thole countries," shows that he believes race is an inherent factor in a person’s or a people’s character and abilities that determines whether they are inferior or superior to others. He not only refuses to apologize for such beliefs or for voicing them but defends them, which stokes the racial hostilities of others in his support base.
It is unfair to label President Trump a racist just because of an inappropriate comment he made about immigrants from certain countries, Republican Senator Rand Paul stated, as reported by Connor O'Brian in Politico. While, admittedly, the president's comments were not constructive, it would be unfair to draw conclusions from them that Trump did not intend, according to Paul. In fact, Trump himself helped finance a trip to Haiti where surgeons, Paul included, were able to perform eye surgeries on locals. Such charity is not the action of a racist and therefore does not deserve such a label.