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Stefanik ignores Trump’s racism

August 9, 2019
Lake Placid News

To the editor:

I wrote the following letter before the massacres in El Paso and Dayton:

I am astounded at Elise Stefanik's statement, "I don't believe he's a racist," in her response to a question about President Trump's attack on four congresswomen of color. In her denialism, Rep. Stefanik uses bland euphemisms (criticizing Trump's "tone," and some of his statements as "unacceptable" and "denigrating") to describe what are Trump's screechingly demagogic racist statements, advertisements and tweets, as well his denigrating lie after lie about immigrants, migrants and other people of color.

For a long list of Trump's racist comments long before and up to January 2018, see David Leonhardt and Ian Prasa Philbrick, "Donald Trump's Racism: The Definitive List Updated," Jan 15, 2018, The New York Times. Many more since January 2018 could be added to the list. The conservative London Economist also has no trouble calling Trump's statements racist.

Rep. Stefanik has stated that "ideologies such as white supremacy are morally repugnant and have no place in our society." I applaud this. But how then can she brush off Trump's multitude of statements and tweets as merely inappropriate and stand with what now appears to be his openly divisive, dangerous, violence-inciting white nationalist political strategy?

Monique Weston Clague




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