A Comprehensive List of People Donald Trump Has Offended
March 14, 2016
Donald Trump’s campaign began June 16, 2015, with a startling declaration that would set the pace for the remainder of his presidential run; Mexicans are rapists. The controversial speech he delivered offended many people, Mexican or otherwise and showed that he would more than willingly offend people to spread his agenda and attain the votes of conservative Americans. Nine months later, “The Donald” has done much more than just offend Mexicans. Below is a list of who Donald Trump has offended.
Trump retweeted a photo that contained false statistics regarding black violence in America. His source, The Crime Statistics Bureau-San Francisco, does not actually exist. He defended the tweet when he spoke to conservative FOX news personality Bill O’Reilly, stating that it was “just a retweet” and that he cannot personally fact-check every statistic that he posts on the social media site.
Trump has time and time again used fear-mongering language to depict the average Chinese person as a malicious “other” that wants only to steal American jobs. This, of course, does not stop him from manufacturing all of his “Make America Great Again” merchandise in China. Spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry Lu Kang responded to his criticism of China by saying that both countries benefit from the trade relations they share.
Japan has constantly found itself lumped in with China during Republican debates during Trump’s various tirades. He has called them threats to American trade while ignoring the alliance between the United States and Japan. His rhetoric includes outrageous claims like “When did we beat Japan at anything?”
South Korea, in the eyes of Donald Trump, exists in a parasitic relationship with the United States where we buy their products and defend their border from North Korea. His volatile language against South Korea has shown his lack of knowledge regarding foreign policy in East Asia.
Perhaps least controversially, Trump has constantly had things to say about North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un. He has called the emperor a maniac. This did not stop the totalitarian state from using Trump’s anti-South Korea rhetoric to insult South Korea themselves.
East Asians as a Whole
Trump’s feelings towards East Asians – China, Japan and the Koreas – could not be better epitomized than through a speech that he gave concerning negotiations with East Asian nations. He decided to use an impersonation of the average East Asian businessman in lieu of his usual caricature that he details. It unsurprisingly contained very bigoted stereotypes regarding how East Asians speak. He said “We want deal!” In a stereotypical Chinese accent, combining early 20th century anti-Chinese propaganda about how the Chinese speak English with a racist accent in addition.
Donald Trump came under scrutiny when he mocked New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski, who suffers from a disease called arthrogryposis which affects the movement of arms. Trump imitated Kovaleski’s disability while making a speech, flailing his arms and imitating how a mentally disabled person would speak.
Trump continued his insults of Latinos beyond just Mexicans, saying that South and Central Americans also pose a threat to America. He said that the best of those countries do not come to America, but rather their worst people, such as rapists.
Islamophobia does not surprise many people when considering the qualities of Trump. He has talked about surveillancing Mosques to make sure that no extremist activity happens in them as well as arguing that a registry for Muslims would help keep America safe. He also spread lies saying that Muslims celebrated the destruction of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Trump has also gone on to add that Americans should target innocent civilians near terrorists, which is a war crime in the United States and he recently stated that “Islams hate us.”
Trump delivered a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition in Washington back in December that contained a number of Jewish stereotypes used by hate groups to repress them. He talked about how Jewish people have a lot of money and like to negotiate deals. He then told them that he did not “want their money.”
Prisoners of War
Trump once more came under fire when he implied that Republican John McCain is not a war hero simply because he was captured. Trump argued that he only respects people who did not get captured and then refused to apologize to McCain.
The feud between Donald Trump and FOX News personality Megyn Kelly has shown his inherently misogynistic attitude. When Kelly questioned his temperament and whether it was befitting of a president, Trump said that “You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes – blood coming out of her wherever.” He obviously refers to her menstrual cycle, implying that her confrontation was a result of her hormones.