A reminder to anyone who thinks Donald Trump is the first racist elected as president

Joe Vesey-Byrne
Thursday 10 November 2016 11:30
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The liberal handwringing, the 'woe betide me'-ing has flooded newsfeeds since things went south for team Hillary.

The hysteria about Trump's election has focused on his character and expressions of racism.

Protestors have called for 'No white supremacy in the White House'.

Erm...

Obviously some of the presidents were secretly racist, but not all of them kept quiet about it.

For instance all of those presidents who owned slaves.

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The third president Thomas Jefferson wrote explicitly about his views on race:

I advance therefore as a suspicion only, that the blacks, whether originally a distinct race, or made distinct by time and circumstances, are inferior to the whites in the endowments both of body and mind...This unfortunate difference of colour, and perhaps of faculty, is a powerful obstacle to the emancipation of these people.

Jefferson had children with his slave Sally Hemmings, who was also his deceased wife's half sister.

Andrew Jackson legislated the 1830 Indian Removal Act which forced Native Americans from their land, and their eventual genocide.

Rudy Giuliani, a former mayor of New York City has favourably compared Donald Trump to Andrew Jackson...

In the 20th century president Woodrow Wilson oversaw the segregation of federal government workers, and wrote academic articles that were used to support the Klu Klux Klan.

And then there's FDR's executive order to inter Japanese Americans during World War Two.

Or take Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon, who both dropped the 'N word' on White House tape recordings like they were doing a sound check.

You can (definitely) call Trump a racist, but you can't say he's the first person to bring racism into the White House.

The White House was built by slaves after all.

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