7 of the most racist things Trump said during his first debate with Joe Biden

7 of the most racist things Trump said during his first debate with Joe Biden

It won't come as a shock to anyone but the first debate of the presidential election was absolute carnage and surprise, surprise Donald Trump said quite a few racist comments.

In perhaps one of the most shameful presidential debate performances ever seen, Trump used every cliche in the book and couldn't stoop low enough to emphasise his points against Joe Biden.

On the night, Biden himself wasn't perfect but he really didn't have to be as Trump did his absolute best to disgrace himself and his tendency to slip into casual and not-so-casual racism was on full show in front of the entire world to see.

Here are some of his most offensive moments.

Blames China for the spread of coronavirus and claims that he isn't racist

This has been going on since the pandemic began but Trump still doesn't appear to understand that saying things like 'the China virus' and blaming the entire crisis on China is pretty racist.

Brazenly, Trump then claimed that he wasn't racist or xenophobic, all in the same breath.

If we would’ve listened to you, the country would have been left wide open, millions of people would have died, not 200,000. And one person is too much. It’s China’s fault. It should have never happened.

They stopped it from going in, but it was China’s fault. And, by the way, when you talk about numbers, you don’t know how many people died in China. You don’t know how many people died in Russia. You don’t know how many people died in India. They don’t exactly give you a straight count, just so you understand.

But if you look at what we’ve done, I closed it and you said, 'He’s xenophobic. He’s a racist and he’s xenophobic,' because you didn’t think I should have closed our country. Wait a minute.

Calls Elizabeth Warren Pocahontas...again

The racist trope of calling Elizabeth Warren 'Pocahontas' because of her Native American heritage is beyond offensive... and tedious.

While trying to insult Biden, Trump suggested that Warren would have won the Democratic primary if she hadn't have dropped out.

That sounds like a compliment until you realise that Trump couldn't help but be racist.

If Pocahontas would have left two days early you would have lost every primary.

Claimed that there was more division under Obama

During an actual section on the race-fuelled violence that has rocked the United States this year, Biden attempted to deliver a unifying statement on how to combat racism in 2020.

The fact is that there is racial insensitivity. People have to be made aware of what other people feel like, what insults them, what is demeaning to them. It’s important people know. Many people don’t want to hurt other people’s feelings, but it makes a big difference.

It makes a gigantic difference in the way a child is able to grow up and have a sense of self-esteem. It’s a little bit like how this guy and his friends look down on so many people. They look down their nose on people like Irish Catholics, like me, who grow up in Scranton. They look down on people who don’t have money. They look down on people who are of a different faith. They looked down on people who are a different color.

In fact, we’re all Americans. The only way we’re going to bring this country together is bring everybody together. There’s nothing we cannot do, if we do it together. We can take this on and we can defeat racism in American.

The response from the president was to point the blame at Barack Obama and Joe Biden and baselessly claim that there was more racial division under their administration than his.

During the Obama-Biden administration, there was tremendous division. There was hatred. You look at Ferguson, you look at, or you go to very… Many places, look at Oakland. Look what happened in Oakland. Look what happened in Baltimore. Look what happened… Frankly, it was more violent than what I’m even seeing now.

An exasperated Biden almost didn't know what to say about this but Trump followed it by blaming 'Democrat-run cities' for the escalation in the violence.

Claims Biden called African-Americans 'super predators'

This is mostly false but Biden did warn of 'predators' during a 1993 speech in the Senate – however 'super predators' is a stretch.

Regardless, Trump, a man who isn't always too fond of the truth, decided to say it anyway.

You did a crime bill, 1994, where you call them 'super predators'. African-Americans are super predators and they’ve never forgotten it. They’ve never forgotten it.

Trump should have actually said this four years ago.

As NBC News report, it was actually Hillary Clinton who used that term in back in 1994, in a speech that Biden had co-written.

Uses a racist dog whistle about Biden's plans for the suburbs

Throughout the entire campaign, Trump has been claiming that Biden and Democrats will wipe out the suburbs by introducing more affordable housing for all.

To explain his point further, Trump referenced a series of shootings in New York and Chicago and seemed to be suggesting that similar scenes would be seen in the suburbs should Biden win in November.

I think as a party issue, you can bring in a couple of examples but if you look at Chicago, what’s going on in Chicago where a 53 people were shot and eight died shot, if you look at New York where it’s going up, like nobody’s ever seen anything.

The numbers are going up a 100 per cent, 150 per cent, 200 per cent crime, it is crazy what’s going on and he doesn’t want to say law and order because he can’t because he’ll lose his radical left supporters and once he does that, it’s over with.

But if he ever got to run this country and they ran it the way he would want to run it, we would have by the way our suburbs would be gone. And you would see problems like you’ve never seen before.

Biden replied:

He wouldn’t know a suburb unless you took a wrong turn. I was raised in the suburbs. This is not 1950. All these dog whistles and racism don’t work anymore. Suburbs are by and large integrated.

There’s many people today driving their kids to soccer practice and/or black and white and Hispanic in the same car as there have been any time in the past, what really is a threat to the suburbs and their safety is his failure to deal with Covid. They’re dying in the suburbs. His failure to deal with the environment, they’re being flooded, they’re being burned out because his refusal to do anything. That’s why the suburbs are in trouble.

Said anti-racist training initiatives were actually “racist”

This is genuinely staggering that a sitting president of the United States of America would say something like this.

Fox News' Chris Wallace, who was monitoring the debate, asked Trump about a recent order, implemented by the White House, that ended racial sensitivity training in certain institutions.

The training aimed to highlight white privilege and race theory but according to Trump this was actually racist in itself and 'absolutely insane.'

I ended it because it’s racist. I ended it because a lot of people were complaining that they were asked to do things that were absolutely insane. That it a radical revolution that was taking place in our military, in our schools, all over the place. And you know it, and so does everybody else.

Trump then doubled down on this adding that the training was teaching people to 'hate the United States'.

If you were a certain person, you had no status in life. It was sort of a reversal. And if you look at the people, we were paying people hundreds of thousands of dollars to teach very bad ideas and frankly, very sick ideas. And really, they were teaching people to hate our country. And I’m not going to do that. I’m not going to allow that to happen.

We have to go back to the core values of this country. They were teaching people that our country is a horrible place. It’s a racist place. And they were teaching people to hate our country. And I’m not going to allow that to happen.

Refuses to condemn white supremacists

This moment will likely go down as the single worst moment in a presidential debate ever. Wallace asked Trump about his constant criticism of Antifa and the so-called radical left.

Wallace propositioned Trump to condemn the far-right and white supremacist groups, such as the Proud Boys, who have been blamed for some of the recent violence in places such as Portland, Oregon and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

After some dallying and saying that he sees more trouble created by the left than the right, Trump did say something but it was hardly a condemnation. Rather than criticise the Proud Boys, the president told them to 'stand back and stand by.'

Proud Boys, stand back and stand by. But I’ll tell you what somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left because this is not a right wing problem this is a left wing.

This hardly the first time that Trump has refused to publicly criticise far-right groups but as the New York Times have already reported, the Proud Boys have greeted Trump's remarks as a reason to celebrate.

There will be two more debates between Trump and Biden before the election and if this is anything to go by things could get a whole lot worse before they get better.

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