Donald Trump Has Reinvigorated White Supremacists and Exacerbated Racial Divides

Throughout his presidency, throughout his time in public life, Donald Trump has not healed divisions on race, but promoted racial enmity.

Trump's Record

“Much of the anger directed at white Christians following the Charlottesville attacks was tied to Trump. Some people believe his election empowered white-supremacist fringe groups like those who gathered in at the “Unite the Right” rally this weekend. They blame white Christians for enabling this to happen: More than 80 percent of white evangelicals voted for the president, as did 60 percent of white Catholics. At best, they ignored or dismissed Trump’s appeal to these racist fringe groups, these critics say; at worst, they were complicit.”

“How Will the Church Reckon With Charlottesville?”, The Atlantic, August 13, 2017

"No one is above the law and the individuals entrusted with the privilege of being sworn law officers should always seek to be beyond reproach in their commitment to fairly enforcing the laws they swore to uphold.

Mr. Arpaio was found guilty of criminal contempt for continuing to illegally profile Latinos living in Arizona based on their perceived immigration status in violation of a judge's orders."

"The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.”

- Sen. John McCain (R - Arizona)

“Trump pardons former Sheriff Joe Arpaio”, CNN, August 27, 2017

“The ad is overtly racist and offensive on numerous levels… It is a racist attack on the African American church, and because it was an attack on the Christian church, it should be offensive to every Christian and person of faith.”

- Rev. Silvester S. Beaman

“Black church leaders demand apology for Trump ad”, Religion News Service, September 13, 2020)