Trump Fans Tired of Being Called ‘Racist’ as They Repeat Unfounded Bigotry Against Black Democrat

Trump Fans Tired of Being Called ‘Racist’ as They Repeat Unfounded Bigotry Against Black Democrat

Trump supporters at the president’s Thursday night rally in Cincinnati told a reporter they are tired of being called racists. Also, Rep. Ilhan Omar should “keep her stinkin’ Muslim crap” out of America.

Okay, then.

Elaina Plott of The Atlantic spent the evening uncovering these quotes from Trump’s fans who filled the U.S. Bank Arena for the rally. She spoke to several who do not see the racist echoes in some of Trump’s recent attacks on Rep. Elijah Cummings and his district in Baltimore, a city Trump described as “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” (Trump often uses the words “infested” or “infestation” to describe areas with large minority populations.)

Two women in particular, who did not want their last names used, told Plott that they are not racists. One insisted that she has biracial grandchildren whom she loves and kisses all the time, so she can’t be a racist.

That comment was followed by this exchange about a black Muslim congresswoman:

“Look, but she is gonna get—you know, I don’t want her stinkin’ Muslim crap in my country,” Roseanna said.

“Sharia law,” Amy chimed in. Her iridescent CoverGirl highlighter glinted under the stadium lights. “Sharia law.”

“That’s not America,” Roseanna said. “She is a Muslim through and through …She wants that all here.” She wondered aloud whether Omar had come to the U.S. illegally.

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Gary Legum

Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.