Just when you thought you had heard it all about Donald Trump’s bigotry, it turns out there’s a new revelation, almost worse than the one before it.
The year was 1993, and Donald Trump had his sights set on Native Americans, because their casino was destroying his Atlantic City casino, as the most popular in the United States.
While he was giving testimony before the Congressional Subcommittee on Native American Affairs, Trump tore into the Pequot Indian Nation – members of which had been protesting against his attacks on their casinos – arguing that they must not be legitimate Native Americans because they didn’t look like the racial stereotypes he imagined.
“They don’t look like Indians to me and they don’t look like Indians to Indians,” he griped.
The Pequot nation saw many of their nation massacred by English settlers in the 1600’s.
The tribe now only has less than 2,000 members, many of whom have more Caucasian features and names than fit with what Trump imagines Native Americans to look like.
Trump went on to accuse Native Americans of working with the Mafia. He argued that “it will be the biggest scandal since Al Capone and it will destroy the gambling industry.”
He added that “it’s obvious that organized crime is rampant on the Indian reservations.”
His remarks were so incendiary that the FBI actually had to issue a statement saying that they found no such evidence that any Indian casinos ever had mob ties.
What can we attribute such remarks to then besides blatant racism?
Connecticut Governor Lowell P. Weicker was so outraged at these disturbing comments, that he called Trump a “dirtbag” before being essentially forced to apologize.
In his typical “presidential” fashion, Trump said that the governor was a “fat slob who couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Connecticut.”
But Weicker destroyed the racist GOP frontrunner, saying, “I’ve got another message for you. I can lose weight a lot faster than a bigot can lose bigotry.”