Is he a racist, or did he only say racist or prejudiced things during his campaign to get a particular group of (white nationalists) excited? Does it matter?
Donald Trump ran a campaign against “political correctness.” The country heard that “calling it like it is” -code for being outrageous and crude about different groups of the population- was a beautiful thing. Many liked him because of it. Let´s just call a spade a spade. Right?
He talked about Mexicans, about women, about the disabled, about immigrants, about China, about Muslims, about Jews. Every single reference to immigrants without papers had to do with a murderer, a rapist and “maybe, some are good people.”
For years before that, he “investigated” whether President Barack Obama was, in fact, a citizen, or maybe he had been born in Kenya and therefore, illegitimately occupied the White House.
He made references to the “silent majority,” a term that was first used by Richard Nixon in the 70s about majority populations “oppressed” by the few.
But even with all of that and his campaign based on insult and innuendo, we weren´t supposed to say his campaign was racist, or that he had racist sentiments who got used to galvanize majorities of the white population around him.
Some reporters did call him racist, some didn´t. I´m in the first group. That´s what we discuss in this podcast, where a number of minority reporters give their take on the controversy.