Donald Trump’s paid campaign staffers have declared on their personal social media accounts that Muslims are unfit to be U.S. citizens, mocked how Mexicans talk, called for Secretary of State John Kerry to be hanged and stated their readiness for a possible civil war, according to a review by The Associated Press of their postings.
The AP examined the social media feeds of more than 50 current and former campaign employees who helped propel Trump through the primary elections. The campaign has employed a mix of veteran political operatives and outsiders. Most come across as dedicated, enthusiastic partisans, but at least seven expressed views that were overtly racially charged, supportive of violent actions or broadly hostile to Muslims.
A graphic designer for Trump’s advance team approvingly posted video of a black man eating fried chicken and criticizing fellow blacks for ignorance, irresponsibility and having too many children. A Trump field organizer in Virginia declared that Muslims were seeking to impose Sharia law in America and that “those who understand Islam for what it is are gearing up for the fight.”
This article comes out at the same time that Mother Jones is reporting how Trump's new campaign chief created a haven for White nationalists over at Breitbart, and on the heels of Rachel Maddow's report last night on essentially the same topic.
Yes I know this should not be terribly surprising considering these people are working for a candidate who launched his campaign by accusing Mexicans of being rapists.
But I thought he was supposed to pivoting.
Silly me for not realizing that he was pivoting toward being MORE racist.Donald Trump to African-Americans: "What do you have to lose?" https://t.co/3tKdAJzqei https://t.co/a31oCRJjhz— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) August 19, 2016