NY Times' Yamiche Alcindor: President Trump has shown that "he endorses racial discrimination"
Alcindor: "He really believes that this country in some ways was originally a white country and originally is a country that is now kind of pushing away its culture and that Southern culture"
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From the August 27 edition of NBC's Meet the Press:
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YAMICHE ALCINDOR: People always say that the president doesn't have an ideology, that he's not really a Republican. But I think what he is in some ways is someone who really believes that immigrants are terrible people. He really believes that this country in some ways was originally a white country and originally is a country that is now kind of pushing away its culture and that Southern culture.
Something that struck me when he talked about Phoenix, and he had that rally in Phoenix, he said that "people are trying to take aware our history and our heritage." And I think there in that window when he says that, what he's talking is the original idea of America. And when I think about how the president goes and pardons Sheriff [Joe] Arpaio, and then is kind of saying that Sheriff [David] Clarke's book is something that you should buy, what you're seeing with the -- the strain that you're seeing there is the fact that he endorses racial discrimination. He's someone who looks at a sheriff who almost bankrupted his own county trying to pursue people who were Latino and racially profiling them, who wasn't investigating sex crimes because he wanted to go after people who were sometimes American citizens, and says, "That's what I want to get behind. That's what really excites me."