It’s official: Donald Trump has become the Republican nominee for President of the United States. Even though his campaign started as an unserious PR stunt and even though (or perhaps because of) his blatant racism, sexism and authoritarianism, Trump has become very popular. I have encountered several Trump supporters in my social media feeds. And they’re really hard to talk to. I and Sarah illustrate what a conversation with a Trump supporter feels like in this sketch:
It is as if arguments don’t work very well when it comes to Trump supporters, or any supporter of racism and fascism. I have spent a lot of time trying to combat xenophobia here in Europe, and it is just as hard as Americans now find converting Trump supporters to be. Whatever one says, whatever what evidence one presents, it is as if they’ve already decided that racism and bigotry is what will make a country great. And just a few months ago they didn’t think that way, and it’s so hard to see why Trump’s hateful message could be so attractive.
As a charismatic Christian, however, I know that no one is outside God’s miraculous power and that no one is unable to be transformed into a sanctified disciple of Christ. We shouldn’t give up on the Trump supporters. Continue to feed them arguments, and do so with love and compassion as well as a listening ear to what troubles them. And welcome God’s Spirit into your life so that His voice and power can guide you into leading people to repentance and holiness.
What are some examples of racism from Trump’s life? He’s been in business a long time. Can you find a legal example of discrimination? I’m not even a supporter, but I think we as the Church need to take a breath before making politics our vehicle for change. Maybe I’m wrong, but I felt a lot of fear/frustration in your post. G-d, we say thanks that You can steer whomever is the political leader of our nation. You’ve done it all through history: Pharaoh, Cyrus, Nebuchadnezzar, Caesar, Constantine, etc. Will You do it again? Thanks Michael!
As I point out in the video, Trump has said that Mexicans are criminals and rapists. That’s pretty racist. He was endorsed by former KKK leader David Duke and refused to condemn white supremacists. He retweeted a fake statistic from a non-existent institute about how African Americans commit almost all violent crime in the US. And he wants to ban all Muslims from entering the US, including Syrians fleeing from war and the Islamic State.
So it’s extremely evident that he’s a racist. The question is why some have a hard time admitting it.
God bless you!
I believe its posdible you may be missing some key distinctions. Illegal immigration doesnt equal Mexican. Radical Islamoterrorists dont equal all Muslims. Im not defending Trump as much as urging caution in how you write. It would be helpful to all readers if you could cite sources supporting your assertions, then the reader could confirm what you already know. Thanks for reply!
i am with PraythroughHistory. I think Micael is confused.
Have a look at what DT really says .
My friend, Donald Trump was indeed talking about Mexicans, see https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/02/donald-trump-racist-claims-mexico-rapes and http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/9-outrageous-things-donald-trump-has-said-about-latinos_us_55e483a1e4b0c818f618904b and https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/fact-checker/wp/2015/07/08/donald-trumps-false-comments-connecting-mexican-immigrants-and-crime/ And his ban is for ALL MUSLIMS, not just terrorists, see http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/07/politics/donald-trump-muslim-ban-immigration/
This is public information, I don’t get why people would ignore these facts when they’re easily available using an Internet search engine. Here’s a “masterpost” with sources for various outrageous things that Trump stands for: http://quantum-displacement.tumblr.com/post/146015554444/anti-trump-masterpost
I believe that he made that overstatement. Here’s where we may differ. What was implied was not ALL Mecicans or S Americans, but those crosding illegally and those with criminal history. Is it right for Mexicans to dump their prison populations on Texas, Arizona, California? Is it right that US police officers cant report, detain, ir deport those who have committed crimes bith in Mecico and US?
I believe Trump speaks in hyperbole which is a major flaw. The man is not racist. im sure he has employees from every prople group. The difference is that they are legal and want to honor US law.
I agree in apology/ seeking forgiveness. That’s a given for believers. I wish to leave this w/ a prayer. G-d, You are wise and All powerful. We know You can use any human for your purpose. We trust You whether Clinton or Trump wins. We know You can use or break either human being. Will You lead the nations forward to seek a balance of grace and truth in themselves and our leaders? We love You and do not submit our will to the fears of our culture!
When you used words like racist / Xenophobia . You do know what it means right? It seems those are your favourite words since u used it so frequently.
Racist definition based on Oxford;
“Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior”
At best you can say DT is Xenophobic but he is certainly not a racist because Mexican is not a race but a nationality.
As shown is the video, DT himself says he loves Mexican so that disproves that he is Xenophobia.
Here’s a list of some of the things Trump has said about Mexicans and Latinos: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/9-outrageous-things-donald-trump-has-said-about-latinos_us_55e483a1e4b0c818f618904b Here’s an even longer list of things he has said about African Americans, his support from white supremacists etc: http://quantum-displacement.tumblr.com/post/146015554444/anti-trump-masterpost This requires repentance. If I say that all Jews are pigs and criminals and then claim that I love them, I have to apologise for the horrible things I have said about them. Trump has yet not done that.