Donald Trump’s Name Is Becoming A Racial Slur
For the third time, high school students at a sporting event used Donald Trump's name as a coded racial slur
Donald Trump’s name was once again used as a substitute for a racial slur at a high school sporting event.
According to WISC-TV, during a girls varsity soccer game at on Thursday night, students from Elkhorn Area High School sprinkled “Donald Trump, build that wall” in with other, unnamed racist chants at a game with visiting Beloit Memorial High, a school with a 49 percent non-white composition and whose team is largely made up of black and Latina women. In case you’re wondering, Elkhorn is 83.7% white.
Beloit had built a commanding 5-0 lead when the chants began raining down from a small section of Elkhorn fans. This unsilent minority’s noxious rhetoric forced coach Brian Denu’s athletes to leave the pitch before the game was over.
“They were too upset and distraught over what happened to them,” Denu said. “One of the girls was cradled in the arms of one of our assistant coaches for a good 15 to 20 minutes.”
“Seeing the impact on those kids is something I’ll never forget as a coach,” he continued. “It’s 2016. You think that you know that people don’t have these views.”
Yes. They do. This marks the third recorded incident of Trump chants being used by white students to humiliate and denigrate non-white students.
On February 22 in Iowa, students from Dallas Center-Grimes began chanting “Trump, Trump, Trump” and “USA” at Perry High School which has a 48 percent non-white population.
A few days later, a Donald Trump fathead and a sign reading “ESPN Deportes” popped up during a basketball game between Andrean High School and Bishop Noll Institute, a majority Latino school from Indiana. Once again, racist vitriol like “Build a wall,” “No comprende,” and “Please speak English” was directed at the majority Latino school, Bishop Noll.
When MSNBC’s Cokie Roberts asked Trump on Morning Joe if he was proud that he’d inspired these sorts of chants, Trump demurred in a typically Trumpian manner, calling the question “very nasty,” before adding, “I’m not proud of it because I didn’t even hear of it, okay? And I certainly do not like it at all when I hear about it. You’re the first one who’s told me about it.”
Despite being repeatedly pressed by Roberts, Trump digressed and/or ignored the question altogether, such that Roberts was literally driven to ask, “What about the children, Mr. Trump?”
CNN reached out to Joe Enriquez Henry, the Iowa chapter president of the League of United Latin American Citizens to respond to the incidents in Iowa and Indiana. He unequivocally described these chants as a sign that “the word Trump is now becoming a form of hate.”
“It is easily used by white kids who want to send a message to dark kids,” he continued. “We know what ‘Make America Great Again’ is. It’s make America without Latinos.”
Donald Trump’s campaign spokesperson, Hope Hicks, did not respond to a request for comment.