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The killing of George Floyd and nationwide protests over police violence against Black Americans have sparked a racial reckoning in America.
They have also drawn renewed attention to how President Donald Trump talks about race.
The president has a long and sometimes conflicting record. He has faced federal charges of racial discrimination at his businesses, but used his Mar-a-Lago resort to smash white-only membership policies in Palm Beach, Florida.
He was among the loudest voices behind a baseless attack on the legitimacy of the nation’s first Black president, and his own cabinet is among the least diverse in modern history. At the same time, Trump has hired White House advisors focused on outreach to African Americans.
Trump has a Jewish daughter and grandchildren, yet left Jews out of a Holocaust remembrance statement and referred to one Jewish group as “negotiators.”
He said an Indiana judge could not rule on a border case because of his Mexican heritage. He funded ads that associated Native Americans with drug use and crime. And he told four Congresswomen of color, to “go back” to the countries they came from “originally.” All are American citizens and three were born in the United States.
At the same time, he has insisted that he wants to unite the country.
We combed the archives (and internet) to understand Trump’s words and actions on race. Here are nearly 100 critical moments.
The PBS NewsHour’s Courtney Norris reported for this story.
Lisa Desjardins is a correspondent for PBS NewsHour, where she covers news from the U.S. Capitol while also traveling across the country to report on how decisions in Washington affect people where they live and work.
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