The White House threw a tantrum on Saturday after The New York Times published a piece outlining some of the ways that racists have used Donald Trump’s name to discriminate or even carry out acts of violence against minorities. “The president condemns violence, bigotry and hatred in all its forms, and finds anyone who might invoke his or any other political figure’s name for such aims to be contemptible,” the White House said in a statement to the Times. But despite White House denials, the newspaper detailed the ways Trump’s name has become a “racial jeer” and how the spike in hate crimes corresponds with this president’s rise in U.S. politics.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.