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Is President Trump a 'textbook racist'?

Is President Trump a 'textbook racist'?

Good morning. I’m Paul Thornton, and it is Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. For residents of Los Angeles (county and city), Monday is still Columbus Day; the first official Indigenous Peoples Day doesn’t happen until 2019. Let’s take a look back at the week in Opinion.

Can there be any debate that President Trump has made bigoted statements? The numerous examples of him targeting people based on their ethnicity, gender, physical ability or any other perceived inferiority to him betray a mind-set that determines a person’s value based on congenital or inherited characteristics.

But many of the president’s critics have been reluctant to call him a racist, a more malevolent quality that...

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