Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pauses during a meeting with members of the National Border Patrol Council at Trump Tower, Friday, Oct. 7, 2016, in New York. (AP)

Thank God Almighty, Donald Trump is free at last

Donald Trump went there

Matthew Rozsa
October 11, 2016 7:00PM (UTC)

Donald Trump, fresh off his declaration of war against House Speaker Paul Ryan and the inner workings of the Republican Party, went on to declare his independence using some bold words.

He may have wanted to use some other words instead.

For Donald Trump, a rich, white cis-gendered “billionaire,” using a term long held by the African-American community is yet another sign that he either has no idea how to connect with them on a human level or he’s blowing the loudest dog whistle imaginable. But he’s no stranger to this.


In the last presidential debate, he slipped into his old habit of using the demeaning article “the” when referring to African Americans (i.e., “the African-Americans”), a pattern which he also followed when talking about Latinos.

Earlier this year, he infamously referred to a black supporter at one of his political rallies as “my African-American.”

Then again, that isn’t half as bad as Trump using the term “inner city” interchangeably with African-American, as he also did during the debate or using that forum to insist Muslim Americans should report on one another.


But sure, a man running for president of the United States can keep saying that he’s somehow the victim here.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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