Racist

Donald Trump is many things: a bully; an amoral, cut-throat businessman; a showman; a narcissist (probably); a misogynist (probably); a pragmatist; a sexist; an ignoramus; a builder; a risk-taker; a believer in conspiracy theories; a philanderer; an exploiter (of women, people’s gullibility and fears, others’ weaknesses).

Many of these things are bad enough in themselves, and some are disqualifying, in a presidential candidate. But the Democratic line seems to be that Trump is a racist. Much as The Donald disgusts me, I’m not sure it’s true, notwithstanding his ugly comments about the “Mexican” judge, as well as some of his other statements.

Here’s the first definition of racism that came up for me on Google:

the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.

prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.

The first part doesn’t seem to apply; the second, maybe–although Trump’s ignorant point about the judge being a “Mexican” seems (to my mind at least) to be more a matter of politics than of race.

Trump is a cad, no doubt. But let’s reserve the R-word for those who truly deserve it.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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