Donald Trump would—probably!—like you to believe that his constant tangential connection to racism is a coincidence, rather than a direct function of his presidential campaign. Alas, things keep happening that sure seem to point to the contrary.
Like, last week, we learned that a not-so-small percentage of Donald Trump supporters in South Carolina wished the Civil War had gone differently. And on Monday night, according to WHO 13 in Iowa, a high school basketball team with black and Latino players were serenaded with chants of “U-S-A” and “Trump! Trump! Trump!” Further, the Perry High players said the opposing fans from Dallas Center-Grimes High also used Trump’s literal policy positions as taunts.
According to players, chants like, “Trump, Trump, Trump,” were said and they were trying to intimidate Perry players by reciting things Trump has said about what he plans to do with immigrants and their children if he is elected.
Steve Watson, an official for Dallas Center-Grimes, confirmed to WHO 13 that the chants did take place. Shammond Ivory, a Perry player, told the TV station that they hear racist chants “everywhere” they go.
“It’s honestly disrespectful. That’s how I take it. I hear it during the game, on and off the court. Everywhere I go,” Ivory said.
Perry High principle Dan Marburger alluded to another recent incident of racism experienced by his students:
“We had an Instagram issue two weeks ago with a conference school, and I’ll say the school administrators took care of it very well,” Marburger said.
In a related story, Donald Trump was endorsed today by David Duke.