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‘Shithole’ and other racist things Trump has said — so far


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From the moment he launched his candidacy by attacking Mexican immigrants as criminals, President Trump has returned time and again to language that is racially charged and, to many, insensitive and highly offensive.

Whether it is a calculated strategy to appeal to less-tolerant and broad-minded supporters or simply a filter-free chief executive saying what’s on his mind, the cycle is by now familiar: The president speaks, critics respond with outrage and Trump’s defenders accuse his critics of hysterically overreacting.

The latest instance came Thursday, during a White House meeting with congressional lawmakers on immigration. Trump asked why the United States would accept immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa and the Caribbean, rather than people from places like Norway, according to two people briefed on the meeting.

A glimpse at some of the president’s earlier provocations:

June 16, 2015

When Trump announced his campaign for president

Donald Trump
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) ORG XMIT: IANH116 Nati Harnik / Associated Press

Dec. 7, 2015

At a South Carolina rally five days after the San Bernardino terrorist attack

San Bernardino memorial
A memorial to the San Bernardino shooting victims near the Inland Regional Center on Dec. 8, 2015. Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

Feb. 28, 2016

CNN interview

David Duke
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Burt Steel / Associated Press

June 3, 2016

Pointing to a black man surrounded by white Trump supporters at a campaign rally in Redding

Donald Trump
At a campaign rally in Redding, Donald Trump referred to a man in the crowd as “my African American.” Rich Pedroncelli / Associated Press

June 5, 2016

In a CBS interview

U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel
U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel. John Gastaldo / TNS

July 16, 2016

At a rally in Ohio


Sept. 22, 2016

Presidential debate with Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton listens as Donald Trump makes his argument during their first debate at Hofstra University on Sept. 26, 2016. Joe Raedle / Getty Images

June 2017

At an Oval Office meeting, according to a New York Times report quoting unnamed officials. A White House spokeswoman denied the report.

Donald Trump
President Donald Trump. Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images

Aug. 15, 2017

Days after a woman was killed and dozens injured in Charlottesville, Va., after torch-bearing Ku Klux Klansmen and other white supremacists waving Confederate flags and chanting “Jews will not replace us” confronted counter-protesters over the removal of a Robert E. Lee statue

Ku Kulx Klan
Members of the Ku Klux Klan arrive at a rally in Charlottesville, Va. on July 8, 2017. Andrew Caballero-Reynolds / AFP/Getty Images

Aug. 22, 2017

At a rally in Phoenix, referring to the removal of Confederate monuments

Robert E. Lee
A monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Richmond, Va. Steve Helber / Associated Press

Sept. 22, 2017

At a political rally in Alabama, where he denounced black football players who have taken a knee during the national anthem to protest racial discrimination in the criminal justice system

Eric Reid, Colin Kaepernick
San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid and quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneel during the national anthem before their game against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 12, 2016. Marcio Jose Sanchez / Associated Press

Nov. 27, 2017

Slur directed at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has claimed Native American heritage, in his remarks honoring Navajo veterans for their service in World War II.

Donald Trump, Thomas Begay, Peter MacDonald
President Trump with Navajo Code Talkers in the Oval Office on Nov. 27, 2017. Susan Walsh / Associated Press

Nov. 29, 2017

Trump retweet

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President Trump retweeted videos from a far-right group on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. Los Angeles Times

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UPDATES:

Jan. 12, 2:25 p.m.: This article was updated with additional instances of President Trump’s racially charged language.

This article was originally published 6:30 p.m. Jan. 11.

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