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
Dec. 7, 2015
At a South Carolina rally five days after the San Bernardino terrorist attack
Feb. 28, 2016
June 3, 2016
Pointing to a black man surrounded by white Trump supporters at a campaign rally in Redding
June 5, 2016
In a CBS interview
July 16, 2016
At a rally in Ohio
Sept. 22, 2016
Presidential debate with Hillary Clinton
At an Oval Office meeting, according to a New York Times report quoting unnamed officials. A White House spokeswoman denied the report.
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
Aug. 22, 2017
At a rally in Phoenix, referring to the removal of Confederate monuments
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
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.