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Old Clip Of Trump Making Racist Remarks About Native Americans Shows That He Does Indeed Have Several Racist Bones In His Body


After racist attacks from President Donald Trump against progressive women of color in Congress, video resurfaced of the President's history with Native Americans.

For those of us in Indian Country, racist attacks from Trump are old news going back to the 1990s.

Why did the video resurface now?

Lashing back at his critics Tuesday, Trump tweeted he did not have a racist bone in his body and the real problem, according to the President, was the women he attacked.

Trump went on an all out offensive, but people checked him at every turn.


The House of Representatives moved to condemn Trump's racist comments. A handful of Republicans in the House crossed the aisle and voted in favor of condemning racism from the executive branch.

In response to Trump's latest "I'm not a racist" claims—which sorry, but if you have to repeatedly say "I'm not a racist" you just might be racist—MSNBC resurfaced video from Trump testifying before Congress in 1993 regarding Native owned casinos.

Cut off from the beginning of the clip is Democratic Representative George Miller asking Trump about a comment then competing casino owner Donald Trump made:

"Is this you discussing Indian blood:"
"'We are going to judge people by whether they have Indian blood whether they are qualified to run a gaming casino or not.'?"

Trump responded:

"That probably is me, absolutely. Because I'll tell you what, if you look—if you look at some of the reservations that you have approved—you, sir, in your great wisdom, have approved—I will tell you right now, they don't look like Indians to me, and they don't look like Indians—"
"Now maybe we say politically correct or not politically correct."
"They don't look like Indians to me, and they don't look like Indians to Indians, and a lot of people are laughing at it, and you're telling how tough it is, how rough it is, to get approved."
"Well, you go up to Connecticut, and you look. Now, they don't look like Indians to me, sir."

NEWSFLASH: with a country the size of the United States and over 560 diverse geographically separated recognized tribes, we do not all look alike! With a Plains tribe from my Father and an Eastern Woodlands tribe from my Mother in my family, I barely look like my own Sisters.

Representative Miller, clearly admonishing Trump for the inherent racism in his remarks, replied:

"Thank God that's not the test of whether or not people have rights in this country, whether or not they pass your look test."
"You know where we've heard this discussion before?"
"'They don't look Jewish to me. They don't look Indian to me. They don't look Italian to me'."
"That was the test for whether people could go into business or not, whether they could get a bank loan."
"'You're too black, you're not black enough'."

In 2016, Indian Country Today ran an article titled "Donald Trump and Federal Indian Policy: 'They Don't Look Like Indians to Me'." In it, transcripts from an appearance by Trump on the shock jock Don Imus Show during the same time (June 18, 1993) as his fight against Native owned casinos was included.

Watch the full Trump testimony here, where he also claimed to have a list of organized crime at Native casinos, but could not produce any list.


It demonstrated Trump's longstanding practice of relaying stories from "many people" or how some never identified "someone" told him something that conveniently pushed his own narrative. On Imus, Trump claimed to have visited Native reservations.

Oddly, no photos have surfaced of Trump's many visits to Native reservations during the early 1990s.

Trump told Imus:

"Well, I think I might have more Indian blood than a lot of the so-called Indians that are trying to open up the reservations [casinos]."
"I looked at one of them—well, I won't go into the whole story, but I can tell you, I said to him, 'I think I have more Indian blood in me than you have in you'."
"And he laughed at me and he sort of acknowledged that I was right. But it's a joke. It's really a joke."

100% totally believable story!




The 1993 clip was also featured in a Huffington Post "greatest hits of Trump Native American racist remarks" video in November of 2017 along with his many references to Pocahontas—including at a ceremony to honor Navajo Codetalkers standing in front of a picture of President Andrew "Indian Killer" Jackson.

You can watch the compilation here:

The Atlantic did a comprehensive look all the way back to the 1970s when Trump and his father were cited for housing discrimination. They also included Trump's congressional testimony as well as the attacks he launched to try to discredit Native casinos to try to bolster his own sagging profits.

Despite his public record of repeated racist acts or comments, Trump told The Washington Post in 2016 that he was "the least racist person that you've ever encountered."

If you have to keep saying "I'm not a racist..." about things you've said and done, it's possible...


The event that many think set off Trump's latest Twitter storm was a panel discussion over the weekend.

On Saturday a panel billed as "Making Herstory: The women who are shifting the balance of power in Washington" at Netroots Nation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania convened with five female members of Congress.

By Sunday, President Donald Trump posted his first racist statement on Twitter about the "countries" the women came from and urging them to "go back" to their own countries to fix them then come back to the USA to show us how it's done before criticizing the state of the US under Trump.

All of the women are US citizens; four of them were born in the United States.

Much attention has been given to four of the five women people assume Trump referred to: Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Ayanna Presley of Massachusetts. All five panel members became historic firsts in the 2018 midterm elections: the youngest woman elected to Congress, the first Muslim women elected to Congress, the first African-American woman to represent Massachusetts and...

Lost in the mass media coverage was the fifth panel member: New Mexico Democratic Representative Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, one of two to become the first Native American women elected to Congress in the 230 years since the first Congress in 1789.

But surely President Trump, whose mother was born in Scotland and whose paternal grandparents were born in Germany would not be telling a Native American to go back... where exactly?

Are the Trumps leaving Manhattan so Natives can reclaim the land under Trump Tower?

Do we get to pick where we go back to?

Can I have a condo on a beach in California or Florida?

Indian Country Today reported on Haaland's response to the President's racist attacks against her fellow Netroots Nation panel members.

Her fellow Native woman in Congress, Kansas Democratic Representative Sharice Davids, Ho-Chunk, also responded to Trump's racist tweets.

Is President Trump racist?

That will always remain a matter of opinion because no one but Trump knows the reasons why he does what he does.

Has President Trump said and done racist things?

That's an easier question to answer. Discrimination charges are handled as civil cases where beyond a reasonable doubt is not the benchmark. Discrimination law involves prime facie or "if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, unless you can definitively prove it is not a duck, it's a duck.

And Donald?


To learn more about the Native American experience, Dee Brown's award winning book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West, is available here.

Also available, here, is the HBO film based on Brown's book, also titled Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, starring Adam Beach, Aidan Quinn, Anna Paquin and August Schellenberg.

Vine DeLoria Jr.'s book, Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto, available here, originally published in 1969 includes an updated preface by the author.

"In his new preface to this paperback edition, the author observes, 'The Indian world has changed so substantially since the first publication of this book that some things contained in it seem new again'."
"Indeed, it seems that each generation of whites and Indians will have to read and reread Vine Deloria's Manifesto for some time to come, before we absorb his special, ironic Indian point of view and what he tells us, with a great deal of humor, about U.S. race relations, federal bureaucracies, Christian churches, and social scientists. This book continues to be required reading for all Americans, whatever their special interest."

We're all self-conscious about something, and it doesn't help when our faults get thrown in our faces. You don't want doctors hinting that something is "weird down there," nor do you want someone to tell you you're balding. WE KNOW.

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When you know your kids backwards and forwards, this is the best tool in your arsenal.

Getting our kids to listen to us is not always the easiest of tasks. They're willful and stubborn, but we've got a mighty weapon they are rarely prepared for: reverse psychology. Getting them to convince themselves to want to do something against their own initial intentions takes some work and a whole lot of creativity, but a little sneaky manipulation goes a long way. Here are some clever parents' tricks that are definitely worth taking notes on.

Redditor u/LeanderD Asks:

Parents of reddit, what's your best example of reversed psychology on your kids that actually worked?

He Floated His Idea Through A Back Channel


Wanted to name my boat. Anything I would think of was dismissed as stupid by my 13 year old son. After deciding on a name, I confided to a male friend my son liked. Made my friend suggest the name as though it was his idea. My son thought the name was perfect. Done.


We Always Want What We Can't Have

One of my best friends through childhood used to be punished with no salad if she misbehaved. She cherishes salad now and would always try to eat as much as possible during school lunch. Coincidentally, her now husband used to be punished with no books, it had the same effect. I think it's hilarious that they'd be hitting the salad bar and library like some black market their narc parents couldn't reach hahaha.


A Deceit That's A Cut Above The Rest


Don't know if this counts, but, at my high school (private, boys only) in the 1960's, they made a big deal about how long your hair was, and would occasionally order a boy to go home and "get a haircut".

I thought it was stupid, until years later, a master confided to me at a reunion that the policy was deliberate. The school figured we'd spend so much energy rebelling about hair length, that we would ignore other aspects of teenage rebellion. (Not?) Surprisingly, they were mostly right.


Damn! That's smart. Wow.


Oh they don't like long hair?

I'll show them. I'll grow my hair out as lon- what?! No I don't want to go "party"? I gotta try out this horse shampoo.


The Forbidden Book

Hi I was a victim,

There was a forbidden book that I was not allow to read on the shelf. My parents said I could only read it if I behave myself.

It was summer holidays and I was playing games all day (after 6 hrs of summer homework). One day I was home alone and had the opportunity to grabbed it. I read like half of it in one go. It was 5000 years of Chinese history.

Safe to say I was bamboozled.


Flowers Of The Queen

My parents always told me my broccoli were the flowers of the queen and that I really shouldn't eat them, or else the queen would get very upset! I, of course, ate the whole broccoli in a few seconds.


I'm telling the queen and she's gonna be pissed


Sleeping Beauty


I taught my kids when they were toddlers that no amount of yelling, shaking or hitting can wake a sleeping adult. The only thing that works is a gentle hug and/or a nice kiss on the cheek.

Edit: Probably needed some more details for the reverse psychology aspect to be clear. It went something like this - Step one, tell the kids I'm going to sleep and nothing they do will wake me (head buried face down is the safest position). Step two, after the initial onslaught dies down pretend to awaken on your own. Tell them you got a bit of nap left in you and nothing can wake you, especially not hugs and kisses.


Holy sh*t...if my daughter woke me up like this I would buy her a pony.


I am saving this comment because this will save lives if I ever have kids, stg.


A Walk In Someone Else's Shoes.

Split custody with my ex. When my son was around 10, he visited two weekends a month. I was waiting tables and didn't have a huge amount to spend, but he was so needy from divorce (and I'm not blaming him, it was ugly), he begged constantly for MORE when he was with me. Whatever more was, it didn't matter... he'd be eating ice cream cone and begging for teriyaki.

I finally realized that he just felt empty, and getting MORE whatever from me wasn't filling him up. His next visit I handed him $100 in cash and told him it was our food/fun budget for 3 days and two nights, and he was in charge of it. I bought him his own wallet to carry. We figured out how many times we were going to eat and what we were going to do, and he paid. He got to keep whatever money he had left...thought he was rich...then realized just how much everything cost. Well. Shoe on other foot then. If we had no money for food, we ate leftovers - and I didn't contribute more to pot. After a few weekends of running short or not getting something he actually wanted because he was foolish with funds, he started to really think about how to spend that money. He budgeted and kept to his budget. And a few times he actually went home with a little cash for his private stash.

Many years later, he thanked me for this. It really changed the way he thought about money and love.


This Is Worth Giving A Shot

Took my 3 year old son to one of those doctor's visits where he was going to get a shot. He was worried about the shot on the whole drive over, almost to the point of tears. We get to the doctor's office and a nurse subtly lets me know that my son is not just scheduled for 1 shot, but 5 of them in the same visit.

I turn to my son with an exaggerated smile and tell him, "Good news! They figured out how to take that one big shot you were going to get and instead break it up into these 5 little tiny shots so it won't hurt nearly as much!"

You could see the relief wash over his face. He stopped squirming and relaxed completely. He took the first shot and even smiled and said "It's true! The small ones don't hurt!"

We actually made it through the third shot before the effect wore off and reality kicked in. Still... I counted it as a victory.


Put This To The Taste


My mom would tell me she only lets me eat soup after candy and she'd only buy me candy that i didn't like. After a few times, i stopped trying and begged her to let me eat soup first. She gave me a smirk and told me go ahead. This doesn't sound as evil as it was. But trust me i suffered.


So what was the candy?


Mint chocolate, raisins, stuff like that. I still hate them to this day. Who the f--- thought while eating chocolate "hmm id like some tooth paste with this."


This is Truckin' Awesome

Mum had sworn a bit around the house.

When 4, while out at the supermarket, I said F word really loudly.

Very quickly and intently, she asked if I had just said "Truck" and said that was a bad word and not to ever say Truck like that again.

I thought that was the bad word so used that when being naughty.


The "Silly Mom" Routine

The "Silly Mom" routine.

My kid, and a few other kids I've known, would balk at getting ready to go. I'd grab their clothes and say, "Well, if you won't put on your clothes, I guess I'll put on your clothes. Cute shirt, by the way! Does it go on my foot?"


"Does it go on my head?"


"Oh, that's right, thanks! So, it must go on your legs, right?"


"I just can't figure this out! Where does this adorable shirt go?"

[kid grabs shirt and puts it on] ON MY TUMMY! SILLY MOM!

"Oh, thank you so much! Now what about these pants? Shirts go on tummies, so...the pants go on the tummy, too, right?"


[continue until kids have dressed themselves]

I would also do things like hand the kid my keys and say, "Alright, you're driving, I'll sit in the booster seat in back," attempt to feed the kid by putting a spoon up to his ear or his belly button, and attempt to put away his toys in the refrigerator.


Some Foot For Thought.


My mum would always yell at us "if you don't do X, you have to go to bed without socks!"

I never wore socks anyway, and I'm ashamed to admit that this worked.


That would work really well on my son, or make him cry for a really long time... He's 3 and over the last few weeks has decided that he is fully unable to sleep without socks on.


Toddlers man. Completely unpredictable.


I'm Greens With Envy

My mum had a friend that would put vegetables on her own plate and not the kids.

When the kids asked she would be reluctant to share, "that's grown up food. But I suppose I can let you have a little."

Her kids grew up loving vegetables.

I sat at the dinner table for 3 hours staring at the yucky cauliflower I refused to eat.


This reminds me of an instance when my child convinced my wife and myself to change our plans for dinner. We were in a grocery store to pick up something quick and easy to eat that we wouldn't have to prepare. Our daughter, wanted none of that, she demanded that she wanted a salad from the salad bar. We started to argue back, but then realized: "Our child demands that we feed her vegetables for dinner instead of a microwaved meal, why are we saying 'No?'"

We had salad for dinner that night.


The Power Of Choice

I don't so much know if you would call it reverse psychology, but I didn't realize it until my dad told me this.

When there were chores that needed doing, he noticed if he asked me to mow the lawn, I would complain and procrastinate. But if he asked would I rather mow the lawn or wash the windows, I'd pick one and just get it done.

Shattered my brain when he told me when I was in my twenties. I use it when I'm coaching or baby sitting all the time and it almost never fails.


The Boy Who Cried 'Ouch'


I've done this one with tens of kids. Any time a kid gets "hurt" (falls down on grass, gets gently hit in the face with a ball, etc.) instead of stopping the activity to pick the kid up and see if they're ok you just scoot them off to the side and resume. Within 10 seconds of not getting all the attention and seeing the fun is resuming they pop right back up and are magically healed.

This of course is only for the "injuries" that aren't actually injuries.


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