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Let's not use euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president

By Robert B. Reich, Tribune Content Agency on

Nor are they seeking to "reform" these programs. They want to cut them in order to pay for the huge tax cut they've given corporations and the wealthy. "We're going to have to get back next year at entitlement reform," Ryan said recently, "which is how you tackle the debt and the deficit."

So call it what it is: planned cuts in Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security.

6. Describing Trump's comments as "racially charged."

"Racially charged" sounds like Trump doesn't intend them to be racist but some people hear them that way.

Rubbish. Trump's harangue against immigrants from "shitholes" in Latin America and Africa comes only weeks after The New York Times reported that at another Oval Office meeting, Trump said Haitian immigrants "all have AIDS" and that Nigerians who visit the U.S. would never "go back to their huts."

This is the man who built his political career on the racist lie that Barack Obama was born in Africa, who launched his presidential campaign with racist comments about Mexican immigrants, who saw "very fine people on both sides" in the Charlottesville march of white supremacists, and who attacked African-American football players for being "unpatriotic" because they kneeled during the national anthem to protest police discrimination.

Face it: Trump is a racist, and his comments are racist.

Words matter. It's important to describe Trump accurately. Every American must understand who we have as president.

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(Robert Reich, a former U.S. Secretary of Labor, is professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and the author of "Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few," now available in paperback. His film "Inequality for All" is available on Amazon, DVD and On Demand, and his documentary "Saving Capitalism" is now on Netflix. His daily blog is at www.facebook.com/RBReich/.)

 

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