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Donald Trump is not racist

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Started: 10/13/2016 Category: Politics
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Hello, and good luck to my opponent.

Donald Trump is not racist. He has never spoken out against any race. His border wall and immigration standards only apply to illegal immigrants. Islam is not a race.

Good luck to my opponent.


I accept and look forward to a good debate with Pro.

On December 7, 2015, Donald Trump called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States".[1] That is clearly discrimination against Muslims. Note that his proposal does not just apply to illegal immigrants, as Pro claims, but to a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims", which discriminates against all Muslims.

The United Nations officially recognizes discrimination against Muslims as a form of racism. [2]

Premise 1 - Donald Trump campaigned to discriminate against Muslims
Premise 2 - Discrimination against Muslims is internationally recognized as a form of racism

Conclusion 1 - Donald Trump campaigned using racism
Conclusion 2 - Donald Trump is racist.

2. (Point 17)
Debate Round No. 1


Donald Trump is calling for a total shutdown of muslims entering the United States UNTIL an improved fundamentalist screening process can be put into use. Donald Trump did not make any racist remarks at all. He only wants to stop the influx of immigrants from countries where terrorism is often propagated by islam.


Pro accepts that Donald is calling for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States".

Then Pro attempts to dispute this statement as being racist using two different tactics.

#1 Pro implies that this policy is somehow not racist because it would be limited in duration.

Racism is racism regardless of the duration. Limited discrimination does not make it not-discrimination.

#2 Pro states that this policy is not racist because it is aimed only at immigrants from countries with terrorism propagated by Islam

To this I have two responses:

Donald's statement says "total and complete shutdown of Muslims", and does not mention limitations to any particular countries. Pro's argument is not backed by the text in Donald's statement. Furthermore, changing from a racist policy to a non-racist policy later does not make his original policy non-racist, nor does it make Donald not-racist.

Finally, Pro has not address my argument at all, and it still stands.

- Donald Trump campaigned on a policy to prevent specifically Muslims from entering the United States, which is discriminatory against Muslims.
- Donald Trump campaigned to discriminate against Muslims.

- Discrimination against Muslims is internationally recognized as a form of racism

-> Donald Trump campaigned using racism
-> Donald Trump is racist.
Debate Round No. 2


The ban does not have a set time and the ban does not revolve around a time: It will be set up until the screening process can be improved. The ban could last a week or a year. This is not a ban on muslims, this is a ban on muslim immigration while the screening process can be improved so that terrorism is less likely to be imported.

The majority of muslims immigrants will come from majority muslim countries such as Iran, Pakistan, and Syria where islamic terrorism is commonplace. Muslim immigrants are more likely to move from a muslim country to a western country rather than move between Western countries.


A non-discriminatory policy would be a ban on immigration of people considered high-risk. But that's not what Trump proposed on December 7th, last year. As Pro stated, Donald's policy was "a ban on Muslim immigration", all Muslim immigration. This policy is discriminatory, and thus racist.

Merriam-Webster defines discrimination as:

The practice of unfairly treating a person or group of people differently from other people or groups of people [1]

P1: Trump's policy unfairly treats Muslims differently than other groups of people.

To prove this I first need to show that the policy treats Muslims differently than other groups of people. Because there's no proposal to ban Christians, Buddhists, or Jews, it treats Muslims differently than other groups.

Next I need to show that it does so unfairly. Banning the immigration of a Muslim newborn child, but allowing the immigration of a Hindu newborn child is unfair. This is because there is no greater threat from the Muslim newborn than there is from the Hindu newborn.

Since Trump's policy unfairly treats Muslims differently than other groups of people:

C1: Trump's policy is discriminatory against Muslims

I have already shown that discrimination against Muslims is an internationally accepted form of discrimination. [2]

C2: Trump has campaigned using a racist policy

C3: Trump is racist.

Pro has not refuted my argument, and I have shown Pro's arguments don't negate mine.

Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by JacuPro 6 days ago
By the way, the whole racist argument that the democrats put on the republicans just shows how much Democrats are desperate to receive votes from minorities. The idea is just talk, no truth. Historically, those who win the minority votes will win the election. Hillary just wants the minority vote to win, not to help.
Posted by Tree_of_Death 1 week ago
MadCat--once this one is done I'd like to debate you if you're willing.
Posted by vi_spex 1 week ago
he is fighting racism
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