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Column: Trump's legacy will be brutal but simple: He made it OK to be racist again

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At the end of last week, President Trump issued a high-minded proclamation about Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2020.

“We pause to honor the incredible life and accomplishments of Dr. King, who helped shape the Civil Rights Movement, gave hope to millions experiencing discrimination, and whose enduring memory inspires us to pursue a more just and equal society,” Trump wrote.

“As President, I remain committed to safeguarding the promise of our Nation and the values we share, the values that Dr. King so ardently worked to achieve. My Administration works each day to ensure that all Americans have every opportunity to realize a better life for themselves and their families regardless of race, class, gender, or any other barriers that have arbitrarily stood in their way.”

What a bunch of hooey.

This is a from man whose legacy will be brutal but simple: He made it OK to be racist again.

Almost everything he wrote in his MLK proclamation was at odds with who he always has been and what he has done since becoming president.

As long ago as the mid-1970s, Trump’s company was accused by the federal government of refusing to rent to black tenants and lying to black applicants about vacancies. He never admitted to wrongdoing, but signed an agreement promising not to discriminate against would-be renters based on the color of their skin.

In 1989, in a full-page newspaper ad, Trump called for........

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