The Most Racist, Xenophobic, Transphobic & Islamophobic Things Said During The 2016 Election — So Far

The 2016 presidential campaign has been a flurry of fear-mongoering, insults and bigotry. Candidates have bashed immigrants, women, the LGBTQ community, Muslims and more — and we're just getting started. Ahead, read the most racist, xenophobic, transphobic and Islamaphobic things said during this campaign season — so far:

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1. Racism: Donald Trump 1

Republican frontrunner Donald Trump began his campaign with some disparaging words for Mexicans and Mexican immigrants.

"When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," he said. "They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."

2. Donald Trump

In a campaign release, Donald Trump took aim at Muslims when he announced that he was "calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our representatives can figure out what is going on."

3. Racism: Jeb Bush

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush came under fire when he suggested that Democrats offer "free stuff" to win black voters

While responding to a question about how the GOP plans to secure black votes, Bush said that '[our] message is one of hope and aspiration. It isn't one of division and get in line and we'll take care of you with free stuff."

 

4. Racism: Ben Carson

Ben Carson earned the ire of many Americans when he said the United States should not elect a Muslim president. "I would not advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation," he said. "I absolutely would not agree with that." 

He then implied that Muslim beliefs contradict the Constitution. When asked if a president's faith should matter to voters, he answered, "I guess it depends on what that faith is. If it's inconsistent with the values and principles of America, then of course it should matter. But if it fits within the realm of America and consistent with the Constitution, no problem."

5. Racism: Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio waded into dangerous territory when he compared bigotry against Muslims to football rivalries

"Look at today, [Obama] gave a speech at a mosque," Rubio said at a New Hampshire town hall. "Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Mulims. Of course, there's going to be discrimination in America of every kind. But the bigger issue is radical Islam."

He then argued that President Obama was the one causing turmoil and compared discrimination to the Miami Dolphins: "But again, it's this constant pitting people against each other — I can't stand that," he said. "It's hurting our country badly. We can disagree on things, right? I'm a Dolphin fan. You're a Patriot fan." Okay.

6. Racism: Ben Carson

In an interview with Jorge Ramos, Ben Carson suggested that transgender people need their own public bathrooms. "It's not fair for them to make everybody else uncomfortable," he said.

"I think everybody has equal rights, but I'm not sure anybody should have extra rights — extra rights when it comes to redefining everything for everybody else and imposing your view on everybody else," he added.

7. Racism: Donald Trump

Donald Trump definitely crossed the line when he tweeted (then deleted) a jab at Jeb Bush's Mexican-born wife, Columba. "#JebBush has to like the Mexican illegals because of his wife," he wrote, suggesting that Bush has more lenient views on immigration because of his wife, who came to the United States legally.

8. Racism: Donald Trump

Trump also suggested that the Mexican government intentionally sends their criminals to the United States. "The Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper and much more cunning. And they send the bad ones over because they don't want to pay for them. They don't want to take care of them," he told Fox News' Chris Wallace.