Trump Spokesperson Criticizes Romney for Being ‘Pro-Adoption.’ Is She a Racial Separatist?
In a CNN interview on Friday, controversial Donald Trump spokesperson Katrina Pierson criticized Mitt Romney — who recently expressed doubts that he will vote for Trump in the presidential election — for being “pro-adoption.” She used the phrase in the middle of a litany of criticisms of Romney, who she said was “was pro-abortion, pro-gay marriage, pro-adoption, gave us Obamacare and we were told to hold our noses and vote for the sake of the party.”
The question is whether she misspoke, or was expressing a racial separatist view held by a large number of white supremacists and racial separatists who have been attracted to the Trump campaign. The phrase “pro-adoption” is used derogatorily by the separatist-leaning “Alt Right” to criticize whites who adopt non-whites, since it “dilutes” the white race.* Romney has an adopted black grandson.
Pierson used to be a Democrat, and voted for Obama in 2008. In 2012, however, she tweeted about both Obama and Romney, “Any pure breeds left?”
In the last few years, she has posted multiple radical tweets about race. In October 2012, she tweeted, “Malcolm X warned us about the white liberals and the negros (sic) they use against us.” In February 2013, she tweeted that she prefers Malcolm X to Martin Luther King, Jr., because King wasn’t radical enough for her. In March 2013 she referred to Obama as “a head negro in charge.”
According to The Daily Caller, Pierson “has a history of attacking conservatives as racists, sneering at Christians who are unable to ‘handle the truth’ and mocking candidates who open up about their faith on the campaign trail as preachers who would be ‘great if we were electing a Jesus.'”
If Pierson’s criticism of Romney does reflect racial separatist views, it could be evidence of a strange alliance of black radicalism and white nationalism, since opposition to mixed-race adoptions is common to both groups.
Ironically, Pierson is herself of mixed ethnicity. Her mother is white and her father is black.
So far, the Trump campaign has not issued a clarification or correction.
*See use of the term in this Portland State University study on adoption: “There began here a concerted effort among pro-adoption activists to promote the idea of international adoption hand in hand with transracial adoption, as most adoptive parents in formalized adoption procedures were white, middle-to-upper class (Lovelock, 2000; Herman, 2012e), and the available pool of adoptees were of Asian or bi-racial origin.”