Let's get real. We all know what Trump means when he says thugs. We all know Trump speaks in code. We all understand double-speak in politics. The word thug is well documented. https://theconversation.com/thugs-is-a-race-code-word-that-fuels-anti-black-racism-100312 note - this was written in 2018. I already know your going to say, "this is some liberal site that of course post this"... so here are some more: https://anthrosource.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/aeq.12277. https://repository.law.umich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1224&context=mjrl (should I go on?) This is not a new thing. People who ignore it are setting themselves up for failure. Stop trying to defend what is obvious.