The debate over whether or not Donald Trump is a racist has been over for months, years really. The evidence is in his frequent and virulent hate speech, as well as his policies that are deliberately aimed at disadvantaging people of color. And the fact that he is supported by the nation’s most prominent white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups is further proof of his embrace of bigotry.
Most people upon discovering that KKK leaders are praising them would stop and reflect on what they did or said to attract such loathsome admirers. But not Trump. He actually panders to them and refuses to make any outright criticisms. He invites them to the White House and recycles overtly racist tropes that history has condemned. He even told women of color – who happen to be members of Congress and U.S. citizens – to “go back you came from.”
Notwithstanding all of these facts, Fox News continues to pretend that there is nothing remotely racist about Trump. It’s a position that mimics the worshipful fawning of state run media in Russia, North Korea and other totalitarian regimes. And on Trump’s favorite Fox News morning show, Fox and Friends, the “Curvy Couch” potatoes earned their pay by ignoring the truth about Trump and slobbering over Dear Leader’s bottomless capacity for universal love.
Brian Kilmeade: "It's sad when you can just call the president a racist, sexist, white supremist (sic), and no one even cares or everyone just accepts it."
Steve Doocy: "Where was the ABC guy to ask the follow-up question, 'What do you mean? What are you referring to?'" pic.twitter.com/CMIB97Qkhs
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 13, 2019
Aside from the helpful montage of Democrats correctly pointing out that Trump is a racist, this clip features Steve Doocy wondering why they weren’t asked “What do you mean? What are you referring to?” The fact that he even bothers to ask that question demonstrates just how blind he is to reality, or more accurately, how blind they want their views to be. For the record, Doocy’s question has been answered many times, and this compilation from Vox serves as a convenient resource.
Later in the program, long-time Trump friend and blabbering sycophant, Geraldo Rivera, showed up for another of his regular appearances and began sucking up in the first few seconds of his segment. He started off with a glassy-eyed confession that “I love the President and I’ve known him for 45 years and he is not a racist.” Geraldo then blames Trump’s troubles on “sloppy rhetoric” that “makes him vulnerable” to charges of racism. But as he continues, Geraldo himself outlines Trump’s rancid bigotry that extends far beyond rhetoric:
“When the President says ‘shathole countries,’ and NFL players who kneel are ‘sons of bitches,’ and ‘Mexicans are rapists,’ I think that he should emphasize the positive.”
Geraldo Rivera: Donald Trump "is not a racist, I don't think he has a racist bone in his body," it's just that "his rhetoric, sometimes, is so sloppy that he makes himself vulnerable … to the charge of racism." pic.twitter.com/4mKueBjEsz
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 13, 2019
See? It’s as simple as that. Just ignore the fact that you’ve viciously insulted African countries, African-American athletes, and Latinx refugees fleeing violence and poverty. Focus on imaginary “positives” that can be exploited to brainwash the dimwitted Trump cultists and viewers of Fox News. Geraldo also advised Trump that “His staff should look more like the country. It should be more diverse.” That’s not the sort of advice you give to someone who isn’t noticeably prejudiced.
It’s ironic that Geraldo’s defense of Trump contains such a useful itemization of the evidence that he is, in fact, flagrantly racist. But Geraldo wants you to dismiss all of that and be filled with the same reverential and baseless adoration of Trump that he has. And this isn’t just the position of Geraldo. It’s the same irrational mask of delusion that all Republicans and Fox News hacks wear and that they want to strap onto you. It’s just that you don’t see them tugging at the strings this openly very often.
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Of course, keeping in mind that Jerry’s rationalization cannot be allowed to apply to Barack Obama, who, per Glenn the Blech is a “racist with a deeply seated hatred of white people.”
So, the Tyrant Worshipers make excuses for the Orange Tyrant, who IS a racist, demonstrably and repeatedly proven — and feel free to call anyone ELSE a racist which requires no excuses from them. Do I have that right?
Irony hath no shame — and neither do Tyrant Worshipers….
And while we’re again addressing the Reichwingers’ sole principle of hypocrisy:
Another Fox host gives up the debt-scold act: “I don’t see a downside” to $1 trillion deficit
And, of course, they invented so many “downsides” during Obama’s administration, including that Obamacare would generate a deficit over $1 trillion.
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