In a “60 Minutes” interview that aired on CBS Sunday night time, Anderson Cooper requested freshman Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, “Do you consider President Trump is a racist?” The New York congresswoman didn’t even pause earlier than responding: “Yeah. Yeah. No query.”
The Trump administration hit again virtually instantly by dismissing the 29-year-old’s intelligence. A White Home assertion stated that Ocasio-Cortez’s “sheer ignorance on the matter can’t cowl the truth that President Trump supported and handed historic felony justice reform,” including that the president has additionally “repeatedly condemned racism and bigotry in all varieties.”
It’s a telling response, one which shows the White Home’s lack of knowledge about why almost 6 in 10 People agree with Ocasio-Cortez’s opinion that the president is a racist, in accordance with a February 2018 Related Press ballot.
For starters, the truth that the Trump White Home — an administration identified for its lack of variety — accused a younger Latina lady of “ignorance” on the matter of racism didn’t go unnoticed.
And it displays what many individuals see as a broader sample of disrespect towards People of shade.
After almost 20 years, the president has but to apologize for calling for the loss of life of 5 Latino and black youngsters who have been wrongly accused of assaulting a white lady in Central Park. When the subject of police brutality of individuals of shade arises, Trump has criticized black activists affiliated with the Black Lives Matter motion and gone as far as to name NFL gamers protesting racism and police violence profane names.
“Wouldn’t you like to see considered one of these NFL homeowners, when someone disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the sector proper now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired,'” the president stated to roaring applause in Huntsville, Ala., at a 2017 marketing campaign rally.
He waffled within the face of white nationalists marching in Charlottesville (saying there have been “good individuals” amongst these marching with neo-Nazi’s) and has known as Mexicans “rapists” and “criminals.”
Within the face of all this, the president’s reluctant help for a felony justice reform invoice is irrelevant. As Eddie Glaude, chair of Princeton College’s Heart for African American Research, advised the Repair:
“Invoking the help and passage of felony justice reform as an proof of Trump’s view on race is like saying, ‘how can I be racist? I’ve black mates.’ It’s nonsense. It’s a crude try and divert consideration from the plain reality that he’s racist (and the file is replete with examples and proof of this reality), and to characterize those that consider he’s a race-baiters or those that commerce in victimization. I say it’s crude, as a result of we have now skilled this type of rhetorical sleight of hand for many years on this nation.”
The president “repeatedly condemning” racism because the White Home claims is pointless when one of many primary promoters of that bigotry is perceived to be Trump himself.