On Thursday, during President Donald Trump’s most hostile and bizarre news conferences to date, the president had a memorable exchange with April Ryan of American Urban Radio Networks in which he casually perpetuated a common racist stereotype without batting an eye.
Ryan asked the president if he planned to invite the CBC to sit in on discussions regarding his urban policy agenda. For those, who are unaware of what CBC stands for don’t feel too bad, Trump had no idea either. The CBC stands for the Congressional Black Caucus, a group of some of the most influential African-American legislators in the country. These are the people a president would need to talk to if he had any real plans on addressing “urban issues” like “black on black violence,” which Trump is so deeply concerned about (careful don’t slip on my sarcasm).
“Am I going to include who?” he asked.
“Are you going to include the Congressional Black Caucus,” Ryan, who is black, asked, “and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as well as …?”
While Ryan was kindly to explaining what the initials CBC stood for, Trump interrupted dismissively and her aggressively asked the black reporter if she would set up the meeting, assuming that they were “friends” of hers.
“Well, I would,” Trump interrupted. “Tell you what, do you want to set up the meeting? Do you want to set up the meeting? Are they friends of yours? Set up a meeting.”
The black reporter coolly reminded the president that she was a professional journalist and that while she is acquainted with members of the caucus (because she covers them), it wasn’t her job to do his job.
“I’m sure some of them are watching right now,” she added.
This type of casual racism the new normal that Trump has managed to drudge from the sewers of American society and track into the Oval Office. Of course, according to his supporters, anyone who complains about his racist behavior is a “politically correct race-baiter” who needs to lighten up. They take offense that anyone would take offense to their comfortable bigotry.
People like Trump, don’t consider themselves racists, per say, they just like their minorities a certain way. Men like Housing Secretary Ben Carson, Sheriff David Clarke, and Allen West are perfect examples of fine upstanding black Americans in their eyes, all others who think differently need to assimilate.
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