Charles Barkley may not be perfect. He’s said some things about race relations that have rubbed many of us the wrong way. Okay, he’s said some other things that have caused controversy, too. He seems to be pretty comfortable with airing his opinions and letting the chips fall where they may.
Maybe that’s why — on TNT’s Friday night NBA coverage — co-host Ernie Johnson asked him what he thought about “this Donald Trump phenomenon.” Calling it “Fascinating, sad, funny,” Sir Charles took the opportunity to unload:
He started out this summer by insulting Hispanics. To lump all Hispanics together, that was insulting. Living in Arizona, I think Hispanics are amazing people… that was insulting.
Now to lump all Muslims together, that’s even more insulting. This is the United States of America. This is the greatest place in the world. Do we have issues? Of course we do… but to try and divide and conquer, which is what the Republicans always do, is just sad.
The NBA Hall-of-Famer didn’t stop there, though. He had some smack to lay down on people who support Trump’s ugly racism:
Then you’ve got these losers who love that (blaming others) because they’re afraid to look in the mirror and say why their lives suck. So they have to blame other people. Your life sucks for a reason — because of you, not because of Hispanics.
Thanks, Charles, for voicing the thoughts most of us have about Trump’s supporters. May I just add that these folks are really good at projection: they are the lazy moochers they accuse minorities and immigrants of being.
Summing up, Barkley said:
It’s been sad to watch him insult people and then see his numbers go up…
Amen to that! Barkley may not always say the right thing but, this time, he’s spot on. I imagine he’s in the same place as most of us, trying to figure out what the hell is going on in this country.
Full disclosure; I met Charles Barkley a few years ago. I was at the after party for the premiere of “Ghost Brothers of Darkland County,” a play by Stephen King and John Mellencamp, in Atlanta. I was surprised to see Barkley and was even more surprised that his demeanor didn’t fit the media picture. He was polite and pleasant, especially to one disabled girl in attendance, whom he doted on. It was eye-opening and provided a good lesson.
Charles Barkley has said some things we all wish we could say — or do say but aren’t heard. The difference is that he has a bully pulpit. And without being on social media. I guess The Donald won’t be able to have a Twitter war with Sir Charles. That’s too bad, it would have been fun.
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