Donald Trump is a racist. There’s no use in denying it. There’s no point in refuting it. You can avoid that truth until the sun goes supernova. But it’s been documented and widely known. Continuing to argue that he isn’t only shows how sickeningly deep the support for their president really is.
Now, there’s testimony from his former lawyer Michael Cohen spilling the beans on Trump’s racist comments regarding black folks. Vanity Fair reports on what he heard:
During our conversation, Cohen recalled a discussion at Trump Tower, following the then-candidate’s return from a campaign rally during the 2016 election cycle. Cohen had watched the rally on TV and noticed that the crowd was largely Caucasian. He offered this observation to his boss. “I told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. Trump responded, ‘That’s because black people are too stupid to vote for me.’” (The White House did not respond to multiple requests for comment.)
It gets worse.
This conversation, he noted, was reminiscent of an exchange that the two men had engaged in years earlier, after Nelson Mandela’s death. “[Trump] said to me, ‘Name one country run by a black person that’s not a shithole,’ and then he added, ‘Name one city,’” Cohen recalled, a statement that echoed the president’s alleged comments about African nations earlier this year. (White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders denied those comments at the time. She added that “no one here is going to pretend like the president is always politically correct—he isn’t.” She subsequently noted that it was “one of the reasons the American people love him.”)
Still with me? Well, here’s more.
Cohen also recounted a conversation he had with Trump in the late 2000s, while they were traveling to Chicago for a Trump International Hotel board meeting. “We were going from the airport to the hotel, and we drove through what looked like a rougher neighborhood. Trump made a comment to me, saying that only the blacks could live like this.” After the first few seasons of The Apprentice, Cohen recalled how he and Trump were discussing the reality show and past season winners. The conversation wended its way back to the show’s first season, which ended in a head-to-head between two contestants, Bill Rancic and Kwame Jackson. “Trump was explaining his back-and-forth about not picking Jackson,” an African-American investment manager who had graduated from Harvard Business School. “He said, ‘There’s no way I can let this black f-g win.’” (Jackson told me that he had heard that the president made such a comment. “My response to President Trump is simple and Wakandan,” he said, referring to the fictional African country where Black Panther hails from. “‘Not today, colonizer!’”)
If you’re still reading this and have not destroyed your computer or device in an act of rage realizing these comments came from someone in the highest office of the land, you are strong and versatile.
You also know how this is barely news. Again, Trump’s racism has been recorded and is almost common knowledge today. Yet, this, among other shit he has said and done, wasn’t enough to sway voters from voting him. To many, it’s his bullshit that his supporters adore mainly because they share his same disgraceful traits and beliefs. And a lot of people are apprehensive about this year’s election as they fear that Trump-backed Republicans will continue to have a stranglehold in all three branches of government.
Yet, Trump followers will still deny that their leader is racist. Such people are either pathologically ignorant or they have some kind of agenda that rewards them, or at least they think they’ll get something out of it. In the end, the only thing you could conclude is that whenever they say that Trump is not racist, you have to assume they mean that he’s not racist against WHITE people.