CNN host Don Lemon was disgusted that Donald Trump could honor Martin Luther King Jr. with a straight face not long after criticizing African nations as “sh*thole countries.
During a meeting about immigration with lawmakers on Thursday, Trump whined about immigrants coming in from countries in Africa using offensive and racist language.
“Why do we want all these people from sh*thole countries coming here?” Trump demanded to know, going on to say that he would rather have more immigrants from Norway. Or, to put it simply, he wants more white people and fewer people of color.
His words outraged the nation and drew condemnation from around the world.
The very next day, Trump had the gall to sign a proclamation honoring Dr. Martin Luther King and spoke of equality. The hypocrisy was too much for Lemon, who took Trump to the woodshed during his show on Friday.
“Just one day after those disgraceful, racist comments by the President of the United States in the Oval Office, calling African nations ‘shithole countries,’ the president has not apologized,” Lemon said. “No surprise. He’s trying to deny that he used those words. But there’s no denying it. He said it… The president meant those words.”
“It’s painfully ironic, or for some, just plain painful, that, today, the President sought to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” Lemon continued before playing a clip of Trump’s remarks during the ceremony.
“Today we celebrate Dr. King for standing up for the self-evident truth Americans hold so dear, that no matter the color of our skin, or the place of our birth we are all created equal by God,” Trump declared.
Lemon was not only unimpressed, he felt creeped out.
“It kind of makes your skin crawl to hear him talk about Martin Luther King’s values,” Lemon said. “And more than that, it white-washes Dr. King. His real message, the one he fought and died for is just as powerful today as it was 50 years ago.”
Lemon then read out a quote by King:
“Loose and easy language about equality, resonant resolutions about brotherhood fall pleasantly on the ear, but for the Negro there is a credibility gap he cannot overlook. He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.”
“Donald Trump has proved over and over again his words and actions are a step backward from the ideals of America, a step backward from the real ideals and word of Martin Luther King: racial and economic justice,” Lemon added. He then read a second quote by King about how “capitalism was built on the exploitation and suffering of black slaves” the way it continues to thrive on the poor of all races today.
One wonders how Trump would react to King if he knew about his criticism of capitalism.
Lemon then delivered the knock-out blow by reminding Trump of the history of the house he now works and resides in today.
“Contrast that with President Trump asking why we can’t have more immigrants from places like Norway, forgetting that it was people from sh*thole countries who built this country, who built the White House,” he concluded. “Nothing that Donald Trump says can change that.”
Here’s the video via YouTube.
Indeed, Lemon is right and his impassioned remarks on Trump’s racism and hypocrisy this week are likely going to cause him to throw temper tantrums.
That’s because the truth hurts, no matter how many times Trump calls it “fake news.”
America cannot continue to have a racist in the White House. He is definitely not a president for all of the people, and his words perfectly demonstrate this fact.
If President Obama had done this, conservatives would have wasted no time whining about it. They would have called him a racist and unpresidential. But Trump is a white Republican, so they love him for it.
Just when you thought Trump couldn’t embarrass America any further, this week happens.
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