On Saturday, Donald Trump attempted to reach out to the
African-American community college educated white women who don’t want to elect a racist by visiting an African-American church in Detroit to “prove” he loves “the blacks.” Everyone with any common sense could see that Trump had no interest in actually mending fences with the community by going to the church, but he claims he is all about love <insert eye roll>.
On Sunday morning, Trump’s favorite 9/11 Mayor, Rudy Giuliani appeared on CNN’s State of the Union where he discussed Trump’s photo-op in Detroit and the elephant in the room: the Republican nominees repeated, racist assertions that President Obama is really from Kenya. When Jake Tapper asked the former NYC mayor if Trump should apologize for the birther movement, he said no because apologizing has no place in politics or some other nonsense that proved how ignorant the GOP is.
Shortly after the Giuliani interview, Trump surrogate Paris Dennard told MSNBC that he agrees with the former mayor because he think the African-American community is so stupid that they, too, believe Obama is really from Kenya:
I think idea that members of my community are somehow sitting around the kitchen table and wondering, ‘Donald Trump, should he apologize for raising legitimate questions about the birth certificate of President Obama?’ That’s not the main issue today. That’s not what’s on the minds of people in my community.
Yep, he called the birther movement “legitimate” even though all of the evidence proves that it is about as legitimate as a meth producer being called a pharmacist. MSNBC host Alex Witt replied,“You say that it was a legitimate issue. It’s not a legitimate issue. Let’s be real. Come on. And this was something that was started by Donald Trump back in the day. It could be something, if he were to apologize, people would see, ‘Alright, I’m capable of apology. I have a change of heart. I realize that it was wrong to put so much into this birther movement.’”
That’s when Dennard decided to blame Hillary for the birther movement:
I believe that if truth be told, it was Hillary Clinton and the Clinton campaign in ’08 who started this whisper campaign about President Obama. Would it help if Hillary Clinton apologized for calling Donald Trump a racist, a bigot and all these things that are unsubstantiated? I don’t think that’s going to move the needle.
Errm….Hillary did not start the birther movement, that was all the right-wing with the aid of daddy Donald. Politifact investigated the claim by Donald Trump who said that Hillary started all of that racism and rated his claim “false.” Surprise, surprise, Donald lied.
The only people who ever believed that President Obama was not born in the United States are people like Donald Trump who sought to paint the first black president as an “other” — black people are ignorant enough to believe that because someone is not white, they must be foreign. Dennard should probably stop speaking for the African-American community, they do not need people like him in their corner.
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