Tim Wise: Donald Trump is like a drug dealer who’s ‘high on his own supply’ selling racism to bigots
The panel on Saturday’s edition of MSNBC’s AMJoy came down hard on Donald Trump Saturday morning, using the comments of a racist former campaign volunteer in Ohio as an example of the type of voters the GOP presidential candidate’s rhetoric attracts.
After sharing a clip of former Mahoning County campaign chair Kathy Miller saying “I don’t think there was any racism until Obama got elected,” the entire panel smiled and shook their heads before starting in.
“The Clinton campaign had an epidemic of pneumonia,” remarked radio host Mark Thompson. “The Trump campaign has an epidemic of profound ignorance and stupidity, and that’s what she represents, that’s what he represents.”
Addressing Trump’s comments on bringing back “stop and frisk,” Thompson stated, “He’s orange man speaking with forked tongue. He;s trying to appeal to moderate whites, moderate conservatives, to try and pretend as if he cares for the African-American community,” before adding that Trump is also speaking in code to the alt-right racist community.
Host Reid turned to race relations expert Tim White, asking why “traditional Republicans are comfortable being in a coalition with the alt-right.”
Wise unloaded on Trump.
“It’s the same thing that propelled David Duke to 55 or 60 percent of the white vote in Louisiana in ’90 or ’91,” he replied. “To his hardcore base he spoke to remind them that he’s going to get tough with black folks.”
Addressing Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail, Wise stated, “Notice, every solution he has for people of color, quote unquote, are authoritarian and racist. Keep Mexican-American folk out of the country, and immigrants out. To block Muslim folk, many of the disproportionately people of color, keep them out of the country. And for black folks to control them with cops and so-called law and order. That is why it is accurate to say his policies are institutionally racist.”
“People say, ‘do you think Donald Trump is racist? ‘” he continued. “It’s like asking if a drug dealer also used their own drugs and is an addict. I don’t know if he gets high on his own supply — but I know what he is selling.”
Watch the video below via AMJoy on MSNBC: