Appearing on CNN, New York Times columnist Charles Blow took a Trump advocate to task for complaining the discussion about race in America is a media creation, before leaving no doubt about how he feels about the new President-elect.
After former Apprentice contestant, and current Trump sycophant, Andy Dean complained about Van Jones’ appearance Tuesday night talking about the Trump “whitelash” — with Dean calling Jones’ words “offensive’ — he claimed the race issue is a “media fascination.”
Blow set him straight.
“I don’t know what walk of life you have to be in to think that race is a media fascination,” Blow began as Dean tried to interrupt him. “I’m sorry. no I’m sorry. I happen to live in this skin, been doing it for 46 years and I’ll tell you something, this has nothing to do with media, my job, any of that. It has everything to do with the fact that I know my history, I know my family’s history and investigated that and have written a whole book about it. Everything about that history has everything to do with race. Every moment along the way when they worked really hard, and they were prevented from the transference of intergenerational wealth, and that had everything to do with race. Nothing with media, they didn’t even have TVs then.”
“So this concept that we are creating, or somehow living in a past, luxuriating in a race obsession that is great for us because we feel good about is the most insulting thing I could ever hear.”
When panelist Margaret Hoover changed the conversation to giving President-elect Trump the benefit of the doubt and encouraged everyone to be gracious towards him despite his hateful rhetoric and equally horrible behavior during the campaign, Blow drew a line in the sand.
“I don’t want the president to fail,” Blow made very clear. “I respect the presidency, but I do not respect this president.”
“I don’t respect this man about to be the president and don’t want that confused,” he repeated. “I don’t want America to fail but don’t try to force me to fall in line behind an unrepentant bigot — I won’t do that.”
Watch the video below via CNN: