Professor Eddie Glaude, head of African-American studies at Princeton University, on Wednesday blasted Republicans for using Donald Trump’s presidency as an “opportunity” to behave badly.
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle argued on her Wednesday show that many Trump supporters would not turn against the president if he was caught on tape using the N-word.
“No matter what President Trump said or if there’s a tape, I don’t think that anyone who voted for him last time is going to change their vote,” Ruhle said. “For all of those good GOP members who have been family values Republicans their whole lives, now they are sleeping in the swamp with reprehensible creatures.”
“I don’t want to give Trump too much power,” Glaude replied. “What he done is he’s provided an occasion for people to show who they are. He’s not created all of these folks. He’s not the cause or the reason why people are indecent, he’s just given them an occasion to be indecent.”
Glaude noted that “greed, selfishness, narcissism isn’t the sole possession of Donald Trump.”
“He’s given us license,” Ruhle agreed.
Pointing to a speech from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Glaude complained that “folks don’t give a damn about justice.”
“They don’t give a damn about the country,” he continued. “Donald Trump has created a condition for grifters, for people who are narcissistic, who don’t give a damn about America, who definitely don’t give a damn about everyday working people — to take advantage of them. They’re the robber barons of the Twenty-first Century.”
“And if Republicans are so invested in their brand, they’re so invested in getting judges, they’re so invested in overturning basic policies in HUD that will allow us to track segregation,” Glaude added. “If they want to get for-profit colleges to make money, if they want to deregulate so that communities that are suffering under pollution — people are dying of cancer.”
He concluded: “If that’s what they want then we need to call them for who they are! We need to say who they are and they are not simply the result of Donald Trump. They are who they are.”
Watch the video below from MSNBC.