Aaron Blake | Washington Post
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders suggested Wednesday that ESPN host Jemele Hill should be fired for calling President Donald Trump a “white supremacist.” And as the
Washington Post’s Philip Bump notes, it’s highly unusual for the president to try to exert that kind of influence over private business – not to mention the media.
It’s also hypocritical.
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It’s one thing if Trump were as pure as the driven snow. But even if you set aside the accuracy of such claims, which is a matter of opinion, Hill calling Trump a racist is hardly far afield of the tactics Trump himself has employed during his political rise. He even called his predecessor – you guessed it – a racist.
That came in a 2012 tweet. A conservative media outlet had just unearthed a 2007 speech from President Barack Obama mentioning Jeremiah Wright, and Trump tweeted that it “shows that Obama is a racist.”
An even more longstanding attack on Obama’s very being came in the form of questioning whether he was born in the United States and was a legitimate president. But it wasn’t even just the clear, counterfactual effort to undermine and other-ize Obama via his birth certificate; at times Trump engaged in a pretty overt attempt to suggest Obama’s loyalties may belong to the enemies of the United States.
Back in June 2016, during an appearance on “Fox and Friends” after the Orlando, Florida, nightclub massacre, Trump connected Obama to the tragedy and clearly hinted there might be something nefarious afoot in Obama’s refusal to condemn “radical Islamic” terrorism.
“Look, we’re led by a man that either is not tough, not smart, or he’s got something else in mind,” Trump said. “And the something else in mind – you know, people can’t believe it. People cannot – they cannot believe that President Obama is acting the way he acts and can’t even mention the words ‘radical Islamic terrorism.’ There’s something going on. It’s inconceivable.”
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