Donald Trump Teases Running For President Again – Then Repeatedly Paints American Blacks As Racists
Reported by Ellen - October 18, 2011 -
Donald “I have a great relationship with the blacks” Trump is back on the maybe/maybe not presidential campaign trail. This time, in the middle of boasting to Sean Hannity about how important he is, how wealthy and how successful – and, by implication how generous and public spirited to consider putting all that aside in order to serve his country – Trump probably blew his chances (assuming he ever had any) by telling Hannity that it was racist for 95% of African Americans to vote for Obama. This is the second time this week (and it’s only Tuesday!) this accusation has been leveled on the Hannity show. In neither case did Hannity – who has a far worse record on race – challenge the outlandish accusation. In fact, some people say Hannity egged Trump on.
The interview began with Hannity asking if “there’s any chance” Trump might run.
“I love what I’m doing,” Trump said. But he also loves making sure everyone knows what a very, very important guy he is. “I have such a big company now, such a good company and I love it. But I love the country even more. And if I see that the wrong candidate is picked and if the economy continues to be bad… I would do something.”
Oh, what a tease! And a very, very important one! Trump, you see, has met with all the top tier presidential candidates. “I’ve met with many of the people and, frankly, the other ones that I didn’t meet with, it was my choosing. I didn’t really want to waste a lot of time," he explained.
Trump added that he liked who he’s met with so he would “probably endorse somebody prior to the primaries.” But, of course, that leaves plenty of time to tease his hypothetical-and-never-will-be candidacy.
Hannity went on to pump Trump for his opinion on the current crop of candidates because, it seems, Trump is also a very, very important political analyst now. And a very, very important insider. Rick Perry, Trump informed us, is fantastic “one on one.” Oh, if only he could be like that in the debates, Trump advised him.
Obama “should have called me,” Trump said. “I was his biggest cheerleader… I still want him to do a great job.” Yeah, Donald, I’m sure it was that spirit of patriotism that made you cook up the phony birth certificate controversy and that very significant Hawaii investigation whose results you’ve yet to reveal.
Then Trump complained that Obama had not been positive enough. After all, nothing says “positive” like a made-up controversy over whether or not our president is eligible to serve in office.
“He is creating, absolutely, class warfare,” Mr. Positive said, as he went on to blame Obama for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
To top off all that positivity, Trump said, “There is a warfare that’s going on now among different groups of people that we never had before.”
Hannity seized on that opportunity to go after his favorite targets – the Congressional Black Caucus. “They double down on insane rhetoric,” Hannity said. What he obviously meant was “racist rhetoric.”
So let’s look at some of the rhetoric Hannity has embraced. Check out his lack of concern when his pal Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson announced that “most blacks” in Tennessee are “so racist… they always use racism in order to intimidate white America.” Peterson has been iinvited back to Hannity’s airwaves since. In his early days on New York radio, Hannity welcomed calls from hate-monger Hal Turner. The Nation reported in 2005:
During an August 1998 episode of the show, Turner reminded Hannity that were it not for the graciousness of the white man, "black people would still be swinging on trees in Africa," according to Daryle Jenkins, co-founder of the New Jersey-based antiracism group One People's Project. Instead of rebuking Turner or cutting him off, Hannity continued to welcome his calls.
Turner is currently serving a 33-month prison sentence for threatening three federal judges.
Trump certainly got Hannity's racial cue. “I think the race card is such a horrible thing,” Trump said (somehow missing how Hannity had just played it). “And I’ve been watching it more and more lately and I think it’s disgraceful. And when Obama gets 95% of the black vote, is that racist? I mean, you know, does anybody ever mention that? He gets 95% of the vote and I see your compatriots, your announcers saying, ‘Yes, he got 95% of the black vote but this wasn’t a racial thing. They like his policy.’ It’s a lot of crap. But he is creating a racial divide and I think he’s doing it on purpose and I think it’s a very unfair thing and it’s a very bad thing."
Come to think of it, that was another piece of “insane rhetoric” that Hannity didn’t mind.