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How Come Trump Insults Black People So Much? That's A Real Head-Scratcher Mystery Riddle-Puzzle, That Is!

Post-Racial America

There are a few things in this crazy world that we can all depend upon: The phone call you leapt out the shower to answer isn't that job offer you're waiting on but a scuzzy telemarketer, the airline will lose your luggage only if you don't pack a change of clothes in your carry on, and whenever Donald Trump drops his latest extended-length, dance remix racist tract against a black person he's been reminded exists, so-called "reasonable" conservatives will perform some dazzling footwork to gently criticize Trump's repulsive statements while not going so far as to categorize them or the president who shares their political party as "racist."

Just hours after Trump tweeted racist garbage about LeBron James and Don Lemon, Jonah Goldberg from The National Review jumped in with a full-bodied cabbage patch on Twitter -- after first clearing up, in case there was any doubt, that a Senior Editor for the William F. Buckley-founded publication is not himself a black person.


See? Trump insults everyone. By this logic, Archie Bunker can't be a racist because he also said awful things about women, and he can't be a sexist because he frequently insulted his white male son-in-law, who was Polish ... so, now I'm kinda dizzy. The point I guess Goldberg's making is that you can't jump to conclusions and claim someone's racist just because everything they do is racist. There are permits and licenses required. Trump is lazy. He hasn't filled out all that paperwork. He's parking in racist spots but he doesn't have the rights tags. You can tow him but you can't call him a racist.

However, Trump is very specific in how he attacks people of color and women. He insults black people's intelligence. He calls black NFL players who kneel in peaceful protest "sons of bitches." He ridicules the physical appearance of women and demeans them in sexually charged terminology. For example, Trump tweeted once that New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand "begged" him for campaign contributions and would "do anything" for them. Goldberg references "Morning Joe" cohost Mika Brzezinski in his tweet. Trump didn't just insult her but went out of his way to attack how she looked.

No offense to my fellow southerner Joe Scarborough, but he's not the most attractive guy from the Panhandle. Yet Trump never targets that obvious weak area when aiming his invective at him. It's true that Trump once said Goldberg was "dumb as a rock," and yes, referring to the stupidity of your political opponents predates Trump. Still, I can't recall a sitting president insulting a private citizen, even one critical of him, the way Trump did James. Could Barack Obama have survived calling Tim Tebow an idiot?

Aaron Blake from The Washington Post puts the matter in clearer perspective with some nifty charts and graphs.

Black people are 13 percent of the US population. Three out of 100 senators are black. There are just 51 black members of the House (under 10 percent), and that's a record number. Yes, most of them are Democrats, but there's still an imbalance in how and at whom Trump directs his grossest fury. He can't even manage to insult white women senators without being racist.

Something that also interests me is how Trump responded when Robert De Niro famously said "Fuck Trump!" at the Tony Awards this past June. Trump tweeted a couple days later that De Niro was a "low I.Q. individual" who'd received too many "shots to the head" in his films. (Trump apparently believed De Niro was really getting hit in Raging Bull instead of it being, you know, make believe.) Trump ascribes De Niro's mental deficiencies to external factors, but LeBron James is apparently just "born that way" -- despite all his many achievements. LeBron might not have a college degree from Wharton, but he's smart enough to have never "accidentally" committed treason like Trump's very white son.

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How do you do, fellow libs? We come together tonight to cheer and clap and cry and laugh, with our leader, Elizabeth Warren, and her fellow nice people Jay Inslee (the gold standard in climate action), Beto O'Rourke (excellent on being a good ally mostly), Cory Booker (best corny love hippie but also Wall Street, it's weird), Julian Castro (I don't know, people are super into him despite his creepy twinness and his too much pomade), Amy Klobuchar (bad bitch), Bill de Blasio ( ... ), John Delaney (???), and Tim Ryan and Tulsi Gabbard.

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We know, the thing we said in our headline is a thing you can say every day, but it's really intense today, maybe because Donald Trump is now filled with fear of the inescapable reality that millions of Americans who have not read the Mueller Report are going to see Robert Mueller testify on live TV on July 17, and Donald Trump will be exposed. Maybe the Big Mac vending machine next to his golden toilet is on the fritz and he hasn't had gotten to eat a Big Mac on the poop chair since last night. Maybe he's just a weak and sad person, a collection of shithole cells God meant to throw in the garbage, but accidentally implanted in Mary Trump's turkey incubator. We imagine that'd lead to a pretty constant state of anxiety and ennui.

Whatever it is, he's totally fucked right now. We were going to write a nice post about Trump's batshit interview on Fox Business with Maria Bartiromo, but we were busy, and by the time we got to it, he had performed so many batshit feats that we're just going to stick them all in this one post.

Let's start with the fight he's trying to wage with US soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who in a now-viral video stated that she has no fuckin' interest in going to the White House to meet that idiot. He got into a quarrel with her on Twitter ... or at least with a Twitter account that didn't belong to her. It's now been replaced, in order that the adult president may shit-tweet at the soccer superstar who hurt his feelings, but Splinter grabbed the original:

The rant continued:

Right. And Megan Rapinoe just said win or lose, she has no interest in meeting your crusty ass, because no decent American would consider that an honor.

Besides, she has already been to the White House to meet a legitimately elected president:

By the by, the owner of the incorrect Megan Rapinoe account saw Trump's whining and told him to grow a dick and set it on fire:

Ya burnt!

But as we said, it was a whole day of batshit from Trump, so let's continue.

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