Watch Donald Trump Wishing He Was 'A Black' Because They Have It So Much Easier
Donald Trump for some reason has never had a very easy time talking about "the blacks" -- perhaps because he insists upon calling them "the blacks" and pretty much nothing that comes after that is ever going to sound not racist.
In its ongoing quest to find delightfully creepy shit in Trump's past, Mother Jones has unearthed a GEM of a 1989 interview, in which he talks about how he would have had it A LOT easier in life if he had been 'a well-educated black,' as compared to the ever-so difficult road he had to go down as the rich white son of a very rich white man.
Here is the full text of his quote, which, sadly, is a tad too long to lovingly embroider on a pillow:
"A well-educated black has a tremendous advantage over a well-educated white in terms of the job market. And, I think, sometimes a black may think that they don't really have the advantage or this or that but in actuality today, currently, it's, uh, it's a, it's a great. I've said on occasion, even about myself, if I were starting off today I would love to be a well-educated black because I really believe they do have an actual advantage today."
He really did believe that! A tremendous advantage! In 1989! Of course he did!
Of course, it's not actually surprising that he believed that, even in 1989, the same year he took out ads demanding the death penalty for the Central Park Five (later found innocent!), when people in Boston were still mad about having to desegregate their schools, back when Bob Jones University still banned interracial dating because Jesus, etc. etc. Because he, like many others like him, saw black people "getting credit" for doing well, whereas there was no one around to congratulate him for being born to a rich dude. He did not see his own use of his father's money or his father's connections as any kind of white "Affirmative Action" and believed (still believes, actually) he achieved his success all on his own. That he received no benefits at all from being a straight white rich man. This requires a very, very special kind of myopia and self-centeredness.
Honestly, it's quite impressive. Donald Trump, again, was born into money. He had every advantage on earth, and instead of being grateful for those advantages, he can only see where he believes others have "advantages" that he doesn't have, and assumes that their lives must be easier than his. He's the kind of person who sees a Handicapped Only parking sign and steams over how lucky people who get to park there are. He's the kids on "My Super Sweet 16" who cry because their parents bought them the wrong color Lexus. Hell, even now he insists that Hillary has an unfair advantage on him because she gets to play "the woman card" and he does not, despite that card having clearly been declined for 44 elections thus far.
If anything, this election may be the first time in Trump's life in which he's had to experience any kind of negative consequences for things he's said -- so perhaps this will be a character building experience for him!
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