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On the Eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Trump Proclaims He’s Not a Racist
After a week when variations on the phrase “Trump Is Racist” were trending on Twitter or appearing in the mouths of TV anchors or running as the headline of op-eds in newspapers nation-wide, President Donald Trump spoke to reporters on the eve of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to say that actually, he’s not racist.
Trump and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy paused en route to dinner in West Palm Beach, Florida last night to address the press. A reporter shouted out the question-statement one must ask of any sitting president: “People are saying you’re a racist?”
Trump responded, “No, no, I’m not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. That I can tell you.”
He also once again seemed to deny that he used the term “shithole” to describe Haiti and other countries with nonwhite citizens in last week’s closed-door meeting with a handful of senators. “Did you see what various senators in the room said about my comments?” Trump asked the press pool. In the days since his comment broke, the various senators in the room exhibit different aural acuity according to their party lines.
Republican senators David Perdue and Tom Cotton say he didn’t. Democratic senator Dick Durbin says he did. Republican senator Lindsey Graham won’t confirm or deny what he heard; he says he handled it privately with the president, which is helpful.
Happy Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, America. You can settle the is-he-isn’t-he question here.