Former Reagan aide Jeffrey Lord, CNN's designated Donald Trump supporter, seems to seriously believe that Trump is not a racist. He even defended Trump’s remarks about Judge Gonzalo Curiel. What was his justification? Well, according to him, the presumptive Republican nominee’s words were not racist — they were actually pointing out racism.
Lord, in fact, went on for a good 20 minutes against CNN contributors and guests, debating with Van Jones, S.E. Cupp, David Axelrod, Paul Begala, Gloria Borger and others.
“Will you denounce what Trump said as racist?” asked fellow panel member Van Jones.
“It wasn’t racist,” replied Lord. “He’s calling attention to racism.”
The panel’s frustration can be seen in the video below:
If you find that baffling, don’t forget there were more or less 20 minutes of it.
Lord argued that the judge was racist for "self-identifying as a Latino" primarily and not as a judge.
What is amazing is that the likes of Donald Trump and Jeffrey Lord actually believe it. Not long ago Lord told Democrat Van Jones, "We're all Americans here. You are dividing people. This is what liberals do. You're dividing people by race. This is what liberalism is all about."
"We have to be passionate about making sure that, as Robert Kennedy used to say, that this country is colorblind. We have to, as President [John F.] Kennedy used to say in that Birmingham speech, that race has no place in American life or law. That's what we have to do. And we have lost that totally, because the Democratic Party insists on dividing people by race. And it's wrong. It's morally wrong," he added.
Obviously, Trump doesn’t believe himself to be racist as well.
When grilled by CNN’s Jake Tapper on whether he was invoking racism by claiming Judge Curiel was unqualified solely based on his heritage, the billionaire business mogul continued to emphasize he will build a wall at the U.S.-Mexican border and try to “keep business out of Mexico” as justification for his controversial statements.
“Let me ask you about comments you made about the judge in the Trump University case. You said that you thought it was a conflict of interest that he was the judge because he is of Mexican heritage, even though he is from Indiana,” Tapper said. “If you are saying he cannot do his job because of his race, is that not the definition of racism?”
To which Trump replied: “No, no, I don’t think so at all.”
When asked by CNN's Don Lemon during an interview in October 2015, "Do you think that you are homophobic?” Trump’s answer wasn’t any different, though a lot more elaborate and hard to believe.
"No," he responded. "I think that I'm a very nice person. I love people."
He went on to give proof: "You know who loves me? The tea party. The evangelicals. You know, I'm leading with evangelicals," he added. "I love them. They love me."