Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of President Donald Trump, has once again come under fire after using what is perhaps the most common defense all bigots use to show they are not racially prejudiced.
In an interview with the Daily Caller, published Sunday and picked up by the Right Wing Watch, Trump Jr. sat down with Ginni Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, to discuss how his father isn’t the person the media has made him out to be. He also whined about the supposedly unfair treatment the commander-in-chief has been receiving since taking the office.
“Well, I think it’s terrible,” Trump Jr. said when Thomas brought up “the left’s efforts to frame your dad and anyone who supports your dad as a hater, as a racist, as a fascist.”
He then went to claim his father is not a racist and explain the “real problem.”
“The real problem is those things exist, certainly racism exists, but if it’s your response to any argument you can’t win, you actually do a real disservice to those people actually afflicted by it, by those people who are actually oppressed and hurt by real racism and real sexism,” the president’s son said. “You can only overplay your hand so many times before people start calling your bluff.”
It is important to note Trump has called Mexicans criminals and rapists (twice), compared African-American neighborhoods to hell and suggested a U.S.-born judge couldn’t fairly oversee a case due to his Mexican heritage. Recently, he was accused of referring to Haiti and African nations as “shithole countries.”
As far as sexism is considered, the president is facing over a dozen of sexual misconduct allegations, was caught on tape bragging about groping and molesting women without their consent, is accused of walking in on Miss Teen USA contestants while they were changing clothes in the dressing room and has a history of making inappropriate comments about his eldest daughter, Ivanka Trump.
However, according to Trump Jr., apparently, none of this constitutes as racism or sexism.
Then, Trump Jr. went on to use “but he has black friends” trope in order to further prove his father, who once called white supremacists “fine people,” is not a racist.
“It’s been terrible to watch, because I know him, I’ve seen him my whole life, I’ve seen the things he’s done,” he continued. “It’s amazing, all the rappers, all his African-American friends, from Jesse Jackson to Al Sharpton, I have pictures with them…it was only when he got into politics that all of a sudden, ‘Oh, he’s the most terrible human being ever.’”
Trump Jr. also called the federal investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election a “witch hunt” — repeating a line his father and his cronies often use.
Watch his interview in the video above.
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