While Donald Trump has declared war against ESPN host Jemele Hill for calling him a white supremacist, author Ta-Nehisi Coates has pointed to some of 45’s actions that seem to support the popular opinion.
During an appearance on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes,” Coates argued that Trump’s actions stood apart from other notable Republican leaders, per The Hill.
“With George Bush’s policies, I could make an argument for how they affect black people in a negative way. You know what I mean? But I wouldn’t argue that he’s a white supremacist. I wouldn’t argue that Mitt Romney is a white supremacist,” Coates said.
Check out his interview above, in which he also says, “Donald Trump is a particular, specific thing, And I think there’s quite a bit of evidence to back up the charge.”
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ESPN is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2017
Coates noted Trump’s instance that former President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. and his comment that a federal judge was not fit to preside over a case involving Trump University because of his Mexican heritage.
“I’m willing to have that debate,” Coates said on whether such comments indicated white supremacy.
As previously reported, Coates called Trump “the first white president” in his latest essay for The Atlantic.
“It is often said that Trump has no real ideology, which is not true—his ideology is white supremacy, in all its truculent and sanctimonious power,” he wrote.
As you know, Trump and the White House have slammed Jemele Hill for calling him a “white supremacist” on Twitter and attributing his rise to the Oval Office to white supremacy.
Trump has blasted the network, saying it should “apologize for untruth.”
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