President Trump spent part of his executive time this morning wading into the debate over hurricane of fecal matter that is Virginia state politics since the multiple revelations about the state’s most senior politicians became public.
With admissions of past incidents of appearing in racist blackface coming from Governor Ralph Northam (D, and Attorney General Mark Herring (D), the editing of a college yearbook containing slurs and blackface photos by Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment (R), and allegations of sexual assault and rape by two different women against Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, Virginia has become the nexus of a national debate on race, the #MeToo movement, and governance.
With Governor Northam taking a typically Republican stance on his scandal by refusing to resign, much like Rep. Steve King in the wake of his white nationalist supporting remarks, and Lt. Governor Fairfax facing threats of impeachment from fellow Democrats in the Virginia legislature, President Trump added his own perspective to the toxic brew of Virginia politics in a tweet this morning.
African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019
Trump’s tweet attracted a cascade of angry responses from people livid over the president’s presumption to speak on behalf of African Americans in any matter at all, much less about the unexplained double standard he mentions in his tweet.
You mean like Low IQ Maxine Waters or Dumb Lebron James or the ones from Shithole countries?
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 10, 2019
You mean the double standard where Republicans actually elect racists AFTER they find out that they are racists, like you, Steve King, Ron DeSantis and Cindy Hyde-Smith?
— Facts Do Matter (@WilDonnelly) February 10, 2019
And what "double standard"? You mean how Conservatives are calling for Northam to step down while they supported Steve King after praising White Supremacy?
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) February 10, 2019
No. We’re angry about the double standard on full display in DC
Northam wore a racist costume in 1984
Trump lived a life of racism from Central Park Five to “very fine people” to his racist policies
And he joked about Native American genocide YESTERDAY https://t.co/pFiSyNLDkv
— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) February 10, 2019
The guy who called Maxine Waters "Low IQ," Don Lemon the "dumbest man on television," and LeBron James even dumber — and who accused a black gold-star widow of lying — wants people to believe he is really plugged in to the thoughts and concerns of the African American community
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) February 10, 2019
nice try, Racist Uncle President. hey, remember when you called for the execution of five innocent black teens, or when you and your Klansman father were fined for refusing to rent your tacky apartments to black people? those were fun times, weren't they? now, you were saying?
— Jeff Tiedrich (@itsJeffTiedrich) February 10, 2019
African Americans are mad at the display of corruption in the WH and aint nobody doing no real time! Black people are out here getting life sentences for far less than what you and your swamp are getting away with! FUCK YOU!
— N C (@LibraWife2010) February 10, 2019
You supported Roy Moore. So STFU.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) February 10, 2019
Don’t speak for us. Ever.
— 3rd and 5, on the 7 (@cb_laflare) February 10, 2019
The nerve to even pretend to speak on this issue when he has not even breathed an apology for the Central Park 5, birtherism, Charlottesville or that racist presidential campaign he ran is beyond racist
— Felicia (@Felicious1908) February 10, 2019
— Mad Greek (@ZeusMGA) February 10, 2019
I’m wondering what your approval rating among African Americans who vote is….
— Cortney Miller (@CortneyMiller22) February 10, 2019
Your son literally shared an instagram post joking about you continuing "Native American genocide". You Trumps are disgusting. You are all racists.
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) February 10, 2019
Here's the dude you endorsed proudly standing by the Confederate battle flag. But, yes, keep on talking about "double standards". pic.twitter.com/xzS8HkcAy4
— Pé Resists (@4everNeverTrump) February 10, 2019
Hypocrisy, thy name is Trump.
— Buddha (@S_G_Buddha) February 10, 2019
Trump’s presumption to have even an iota of understanding of how African Americans think or feel is offensive to every American who feels the president should learn to keep his mouth shut when he doesn’t know what he is talking about.
If that much-desired goal could ever be achieved, Americans could start each day luxuriating in the sounds of presidential silence instead of reading the latest outrage on Twitter by someone who would long ago have been suspended from the social media platform for his violations of its terms of service were he not the president of the United States.
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Original reporting by Tom Boggioni at RawStory.