I’ve got Black friends, how can I be a racist?!

Or Black employees!  This basically sums up the review of much of the Republican Party on racism and it utterly sad and pathetic.  Tracy Jan’s WP piece asks, “Why did a GOP congressman invite this HUD official to stand behind him at the Michael Cohen hearing?”  Because, if you are a Republican, you are clueless enough on race to actually think such cheap theatrics inure you/Trump to charges of racism.

Something curious happened about 90 minutes into the Michael Cohen testimony which transfixed much of Washington on Wednesday: A woman rose behind Rep. Mark Meadows as the North Carolina Republican grilled President Trump’s former fixer on his characterization of the president as a racist.

The woman — sunglasses affixed to her head, white cape draped over her shoulders — was Lynne Patton, longtime Trump family aide and an official at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Most important, for the cameras, she is African American.

“I asked Lynne to come today in her personal capacity to actually shed some light,” Meadows said.

Cohen acknowledged his longtime friendship with Patton, saying that he was responsible for her joining the Trump Organization as well as for her current job as the HUD official overseeing New York and New Jersey.

Meadows got to his point: “You made some very demeaning comments about the president that Ms. Patton doesn’t agree with. In fact, it has to do with your claim of racism. She says that as a daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama, that there is no way that she would work for an individual who was racist. How do you reconcile the two of those?”

Mark Meadows is a truly and utterly deplorable human being.  And I’m quite sure that people like Patton allow him to convince himself that he doesn’t have a racist bone in his body.  I’m also quite sure that’s a delusion.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to I’ve got Black friends, how can I be a racist?!

  1. R. Jenrette says:

    Some of my best friends are…….
    That one’s been around a long time.
    Bring back the movie/novel “Gentlemen’s Agreement” for how to handle disfavored minority groups while claiming not to be a racist.

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