oh-myyy-ribbon
Politics

Don Jr. Says His Dad Can't Be Racist Because He Let Him Hang Out With Michael Jackson As A Kid

@Trump/Twitter; Donna Connor/FilmMagic/Getty Images

If you've spent any time on planet Earth, you've probably heard the "I can't be racist because I have friends who are (insert group they just did or said something racist about here)."

It's downright predictable.

But that doesn't stop people from still trying to use it to explain away racist words or actions.


The latest to raise the "some of my best friends..." defense is #1 son, Donald Trump Jr. in his new book.

In this instance, though, Jr. is making a case that current President Donald Trump Sr. can't be racist despite repeated examples of racist language or actions throughout his father's life.

The get out of racism free card Trump Jr. is playing?

When singer Michael Jackson owned property in Trump Tower, Don Sr. let Jr. play video games with him.




Although not everyone reported the news with quite the same... neutrality.

Anyway...

Case closed!

That's the clearest, clear cut case of "not a racist" ever, in the history of the world.

Bigly.






Jr.—or someone—wrote:

"Oh, and by the way, given all the things my father has been called, particularly a 'racist,' it sure sounds odd that he'd let his son vacation with a black man or hang out with Michael Jackson, doesn't it? If he's a racist, he's sure not very good at it."

Apparently dad improved his racism skills when he was cited for race based housing discrimination, made racist statements about Native Americans in congressional testimony, took out full page ads calling for the death penalty for innocent young men of color then refused to admit he was wrong after the Central Park Five were exonerated, made false claims about Muslims in New Jersey on 9/11, made false claims about Mexicans and Central and South American immigrants, told women of color in Congress to go back to their own countries, inspired more than one White nationalist to commit, plan or promote violence...etc....


Yes, no matter what his record says or what he's said or done, Donald Trump Sr. is clearly not very good at racism. 🙄


Oddly, not everyone is buying what Jr. is selling even though Trump has used the "I know a famous Black person!" defense more than once.





Twitter user Nepotist 45 (@Nepotism45) pointed out you can treat a whole group of people badly while treating individuals in that group well by asking:

"QUESTION: How can a serial killer be a serial killer if he has friends that are alive?"


Don Jr.'s argument—and book—aren't quite getting the response he hoped for among people who don't own anything with MAGA printed on it.




People had alternate explanations for why Don Sr. was friendly with Michael Jackson.




Don Jr.'s book with a long name designed to pander to his father's support base was released on November 5, 2019.

Also released on 11-5-2019 was Figgered: My Dad is Bigger Than Your Dad, available here.

Amazon

Historians have a frustrating job, presumably because there are so many people out there who seem pretty intent on repeating our history... which sort of goes against the very point in the first place.


Keep reading... Show less
@SteveStuWill / Twitter

The internet has a serious soft spot for cute videos of animals.

But whag about a beluga whale playing fetch?

Keep reading... Show less
Victor Boyko/Getty Images

Gather 'round, one and all, the Queen of the Clapback has done it again.

The name of today's tale?

Do Not Mess with Chrissy Teigen's Husband.

Keep reading... Show less

If the walls are thin... all information is fair game. The secrets that are exposed, the lies uncovered, the heartache, the joy..... heck, things we can listen from our neighbor's lives can be better than any telenovela. So many buildings are built so paper thin (thank you slumlords of NYC) that listening is unavoidable. And Lord do the neighbors have issues.

Keep reading... Show less

Food, like art, is objective. What we all feel in our mouths is a private thought. Our bodies are chemically defined in so many ways. How we indulge in taste is our our journey. However... somethings don't belong together. Like, it's total revolt against humanity. And pizza is the basic food life force. Don't get crazy with pizza... pizza is beautiful already.

Keep reading... Show less

Weddings are an emotional day for everyone involved. With so many different emotions in the air, ranging from happiness to queasiness to, you can bet something is sure to go wrong. By "wrong," of course, we talk about the moment when a priest or pastor asks if anyone has any objections to the union of the two people and someone feels inclined to say, "I object!"

Keep reading... Show less