Georgia Republican tries to move the goalposts when it comes to whether Trump said the n-word
“This is not where I expected this conversation to go, Senator,” said a shocked Victor Blackwell after Georgia state senator Michael E. Williams offered a rambling defense of Donald Trump’s rumored use of a racial slur. Williams, whose failed gubernatorial campaign made headlines this spring thanks to his appalling “Deportation Bus,” has long boasted of being the first elected official in Georgia to back Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. As such, it’s not particularly surprising to see the malignant millionaire bend over backwards to find a way to make blatant racism acceptable.
The mental gymnastics required to preemptively forgive Trump’s rumored hate speech are, indeed, baffling, but are consistent with today’s Republican branding. GOP politicians and pundits have been actively working to lower the standards of acceptable behavior for the entirety of Trump’s stolen presidency, it seems—especially when it comes to the Russia investigation.
The hypocrisy Williams displays, however, is still startling; Blackwell is barely able to conceal his surprise as he tries to track the soon-to-be-unemployed State Senator’s smirking jumble of justification.
First, Williams insists that Trump’s “personal beliefs” can be separated from how he runs the country.
MW: He has his personal beliefs, his personal ideas, but I truly believe he is able to separate those from how he is running the country.
Then, he says he’d only have “a major problem” with Trump dropping an N-bomb if he did it on TV now. But anything said before he became President? That’s all good.
MW: He didn’t use the N-word in that office (of the president). He used it outside, in his personal life. Now, if he was President, and he goes on TV and uses the N-word, yes, I would have a major problem with that. But he did it before he was president.
Utterly baffled, Blackwell offers Williams a chance to clarify his stance on when, exactly, racism is acceptable behavior. Williams digs in his heels.
VB: So...wait a minute. He did it before he was President, so it’s okay?
MW: I never said it was okay. It’s always wrong for me individually. I always have a problem with the use of it. I don’t have a problem with Donald Trump having used it in the past, as my president.
While Blackwell strokes his mustache in stunned silence, Williams continues his defense of the Orange One, by harkening back to those good ol’ days, when “nigger” was just another word for “black people.”
MW: Let’s go back in time...How old is Donald Trump? 70 years old?
MW: 72...sixty, fifty years ago, we were not in the society that we’re in now, where people freely used that word.
VB: We’re not talking about sixteen-year-old Donald Trump using the N-word. We’re talking about, potentially, a 55-, 60-, 65-year-old Donald Trump using the word.
MW: Do you know how old he is when he uses it?
VB: I don’t know how old he is. But my question is, why does that matter to you?
MW: You can’t say if he was sixteen or sixty. You don’t know.
That’s when Blackwell moves to end the conversation, but Williams gets one last non-sensical support statement in.
MW: To be clear, personally, it’s always wrong to use that word. As the President today, he has not used that word. As the President today, he has not done that. To hold somebody accountable for something he did years ago, as our President today, I think it sets a bad precedent.
Huh. So the new rule is that we can’t be mad at people, or judge people, for anything they did before they were elected? Hmm. I’ve never run for office, but if I’ve learned anything from politicians, it’s that one’s past is crucial to campaigning. Did they ever do drugs? Were they ever known to associate with perceived bad guys? What’s their voting record? Did they ever get a DUI? Did they ever cheat on a spouse? How about their financial dealings?
Candidates always boast of their past achievements, and dig every skeleton out of their opponents’ closets. Williams knows this, but when it comes to Trump, the old rules don’t apply, and nothing makes sense—and there’s a constant effort to normalize everything we know is very, very wrong about this administration, past and present.
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Agents of Trump deny everything until they’re out of breath, and when that doesn’t work, they just dismiss any given accusation as irrelevant or insignificant. After all, we’ve already seen one conversation shift—from whether or not Trump colluded with Russia, to how much it doesn’t matter and is totally not a crime. It’s no surprise the same approach is being applied to Trump’s racism.
You can watch the CNN “New Day” interview segment below.