Trump’s Racism and the ‘Common Man’ Defense

Jesse Watters, the repulsive Bill O’Reilly disciple who has a show on Fox News, was eager to leap to the defense of Donald Trump’s racist “shithole” comment. The only thing he could come up with, though, was that it’s all okay because that’s how the common man talks.

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“This is how the forgotten men and women of America talk at the bar,” Watters told his co-hosts.

“If you’re at a bar, and you’re in Wisconsin, and you think they’re bringing in a bunch of Haiti people, or El Salvadorians, or people from Niger, this is how some people talk,” he said.

“Is it graceful? No,” he added. “Is it polite or delicate? Absolutely not. Is it a little offensive? Of course it is. But you know what? This doesn’t move the needle at all.”

“This is who Trump is … and if he offends some people, fine,” Watters concluded.

Yes, Trump is a racist. So are those hypothetical people in the Wisconsin bar. How is that a defense of what he said? Of course other racists talk that way. That’s how racists talk and Trump is one of them. That has nothing at all to do with whether it’s okay to say that or to believe that. Moral reasoning is not a popularity contest.

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