A Trump spokesman was asked on Fox News about Obama’s statement after the mass shooting in El Paso condemning racism and saying our leaders cannot encourage people to be fearful of others without consequences. He never mentioned Trump by name, but it was clear who he was talking about. The Trump mouthpiece bizarrely claimed that speaking out against racism “takes us to a dark place.”
“If only Barack Obama were in a place to make a difference at some point in his life,” Gidley said, sarcastically. “Oh, wait a minute, he was the president of the United States.”
“For him to interject himself into this conversation, this debate, at this point, it’s his right to do it,” he continued. “But the fact is, Donald Trump is the president of all Americans. He’s trying to move this country forward, and comments like that take us backward and take us to a dark place that we never want to be and we never want to visit again.”
So Trump declaring immigrants to be subhuman, calling them murderers and rapists, sending out clear dog whistle messages to white supremacists and all the other appalling things he’s said, that’s just fine; speaking out against demagoguery and racism, though, that’s what takes us to a dark place we never want to visit again. Got it. Thanks for setting me straight.