On Monday morning, Donald Trump had a conversation with CNN’s Chris Cuomo about President Obama’s upcoming announcement on an executive action he plans to take on guns. Of course Trump, like most of the Republican candidates, is fear-mongering the issue. He tells Cuomo at the beginning of the interview that “pretty soon you won’t be able to get guns.” But then, as is Trump’s style, he throws in a personal attack. And this one has racist overtones.
Trump starts by totally mangling the history and purpose of executive orders. He talks about how you’re supposed to get people together to hash out differences, and then get congress to vote. But he doesn’t want to talk about the fact that every president has issued executive orders on a variety of issues, going all the way back to George Washington. And he certainly doesn’t want to mention that President Obama has issued fewer executive orders than any other recent president.
After offering his thoughts on executive orders, Trump appears to blow the racist “dog whistle” when he offers his opinion on why the president doesn’t want to negotiate with congress over gun legislation. It’s not because congress has refused to act on guns, even after the president has called for them to do so. It’s not because after seven years, the president is frustrated that congress will not approve any legislation he has asked for, even the most basic and non-controversial. No, according to Trump, it’s because (nudge nudge, wink wink) President Obama “doesn’t want to work too hard.”
It may have been a totally innocent comment, and had some other politicians made it, it might not have gotten any attention. But this is Trump, who has proven that he will use any angle of attack, including (or maybe especially) race.
What do you think? Was this just Trump’s way of ridiculing the president’s golf outings, or was he blowing that whistle for the GOP base to hear?
Here’s the video, via CNN/YouTube:
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