PBS host Tavis Smiley slammed Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump for their racist conversation, riddled with anti-black stereotypes, regarding minority perceptions of the Republican frontrunner.
Smiley told MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell on Tuesday that he “almost” felt sorry for them and was praying for them.
You almost feel sorry for them when you see that kind of white-supremacist language on display. I just pushed them both higher up on my prayer list, because it’s just sickening and sad to see that they do not have the respect — they do not revel in the humanity and the dignity of all citizens, and particularly African-Americans,” Smiley said.
Smiley said the conversation was just one more example of the GOP’s “Shakespearian, Orwellian and definitely anti-American” habit of sabotaging itself.
O’Donnell began by playing a recording of O’Reilly telling Trump, “Let’s talk about the minorities.”
“I guess you know by now that any discussion between two old white guys that begins with, ‘Now the minorities, let’s talk about the minorities’ is not going to go well,” O’Donnell noted.
In the footage of the conversation in question, O’Reilly tells Trump that he has defended him from Smiley’s criticisms. He then goes on to say that the majority of minorities see him as racist and he asks the bigoted billionaire how he intends to remedy that.
When Trump says that he is going to rectify the situation by creating jobs, O’Reilly asks him how he is going to get jobs for African Americans “when so many of them are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads.”
Later in the segment, O’Reilly insists that he can’t possibly be a racist because he has kept the same black assistant for 25 years.
When the video footage of the Fox news segment ended, Smiley reiterated his claim that Trump is a “racial arsonist,” and added that “O’Reilly is a race-baiter.”
I stand by what I said earlier: that Donald Trump is a racial arsonist. And even more sadly, Bill O’Reilly is a race-baiter. This is a quintessential example of the mainstream media –certainly Fox News — coddling one Donald Trump with these kinds of racial remarks.
Watch Smiley slam O’Reilly’s racist remarks here, via MSNBC:
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