Since jumping into the Democratic race for president, Mike Bloomberg has adopted a strategy of focusing almost entirely on Super Tuesday, during which over 34 percent of the available pledged delegates will be up for grabs. That strategy has been severely tested in recent weeks with the discovery of a 2015 speech he gave at the Aspen Institute in which he defended New York City’s long-discredited “stop and frisk” policy using language that can only be described as racially-tinged dog whistling.
As harsh as that may sound, there’s no other way to describe his suggestion that murderers and murder victims fit a single template–“male, minorities, 16-25.” Indeed, it sounds exactly like something you’d expect from another New York billionaire–Donald Trump. Bloomberg has said that he no longer espouses such views, and that he regrets not realizing the impact it had on blacks and Latinos.
To be sure, Bloomberg deserves to be raked over the coals for this. While his willingness to admit that he was wrong makes him look several times better than Trump, he needs to put some action behind those words before rank-and-file black voters–including this writer–are willing to vote for him without holding their noses. That being said, though, Bloomberg is under fire from some of the last people who have any moral authority to say a word about this matter. Namely, black conservatives for Trump.
One would have thought that when Trump knowingly and willfully called six lawmakers of color “savages”–specifically– two blacks, a Latina, an Arab and two Jews–it would have been too much for the likes of Trump’s black supporters. After all, he did not have even remotely plausible deniability here, unlike with his suggestion that four of those lawmakers go back to their home countries and fix them.
Surely that would have been too much even for those who support Trump because of social issues, or because he has supposedly brought black unemployment to lows we haven’t seen in years, right? But for reasons that defy belief and logic, the black Trumpkins have continued kissing the feet of their dear one.
Take, for instance, two of the most obnoxious members of the “Blacks for Trump” club, Lynette Hardaway and Rochelle Richardson–better known as Diamond and Silk. For some time, the rabidly pro-Trump sister act from North Carolina’s sandhills have proudly declared themselves “President Donald J Trump’s most loyal supporters.” Really, ladies? So you’re proud to call yourselves “loyal supporters” of a man who knowingly uses language that can only be described as racist?
Apparently their loyalty was well rewarded. Diamond and Silk were among Trump’s guests at a Super Bowl party held at Mar-a-Lago.
Apparently Diamond and Silk didn’t seem to mind that taxpayers footed the bill.
On Friday, Diamond and Silk returned the favor by joining in on their dear one’s attacks on Bloomberg.
Um, ladies? While Bloomberg has some explaining to do for his past record, you have absolutely zero moral authority to speak on this matter. Not after you remained silent when Trump called Omarosa a “dog”–an act that was sexist at best and racist at worst. Not after you remained silent when Trump stood there and allowed his supporters demand that he send Ilhan Omar back to Somalia. And certainly not after you remained silent when Trump willfully and knowingly called lawmakers of color “savages.”
Simply put, Trump accusing Bloomberg of being a racist is the definition of hypocrisy. And Diamond and Silk’s willingness to join in on it proves that they’re nothing more than a modern-day minstrel show.
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