Donald J. Trump, the poster child for being born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth, would like black Americans to know that he knows the struggle. He can sympathize because he has dealt with the pain of a rigged system(?!?!) and though he did admit that you’d have to actually be black to say you know how black people really feel, he feels their pain.
On Bill O’Reilly Wednesday, Donald Trump inexplicably compared his presidential run to the systemic racism, unequal treatment by law enforcement and the judicial system, and known disadvantages that black Americans live with every single day of their life.
O’REILLY: There [are] still some black Americans who believe that the system is biased against them. The American system because they’re black, they don’t get the same kind of shot, they don’t get the same kind of fairness that whites do. What do you say to them?
TRUMP: Well, I have been saying even against me the system is rigged when I ran as a, you know, for president, I mean, I could see what was going on with the system and the system is rigged.
O’Reilly may be as confused about the current needs of the black community, because his biggest concern seems to be “lifting their spirits,” not creating equality. However, even he was a bit shocked that Trump would compare his story of epic rich upper class white privilege to people who struggle to not go to prison for things that people like him do on a good Friday bender and walk away from.
While Trump’s answer seems to take a stab at empathy, it falls pitifully short of the mark, because though he has never really struggled a day in his life (at least not in a way that any of the 70 percent of Americans that make less than 50 thousand dollars a year could recognize), he “can relate to [the struggle] very much himself.”
TRUMP: No, what I’m saying they are not necessarily wrong. there are certain people where unfortunately that comes into play. i’m not saying that. i can relate it really very much to myself.
O’REILLY: I have to refocus you though on the African-American experience. all right? Do you think you understand the African-American experience? Do you think you understand it?
TRUMP: Well, I would like to say yes, but you really can’t unless you are African-American. You can’t truly understand what’s going on unless you are African-American. I would like to say yes, however.
Yes, Trump, the spoiled rotten rich brat who was already the president of his father’s company when he got a “small” one million dollar loan from daddy (the first of many loans) to start a business can totally understand the struggle of the 70 percent of black families living without fathers. He can totally understand fear for his life every time he is pulled over, and being pulled over just because of who he is.
According to Think Progress:
Black children are most likely to live in poverty. Starting in elementary school, they are disproportionately likely to be suspended, and less likely to have experienced teachers in their schools. When applying for jobs, people with white-sounding names at the top of their resumes are more likely to receive call-backs than those with black-sounding names. When hired, black Americans are likely to be paid less. And if black Americans want to talk about any of this, they’re less likely to even be able to get a therapy appointment.
Because, to Trump, not having access to any of the things that Donald Trump used to get to the top is totally the same as people telling the truth about Trump and it hurting his feels.
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