Fox News host and The Hill’s opinion contributor, Juan Williams said in a recent Op-Ed that he believes black Republicans should be doing more to call out President Donald Trump for racism.
Williams began his piece by claiming that a historian had declared the president tied with Andrew Johnson as “the most racist president in American history.”
The Fox News host then cited former Republican administration Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who told CNN that she didn’t appreciate how the president talked about immigrants and said that Trump needs to be a “lot more careful” in how he talks about race, she said, “because race is a very delicate and raw nerve.”
“Yet Trump supporters regularly ask me, ‘Why do you say Trump is racist?'” Williams went on. “As Brian Kelly, a Trump supporter at a recent rally in North Carolina, put it to a New York Times reporter: “I hate this racist nonsense. It’s just a political ploy.”
“So it was revealing this month when Gregory Cheadle, a black Republican made prominent by Trump in 2016 — ‘Look at my African American over here. Look at him. Are you the greatest?’ Trump said at that time — said he is leaving the GOP because he can’t stand the racial blindness plaguing Trump supporters.”
Williams then pointed to a July poll which found that 51 percent of all American voters said Trump is racist but only eight percent of Republicans shared that view. According to Williams that is an issue:
“While Trump’s followers closed their eyes, Cheadle was shocked to see Trump telling four women of color, elected members of Congress, to ‘go back’ where they came from. He had eyes wide open, too, when Trump called Baltimore, a black-majority city, ‘a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.’
“And then there is Trump’s ‘white superiority complex,” Cheadle said, according to Williams.
“When you look at his appointments for the bench: White, white, white, white, white, white, white,” Cheadle added. “That to me is really damning to everybody else because no one else gets a chance because he’s thinking that the whites are superior, period.”
Williams went on to talk about how he doesn’t believe that the president is actually concerned with his black constituents:
“…Trump is not worried about the black vote. Despite his boasts about the low African American unemployment rate — which saw its largest decline under President Obama — he knows he is unlikely to beat the 8 percent black support he got in 2016,” Williams said.
“Team Trump’s path to reelection depends entirely on maximizing the white vote and playing to white resentment toward immigrants and people of color.
“Even black Republicans like Gregory Cheadle, having taken a chance on Trump, now realize they had a lot to lose.
“Get ready for a race-conscious 2020 campaign.”
Written by Savannah Pointer.