Donald Trump never ceases to amaze us with the monumentally stupid things that come out of his mouth. On Tuesday night’s The O’Reilly Factor, Trump made possibly one of his most idiotic statements thus far when talking about the experience of being black in America.
The interview originally began with a discussion about how Trump might heal race relations in the United States, but it quickly went downhill. In speaking with host Bill O’Reilly, Trump likened his own trials and tribulations in running for president to the systemic racism and oppression that African-Americans living in the United States have endured throughout history, and are still facing today. O’Reilly asked the presumptive Republican nominee:
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?
He could have used this moment to reach out to black voters, but Trump decided to cry about how oppressed he was instead. Trump replied that the system was “rigged” against him as well, as if somehow he – who has lived his entire life as a rich, white, privileged male – could understand what racism, discrimination and oppression actually feels like. Trump said:
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.
It is ridiculous that Trump thinks the GOP system was rigged – if anything, it worked in his favor. O’Reilly tried to get Trump back on track so that the candidate would refocus the attention away from himself, but he was unsuccessful. With The Donald, even a conversation about social justice issues can somehow all lead back to Trump. O’Reilly told the business mogul, “If you go out and say the system is rigged, that’s not going to lift their spirits.” But Trump continued to complain about how the system was working against him:
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.
As if that wasn’t bad enough, things got even worse when O’Reilly put the question more bluntly by asking Trump if he understood the African-American experience. O’Reilly asked:
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, who was cautious about saying “yes” at first, eventually said “yes” anyway when he offered this asinine response:
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.
Holy sh*t. You can watch this interview below, which is seriously almost too horrible to believe. This is not a man capable of unifying or healing America’s race relations.
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